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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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CRANE, HARVEY, retired, Sec. 34, P.O. Rockbridge, was born in Claremont County, Ohio, July 14, 1810, was the second child of a family of ten children, born of Luther and Hannah Crane, her maiden name being Chalmers, his parents are of Welch descent. Harvey left the parental roof at the age of 17, and went to learn the carpenter’s trade, which he completed at the time he attained his majority, when he embarked for the West, and landed at Carrollton, this State, where he engaged at his trade, at which he continued there, for six years; subsequent to this made several changes, first to Ottawa, Pike County, then to Plattesville, Wis., where he remained four years; and in the year 1845 came to String Prairie, where he remained until he came to the town of Rockbridge. In Oct. 5, 1843, he married Lucinda Bowman, sister of Daniel Bowman, of this township. They have had four children, but two are now living: George B. was born Aug. 28, 1844; Elias was born May 17, 1848; Joshua was born March 11, 1850, and died December, 1871. In March, 1877, he moved to the town of Rockbridge, and has since remained. Mr. Crane has been engaged in farming for several years past, his boys attending to the farm while he continued at his trade. Mrs. Crane was born Sept. 10, 1815, and died Dec. 28, 1878, since which time he has lived at his home and taking his meals with his son, who is living near. Mr. Crane was an old line Whig, and cast his first vote for Henry Clay; has since the dawn of the Republican party voted the straight ticket. Mr. Crane is now retired from business, and is now enjoying the fruits of his past labors in peace and tranquility.

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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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