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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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BARTHOLOMEW, B. B. hotel and livery, P. O. Greenfield. “Bart,” as he is familiarly known, was born in Copporel Green, Essex County, England, Dec. 1826; was the son of Charles and Hannah B. whose maiden name was Bradbrook. At the age of eleven years he came to this country, arriving at Buffalo, N. Y., where he learned the trade of carpenter and joiner, and after his trade was completed he worked at journey work up to the time he was married, which occurred Feb. 10, 1853. His wife’s maiden name was Mary Hassett, who lived at Lancaster, ten miles east of Buffalo. By this marriage they have had two children: Charles, born April 11, 1855, died Jan. 9, 1857; Mary E. born in Davenport, Iowa, May 23, 1858, now the wife of H. P. Dix, of St. Louis, Mo. After Bart’s, marriage he had charge of the repairs on the New York Central Railroad for two years and nine months; then came west to Davenport, Iowa, where he remained until May, 1859, when he came to this county and located at Carrollton, where he engaged at his trade as builder and contractor, in which he was engaged for about ten years; was engaged on some of the public works in the county, and as contractor and builder he was a success; he being a good workman and a man of great energy he always pushed a job through with dispatch when he undertook it; hence he was always in demand and always had all the work he could command. He engaged in this business up to the time of the war, when he was engaged for about one-and-a-half years in selling goods, and was considered a fine salesman, and at this business proved himself a success. He then engaged in real estate and insurance business in which he was connected for six years, then sold out, and in Dec. 1875, moved to Greenfield and bought out the Secor heirs and fitted up and run the first hotel that has ever been conducted on the true system. He has a livery in connection with his business, and his house is the popular resort for all the commercial men who stop in the town, as his fame as a hotel man is well known and the traveling men are well aware when they turn in with “Bart,” that the best of fare and the cleanest of beds are awaiting them. During Bart’s, sojourn in Carrollton he was owner of the famous trotter, of Greene County, “Honest John”; he has had a good deal of experience with horseflesh, and there are few men who think more of a good horse than Bart. On Feb. the 11, 1878, Bart, and wife celebrated their silver wedding, which was the grandest affair that has taken place in the town for many years; the guests were numerous and the presents various and elegant. During the last twenty years Bart, has been the leading auctioneer of the county. In conclusion, there are but few men who have more ambition and energy than he, and whenever his attention is directed towards any enterprise, success is inevitable. Such is but in brief the sketch of B. B. Bartholomew — “Mine host of ‘Bart’s.’ hotel.”

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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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