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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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BIGHAM, ELY T. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 31, P.O. White Hall. Mr. Bigham was born in Greene County, May 1843. Youngest child of Eli and Mary Bigham, who were among the early settlers of this county. The head of the family passed away some twenty-six years ago. Mrs. Bigham is still living, residing in Greene County. Ely, who heads this sketch, received but a common school education, as his time was almost wholly occupied on the farm from the time he could reach the plow handles. In 1865 he was married to Miss Jemima A. Seeley, a daughter of the Hon. Stewart Seeley, by whom he has five children: Ida M., Eva S., Herman C. and Roy Porter.

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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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