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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, MARIA MRS., Sec. 26, P.O. Kane. Mrs. Morris is a native of Illinois, born at Rock Island in 1836; her parents Medad and Amelia Lyman were, years prior to this, residents of Greene County, and the year 1839 found them again residents of the place; we have only space to say that the lady above mentioned was married to Isaac Oliver; he was a native of Ohio; this marriage occurring in Scott County. Mr. Oliver was a wagon maker by occupation, and while engaged in this vocation the war broke out, enlisting at the first call for volunteers, he remained until the close of the rebellion; the life of a soldier had undermined his health, and shortly after the war closed he passed quietly away finding a last resting place in Macoupin County. Of the marriage six children were born, one of whom, Mary, is the only one living at this date; in 1868 Mrs. M. was married to James Redding, a native of Michigan, who died in 1871; in 1872, Mrs. M. was united in marriage to Marvel Morris a native of Tennessee, who became a resident of Greene County, locating west of Kane in 1829, and in 1834 located on the farm property, now owned by Mrs. Morris; he passed away to that world of spirits to which we all are tending, February, 1876, leaving to care of his wife two children, Freeman and Rosa M. The estate comprises 160 acres. Mrs. Morris is the owner of 120.

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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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