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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, W. J. blacksmith, Sec. 30, P.O. Rockbridge. Mr. Moore was born north of Greenfield, June 14, 1835; is the third child of a family of eight children, born of Langston and Sarah Moore; her name was Melton before being married. They came from Tennessee in 1831. She was born in North Carolina, and husband in Virginia. W. J. remained with his parents until he was twenty-three years of age, being engaged in the meantime with his father in farming pursuits, and attending the common district school. At the age of twenty-three he started out on his own account; first began farming, which he continued for two years, during which time he was married to Susan J. Dixon, born June 16, 1840. She is a daughter of Solomon Dixon, of eastern nativity. Their marriage was celebrated Nov. 26, 1858; six children have been born unto them, but three are now living: Andrew W.; born May 12, 1860; Elsie Loreine, born Dec. 15, 1870; Clyde, born May 19, 1876. Aug. 6, 1862, he enlisted in the 91st Regt. Ill. State Vols., Co. K, where he remained until the expiration of the war, when he received his discharge July 28, 1865. Upon his return home he began working at his trade, which he had previously learned before his entry in the army. He was five years in Macoupin County, then came to Rockbridge and has since continued at the same; has a healthy trade; is a member of the Knights of Honor, Lodge 1017.

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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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