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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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BARNARD, JOHN S., farmer; Sec. 23; P. O. Stone’s Prairie; is the youngest of three, two sons and one daughter, Volentine W., and Polly (McMillen) Barnard; father a native of Virginia, mother of Tennessee. He was born Aug. 12, 1821, in Sumner county, and reared in Robinson county of the latter State. His mother died when he was two years old; his father married again and removed to Adams county, Ill., 1828. He married Susan V. Tilman, Jan. 25, 1843. She was born in Robinson county, Tenn., May 28, 1827; is the daughter of William M., and Agnes (Yates) Tilman. They have six children: William V., Charles E. (both now in Nevada), David A., Laura M., Lue H., and John Overton. They first settled in Payson township. They own 40 acres in the home farm, worth $75 per acre. Their second son, Charles E., served three years in the regular army. Mr. Barnard’s father now lives in Platt county, Missouri, aged eighty-three. He had seven children by his second wife.

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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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