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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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BOOKOUT, GRANVILLE, farmer and stock-raiser; Sec. 27; P. O. Adams; was born in Wayne county, Ky., Feb. 11, 1836; parents moved to Alabama in 1839, where his father died in the fall of same year; the rest of the family then came to Illinois, where, two years after, his mother died. In early life he worked in a foundry, then upon a farm until he accumulated enough to buy a small farm of his own; and since then, by his untiring industry and perseverance in business, he has been able to add acre to acre, until now he owns 600 acres, besides valuable land in Hannibal, Mo. His home farm of 240 acres is nicely improved and quite valuable. He is a man of strict integrity, and is highly esteemed by the community. He was married, Oct. 22, 1868, to Jennie C. Morton. She was born Dec. 21, 1842. Have four children: May, born Oct. 21, 1870; Ida, born Aug. 20, ’72; Florence, born May 3, ’76; Edmond, born Nov. 4, ’78. He is a member of the Congregational church at Payson, and Mrs. Bookout is a member of the Baptist church at Newtown. Politically, he is a Republican.

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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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