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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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VINSON, GRAYSON T., farmer: Sec. 6; P. O. Lima. The subject of this sketch was born in sec. 7, Lima township, Oct. 26, 1834. He is the second son of Isaac D. and Katie Vinson (deceased). Mr. Vinson was born in Giles Co., Tenn., May 26, 1804, and his wife in Bourbon Co., Ky., Oct. 8, 1807. They came to this county in 1830 from Missouri, where they had lived some years after coming west. They raised a family of eight children, six sons and two daughters. He died, June 9, 1847, and his wife, Nov. 9, 1862. Mr. G. T. Vinson was educated in the schools of Lima, and on the 11th of April, 1863, was married to Miss Nancy J. Lemons, daughter of Rudy Lemons, of this township. They have five children, one son and four daughters. He owns 105 acres of land, which for soil and improvement, will compare with any in the township. He is Democratic in politics, and School Director of the town of Lima, and one of the successful farmers of the county.

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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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