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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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DIRKERS, FRANZ, boot and shoe store, northwest corner of 10th and State streets; residence same. He was born in Glandorp, Ampteburg, Hanover, Europe, July 15, 1841, and emigrated to America, landing at Baltimore, Sept. 1, 1859. From thence to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he remained two years; thence to Quincy, Ill., where he arrived July 3, 1861. He married Maria Thale, in Quincy, August 25, 1862; she was born in Cincinnati, Feb. 1, 1842, and came to Quincy in 1857; six children, two dead, four living: Maria Katherina, born August 21, 1863; Franz Henry, born February 8, 1870; Franz Joseph, born March 29, 1874, and Ernst August, born July 3, 1876. Religion, Roman Catholic; politics, Democrat; was in the government service; on the Hannibal & St. Joe Railroad from 1864 till 1867. Is a member of St. Boniface Society, Aloysius Orphan Society, St. Nicholas Society, St. John’s Savings Institution, and the St. Cecelia Singing Choir of St. Boniface 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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