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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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BORGHOLTHAUS, G. W., hotel-keeper; P. O. Fowler (son of Frederick Wm. and Elizabeth P.); was born in York county, Pa., Dec. 3, 1817; came to this county in 1838; has 164 acres of land, valued at $10,000; married Sarah A. Richie. She was born in Calhoun county, Ill., Feb. 28, 1820. Seven children, five living: Josiah R., Catherine T., John F., Samantha E., and Albion H. Went from Pennsylvania to Ontario county, N. Y., in 1830; lived there five years; thence to Franklin county, Ohio; resided there three years; then to Adams county in 1838; moved into a double log house, where they lived two years; then built a frame house; was here at the organization of the township; has 144 acres of land under good cultivation. His grandfather, on his mother’s side, was in the Revolutionary War, and her grandfather was in the War of 1812. At the time when Mrs. Borgholthaus came, Quincy was not larger than Fowler. They were among the earliest settlers of the township.

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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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