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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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VONDERHEIDE, JOHN B., farmer; Sec. 20; P. O. Quincy; was born in Hanover, Germany, Dec. 6, 1819; was educated in the schools of his native country, and also of this county. In 1837 he emigrated to this country, and settled in Virginia, where he lived till 1839, and then removed to this county. On the 19th of August, 1845, he was married to Miss Mary Anna Giese. She was born in Hanover, also; and came to this country the same year as her husband. They have had twelve children, eight of whom are still living; three sons and five daughters. He owns about seventy acres of land, besides considerable property in Quincy. The home place contains forty-four and one-half acres, which for location, fertility of soil, and improvement, will compare favorably with any in the township. He was, in former years, an old line Whig, but is now politically, Independent, and a member of the Roman Catholic church. He was, in years gone by, Street Commissioner in Quincy, and is one of the old energetic and industrious citizens who have been so conducive to the county’s present prosperous condition.

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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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