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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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BRENNER, CHARLES, Quincy Patent Paving-Stone Company and Pottery, 22d street between Oak and Vine streets; residence, same; was born in St. Johann, on River Saar, Prussia, in 1826; came to the United States in 1852, and located in New York city; went to Quebec, Can., in 1854, and moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1855, and to Marion county, Mo., soon after, and followed his business until 1863, when he located in Quincy, and established his present pottery-works and Patent Paving-Stone Company. He married Rosana Trabold in 1861; she was born in Bavaria; they have two children deceased, and have adopted a nephew. Mrs. Brenner is a Catholic; he is a Lutheran; he is Independent in politics, a member of the Firemen’s Benevolent Society, and has been a fireman eighteen years. He is the inventor and patentee of the patent paving-stone manufactured by this company, which supercedes in every respect all other kinds of paving-stone, tile or brick; it is neater, cleaner, better to travel on and more durable than any other known material used as a paving-stone, etc.

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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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