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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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POPE, SAMUEL, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 26, P.O. Kane. Samuel Pope is a native of Somerset County, New Jersey, where he was born on the 16th of July, 1832. Three years later his parents, Samuel and Mary Pope, emigrated to the west, and located at the town of old Kane. His family were the only residents of the place save a man by the name of Adams, who kept a small store and post office. The head of the family was born in New Jersey, and early in life became apprenticed to the trade of a blacksmith. He married in New Jersey, Mary Geddes; in the town of old Kane found employment as a blacksmith; made money rapidly, and subsequently became a prosperous farmer, owning some hundreds of acres. In those days considerable emigration poured into the State, Samuel Pope was possessed of a good deal of enterprise, and accordingly built the hotel that swings the huge sign, S. Pope, tavern; the scene, of many gatherings of pioneers, trappers, or adventurers. Mr. Pope on the 20th of April, 1846, was laid at rest not far distant from the scenes of his eventful life. Mrs. Pope survived her husband many years, departing this life in 1872. Samuel J. R. Pope, from whom this narrative is obtained, passed his boyhood in Greene County; followed agriculture from his earliest years. When the war broke out he enlisted in Co. C, 122d Ill. Vols. M for three years’ service, and became a participant in the battles of Tupolo and Paducah, and others of note. Honorably discharged after the close of the rebellion he returned to Greene County, where he has since been identified with the farming interest, and where he married Miss Elizabeth English, a daughter of Thomas English, a native of Kentucky, by whom he has four children: Geddes, Revel, William J. and Mary. The estate comprises 200 acres of valuable land.

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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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