My Genealogy Hound

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.

* * * *

VAN DOORN, MRS. J. K., retired; residence, 152 North 8th street; born in Hartford county, Conn., in 1821; married John K. Van Doorn in 1841. He was born in Templeton, Mass., in 1814; died in 1875, in leaving three children: George C., Helen M. (now Mrs. Morgan), and Anna G. (now Mrs. F. H. Long). They are members of the Congregational Church. Mr. Van Doorn has been in the lumber business since 1852 in Quincy. During the war, when refugees were pouring into Illinois from Missouri, he was appointed United States Commissary to distribute provisions to the destitute people, which position he filled with credit to himself, and satisfaction of all concerned. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. His son, George C., teller, was in the First National Bank of Quincy six years, and was appointed United States Pension Agent at Quincy, which position he held for several years.

* * * *

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

View additional Adams County, Illinois family biographies here: Adams County, Illinois Biographies

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.