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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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MORRIS, GEORGE (deceased). The subject of this sketch was born in Payson township, this county, Aug. 1, 1839. His father, William Morris, was born near Baltimore, Md., Sept. 18, 1797. In the spring of 1837, he moved to Payson township, and was, up to his death, which occurred June 11, 1870, largely engaged in agricultural pursuits. The Dr. received his literary education, principally at the Illinois College at Jacksonville, and commenced the study of his profession in the office of Dr. Bane, at Payson; attended lectures, and graduated at the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery, in March, 1861, with high honors. He then went to Chicago, and passed an examination before the Medical Board of the State for army surgeons, and was immediately after commissioned by Gov. Yates Assistant Surgeon of the 56th Regt. Ill. Inf., and ordered to report to Gen. McPherson, at Vicksburg, Miss. He there served one year, gaining an enviable reputation among the officers and men. The General then ordered him to Chicago to pass an examination for Surgeon, after which he was commissioned Surgeon of the same regiment, and ordered to report at Huntsville, Ala. After the battle of Atlanta, owing to ill-health and fatigue, he was compelled to resign his commission and return home. He then engaged in the practice of his profession at Payson. On the 8th of June, 1865, he was married to Miss Mary E. Beebe, daughter of Silas Beebe. She was born June 3, 1844, in Fall Creek township, this county, and educated at the Quincy College, where she attained a polished culture. They have but one child, Alvin Alexander, born Jan. 7, 1869. Soon after marriage they settled on the old estate of Mr. Beebe, and continued his practice up to the time of his death, which occurred Feb. 6, 1879, at his residence, known as Cedar Heights, in Fall Creek township, leaving his widow and only son, who still survive him. They are members of the Christian church. Morris Mrs. Mary E. P. O. Quincy.

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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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