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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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PETERS, AUGUST, boot and shoemaker, 709 State street; residence, same. He was born in Prussia, Germany, June 11, 1837, and emigrated to America, arriving at New York City in November, 1865; then going to Pittsburg, Penn.; then to Bay City, Mich., and from thence to Quincy, Ill., where he arrived on July 10, 1872. He married Miss Katie Goebel, in Quincy, Oct. 15, 1874. She was born in Heldau, Hesse, Darmstadt, Europe, Jan. 26, 1845, and emigrated to America, in 1854, coming direct to Adams county. He had four children: Henry, aged 9 years (by a former wife); Otto, 3 years; Adonia, 1 year 9 months, and Rebecca, aged 2 months. Member of German Methodist Episcopal Church. Politics, Independent. Is a member of the German Protestant Widows and Orphans’ Society of Quincy. He served in the 3d Uhlan Regt. No. 11, at Furstenwald, under the King of Prussia, from 1857 to 1860.

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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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