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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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PAPE, FREDERICK, miller; Sec. 28; P. O. Quincy; was born in Hanover, Prussia, Aug. 24, 1820; was educated in the schools of his native country. At the age of sixteen began the milling business. In 1847 he emigrated to this country, and, after working in some of the mills of Quincy, Ill., Dubuque, Iowa, and other places, for about two years, he settled in Payson, this county, and bought what is known as the Payson Windmill. In 1851 he was married to Miss Margaret Eaton, a native of Scotland. She was born in April, 1826, and died in Payson, July 14, 1862. By this marriage he had six children, three of whom are still living, one son and two daughters. In June, 1864, he purchased and began running the Melrose Mills, where he manufactures some choice brands of flour. On the 5th of June, 1878, he married his second, and present, wife, who was Mrs. Jennet Palmer (widow of John. Palmer). She was born in Scotland, May 1, 1828. She has, by her previous marriage, three children, two sons and one daughter. He is a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church, of Quincy. She and the rest of the family are members of the Payson Congregational 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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