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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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WADE, WASHINGTON H., farmer; Sec. 11; P. O. Lima; was born in Pulaski county, Ky., July 29, 1829; came to this county in the fall of the same year with his parents; was married to Miss Sarah M. Hightower, Jan. 12, 1865. She was born in Mendon township, Oct. 17, 1849. They have two children: Edwin F., born March 25, 1866, and Willie L., born March 3, 1873. He owns 620 acres of land, 160 of which is in a high state of cultivation, elegantly improved, abundantly stocked with fruit, and very valuable. He is Democratic in politics, and is Supervisor of the township, which office he has filled for two terms previously, and has held other offices of trust and importance in the township. He is one of the early, energetic and industrious citizens who are always looking after the county’s welfare.

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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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