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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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CRANE, MERCY J. MRS. Sec. 18, P. O. Carrollton. The subject of this sketch first saw the light of day on the hills of New Hampshire, in Hillsboro County, March 19, 1831. Her parents’ names were Oliver and Sophronia Colby; her mother’s maiden name was Howlet. Mrs. Crane emigrated to this county with her parents when she was very young, being about four years of age; they first stopped a while at Carrollton, then her father bought a place now owned by Mr. Ashlock, remaining there until the year 1848, when he sold out, went to Macoupin County, remaining there until his death, which occurred in 1850. Sept. 30, 1847, Mercy J., was united in marriage to Wm. Crane; born in Ohio. After their marriage, moved to the place now occupied by Mrs. Crane. There are nine children living: Alvin, Anna, Mary, Charles, Oscar, Judson, Meade, Lillian and Hattie. Mrs. Crane lost her husband March 2, 1872. She has since remained a widow, and still carries on her farm. She has 580 acres of land. Mrs. Crane is a member of the M. E. Church.

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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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