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Below is a family biography included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published by Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd 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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MOORE, J. R. blacksmith, Sec. 12, P.O. Fayette, was born in Lincoln County, North Carolina, March 27, 1827; was the son of Alexander and Ann Moore, her maiden name was Ryan. The former is of English, and the latter of German extraction. They are native born Carolinians, and are still living. J. R. was raised as a farmer. His father was a soldier in the war of 1812, is now a pensioner. At the age of twenty-one, J. R. started out for himself, learning the trade of a carriage-smith; worked at several places: Lincoln, Yorkville, Shelbyville, and in South Carolina, Cherokee County, Alabama, and various localities. In April, 1855 was married to Lucian Miller, daughter of Oliver Miller; she was born Nov. 3, 1835. They have had five children, three of whom are living: Rosa B., born April 19, 1857; Anna L., born Aug. 23, 1863; Josephine R., born March 11, 1869. After his marriage worked at his trade at Galesville, Ala., for eight years. A short time before the war he made a trip to Perry County, remained a short time, returned and moved his family in the Fall of 1864 to Perry County, where he remained twelve years. In May 10, 1877, moved to Fayette, Greene County, where he has since lived, and is now engaged in general smith work. Is a member of the U. Baptist Church, and is striving to live a Christian life. Is also a member of Lamaroa Lodge 207, A. F. and A. M. During his short sojourn here he has established himself in business, and is esteemed by all who know him.

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This family biography is one of 744 biographies included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Greene County, Illinois

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