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Below is a family biography included in Book of Biographies: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Cortland County, New York published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1898.  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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WILLIAM C. BOUCK, junior member of the firm of Frasier & Bouck, proprietors of a meat market in Cortland village, is a son of William D. and Adelaide M. (Hills) Bouck. He was born September 21, 1868, at Pharsalia, Chenango County, N. Y.

Jacob D. Bouck, his paternal grandfather, after receiving a common school education, followed the occupation of a farmer at Pharsalia, N. Y., but lived the latter years of his life in retirement. In politics he was a Democrat. He was the father of three children, namely: William D.; Luther; and Mary E., who is now the wife of Samuel Thompson.

William D. Bouck, the father of our subject, was born at Pharsalia, Chenango County, N. Y., where he received a good common school education. He then learned the trade of a harness maker, which he followed for some time. He was a Free Mason; and his political views were formed in accordance with Democratic teaching. Mr. Bouck was the father of one child, William C., the subject of this sketch. Mrs. Adelaide M. Bouck died November 25, 1869, and her husband was called home February 1 6, 1875.

William C. Bouck received a primary and high school education, in Cobleskill, Schoharie County, N. Y., graduating in the class of 1881. Becoming interested in the butcher business, he established a meat market at Cobleskill, Schoharie County, N. Y., where he remained until 1894; in that year he came to Cortland and a co-partnership was formed with A. B. Frasier, firm name Frasier & Bouck; they conduct the Central Meat Market, on East Court Street, which is now the largest one in the village.

Mr. Bouck was married February 19, 1890, to Mollie Wilber, daughter of James H. Wilber. One child has blessed their home, named Marguerite. Mr. and Mrs. Bouck are both active members of the Presbyterian Church. He affiliates with the Democratic party. Socially, he is a member of the Masonic order, belonging to the Cortland Lodge, No, 470, F. & A. M.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in Book of Biographies: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Cortland County, New York published in 1898. 

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