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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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BENHOFF, AUGUST, blacksmith, corner 9th and State streets; residence, corner 6th street and Payson avenue; was born in Heuhel, Hanover, Europe, in 1834, and emigrated to America, landing at New Orleans, La., in 1854; from there he went by boat to St. Louis, Mo., where he remained twelve years following his trade of blacksmith, and then came to Quincy, Ill., in 1866. Married Miss Carolina Veanop in St. Louis, Mo., in 1859. She was born near Erford, Europe, in 1834, and emigrated to America in 1852. One child, named Carolina F. K., who died in 1860, aged two years. In 1868 Mr. and Mrs. Benhoff adopted two children, Carolina, now aged fifteen years, born in St. Louis, Mo., and August, fifteen years, born in Quincy, Ill. Religion, Lutheran. Politics, Democrat. Is a member of Quincy Grove Lodge No. 10, U. A. O. D., and the General Benevolent Association of Quincy. Property, real and personal, valued at $6,000.

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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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