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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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GOODING, D. W., farmer; Sec. 33; P. O. Paloma; was born in Maine, Feb. 3, 1812; came to this county in 1837. He owns 662 acres of land, valued at $27,000; married Miss Keziah Richardson. She was born in Athens county, Ohio, March 5, 1815. They have thirteen children, four dead and nine living; the dead are: Osro O., May J., Abram, and Lyman; the living are: Amanda, Bud, Jerusha, Ella A., Addie V., Emma, Lottie, D. Webster, and Eddie. He emigrated from Maine when he was six years old, to Jefferson county, Ohio; lived there ten years; then he went to Washington county for a short time, where he was bound out to a man by the name of McClanathan, and he went to Meigs county, where he lived six years, and, in 1837, married and came to Adams county by water. When he landed at Quincy, there was only one brick building in the town at that time. He rented for two years, and then bought the land where he now lives; had but one team, and twenty-five cents in his pocket. By industry, he has made a fine home, and is one of the sound farmers of the county. He had three sons who died in the Union army.

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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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