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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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WHARTON, HENRY E., nurseryman; residence, Payson. He was born in Chester county, Pa., Sept. 17, 1845; is the son of Benjamin and Anna (Smedley) Wharton, of Pennsylvania. His mother is proprietor of the hotel at Payson. He moved with his parents to Wayne county, Ind., when he was eight years old; remained five years; then moved to Payson in the fall of 1858. He attended the common school during the winter and worked on the farm in the summer. In 1864 he went to Colorado and spent a season at Pike’s Peak, returning that winter. Two years later he embarked in the nursery business, which he has since followed. He married Mrs. Mary A. Nicholson, Feb. 6, 1873, who was born in Payson, Feb. 7, 1840 (widow of John W. Nicholson). They have three children: Reba G., born Dec. 30, 1873; Harry G., born Dec. 24, 1875, and Arthur H., born Feb. 27, 1878. His wife owns a house and lot. She is a member of the M. E. church. He has held several local offices; is now Town Clerk. He ships nursery stock extensively to Missouri.

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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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