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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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WESSELS, JOHN, confectioner and cracker manufacturer, 525 Hampshire street; residence, corner of 15th and State streets; born in Hanover, Germany, in 1840, came to the United States, in 1854, and located in this county; worked on a farm until 1861. He enlisted in the 3d Missouri Cav., Co. C. November, 1861; was wounded in a skirmish in Boone county, Mo., same year; mustered out in St. Louis, in 1865; located in Clayton, in this county until 1866; moved to Quincy and took a course at the Commercial College; kept books in the soap factory for eleven months; traveled for the same house awhile; went into the insurance business afterward; kept books for Warfield awhile; traveled for Meyer & Kespohl seven years, and commenced his present business in 1875. Married Miss Anna P. Herlemann, in 1876. Have one child, Ida Josie. Are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He has been Superintendent of the Seavey Mission Sunday-school since 1867; also, of the Salem Sunday-school. Mrs. Katherine Herleman, mother of Mrs. Wessels, cooked in the old log-house that stood where the Quincy House now is.

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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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