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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, JACOB C., farmer and stock raiser; Sec. 16; P. O. Columbus; was born in Dorchester Co., Maryland, Sept. 26, 1812; came to this county, Nov. 20, 1848; has ninety-six acres of land valued at $5,000, and eighty-six acres valued at $1,500; married Maria McCallister. She was born in Pickaway Co., Ohio, Sept. 3, 1818. Seven living children: Sarah, Harriet, Mary E., Margaret O., Joseph H., Martha, and James B. F. Are members of the M. E. church. In the year 1837 he emigrated from Maryland to Ohio, where he lived three years; thence to Adams county, and located on the section where he now lives; came through with teams, and was four weeks making the trip. Mr. M. came to this county in limited circumstances, but by industry and economy has made a good home. Had one son, John Wesley, in the army, 1st Battallion of Sharp Shooters; was at Island No. 10, South Carolina; contracted, while in the army, pneumonia, and died at Memphis, Tennessee, in the year 1863.

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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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