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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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PETTIJOHN, R. G., farmer; Sec. 22; P. O. La Prairie (son of Jacob and Penelope Pettijohn); was born in Pike county, Ill., Sept. 3, 1839; came to this county in 1852. He has 120 acres of land, valued at $5,000; married Eliza Waring. She was born in this county Nov. 23, 1848, and died June 23, 1877. He has had three children: Laura Bell, born Aug. 1, 1869; James Edward, born March 3, 1873; Martha A., born Aug. 27, 1876 (died Feb. 8, 1877). Turns off thirty head of hogs, and raises forty-five, acres of corn. His father, Jacob Pettijohn, was born in North Carolina, in 1834; emigrated to Dayton, Ohio, where he lived until 1839, when he came to Pike county, Ill.; lived there a short time, and then came to Brown county, where he remained until 1852, when he came to this county, where he died in 1869. His mother died March 5, 1877. He enlisted in the 119th Regt. Ill. Inf. Co. K.; was in the Red river expedition with Gen. Banks, and at the battles of Nashville and Mobile; was taken prisoner by Gen. Forest, held for a short time, and then paroled, and sent to St. Louis; afterward was sent to his regiment in Tennessee; was discharged at Mobile, Ala.

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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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