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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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GRAVES, JAMES M. painter, Sec. 4. P.O. Carrollton. Mr. Graves was born in Missouri, on the 24th of February, 1844. Here many years of his life were spent, where he was apprenticed to the trade of a painter at the early age of fourteen. When the war came on he enlisted in Company B, Provisional Regiment, remaining three years in the service of Uncle Sam. He followed his vocation of painter in Missouri until 1868, when he moved to Illinois, locating at Carrollton, Greene County. Here he formed the acquaintance of and married Miss Mary E. Thorp, a daughter of William Thorp, of Ohio. Of this marriage two children were born: William P. and Rufus M. Since his residence here Mr. Graves has followed the occupation of painting, and is well and favorably known. See business card elsewhere.

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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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