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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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BECKETT, GEORGE R., farmer; Sec. 14; P. O. Camp Point; was born in Camp Point township, May 21, 1849. His parents were Joseph and Elizabeth F. (Todd) Beckett. Mr. Joseph Beckett was born in Clark county, Ind., where he married Miss Todd, Feb. 9, 1837. Two years later they came to Adams county, Ill., and to the farm where George and his mother now live in 1844. They had a family of six children, four of whom are living: William T., Mary A. (now Mrs. Thomas), Joseph A., and George R. James Marion Beckett lost his life in the war of the rebellion, being mortally wounded at the battle of Bentonville, March 19, 1865; died March 27, 1865; was Corporal in the 78th Regt. Ill. Inf. William T., a member of the same company, was wounded at the battle of Atlanta, being shot through the wrist and thigh. Mr. Beckett, Sr. carried on coopering quite extensively; also, farming for many years. He died, Oct. 19, 1878. George R. Beckett married Miss Mary S. Taylor, April 1, 1870, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Taylor. She was born in York county, Penn., Jan. 8, 1851; had three children, one living, Lola F., born Feb. 11, 1871 (died Jan. 24, 1876); Frank P., born April 26, 1876 (died Nov. 2, 1878); Edith A., born Sept. 24, 1878. He owns 125 acres of improved land, in Schuyler county, Ill., worth $35 per acre, and sixty acres in Camp Point, worth $45 per acre. Mrs. Beckett owns forty-five acres, worth the same.

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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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