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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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BART, JOHN, wine-grower and gardener; Sec. 7; P. O. Quincy; was born in Germany, Dec. 18, 1816; was married twice. His first wife was Miss Catherine Otto, to whom he was married in 1846. His second, and present wife, was Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffman (widow of Frederick Hoffman, to whom he was married in Wisconsin, in 1853). She was born in Germany, Dec. 4, 1823. By this marriage there are three children: John, Christina, and Mary Ann. Mrs. Bart had, by her former marriage, four children: Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary, and Julia. He came to this country, Feb. 15, 1849, and settled in Joliet, Ill., where he lived two years; then moved to Wisconsin, and lived there until 1860, when he removed to Quincy, and landed here the same day that Mr. Lincoln was elected President. He was elected Justice of the Peace in April, 1877, which office he now holds. He owns and occupies a beautiful suburban residence adjoining the city of Quincy, on which is a splendid vineyard, and also an abundance of the different varieties of fruit, and very valuable. He is a Democrat, and one of the most ardent workers in the ranks, and a member of the Roman Catholic church.

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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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