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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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HUTCHENS, ELKANAH D. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 7, P.O. Carrollton. Many of those comfortably situated in the agricultural walks of life were born in Greene County, and grew to the mature years of manhood surrounded by pioneer influences. Among this class we mention the subject of this sketch with more than a passing notice. He was born in the year 1845. From his earliest years followed farming. November, 1871, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Bell, who bore him one child, Clara Belle, who died in infancy. Mrs. Hutchens died in 1874, and was laid at rest in the Providence Cemetery. In 1876, Mr. Hutchens was united in marriage to Miss Lucy J. Anderson, a daughter of Samuel and Purnell Anderson, by whom he has one child, Eva. Mr. H. is the owner of 480 acres of valuable land, and a valuable property in Carrollton. As a farmer he has become exceedingly prosperous. For a number of years he served in the capacity of a school teacher, and evinced considerable ability in this profession.

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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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