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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, JAMES W., division carpenter of the Wabash Railway; residence, Clayton; son of Josiah Band Francis Anderson; was born in Brown county, Ill., Jan. 27, 1832; worked at blacksmithing a number of years in early life; came to Clayton in 1854, where he continued the business for ten years. Enlisted in Co. B, 50th Regt. Ill. Inf., in August, 1861; went as Orderly Sergeant; was promoted to 2d Lieutenant, June, 1862; was Aid-de-Camp on Gen. Vandivee’s staff; was mustered out Jan. 27, 1865. After leaving the service, engaged in the drug business in Clayton for twelve years, then handled sewing machines for a time, and finally entered the employ of the Wabash Railway Company, May, 1878. He was first married to Elizabeth Davis, of Virginia, March 21, 1852. She died in December, 1864, leaving five children; four are living: Amanda, Sept. 6, 1855; Elmore D., Dec. 17, 1857; Lillie L., Dec. 29, 1859; Edgar, May 22, 1862; oldest child died July 31, 1854. Married again Sept. 26, 1865, to Annie Wheatley, of Kentucky. She has one child, Robert L., born Jan. 19, 1866. Mr. Anderson is a member of the I. O. O. F. Encampment; owns a house and two lots in Clayton.

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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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