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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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DeGROOT, JOHN, farmer and stock-raiser; Sec. 10; P. O. La Prairie; was born in the city of New York, April 8, 1808; came to this county in the fall of 1836; married Margaret Harvey in 1829. She was born in Monmouth county, N. J., March 23, 1801. Seven children: Mary, born Oct. 19, 1830; Wm. H. and Jacob B. (twins), born March 17, 1832; Phoebe, May 2, 1839; John, April 6, 1841; Edward, July 6, 1843; Clarissa, Aug. 13, 1846. Jacob B., died Feb. 19, 1846. Mr. DeGroot emigrated from New York to Long Branch, N. J., in 1816: lived there twenty years; thence to Adams county, coming through from Long Branch in a two-horse wagon, being six weeks and two days on the road; stopped at Quincy one year, and then came to the farm where he now resides, moving into a log shanty,18x18, with five in the family. There was not a house on what is called La Prairie. Mr. De Groot came here at an early day, has accumulated a fine property, having 1,440 acres of land, valued at $43,200, and is the wealthiest man in the township. On the way from Quincy to his present home, in 1836, he did not see a house.

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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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