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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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VANHORN, GEO. W., farmer; Sec. 21; P. O. Lima; was born in Bucks county, Penn., June 17, 1826, where he received his early education. In 1845, he moved west, and settled in Adams county, Ill., where he was married, in August, 1846, to Miss Elizabeth Vinson, who was born in Ohio, Feb. 20, 1828. They have had twelve children, ten of whom are now living, three sons and seven daughters: Joseph M., born Oct. 25, 1847 (died Jan. 22, 1852); Geo. L., born Oct. 9, 1850; Mary Ann Amelia, born Jan. 25, 1853; Clara D., born Jan. 26, 1856; Emma E., born April 4, 1858; Wm. John Dayton, born May 5, 1859; Harrett Lydia, born Oct., 18, 1861; Ida, born June 9, 1864; Ada May, born Nov. 5, 1865; Halcane, born Feb. 8, 1867 (died July 11, 1869); Lucinda Olive, born June 20, 1869, and Richard Grant, born March 9,1871. He owns 100 acres of land. He is Republican in politics, and a member of the M. E. church, and is now one of the prominent farmers of the township. He began life in moderate circumstances.

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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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