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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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BENZ, GEORGE, grocery and saloon, southwest corner of 7th and Payson Ave.; was born in Lauterbach, Obeskerch, Grand Duke of Baden, April 2, 1829; enlisted in the German army, 3d Infantry Battalion, 2d Company, May 1, 1851, in Monnheim. He left Germany June 28, 1854, and arrived in the United States August 29, same year; located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and worked at his trade as carpenter. He married Maria M. Hilderbrand April 22, 1856. She was born in Obeskerch Germany, Aug. 2, 1829. They were married in St. John’s Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, and located in Quincy, in 1857, where he followed his trade of carpenter until 1872, when he went into the grocery and saloon business at the above location. He has two boys and seven girls: Maria A. born Feb. 17, 1857; F. Joseph, born Aug. 3, 1859; George L., born July 27, 1861; Sophia, born June 25, 1863; Maria M., born July 24, 1865 (died June 2, 1877); Katherine T., born June 21, 1867; Maria F., born Dec. 30, 1869 (died June 12, 1878); Emma C., born Oct. 3,1871, and Yeta, Oct. 16, 1873.

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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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