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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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WARING, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. La Prairie; was born in Lewis county, Ky., Aug. 30, 1825; came to this county, in the spring of 1835; has 167 acres of land, valued at $7,000; married Martha Robbins. She was born in Guilford county, N. C., 1829. They have had six children, Eliza, Nettie, Johnny, Mary, Andrew S. and James H.; only one is living. Mr. and Mrs. Waring belong to the M. E. church. His father emigrated from Maryland to Kentucky when he was five years old, and lived there thirty-three years, where he raised a family of six children; then in 1835 came to this county, where he lived until he died, at the age of seventy-five years. He was in the War of 1812. When he came here, moved into a shanty, 12x14 feet, on the land where Alanson Tarr now lives; used a store box for a table, for a number of years. Mr. Waring is one of the pioneers of this 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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