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Below is a family biography included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps 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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ANDERSON, REV. EDWARD, pastor First Union Congregational Church, corner 12th and Maine; residence, 629 Broadway; born in Boston, Mass., 1833; received his education in the east; came west in 1856 and joined John Brown in his campaigns in Kansas. He soon afterward located in South Bend, Ind., where he was instrumental in establishing the St. Joseph Collegiate Institute; was ordained and licensed to preach in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1857; married Miss Hattie F. Shumway in 1857. She was born in Jamaica, Vt., in 1838. Three children, Henry, William, and Katie; the latter will enter the University at Madison, Wis., this season, where her brother William is now a student. He went out as Chaplain of the 37th Illinois Volunteers, with Gen. Julius White, but soon returned to Indiana, and organized the 12th Cavalry of that state; went out as Colonel of it in the spring of 1864, and had command of the 2d Brigade of the 7th Division of the Cavalry Corps of the Mississippi; raided through to Mobile and New Orleans, and throughout the Mississippi Valley; was mustered out Nov. 10, 1865, at Vicksburg, Miss.; he then located in Ashtabula, Ohio, as pastor of a church, and in 1870, at Jamestown, N. Y., he bought an interest in the Chautauqua Democrat, a weekly Republican paper, which he changed into a daily, and supported Greeley as a Liberal Republican for president. Greeley learned his trade in the office of that paper. Brook Fletcher was his associate on the Democrat Moved to Olny, Ill., in 1873, and to this city in 1874, where he was installed as pastor of the above church. The church was nearly finished when he took charge of the congregation, but it was dedicated under his charge, the dedication sermon being preached by Rev. T. K. Beecher, of Elmira N. Y.

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This family biography is one of 1444 biographies included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Adams County, Illinois

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