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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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HOYT, WILLIAM R., farmer and stock shipper, Sec. 1; P. O. Augusta, Hancock county, Ill.; born in Orange county, N. Y., Jan. 8, 1830; came to this county July 5, 1843; has 345 acres of land, valued at $13,600 ; married Abbie P. Newcomb. She was born in Chittenden county, Vt., June 6, 1826. Has held the office of Town Clerk for twenty-five years; belongs to the Methodist church. He emigrated to this county with his father; moved into a hewed log shanty, their furniture being of the most common kind; has hauled wheat to Quincy for forty cents; corn was not worth the bother of hauling; pork, $1.25 nett; could buy a good cow with calf by its side for $7.50. Mr. Hoyt, the present season, is building himself a beautiful residence; came here in an early day, and by economy and industry has made himself a fine property ; sold three car loads of cattle and two of hogs this season.

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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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