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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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MOREY, SETH J., Justice of the Peace and surveyor; residence, Clayton; was born in Columbia county, New York, Jan. 23, 1815. He is the son of Joshua and Thankful (Smith) Morey. His father was a native of New York, his mother of Connecticut. Mr. Morey was educated at Lewis county Seminary, New York. He came to Illinois and settled in Adams county, in 1838. He followed teaching for eight years after locating in the west, then farmed for two years. He was elected deputy surveyor which office he filled for a number of years. He was married March 30, 1843, to Jane A. Wallace, born in Garrard county, Ky., Jan. 8, 1817; came with her parents to Adams county, Ill., in 1835, when there was only one house in Clayton. Mr. Morey has held every local office in the gift of the people, and has filled from one to three offices ever since. He was examiner of teachers in this part of the county for a number of years; was Deputy Provost Marshal during the rebellion; has been Magistrate for fourteen years; is now Township Treasurer; member of the Masonic Order; Republican in politics. His wife is a member of the United Presbyterian Church. He owns forty acres of land half of which lies in the town of Clayton, and a good house which cost $4,000.

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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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