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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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MOORE, J. B., farmer; Sec. 5; P. O. Liberty; was born in Kentucky in 1830; came to Adams county in 1836, and located in Liberty township; moved to McKee in 1838; was married, 1858, to Miss Emeline Runnels. She was born in Vermont in 1834. They have three children: Robert D., Solis S., and Mary H. Mr. Moore owns 200 acres of land in McKee, worth $4,000. He has held the office of Road Commissioner and School Director for eighteen years. He came to the township a poor man, but, by his untiring industry and diligence in business, has obtained a large amount of property, moneys, etc.; loans money on good personal security and real estate. He does not spend his money like many others in show and fine building. His first house still shelters him from winter’s storms and summer’s heat. They are both members of the Christian church. He is a Republican.

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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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