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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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WAGNER, JACOB, farmer; Sec. 29; P. O. Quincy. The subject of this sketch was born in Lebanon county, Penn., Feb. 25, 1810, where he received his early education, and learned to read both the English and German while living on his father’s farm. On the 12th of May, 1837, he landed at Hannibal, Mo., and lived there nearly two years. In December, 1838, he settled on his present farm. He is a mill wright by trade, at which he worked for a few years after coming west. He was married, Sept. 21, 1841, to Miss Mary Ann Brown, of Missouri, born in Shenandoah county, Va., Oct. 15, 1824. They have had eight children, five of whom are still living. He began life poor, but is now numbered among the large and well-to-do farmers of the township. Republican in politics; and he and his family are members of the Methodist church, he for nearly fifty years, and his wife since 1840. He was a strong Union man during the rebellion. He cast his first vote for General Harrison for President, and speaks with pride of having voted both times for Abraham Lincoln. Owns 264 acres of land.

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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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