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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  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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THOMAS TUDOR, residing on section 30, township 7, range 5, Randolph County, owns and operates a farm of one hundred and fifty-six acres. He is a son of Thomas and Elizabeth Tudor, natives of Shropshire, England, the former having been born August 7, 1789. Married in their native country, they removed in 1827 to Paris, France. Prior to their removal they had become the parents of the following children: Elizabeth, Samuel, William and Mary. John was born in Paris, France; Harriet first saw the light of day on the Atlantic Ocean, her birth having occurred during the voyage of the family to this country; and Thomas was born in Rockland County, N. Y., March 23, 1835.

Three of the family are still living: Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Fulford, of Randolph County; John, also a resident of this county; and Thomas. He remained with his father until the death of the latter, in 1851, and the mother also passed away during that year. By will the home farm became the property of Thomas, who has continued to reside here since his father settled upon the place in 1851. While living in New York, he was a pupil in the public schools, and to the knowledge there gained, has since added by reading and observation until he is now a well informed man.

On the 14th of November, 1854, Mr. Tudor was united in marriage with Miss Sarah J. Clifford, who was born in Beaver County, Pa., August 8, 1833. The parents of Mrs. Tudor, Cunigam and Sarah (Galbraith) Clifford, were natives of Pennsylvania, who in 1854 came to Illinois and located in Randolph County. The father passed away January 22, 1866, and the mother, January 29 of the same year. Of their eleven children, only two are now living: Mrs. Tudor and Eliza, the latter being the widow of William Conner, and a resident of Missouri. Mrs. Tudor accompanied her parents to Illinois in 1854, and remained with them until her marriage. She has been the mother of four children, three yet living: Eliza C., Savannah and Leon. Eliza C. is the wife of Henry Waltermate, and resides in Dakota. The others are at home. They have received excellent educations in the public schools, and are intelligent and well informed.

In the prosecution of his chosen calling, that of agriculture, Mr. Tudor has been very successful, and through good management has accumulated a sufficient amount of property to enable him to live somewhat retired from active labors. However, though not compelled to toil so incessantly as in the past, he still superintends the farm, and finds his time fully occupied in managing the many details connected with farm work. Politically, he is a Republican, and gives that party the support of his influence and ballot. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, to which their respective parents also belonged, and they attend services at the Ebenezer Church in township 7, range 5.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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