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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, HENRY D. farmer, Sec. 23, P.O. Breese, was born in Grafton, Windham Co., Vermont, Sept. 23, 1825. He came to Bridgeport Nov. 11, 1848. He was married twice; first, in Vermont, July 5, 1845, to Calista M. McCollister, daughter of Reuben and Lucy McCollister, West Windsor, Ver.; she was born Sept. 16, 1825. They had eight children: Daniel H., born in Vermont, May 1, 1847; Arthur E., born in Vermont in 1849; Charles A., born in Breese, Aug. 13, 1850; Mason E., born June 15, 1855, in Scott Co.; Donna M,, born in Scott Co. in 1857, died in Fall of 1861; Isaac H., born in Scott Co., deceased; Luman R., deceased. Married second time Nov. 3, 1871, to Elizabeth A. Davis, of this county. By this marriage he had three children, but only one is living, A. Burr, born Dec. 21, 1875. He has forty acres of land, on which he has lived since 1861; he is also occupied in moving buildings, and has moved over three hundred buildings and can furnish numerous references. He has an old shotgun, made by Robins, Kendell & Lawrence Windsor, Vermont, in 1847, which is six and a half feet long and is quite a curiosity.

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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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