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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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PHIRMANN, GEORGE, merchant and stock-dealer; P.O. Coatsburg; was born in Neuburg, Bavaria, Feb. 16, 1838; came to this country in 1854; married Emily Grigsby. She was born in Honey Creek township, April 10, 1842. They have four children: Louisa, Fannie, George E., and John G. He has held the offices of Postmaster and Supervisor of Honey Creek township. He crossed the ocean in a sailing vessel; was forty-one days crossing; landed at New Orleans; thence up the Mississippi river to Quincy; engaged in shoemaking for nine years; since that time has been merchandising; carries a stock of about $5,000, and does a business of $20,000; does the leading business in the village. When he came to this country he was a poor man; had to earn money to pay his passage over. By industry and economy he has made a good property and home.

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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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