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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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MEYER, PETER H., contractor and builder, 207 and 209 S. 8th street; son of Henry and Annie Meyer; was born in Westphalia, Europe, Dec. 25, 1840; came to this country in 1856; married Annie Menke in 1844. She was born in same place. They have three children: Eddie, Annie and Laura. Mr. and Mrs. M. are members of the German Lutheran Church (St. Peter’s). In the year 1875 the Presbyterian Church was commenced, which Mr. Meyer finished, and was destroyed on Jan. 2, 1879, which he is now re-building; also built several blocks, one for Warfield & Lesem; also built the M. E. Church at Camp Point; does a business of from $75,000 to $100,000 a year, and runs from forty to forty-five hands; after coming to this country for five years he worked a farm; was poor and had no trade at that time; being a natural mechanic he took up the trade, and today is the leading builder in the city; has a fine residence, and is one of the sound men of the city.

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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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