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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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BASDAL MARLOW was a man of untiring energy, and his success in worldly affairs is proved by the fact that although he started without money or land he accumulated over a half-section, upon which he was engaged in general farming and stock-raising. He was born in Georgia, and when ready to establish a home of his own he was married, in Wilson County, Tenn., to Miss Nancy Marlow.

With a family of eight children, Mr. Marlow came to Perry County in 1830, and after locating here two children were added to his household, He settled on Holt’s Prairie at a time when there were very few inhabitants in this section. He entered from the Government eighty acres of land, which he cultivated in such a way as to bring him handsome returns.

Of the children born to our subject and his wife we make the following mention: Matthew died in Perry County, leaving a family of five children; Samuel is also a resident of this county, where he ranks among its law-abiding and well-to-do citizens; he is married and has a family of eight children. Louisa, the next child of our subject, married Andrew Robinson, and they died leaving a family of six children. Sterling C. and Stithe met their deaths at Buena Vista during the Mexican War. Alexander, who was a soldier in the Civil War, died at Pine Bluff, Ark. He was the father of four children, who are now residing in the Cherokee Nation. Milas M. is the next in order of birth. Burtley is residing on the old home farm in this county. Mary J. married Benjamin Abernathy, and both are now deceased. Angeline, who married William Marlow, makes her home in this county.

The father of our subject, George Marlow, was born in North Carolina and was a patriot in the War of 1812. His father, who was an Englishman by birth, came to America during the Revolutionary War and entered the army on the side of the Colonists. Milas M. Marlow, the sixth son of our subject, was born in Wilson County, Tenn., in 1828, but grew to mature years in this county, where he was given a good common-school education. His marriage, which occurred in 1847, united him with Miss Mary C., daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Metcalf, old settlers of this county. Their union resulted in the birth of six children, namely: William C., who is one of the leading young farmers of Perry County; Marion; Melissa J., who became the wife of Ed House; James C., who resides with his father and assists him in conducting the farm; A. Sherman, County Superintendent of Schools; and Miss Louella, who is a successful teacher. Sherman was elected to his present position when only twenty-two years of age.

Milas M. Marlow is engaged in general farming and possesses the shrewdness, forethought and activity necessary to success in life. With his family he is a devoted member of the Missionary Baptist Church at Holt’s Prairie, to which he is a liberal contributor. He has always been greatly interested in the advancement of education in this part of the county and has aided very materially in raising the standard of teachers. In politics he is a stanch Democrat.

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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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