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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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SHAWGO, J. B., Physician and Surgeon, office and residence 121 South 4th street; born in Muskegon county, Mich., 1842; moved to Fulton county, Ill., 1855, and to Hudson county, 1857. He studied in New York and Chicago; graduated at Bennett Medical College, 1877. He enlisted and was appointed scout, at the breaking out of the war, and did good service for the government in that capacity, in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina; was mustered out at close of the war, after many hair breadth escapes. He taught school twelve years, in different grades; was Professor of mathematics in Bonaparte College, Iowa,1870 and 1871; was Superintendent of schools at Camp Point, one year, and filled similar positions in Bushnell, three years. He holds a diploma from Abingdon College. He married Miss Ada Kirkpatrick, at La Harpe, Ill., in 1875. She was born in Kentucky, in 1845. They have two children: Kirk and Ethel. He is a Democrat and a member of the I. O. M. A. and A. O. U. W.; also a Mason; commenced study of medicine in 1871.

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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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