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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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BUSS, GERD H., farmer; Sec. 5; P. O. Keokuk Junction; is the son of Henry G. and Gertie Buss, of Hanover, Germany. He was born in the same place, Oct. 22, 1830; came to America in the spring of ‘51, and settled in Clayton township, Adams county, Ill. He was married to Alty Franzen, July 3, 1852. She was born in Germany, Oct. 21, 1828. Eight children: Henry, Harm, Anke, John, Richard, George, Gertie and Martha. He and wife are members of the Lutheran church. He owns 340 acres of well improved land (house cost $4,800), worth $60 per acre, and two houses and lots in Keokuk Junction, worth $1,200. He also has 350 acres in Kansas, on which he sowed 200 acres of wheat this year. He carried on merchandising, together with farming, from 1862 to 1866. He began life without a dollar. Makes a specialty of live cattle and hogs.

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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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