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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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BOERLIN, HENRY, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 20, P.O. Carrollton. The above named gentleman is a native of Switzerland, born in 1843. At an early age he became a ribbon weaver, following this vocation until his emigration to America in 1857, in company with our honored fellow citizen, John Kaser; he made his way to Greene County, where he has since resided, following agricultural pursuits, and where he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Walter, a daughter of Henry and Mary, whose maiden name was Campbell; two children were born of this marriage: Jacob and John. Six years ago Mr. B. rented the extensive farm owned by Leonard Eldred, where he resides at the present writing. In his native land he served three years as a soldier.

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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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