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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, ORIGEN, farmer and breeder of blooded stock; Sec. 34; P. O. Clayton; was born in Garrard county, Ky., Dec. 31, 1817. His parents were Allen and Ann Wallace, the former born in Virginia, the latter in Kentucky. His mother’s father served seven years in the Revolutionary War. He came to Illinois and settled on the farm where he now lives, in 1851. He married Nancy Weir, Sept. 13, 1853. She was born in South Carolina, Dec. 21, 1826. They have had six children, five living: John W., Cylon O. (dead), Samuel A., Ann Allen, William T., and James S. Mr. Wallace has paid special attention to breeding the celebrated Magie hogs for nearly twenty years. He exhibited the first lot of this stock ever shown at a State Fair in Illinois; and to him is largely due the dissemination of this valuable breed in many of the Western States. He owns 160 acres in the home farm, on Sec. 34,150 acres in Concord township, on Sec. 3, and twenty acres in Sec. 7 of same township.

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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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