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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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CURRY, BENJ. A., farmer and merchant; residence, Clayton; is the son of Thomas and Matilda (Murphy) Curry, both of Kentucky, and now living in Clayton. He was born in the same state, May 8, 1825; came to Illinois and settled in Clayton township, Adams county, in 1887; has always farmed, and has been engaged a number of years in general merchandising, also in the manufacture of scales for five years, from 1864;. was also engaged in the wagon-making business two years. He married Mary Ann Major, Oct. 10, 1850. She was from Ohio. She died in 1864, leaving three children: Malinda A., Dora A. and Mary Ellen. He married for his second wife, Lucy J. Hoskins, March 28, 1865. She was born in Ohio, Jan. 5, 1837. They have three children: Edgar Thomas, Charles Samuel and Carrie Eva. He has held several local offices; was Supervisor of Clayton for two terms; owns 520 acres of improved land in Clayton township, in all, 670 acres in Illinois. He started in life without any capital. He purchased his first piece of land in 1850; made a payment of $150, $75 of which he borrowed. He is one of the energetic and enterprising citizens of the township.

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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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