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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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BURGHARDT, H. O. barber, Greenfield, was born in Great Barrington, Mass., August 9, 1833; is the son of H. O. and Altha Burghardt; her maiden name was Berry. There were ten children in the family, of whom H. O. was the fifth. The subject of these lines had the usual school advantages afforded in that locality; remained at home until he was nineteen years of age, when he left home and went to learn the trade he has since followed; after he had completed his trade he changed his base to western New York, a place called Angelica, where he remained about sixteen years; from here he went to Cuba, Alleghany County, continuing there two years; then came to this State, at Jacksonville, where he staid two years, then went to White Hall, and from there located in Greenfield, where he has since remained and followed his trade up to the present time; has by close attention to his business acquired sufficient means to secure him a good home and property; has a good business. Oct. 3, 1863, was married to Mary Levy, born in Lowell, Mass., Feb. 17, 1838; they have had one child, William, born in Nunda, N. Y., Aug. 8, 1855, now in Texas; has obtained sufficient education to enable him to command $85 per month as a teacher. Mr. Burghardt cast his first vote for Fremont, and since been Republican in sentiment; is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church; his wife is an Episcopalian.

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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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