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Below is a family biography included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published by Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd 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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OWENS, B. W. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 15, P.O. Carrollton; the above named gentleman was born in the State of Tennessee, January 21, 1844; left an orphan at the early age of six years, adopted by his grandfather, who came west in 1854, settling in Greene County, where the youth grew to mature years. In 1867 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Cavanaugh, a daughter of Dr. T. H. Cavanaugh, a prominent physician of this State, and father of T. H. Cavanaugh, Secretary of the State of Kansas; by this lady he had six children, four of whom are living: Charles, Nettie, Benjamin, and William.

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This family biography is one of 744 biographies included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Greene County, Illinois

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