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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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PELLENWESSEL, HENRY, boot and shoe store, and manufacturer, State street between 7th and 8th; residence same. He was born in Ampt Damme, Grosz, Herzogtum, Oldenburg, Europe, Dec. 28, 1825, and emigrated to America, landing at New Orleans, La., June 3, 1847; from there he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, and came to Quincy, Ill., in 1850, following his profession of shoemaker. He married Miss Maria Tahle, at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1851. She was born in same place as her husband, and emigrated to America landing at Baltimore, in 1845; thence to Cincinnati, Ohio. Seven children, three dead, four living: Josephina aged twenty-three, Frederica aged fourteen, Francisca aged twelve, and Henry, nine years of age. Religion, Roman Catholic. Is a member of St. John’s Savings Institution of St. Boniface Church. Real and personal property valued at $2,000.

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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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