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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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GILPIN, JOSEPH B. (deceased); born in Leesburg, Va., in 1825; moved to Annapolis, Md., and Washington, where he spent some time, and located permanently in Quincy with his father in 1842. He soon engaged in the real estate business, which he followed up to the time of his demise. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1844. He married Miss Mary A. Cleaves in 1852. She was born in Vermont; moved to Iowa with her parents when ten years old. She was living with an uncle, Mr. Sherman, in Quincy at the time of her marriage. They have three children: Charles F., Anna E., and Fraulin C. They are Episcopalians. He entered the army with the rank of Major, in the war of the rebellion, and was appointed Chief of the Commissary Department of the Missouri. He was one of the Public Library Association, and prominent in all public enterprises. He died July 4, 1878, in this city.

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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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