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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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CURTIS, ELAM B., merchant; Camp Point; was born in Onondaga county. New York, Jan. 10, 1818. He was educated at Monroe Academy, Eldridge, N. Y. He came with his parents to Illinois and settled at Woodville, Adams county, at the age of eighteen years. He spent several years in teaching school and farming while there. He removed thence to Columbus where he remained five years, and was engaged in the mercantile business in the employ of F. Collins; came to Camp Point and embarked in merchandising on his own account, in 1854. He was first married, Feb. 2, 1842 to Nancy Carrol, who was born in Ohio. She died in 1855, leaving one son, Warren C., born Feb. 15, 1843. He died Sept. 11, 1868. Mr. Cummins was married again to Ann M. (Clark) Carroll, in November 1857. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian church in Camp Point, of which he is elder, and one of the original organizers. He owns a house, store, and two lots in Camp Point.

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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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