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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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DeGROOT, EDWARD, farmer and stock-raiser; Sec. 12; P. O. Augusta, Hancock county, Ill.; was born in the city of New York, Oct. 4, 1815; came to this county in the fall of 1860; married Hannah West. She was born at Long Branch, N. J., March 28, 1817. She is mother of ten children: Julia A., born April 24, 1838; John, born March 31, 1840; George W., born Jan. 3, 1842; Mary E., born March 20, 1844; John B., born June 12, 1846; Wm. H., born Oct. 1, 1848; Edward, born Nov. 7, 1850; Clarissa, born Jan. 3, 1853; Adell, March 16, 1856; Eugene, April 11, 1858. John died June 4, 1842; Wm. H., Sept. 10, 1849; Clarissa, June, 1878. John B. enlisted in the 50th Regt. Ill. Inf.; was with Sherman on his march to the sea; was wounded in North Carolina, and sent to New York hospital, where he remained a few months, when he was mustered out. Mr. DeGroot has a good farm of 360 acres, and a comfortable home, valued at $7,000, and is one of the sound farmers of the township. He belongs to the M. E. church.

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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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