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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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WALLACE, JAMES A., farmer; Sec. 1; P. O. Camp Point; was born in Garrard county, Ky., March 28, 1821, where he lived until fourteen years of age, when he came to this State with his mother. His father died when James was quite young. He and his mother located in this township, on Sec. 2, where he remained until 1851; was married in August, 1846, to Miss Virginia Cromwell, of Kentucky. She died in 1855, leaving one child. In 1859 he was married to his present wife, Miss Mary P. Black, of Perry county, Pa. They are members of the United Presbyterian church. He is a Republican; owns 540 acres of land in Camp Point and Houston townships. Mr. Wallace has been identified to some extent in the township, having been Supervisor and always ready to assist in promoting the interests of the county.

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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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