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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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CURRY, WILLIAM M., farmer; Sec. 31; P. O. Camp Point. He is the son of Daniel and Susan (Stafford) Curry, natives of Jefferson county, Ky. He was born in Oldham county of the same state, June 9, 1819; settled in Clayton township, Adams county, Ill., in 1837. April 3, 1844, he married Elizabeth Curl, who was born in Kentucky, Feb. 17, 1824. They have ten children, eight living: Clara A., Susan C., Mildred E. (deceased), Daniel W., John T., Sarah M., Samuel W., Flora E. and Florence (twins), and Emma. Mr. and Mrs. Curry are members of the Christian church. He started in life without a dollar; now he owns 500 acres in the home farm lying in Clayton, Camp Point, Columbus, and Concord townships, and eighty acres in another place in Columbus township. Mr. Curry is a great fancier of animals and birds; has a fine deer park in which he has a half-score of those beautiful denizens of the forest, and until recently has kept some antelopes and buffalos. He has provided houses for birds and squirrels by scores among the trees on his farm, and knowingly will not permit any interference with their rights. His political views are Republican.

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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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