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Below is a family biography included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps 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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MURPHY, GEO. W., undertaker, 16 North 6th street. He was born in St. Clairsville, Belmont county, Ohio, May 10, 1833; was married to Miss Cordelia A. Okey, Nov. 8, 1855. She was born in Woodsfield, Monroe county, Ohio. They have three children, two sons and one daughter. He is of the firm of Daugherty & Murphy, wholesale and retail furnishing undertakers; this firm is doing a very extensive business, amounting to some $25,000 annually, and keep constantly on hand a full line of all goods usually kept in a first class wholesale and retail undertaking establishment. Mr. Murphy has had years of experience in this line, and is enabled by this experience and one of the most extensive -stocks of goods in the west, to guarantee satisfaction to all patrons. Democratic in politics, and has held various offices of trust and importance with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents; was commissioned in November, 1861, 1st Lieutenant of the 78th Regt. O. Inf., and in August, 1862, enlisted in the 116th Regt. O. Inf.; served as Orderly Sergeant about two years and six months. He settled in this city in October, 1876; has been, during his short citizenship, a very energetic, enterprising and valued citizen. Methodist.

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This family biography is one of 1444 biographies included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Adams County, Illinois

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