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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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LeSAGE, COL. JOHN B., proprietor Adams House, Clayton; was born near Montreal, Canada, Dec. 29, 1824; and is the son of John B. and Margret E., (Prudon); Le Sage, of Canada East. He came to the United States in 1839, and to Quincy, Adams county, Ill., in 1849. He enlisted as a Regular in the United States army in 1841, and after serving five years, re-enlisted, and went through the war with Mexico, during which he received several slight wounds. He settled in Adams county, in 1862. In August, 1862, he went into the United States army as Captain of Co. A, of the 101st Regt. Ill. Inf.; was promoted to Colonel of the same regiment in the spring of 1864, and mustered out in July, 1865; married Amanda Brown April 14, 1851, who was born in Ill., in April, 1831. They have two children: Nellie and Ora. Mr. LeSage was engaged in steamboating from 1852 to 1859; has kept hotel in Clayton since 1865.

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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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