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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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ORR, WM. D. farmer, Sec. 17, P.O. Breese, and Bedford, Pike Co., Ill. He was born in Ohio, Oct. 17, 1835. He came to Pike County, Ill., with his parents in the Fall of 1839, and to this county in 1867. His father was born in Pennsylvania in 1806, and is living in Pike Co., Ill. His mother was born in Ohio in 1821, and is also living. He was married Feb. 7, 1861, to Mary E. Hubbs, daughter of Simeon E. and Hannah Hubbs, of Pike Co., Ill. She was born in Pike Co., Ill., April 14, 1843. They have five children living, and five deceased: Hannah A., born Oct. 2, 1861; James E., born Feb. 16, 1863, died September, 1870; Florence J., born Feb. 11, 1866; William H., born Aug. 26, 1867; Leonard D., born July 19, 1873; Clifford J., born September, 1875, died September, 1876; Amos Sylvester, born Dec. 13, 1877. Mrs. Orr’s father was born in New Jersey, May 17, 1793, died in Pike Co., Ill., September, 1871. Her mother was also born in New Jersey, Nov. 1, 1799, and died in Pike Co., Ill., July 10, 1851. Mr. Orr owns 80 acres land in Sec. 9, and rents 130 acres in Sec. 17.

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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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