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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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PILGERIM, JOHAN HEINRICH, boot and shoemaker, 287 South 7th street; residence, same; was born in Bramsche, Furstentum Osnabruck, Hanover, April, 1828; emigrated to America, arriving at Baltimore, Sept. 20, 1868, going direct to Quincy; married Miss Margaretha Vogs, June 9, 1852, in the same place where he was born. She was born in the same place, Feb. 2, 1831, and emigrated to America, with her husband and children. Four children: Johan Heinrich, born Oct. 4, 1853; Anna Maria, born Sept. 11, 1858 (now Mrs. Steffan); Amalia, born Nov. 4, 1861; and Herman Frederick, born Feb. 28, 1865. Religion, Lutheran. Politics, Republican. Was a member of the 7th Inf. Regt., 3d Co., stationed at Osnabruck from April, 1849, till 1856, when he was honorably discharged. Is a member of the Protestant Widows and Orphans’ Association of Quincy. Real and personal property estimated at $1,500.

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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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