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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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RIDGELY, VINCENT, farmer; Sec. 82; P. O. Barry, Pike county, Ill.; was born in Maryland in 1825; eldest son of N. H. and Olivia J. Ridgely; mother died in 1833; father still living at Springfield, Ill. He was married to Miss Martha J Bell. She died in 1853. Had two children: Edwin W., and Mary E. (deceased). Mr. Ridgely re-married, in 1855, to Adelaide I. Long. She was born in Adams county, Ill., in 1836. Has eight children by second wife: Lizzie I., born September, 1856, died September, 1857; Charles N., born February, ‘59; Vincent N., born March, ‘61; Orendorff L., born May, ‘64; Redick W., born March,’68; George H., born December, ‘69; Clarence M., born November, ‘71; Roy, born July, ‘74. He owns 225 acres of land, all under good cultivation, worth $10,000. Mr. Ridgely was elected a Supervisor during the time the new court-house was being built, and has served his township as Assessor a number of times. Politically is Democratic.

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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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