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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, MRS. ELIZABETH (maiden name Marshall). Father came from England; residence, 57 N. 6th street. She was born in Worcester county, Md., in Dec, 1805; married Mr. John Anderson in 1824. He was born in Maryland, 1795, and died 1850. Mrs. Anderson moved to Quincy with her five children, having lost three before her husband’s death, and one, William S. M., having already located in Quincy some time previously. Her children’s names were: Elizabeth, who married W. G. English, in Sacramento, Cal.; William S. M., now a resident of Lewis Co., Mo., the proprietor of a large and well equipped stock farm; Emeline, James, and Dr. John D., deceased (the latter died in Mexico, where he traveled for his health); and Ziporah, who married Judge Sepulveda, of Los Angeles, Cal., is also dead, leaving one beautiful child, Ora Aneta, who is now living with her father in California. William S. M. was County Clerk of Adams county four years, and declined re-nomination on account of poor health. Mrs. Anderson is in her 73d year, has been twenty-eight years a widow, and is as smart and active as many not half her age.

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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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