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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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PERRY, JOSHUA, retired; residence, Broadway near 26th street; born in Houston, Devonshire, England, in 1809; went to Nova Scotia, and from there to Philadelphia, in 1834, and located in Quincy, May 4, 1836. He married Susan Broom in 1832. She was born in Summersetshire, England, in December, 1810. Had ten children, four dead, six living: Eunice, Isaiah, Josiah, Stephen, Cornelius, Martha. They are members of the Congregational Church. He is a Republican. He was a plasterer over forty years. He plastered both of ex-Governor Wood’s houses; also the old Court House. There were but a few hundred inhabitants in Quincy when he located in it. Mark E., one of his sons, enlisted in the 2d Iowa Cav. Co. A, in 1861, at Davenport, and two weeks prior to his muster out, he was attacked by chronic diarrhea, contracted in the army, from the effects of which he died.

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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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