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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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WHITCOMB, DAVID, farmer; Sec. 22; P. O. Stone’s Prairie. He was born in Payson township, Adams county, April 18, 1838. He is the sixth of nine children, seven of whom are living, of Wyman and Lury (Brockway) Whitcomb. Wyman Whitcomb was born in Hartford, Windsor county, Vt., Oct. 8, 1798. Lury Brockway was born in Herkimer county, N. Y., Nov. 15, 1803. They were married in Trumbull county, Ohio, Nov. 16, 1823. They came west and settled in Payson township on the farm where David was born, in 1833, and where they still live. He enlisted in the Union army, in Co. D, 50th Regt. Ill. Inf., in August, 1861, as a Sergeant, in which capacity he served one year; was then transferred to Co. K. He was wounded in the shoulder, receiving a fracture of the scapula, at the battle of Corinth, Oct. 4, 1862; was discharged in September, 1864. He married Mary E. Hibbard, Dec. 20, 1866. She was born in Adams county, April 23, 1846, and died March 10, 1867, leaving one child, Julius M. Mr. Whitcomb married Charlotte Hoffman, Nov. 10, 1867. She is the daughter of Andrew and Hannah (Murphy) Hoffman, and was born in Adams county, Dec. 27, 1851. They have had six children, four living: Clara, Willis, Emma, and Lura. Mr. Whitcomb owns forty acres in the home farm, worth $65 per acre.

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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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