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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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PAYNE, THOMAS, banker, Sec. 24; P. O. Quincy; was born in Montgomery county, Ky., Oct. 4, 1814; learned the saddlery business and moved to Morgan county in 1835, and to Adams county in 1837. Shortly after coming to this county, he commenced merchandising at Marcelline and continued in business there until 1846, when he moved to Quincy, and after remaining a few years he returned to Marcelline and there remained until 1865, when he removed to his present residence, adjoining the city of Quincy, which is elegantly improved and one of the finest in the county; has been married three times. His first wife was Miss Eliza Trimble, of Kentucky. They had four children, all of whom are now dead. His second wife was Miss Roselthe Heberling, of Pennsylvania. She had six children, only three of whom are now dead. His third and present wife was Miss Mary Denson. They have three children. He owns about 1,800 acres of very valuable land in this county. He has been, and is today, one of the most successful business men the county has had the honor of claiming. He started a poor boy, and by being faithful and attending closely to his business, has amassed a handsome fortune. He has always done a great deal of trading outside of his regular mercantile business, and every time came out the gainer. He is at present, and has been for years, in the banking business. He is Democratic in politics and a member of the Christian church. He owns a vast amount of valuable property in the city of Quincy.

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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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