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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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BORK, CHARLES, sewing machine agent, corner 11th and State streets; was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Europe, February 2, 1844; emigrated to America with his parents in 1854, stopping at Peru, LaSalle county, Ill., till 1862, when he enlisted in Co. B., 104th Regt. Ill. Inf. serving three years; was honorably discharged at Chicago, his time of service having expired. During term of service was never absent from his company except when detailed for special duty; took part in all the actions of his regiment from Nashville, Tenn., to the Gulf of Mexico; taken prisoner at Hartsville, Tenn., and exchanged three weeks afterward; married Miss Anna Dauman in Quincy, April 8, 1871; she was born in Harresleben, Denmark, in 1848; came to America in 1869; landed at New York, going to Shelbina, Mo.; came to Quincy in 1870; two children: Anna Elizabeth, aged five years, and Liza, aged two years and six months. Religion, Lutheran. Politics, Republican. Is a member of Washington Grove, No. 3, U. A. O.D. Was commissioned by Governor Cullom Captain of the Quincy Veteran Guards (8th Regiment Illinois National Guards), dating from August 18, 1877; served with his company in the East St. Louis riot of 1877.

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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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