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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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DILLS, HENRY D., farmer and stock raiser; Sec. 18; P. O. La Prairie; was born in Parkersburg, Va., Jan. 15, 1816; came to this county April 30, 1836. He has 175 acres of land, valued at $7,000; married Elizabeth Thompson. She was born in Athens county, Ohio, Dec. 29, 1823. They have twelve children, ten living; William R., born Sept. 1, 1842; Mary E., June 4, 1844; Tunis E., Sept. 21, 1846; James M., Jan. 19, 1849; Georgia A., Feb. 1, 1851; Hobart, April 25, 1853; Marion, Sept. 11, 1855; Clara L., Nov. 10, 1857; Laura C., Jan. 25, 1859; Harrison, Jan. 30, 1861; Walter L., March 19, 1863; Frederick, June 10, 1865; (William and Georgia died in infancy). They emigrated from Virginia to Ohio when he was two years old, lived there ten years; thence to Adams county, and lived in Quincy until 1857; worked at the plastering business for twenty years; worked on Gov. Woods’ house, also the Quincy House. There were but few houses in the city; has shot squirrels on the seminary grounds. Mrs. Dills was in Quincy in 1833, when it was not larger than La Prairie. The Court House was a log house; it was burnt down, and four prisoners were brought to her father’s house for safe keeping. When they came here their whole effects would not amount to a hundred dollars. He built a house on Kentucky and 8th street in 1842, which is. still standing. He came here in limited circumstances, by industry and economy has made himself and family a good 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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