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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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ADAMS, REV. HENRY C., pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Payson; was born in Troy, New York, Jan. 21, 1836. His father, Rev. Samuel C. Adams, an Evangelist in the M. E. church, having been born in Massachusetts, and his mother, Brittanna (Cutler) Adams, in Vermont. His education was chiefly obtained in Yates county, N. Y., and completed at Cornell College, Mt. Vernon. He prepared for the ministry and was licensed to preach just prior to entering the army as a member of Co. F., 20th Regt. Iowa Inf., in August 1862. He was with the regiment the first year; for fourteen months before he left the service he was on detached duty as clerk in Gen. Bank’s headquarters at New Orleans. He was discharged for disability Oct. 4th, 1864. The following February he entered upon ministerial work, as junior preacher at Wilmington, Will county, Ill. He preached to his first regular charge the following year, at Seneca, La Salle county, and has been engaged in pastoral work every year since save one. He married Flora Ross, in Sept. 1865. She was born in Macoupin county, Ill., Sept, 27, 1843; is the daughter of Lieut. Col. J. W. Ross, who was killed while leading the 32d Ill. in a charge at the battle of Shiloh. Mr. and Mrs. A. have had five children, three living: Hattie B., born Nov. 16, 1869, Freddie C., June 16,1872, and Flora L., Aug. 26, 1875. Rev. A. is now in the second year of his pastoral labors in Payson. The society is very prosperous under his ministrations and has erected a model and commodious edifice, whose existence is largely due to his persevering efforts.

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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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