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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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DAVIS, HOPE S. (firm of Davis & Poling), Attorney at Law, east side of Washington Square; born in Monroe county, N. Y., 1828; received an academic education. In early years he resided on a farm; taught school four years; studied law and was admitted to the Bar in Rochester, N. Y., 1852, in which year he settled in Quincy, where he has since resided. He has been County Superintendent of schools of Adams county, also Superintendent of Quincy schools, and a member of the city council. He is Representative in the Thirtieth General Assembly from the 37th District; was elected in 1876 as a Democrat, receiving 9,688 ½ votes.

Mr. Theodore C. Poling was born in Middletown, N.J., 1840; located in Quincy, 1870; served in the Union army; attended Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., from 1861 to 1864; was admitted to the Bar in 1871; taught school previously.

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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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