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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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MORRIS, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 22, P.O. Roodhouse. Mr. Morris was born in Morgan County, near Alexander, in 1849, the second child of Nehemiah and Matilda Morris, natives of Ohio and Illinois. Nearly all his life Mr. Morris has been a farmer. April, 1875, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Jane Smith, a. daughter of Isaac Smith, a wealthy farmer of this county. There are two children: Essie and Grace. During the present year he has rented farm property of Dr. Allen, where he has entered actively into the manufacture of sorghum molasses. This finds ready sale, the supply not being equal to the demand; 100 gallons being manufactured daily. The cane crusher and evaporator is constructed on the cost approved plan, and customers are not kept long in waiting.

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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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