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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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VIERHELLER, CHARLES, Postmaster; Lima; was born in Germany, Nov. 8, 1832; received his early education in the schools of his native country, and, in 1852, emigrated to this country, and settled in Columbus, Ohio, where he lived two years, and, for the next three years, traveled about from one place to another. In 1857, he settled in Warsaw, Ill., where he was married, in 1858; to Miss Annie E. Ehler, a native of the same country as her husband. They have had six children, four of whom are now living, two sons and two daughters. His wife died, Feb. 11, 1877. He owns a valuable property in the town of Lima. He is a Republican, and is at present Postmaster of Lima, which office he has held for two years; was commissioned 2d Lieutenant of the 8th Regt. Mo. Inf., in June, 1861, and was afterward promoted to 1st Lieutenant of the same regiment; served some two years, during which time he took part in the battles of Fort Donaldson, Russel’s House before Corinth, Champion Hill, Black River, and Vicksburg, where he was disabled, and resigned his commission in 1863. He then came to Lima, and has been a prominent and esteemed citizen of the town ever since.

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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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