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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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DODGSON, DAVID, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 4, P.O. Carrollton. The above named gentleman, whose life career in Greene County has been more than ordinarily successful, is the oldest now living of a family of twelve children. The head of the family, Peter Dodgson, was a native of Yorkshire, England, who departed from the scenes of childhood in his fourteenth year for the broad shores of the New World. In Greene County, where the family located, he grew to maturity; of more than ordinary promise, indeed of marked ability, and of deep religious convictions, he accomplished much good in the long busy life allotted to him, a cotemporary with such talented men as Peter Cartwright, and others. Like them he became noted for his earnest Christian piety, kindly disposition, and native talent. His wife was Miss Jane Brown, a most estimable lady, of excellent Christian character and kindness of heart, who is still living, a resident of township 10, range 12; her husband long since passed away to a home not made with hands; all that is mortal now rests in Hopewell Cemetery, a handsome and worthy monument marking the spot. David Dodgson inherited the hardy vigor of his ancestors, and grew up a stout, healthy youth; at twenty-three, in 1854, he united his fortunes to Miss Sarah Chinn, by whom he had seven children; five living, whose names are: Leonard P., Alice J., Wm. P., Carrie B., Edgar D.; deceased, Laura A. and Sarah C. On the 29th of March, 1872, Mrs. Dodgson departed this life, finding a last resting place in the cemetery of Hopewell; August 31, 1877, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Goode, relict of George Goode, and a daughter of Ezekiel Edwards; as more than a passing notice is given of Mr. Dodgson in the general history of this work, in closing this brief statement it may be said that it very rarely happens that even among our Illinois farmers few develop the surprising energy of him who heads this sketch, and whose success in life is rarely equaled; the owner of nearly 500 acres, he takes rank as a leading agriculturist.

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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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