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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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BEADNELL, GEORGE, foreman over the extensive clay works of the White Hall Co., was born at Dunham, England, March 3, 1827; in his early years a coal-miner in England, where he gained extensive knowledge. At the early age of nineteen he was united in marriage; leaving England December, 1849, he landed in New Orleans, and thence to Kentucky, and thence to St. Clair Co., Ill., entering the employ of Mr. Gathside, a prominent citizen of the place. In 1865, he came to White Hall, first working for Isaac Tunison. His large experience as a miner had given him an enviable reputation, and now for many years he officiated in the capacity of foreman, to the general satisfaction of one of the most substantial companies in their line, in America.

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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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