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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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BROWN, FELIX, farmer and stock raiser. Sec. 30, P.O. White Hall, was born in Nelson County, Ky. He was in his 8th year when his parents, Frederick and Polly Brown, came to Greene County, where Felix passed many years of happy life. From his own lips we gleam the following: In his youth he wore buckskin pants, and was in his fifteenth year when he fastened the first pair of shoes upon his feet. When the rebellion came on he enlisted in Co. H, 91st Ill. Inft., for three years’ service, or during the war; honorably discharged in 1865, he returned to Greene County. In 1852, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Jackson, who died on the 25th of October, 1866; of this marriage two children were born: Mary H. and Martha C. In 1866, Mr. Brown was married to Miss Lauretta Jackson; of this marriage three children were born. Like nearly all old pioneers, the generosity of Mr. Brown is well known.

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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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