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Below is a family biography included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GAY, MRS. ACHSA B., Sec. 9; P. O. Camp Point; is the widow of Vixen B. Gay. And daughter of William and Welthy (Makepeace) Blakeslee. Her father was born in Connecticut, her mother in Massachusetts, and are still living, in Quincy. Mrs. Gay was born in Cataraugus Co., N. Y., Aug. 30, 1823. Her parents removed to Ohio when she was but three years of age; seven years later to Missouri, and in 1836 to Adams Co., Ill.; settled in Quincy, where she lived nineteen years. She married Mr. Gay, June 3, 1855, and removed to the farm where she now lives. Mr. Gay was born of English parentage in Muskingum Co., Ohio, July 31, 1814. He came to Illinois and settled in Camp Point township. Two children: William H. and Welthy M. Gay. Mr. Gay had three children by a former marriage: Albert P., Charles V., and Sophronia A. McGill. Mr. G. died Sept. 19, 1877. Mrs. G. owns 160 acres (100 improved) of land in Camp Point township, worth $35 per acre.

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This family biography is one of 1444 biographies included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Adams County, Illinois

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