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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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GOODING, CHARLES, farmer. Sec. 15, P.O. Athensville. Son of M. S. Gooding, who was born in North Carolina, July 22, 1791; married in Kentucky to Eva Dunlap, and settled in this county about 1825, and died in 1834, leaving five young children to be provided for by their mother, who, by great perseverance succeeded in her labor of love, and died in July, 1854. Charles Gooding was born Feb., 10, 1834; married April 13, 1853, to Maria, daughter of Theo. and Ellen Stafford, of Morgan Co., born Nov. 14, 1825; this union has been blessed by four children, viz.: Ellen M., born July 1, 1854, Milton S., born Dec. 9, 1856, Henry E., born Feb. 9, 1858, and Charles A., born Aug. 9, 1861. Mr. Gooding has devoted his industries solely to agricultural pursuits; homestead consists of 180 acres.

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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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