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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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CUNNINGHAM, R. L. farmer, Sec. 22, P.O. Wrightsville, is a son of Samuel Cunningham, of this Township, Sec. 36, who is well known in the county. Robert L. first drew breath in Kentucky, Oct. 1, 1851, and came to this State with his parents when a babe, and remained with his parents up to the time he matured. Jan. 11, 1877, was married to Mary Jane Jones, born Oct. 3, 1852, daughter of Enoch Jones of this county. After their marriage he located on the land he now occupies, and began farming, and has since continued. Has one child, Mary Ellen, born Dec, 1877. His wife is a member of the regular Baptist Church. He cast his first vote for U. S. Grant. Has 120 acres of land, 80 of which are in cultivation.

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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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