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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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WALKER, C. W., farmer; Sec. 35; P. O. Keokuk Junction; was born in Randolph county, N. C., July 3, 1827, and came to this county in 1836. Has 432 acres of land, valued at $12,900. He married Mary Alexander. She was born in Russell county, Va., June, 1833, and died Oct. 28, 1877. Their children are: Minerva A., Polly A., Sarah A., F. E., Rachel J., William D., Robert M., and Jesse W. Two died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Walker belonged to the Methodist church. He emigrated when he was twelve years old, with his parents, to this county, where he has resided since; came with a four-horse team; was on the road six weeks; crossed through Cumberland Gap. The first winter he lived in a school-house; used a box for a table; split out puncheons for stools; rented a farm the first year, a short distance from where he now lives; afterward rented of Fleming Burke for three years. He knows what a circle-hunt is; has participated in a great many, and has helped to kill as high as six deer in a day; came here a poor boy, but by hard work and good judgment has made a good home.

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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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