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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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LAHR, JOHN, farmer and stock raiser, Sec 18. P. O. Greenfield. John was born in Weinheim, Hesse Darmstadt, September 22, 1839, is the fourth child of a family of five children, born of George and Lizzie Lahr; her maiden name was Nitlinger. John left the parental roof at the age of sixteen and embarked for this country, and landed at Carrollton, where he remained a short time, and then went to work for Peter Dohm, where he continued eleven months, then engaged to Mr. Secor, remaining with him one year and a half, then for A. Sloan where he staid one year. In October, 1860, he made a trip to the old country, staid eleven months and returned to this country in company with his father, who bought some land north of Carrollton, where he remained until 1864, when they sold out and moved to where John now lives. June 9, 1864, was married to Mary Bermes, born in Flomborn, Hesse Darmstadt, August 4, 1844. She is a daughter of Peter Bermes. By this union they have had ten children, but four are now living: Anna M., born September 10, 1865; George, born January 9, 1867; Ida Bena, born June 10, 1865; Hattie Edna, born February 13, 1877. He now owns 280 acres of land, and is making a success in farming. He is Republican in sentiment.

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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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