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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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WAGY, OSKER, farmer; residence, Plainville; P. O. Stone’s Prairie; was born in Licking county, Ohio, Jan, 18, 1826; is the oldest of a family of four sons and four daughters, five of whom are now living. His father, Henry Wagy, was a native of Virginia, but came to Licking county, Ohio, and married Miss Elenor Stone, who was born there. They removed from there when Osker was seven years of age, and settled in Quincy. His father afterward bought property in Richfield and Melrose townships. He finally traded his farm in Melrose for the land on which his son Osker now lives, and settled on it thirty-three years ago. Mr. W. married Miss Rebecca J. Decker, Feb. 26, 1846. She was born in Adams county, Feb. 16, 1829; is the daughter of John and Elenor (Johnson) Decker. They first settled on his father’s farm, in Richfield township. He afterward bought a farm on Sec. 14, in Payson township, and removed there in 1852. In 1869, he bought the land from his father, and removed to his present home, since which time he has erected a house costing $3,500, and a barn costing $3,000. They have nine living children: Adaline, Sarah A., Orin, Henry, Eliza, Robert, McClelan, Caroline, and Lewley. Mr. W. now holds the office of Justice of the Peace. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity. His real estate consists of 164 acres in the home farm, worth $60 per acre; 240 acres on Sees. 14 and 23, worth $45 per acre, and eighty-four acres in Pike county, worth $35 per acre. His parents are both living in the village.

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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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