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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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WALLACE, MARY E., residence, Camp Point; is the daughter of Rev. Jesse Cromwell and Hester (Moore) Cromwell, of the District of Columbia. She was born in the same place, July 17, 1826. At the age of nine years she removed with her parents to Kentucky, where her father preached as an itinerant minister in the M. E. church until 1847, when they removed to Adams county, Ill., where her father died in 1866, only closing his ministerial labors with his life. She married Allen Wallace, Oct. 5, 1859. He was born in Kentucky, June 18, 1809; was the son of Josiah and Mary (Mason) Wallace. He had four children by a former marriage: Julian, James M., Mary R., and Francis A. Mrs. Wallace was first married to James A. Armstrong, of Kentucky, June 18, 1847. They resided in Concord, in that State, until his death, in September, 1852. Mr. Wallace died June 17, 1876. He was a farmer by occupation. Mrs. Wallace owns forty acres of improved land in Clayton township, worth $40 per acre, a fine residence, and one and a quarter acres in Camp Point, and several lots in Keokuk Junction. She is a member of the M. E. church.

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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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