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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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ORDING, HENRY, Sheriff of Adams county, Maine, between 7th and 8th streets. The subject of this sketch was born in Germany, March 10, 1836; received his education in the schools of his native country also in this, the country of his adoption. In June, 1856 he emigrated to this country and on the 23d of the month landed in Quincy, Ill., where he was married Oct. 25, 1859, to Miss Mary C. Glass, a native of this city. She was born Nov. 20, 1841. They have had eight children, six of whom are now living, four sons and two daughters: Henry C., born Sept. 20, 1860; Mary C., born Dec. 26, 1862; John C., born Oct. 24, 1865; Chas. J., born, March 14, 1868; Joseph B., born Aug. 4, 1871, and Caroline S., born Nov. 11, 1873. While still in his native country he learned the trade of chair-maker, at which business he spent seven years of his life in this city, after which he engaged in general mercantile business for about fourteen years, during which time he served the city as Alderman of the 5th Ward, for one term, 1873-1874, after which he accepted the office of Deputy Sheriff under Geo. Craig, and afterward served under John S. Pollock, until his own election as Sheriff of the county, which occurred in September, 1878, which office he now holds with credit and honor as well to himself as his constituents.

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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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