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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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WARD, FREDERICK, farmer; Sec. 20; P. O. Loraine; was born in Hancock county, Ill., June 22, 1840; married Miss Sarah Cort, April 15, 1869. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1845. They have had five children, four living: Franklin, born April 6, 1870; George, born March, 1872; Henry, born March, 1874; Sarah Jane, born Nov. 28, 1875; and the baby, born March 28, 1878. Henry was drowned in Bear Creek, six miles west; went with his parents on a visit, got lost in the woods, and his body was found in the water, Dec. 12, 1877. Mr. Ward owns eighty acres of land, three-fourths of a mile from the village of Loraine, forty-five of which is under good cultivation, worth $3,000. He went to California in 1863, remaining there one year; returned to this county, and bought his present home in December, 1868.

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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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