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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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MACKOY, T. J., tobacco manufacturer, corner 5th and Ohio; born in Quincy, in 1846; married Miss Susan Harris in 1878. She was born in Hannibal, Mo., in 1854. He was in the lumber and stock business-shipping stock. He has been Superintendent of the Empire Tobacco Works for Harris, Beebe & Co., for several years. He is now running the concern on his own account; the capacity of the factory is 2,750,000 pounds per year, that was the product 1877; money value of which was $1,750,000, upon which they paid the government revenue of $750,000; employed about 800 hands, at an average weekly wages of $2,500, not including foreman or clerks. The brand of this vast concern is known all over the western country, from the pineries to the gulf; used 4,000,000 pounds of leaf last year, and manufactured for government contract this season (1878), 200,000 pounds for army use.

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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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