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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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WEST, REV. WILLIAM T., pastor Christian church; residence, Clayton; was born Aug. 1, 1842, in North Carolina. He is the son of John and Jane (Edwards) West, both born in that state. He was educated at Christian University, Lewis county, Mo. He came to Illinois in 1869; began the ministry as pastor of the church at Camp Point, Adams county, in 1875. He came to Clayton, Oct. 15, 1878. He married Nancy Tout, April 11, 1871. She was born in Adams county, Ill., March 10, 1853. They have four children: William Brownlow, Adelia May, Winthrop H., and Winslow M., the last twins. Mr. West enlisted in the United States army, April 2, 1862, as a private in Co. A, 2d Regt. N. C. Mounted Inf.; was promoted Orderly Sergeant in June of same year, and served as Quartermaster and Sergeant Major; was mustered out Aug. 19, 1865; received a slight wound at the battle of Stone River. Politics, 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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