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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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ANTROBUS, B. R. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 12, P.O. Manchester, Scott County, Ill. Mr. A., is a native of Maryland, born in 1822. The following year his parents, Thomas and Mary Antrobus, concluded to cast their fortunes, in the boundless west, and accordingly made their way to Morgan County, finally locating near what is now Franklin. In the counties of Scott and Morgan young A. passed his youthful days, and in his twenty-fifth year was united in marriage to Miss Melissa Boyd, a daughter of James Boyd, by whom he had eight children: Mary Jane, who married Nelson Carmine; Lean, who married George Canatsey; Phoebe L., who married Peter Spencer; Martha L., who married Wilder Goacher; and Rachel, Newton M., Rena E., and Barnabas E. As the life career of the early pioneer has been so graphically described by old and experienced writers, their simple mode of living so well described, and their journeys to a horse mill or cabin raising so well depicted, the statement is here given that from boyhood to old age Mr. A. has followed agricultural pursuits. A resident of township 12, range 11, in the county of Greene, he is the owner of 80 acres, acquired by industry and economy. An earnest working Christian, he merits the respect of his many friends in this community.

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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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