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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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DURHOLT, HENRY, soda water factory, 141 S. 7th; residence, same; was born in Osnabuck, Prussia, in 1825; came to the United States and located in St. Louis for a short time; moved to Quincy in 1855; married Katarina Groner in 1849; she was born in Prussia in 1828. Their children are: G. Henry, Casper H., Eva, Conrad, Annie, Francis, Charlie, and Adelheid. They are members of the Catholic Church. He is a Democrat. He was Collector in 1861 and City Treasurer in 1873, and has been Trustee in St. Boniface Church since 1869; is stock holder and director in the Germania Insurance and Saving Institute of Quincy, and President of the Germania Publishing Co., of Quincy. He has a large and flourishing manufactory of soda water, seltzer, and other soft beverages, the only one in the city.

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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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