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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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BUTTZ, HON. A. H. D., capitalist; P. O. Liberty. The subject of this biography saw the light of day Aug. 10, 1809, in North Hampton county, Pennsylvania. His father, Hon. Michael R. Buttz, was a native of Sussex county, New Jersey. He removed to Northampton county, where he carried on milling and merchandise pursuits. He represented Northampton county in the Legislature as the Democratic representative for five terms. He was very successful in all his business pursuits. Jacob Buttz, the grandfather of Abraham, served during the War of the Revolution, and was with Washington’s army when they crossed the Delaware river on that cold Christmas night, when they defeated and captured the Hessians. Mr. A. H. D. Buttz received his early training in the schools of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, under the instruction of the Moravian College. In 1834 he came to Adams county, Illinois, and built a saw mill on McKee’s Creek, this being the first mill in that township. This property he afterward sold, and removed to Liberty, where he engaged in merchandising from ‘36 until ‘61. By a strict attention to business he acquired a handsome fortune. He then sold out his business to his sons, M. R. and A. H. D. Jr. Mr. Buttz was married Sept. 13, 1835, to Miss Mary E., daughter of D. P. Meacham, who came to Adams county in 1829. She was born July 3, 1819, in Ohio. They have had eleven children, six are now living: M. R., their oldest son, died in Kansas in 1875, aged 36 years. He was a graduate of the Northwestern Christian University, Indiana. He was a lawyer by profession, having practiced at Quincy a number of years. The surviving children are: Mary, A. H. D. Jr., Jno. W., Samuel D., Jessie S., and Mira. Has been Postmaster thirteen years. He owns over 2,000 acres of improved land in Adams county, also lands in Kansas, and property in Quincy. Republican. Mrs. B. is a member of the Christian church.

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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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