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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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STURTEVANT, MARSHAL B., farmer; Sec. 26; P. O. Stone’s Prairie; was born in Berkshire county, Mass., Oct. 21, 1818; is the sixth of eighteen children of his father, Daniel Sturtevant, and the oldest of thirteen children of his mother, Hepzibah (Barney) Sturtevant—his father having five children by a former wife. His parents were natives of that State. Only five of his brothers and sisters are now living. Though reared on a farm, he obtained employment in a cotton factory when old enough, and continued there till he came west, July 8, 1848, landing in Chicago. For eight years they lived in Winnebago county; then removed to Pike county for one year, and to Adams county, on the farm where they now live, in 1857. Oct. 6, 1838, he married Phidelia Ketchum, daughter of Solomon and Polly (Hemenway) Ketchum. She was born in Dover, Cuyahoga county, Ohio, Sept. 18, 1818; was brought up in Massachusetts, and married there. They have raised one adopted child, Charles W. Sturtevant, who served in the Union army as a member of the 118th Regt. Ill. Inf. Mr. Sturtevant is a member of the Masonic Fraternity. He owns sixty acres in the home place, worth $75 per acre, and twenty-five acre’s in Pike county.

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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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