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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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DAMHORST, STEPHEN, brick-maker; residence, 11th and Oak streets; brick-yard corner of 10th and Lind; was born in Prussia, August 9, 1826; came to America, January 1,1847; married Elizabeth Heskamp. She was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1832. She is the mother of eight living children: Annie, Joseph, Lizzie, Mary, Barney, Henry, John and Emma; members of the Roman Catholic Church. Mr. Damhorst emigrated in a sailing vessel; was seven weeks and four days on the trip; came to St. Louis, where he resided nine years and worked in a brick yard. In 1857 he came to Quincy, where he has been engaged in the brick business since; makes about a million of brick yearly; came here in limited circumstances, but by close application to business has accumulated a fine property and home. He does a business of $10,000 a year.

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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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