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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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BALLOW, G. A. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 30, P.O. White Hall, was born Dec. 10, 1826, in Virginia. Came to Greene County, Ill., July, 1845. Was married Dec. 24, 1848, to Margaret North, the daughter of W.H. North, who was born in Sept. 1828; had eight children, two of which are dead: Burley E., born Sept. 2, 1850; Laura, born July 6, 1853, died July 7, 1863; Charles J., born Jan. 14, 1855; Lizzie M., born Jan. 20, 1857; Sarah E., born Dec. 10, 1859; Emily J., born August 10, 1862; Catharine B., born Jan. 31, 1865, James H., born July 4, 1869, died Dec. 12, 1874. The father and mother of Mr. Ballow died in Virginia when he was very small. He came to Greene County, Ill., when he was 19 years of age, and started in life as a farmer, and owns 50 acres of well improved land.

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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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