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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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MURPHY, L. C. manufacturer of stone ware for the past six years, at White Hall. Was born at Utica, New York State, July 12, 1846. When but four years old his parents moved to Chicago, and from there to Sheffield, Bureau County. The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Road had then been completed but one year, and but very little improvements had taken place in the county. The family afterward moved to Galva, Henry County, where he died. In his sixteenth year, the subject of this sketch was attending the High School at Galesburg; this was in 1860; one year later he enlisted as a soldier in Co. H, 65th Ill. Inf.; he remained with the regiment three years, and became a sergeant-major; captured at Harper’s Ferry; he was sent to Chicago, thence to East Tennessee; a participant in the siege of Knoxville; with Sherman from Kingston to beyond Atlanta; engaged in nearly all the principal battles of the war; honorably discharged in 1865; he returned to Galva, where he became a railroad contractor; in 1873 he came to White Hall as a permanent resident, entering into the manufacture of pottery ware with Charles B. Ebey, afterward admitting as a partner E. M. Bates, who retired two years ago, September, 1872. Mr. Murphy was married to Miss Anna Ebey; three children—Harry, Nettie, and Gertrude.

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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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