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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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COX, GEO. W., Physician; residence, Clayton; is the son of Charles and Rache (Craig) Cox. His father was a native of Kentucky. His mother of Scott county, Ind. He was born in Morgan county, Ill., July 4, 1842; removed with his parents to Hancock county in 1850; was educated at Keokuk, Ia.; read medicine with Dr. D. L. McGugen of that place, and attended lectures at the Iowa State University of Medicine—now College of Physicians and Surgeons — graduated in 1865. He began practice at Liberty, Adams county, Ill., the same year; came to Clayton, in 1867. He married Mary V. Hessey, June 17, 1868, who was born in St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 7, 1845. They have one child, Charles Hessey, born March 28, 1870. Dr. Cox is a member of the Masonic Order and of the A. O. U. W. Is medical examiner of the Masonic Relief Association and of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He and his wife are both members of the Presbyterian church. Politics, Democrat.

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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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