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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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ORR, LEANDER, miller; P. O. Marcelline. The subject of this sketch was born in Lima township, Dec. 13, 1845. He is the third son of Grayson Orr, of that township, whose biography appears in this work. His early education was received in the schools of Lima, and in November, 1872, he was married to Miss Sarah M. Baker, daughter of Dossy Baker, of West Virginia. She was born in Wetzel county, W. Va., April 2, 1851. They have two children: Mary E., born July 13, 1875, and Hattie Bell, born Sept. 7, 1878. He is one of the firm of Wait & Orr, merchant and custom millers, proprietors of the Excelsior Mills of Ursa township; manufacturers of some very superior brands of flour. He is Democratic in politics; has been Collector of Lima, and also Constable of the same township for two years. He is one of the young, energetic, and industrious sons of the county to whom it looks for a continuance of its present prosperity.

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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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