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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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ORERBREY, JEFFERSON, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 30, P.O. White Hall. The above named gentleman was born in Greene County in 1833, the fifth of a family of ten children. His father, Archibald Orerbrey, was a native of North Carolina, who moved to Tennessee and there married Miss Sarah Barnard. The date of the family settlement in Greene Co. was probably 1828, when the prairies for many miles remained unbroken and from the door step of his father’s cabin young Orerbrey was wont to watch with childish glee the graceful flight of vast herds of deer as they disported themselves on the prairie, or became lost to view among the timber. Mr. Orerbrey relates that during his earliest years the county was but thinly populated. At intervals in the timber was seen the pioneer’s cabin, as few settlers had then ventured on the prairie. Jefferson was married in 1863 to Miss Emma Clark, a daughter of Ira Clark. By this lady he had two children: James Ira and Ida May. September 1859 Mrs. Orerbrey departed this life. Mr. O. is a resident of township 12, range 11, and there owns farm property. Like nearly all who bear the name his generosity and kindness of heart is unbounded.

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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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