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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  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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ALBERT SHERMAN MARLOW, Superintendent of schools of Perry County, was born three miles east of Pinckneyville, Ill., March 29, 1865. His ancestors were residents of North Carolina, and were descendants of good old Revolutionary stock. The father, M. M. Marlow, was a native of Tennessee, and had six brothers, two of whom, Cale and Alex, were killed in the Mexican War; two others, Bartley and Samuel, live near Pinckneyville, the latter being eighty years of age. The father is also living and makes his home on his farm east of Pinckneyville.

Our subject’s mother bore the maiden name of Mary Metcalf, and was born in Tennessee. Her father, Thomas Metcalf, was one of the early settlers of Perry County, and was a prominent man in his community, serving as Justice of the Peace for several years, and occupying other positions of honor. Our subject is the youngest of a family of six children, there being four brothers and two sisters. Of them we note the following: William C. is one of the most extensive and successful farmers in this county; Marion is a farmer residing near Du Quoin, and has served as Deputy Sheriff; James C. lives with his father; Melvina married Edward Hane and lives on a farm, and Lulu is a teacher.

Upon the home farm our subject grew to manhood, receiving his education in the schools of Pinckneyville. At the early age of seventeen he was a school teacher, and followed that profession for six years. He was Principal of the Pinckneyville schools, when he resigned to go into business at this place, continuing in that line for two and one-half years. In 1890 he was elected County Superintendent of schools, which position he is now filling with marked credit to himself. He has a finely improved farm of eighty acres adjoining: the city of Pinckneyville, where he lives.

In 1891 Mr. Marlow married Miss Anna, daughter of G. G. Williams, the present Clerk of Perry County. Mrs. Marlow was educated in Shurtleff College, at Alton, Ill., and was a teacher in the Pinckneyville schools prior to her marriage. One child has blessed the union, Howard. Socially, Mr. Marlow is a Mason and a Knight of Pythias. He has also been quite prominent in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having passed the chairs, and being a member of the Grand Lodge. In politics, like all the members of the Marlow family, he is a Democrat. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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