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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. L., insurance agent, 411 Hampshire; was born in Mason county, Ky., 1809; moved to Cairo, Ill., 1838; went to St. Louis, 1841, and located in this city, 1844; went into mercantile business—pork packing and stock-dealing. He married Miss Pauline Donovan, 1829. She was born in Mason county, Ky., in 1812. Their children are: America A., Louratta R., H. Elizabeth, William H., James M., and Thomas J. Mrs. Mackoy died 1850. In 1854 he married Eliza E. See. She was born in Tennessee. He has been captain of a steamboat on the Mississippi river, Deputy Sheriff in Cairo, Ill., and Justice of the Peace. He lay for dead six hours in 1866, in Atchison, Kan., after having been thrown from a buggy, and he carries a deep dent in his head from it now.

He wrote the article which appeared in the Quincy Whig, advocating the propriety of building the branch of the Northern Cross Railroad, which is now the main line of the C., B. & Q. to Galesburg from Quincy.

The publication of the article resulted in the call of a meeting and the awakening of an interest that culminated in the construction of the road. He assisted Engineer Smith in locating much of the line, and labored zealously to secure stock and advance it, not only talking but working for planting the nucleus of that great enterprise.

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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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