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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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WAGY, JOHN, farmer; Sec. 26; P. O. Stone’s Prairie; was born Oct. 23, 1829, in Ross county, Ohio, to which place his parents came from their native county in Virginia, before they were married. He is the son of Philip and Sarah (Riley) Wagy. He left Ross county when he was eighteen years of age, and came to Adams county, Ill., in 1847. March 5, 1857, he married Miss Mary A. Baker, daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Rinehart) Baker, who was born in Licking county, Ohio, July 1, 1839. They have nine children: Sarah A., Emma Hibbard, William G., Sanford, Samuel C., James R., Charles A., Laura May, and Harry E. They first settled in Richfield township, from which place they removed to their present farm, in the spring of 1865. They own eighty acres of land, worth $65 per acre. Their farm was the first farm improved in this part of the county, by Samuel Stone, for whom Stone’s Prairie was named. His cabin stood within a few rods of Mr. W.’s present residence.

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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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