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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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PINKHAM, NATHAN, capitalist; residence corner 14th and Maine streets; born in Franklin county, Me., in 1815. He located in Quincy in 1839, and immediately started the first livery stable ever started in Quincy. He continued in that business till 1868, and ran the first omnibus to steamboats in Quincy. He married Ellen E. Davis in 1866. She was born in the same county and State. They have one child, Carrie May. He sold out his livery stock in 1868, and erected the Academy of Music soon after, and reconstructed and improved the same at an expense of $16,000 last year, making it one of the most comfortable and attractive places of amusement west of Chicago. It is on the ground floor, furnished with improved patent chairs, and will seat from 1,500 to 2,000 people. He owns an elegant residence at the corner of 14th and Maine streets, and other property in Quincy worth $250,000.

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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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