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Below is a family biography included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published by Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd 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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BARROW, ALFRED H., farmer and founder of the live little shipping town of Barrow, was born in the old homestead of his father, Joseph Barrow, in 1834. He received a common school education; in 1862 he was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Shaw, a daughter of David Shaw, of Greene County. Mr. Barrow has one adopted child, Gracie. He has met with more than ordinary success as a farmer. A few words in reference to the history of Barrow Station; in 1871 the property adjoining the town was owned by Mr. Barrow. The consideration of his sale of land to the railroad company was in this wise: the company were to have the right of way through his farm; he to donate three acres of land for depot, stock yards, etc.; this offer from the railroad was responded to by Mr. Barrow who is ever alive to all things pertaining to the public good; owing to his enterprise the railroad was soon in running operation, and the result is another thriving town has sprung up in Greene Co., in which dwells an industrious people. Mr. Barrow at one time owned the greater portion of the town, and assisted in building the greater portion of the town. Close to this enterprising town he owns 300 acres of valuable land; for ten years he was a merchant at White Hall; also in the mercantile business at Manchester, Scott Co. During the war he bought government horses and mules, having as a partner George H. Amos.

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This family biography is one of 744 biographies included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Greene County, Illinois

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