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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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GILSON, EDWARD P. attorney and counsellor at law, is a native of Macoupin County, Ill., born in 1853, the oldest son of James W. and Marion Gilson. James Gilson was a grain merchant at Brighton, where the subject of our notice passed his early years. Receiving his preliminary education in the district schools of his native place, at an early age he entered Blackburn University, where he entered upon a course of classical studies, graduating from this well-known institution of learning in 1875; he now proceeded to Chicago, Ill., where he entered the law office of the Honorable Judge Lyman Trumbull, with all the energies of his nature bent upon acquiring a full knowledge of the law. At the expiration of two years he was admitted to practice in all the United States Supreme Courts at Mount Vernon, Ill. For the past year Mr. Gilson has been a resident of Carrollton, where among his many skillful competitors he makes a very fair showing indeed, and we heartily wish him success in the profession for which he seems peculiarly fitted.

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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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