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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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HUNT, J. S. livery and boarding stable, S. Main st., Carrollton, Ill. Over twenty years ago Mr. Hunt commenced a livery business at Carrollton. He was born in the State of New Jersey in 1827. His father, Theodore Hunt, was a farmer in good circumstances, and on the farm young Hunt put in his idle time. He received a liberal education, and at twenty-one, left the parental roof and worked for neighboring farmers. At twenty-five he made his way to Ohio, thence to Iowa, thence to Jersey County, Ill., where he worked at carpenter work. Making his way to Virden, he there opened a livery and transacted a successful business, for a short time, when he moved to Carrollton, where he opened a livery on State St., meeting with success from 1856 until 1860; he then purchased the lot where his handsome, substantial stable now rears its front, said to be one of the best in the State. Prior to this he erected a frame building that was destroyed by fire March 1, 1878. In 1857, Mr. Hunt married Miss Harriet Hartwick, a daughter of John Hartwick; four children living: Nellie, Clara, Mattie and Jacob. In 1862, Mr. H. crossed the prairies for California. His present partner, Mr. J. I. Johnson, was born at Alton, Sinclair county, Ill., October, 1854. When four years old, his parents, James and Zella, moved to Greene county, settling on a farm, where they passed the remainder of life. Young Johnson was then thirteen; he received his education at Blackburn College, Alton.

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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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