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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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BASSHAM, B. U. hotel and livery, Greenfield, was born in Jackson County, Tennessee, Nov. 4, 1842, son of Merideth A. Bassham; his mother’s name was Elizabeth A. Fox prior to her marriage, and a native of Tennessee. His father was born in the “Old Dominion,” and emigrated to Tennessee at an early day and became a well-to-do farmer; but in consequence of his inability to say “No,” went security to such an extent that he became embarrassed and lost nearly everything he had, and to better his fortune emigrated to this State, first locating in Madison County; remained two years, then moved to Jersey, where he farmed about ten years; then went to Macoupin County, where he bought him a farm and lived eight years; then sold out and moved to Greenfield, bought the farm now owned by Smith Lemasters, where he lived until he died, which occurred April 2, 1875. Benjamin remained under the parental roof until April, 1865, when he married Louisa V. McBride, a native of this county, had four children: John H., born Jan. 12, 1866; Eva May, born May 1, 1868; Altha Ann, born Sept. 14, 1870; Laura E., born Feb. 1, 1873. After his marriage, farmed six years on the McBride property, of which he had a lease. Nov. 12, 1864, moved to Greenfield, where his wife died March 11, 1874. After coming to town was engaged in teaming, which business not being satisfactory, abandoned it and bought out the livery stable owned by Joseph Carter, Nov. 12, 1874. Two years later built the hotel building he now occupies, and has since been running it in connection with his livery. June 26, 1876, was married to Elizabeth J. Crauch, born in Washington, Tennessee, May 11, 1841. No issue.

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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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