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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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PIERCE, JAMES, carpenter and builder; residence, Payson; is the son of James and Nancy (Frakes) Pierce, of Kentucky. He was born in Grant county, in that State, Sept. 24, 1834. He learned the carpenters’ trade there, and worked some years at it; then removed to Shelby county, Mo., for five years. He returned to Payson in 1862. He married Mary J. Gibney, Nov. 16, 1853. She was born in Lexington, Ky., May 11, 1831. They have had two children, one living: Naomi A., born Aug. 26, 1857, attending Chaddock College. In the eighteen years Mr. Pierce has been in Payson, he has erected a large number of the finest public and private buildings in and about the village; among them the school building and the new M. E. church, one of the neatest, and best arranged structures of its class in the county. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity. He and his wife are connected with the M. E. church. Owns a dwelling and lot in the village.

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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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