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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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WAND, WILLIAM, retired; residence corner 18th and Oak streets; was born in Prussia, Aug. 2, 1820; received his early education in the schools of his native country; in 1846 emigrated to the United States, and settled in Marion county, Mo., where he lived about three years; then went to California on a gold-hunting expedition, and moderately succeeded. After being gone one and a half years returned home, and in 1852 settled in Melrose township, on section 34, where his son John now lives. In October, 1847, he married Miss Margaretta Beckman. She was born in Germany, and came to this country in 1846. They have six children, four sons and two daughters: Henry W., Collector of Melrose township; Christian, a merchant on Maine street; John, Enoch, Mary and Margaretta. He owns 414 acres of land, in a high state of cultivation, well improved, and with abundance of fruit, and very valuable. Democratic in politics, and member of the Roman Catholic church. Has been Commissioner of Highways for five years. In fall of 1878 he built an elegant residence in Quincy, and retired from active life, previous to which time he has been numbered among the largest well-to-do farmers of the county, notwithstanding he began life poor.

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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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