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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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BLACKSHAW, J. merchant and deputy postmaster of Berdan, was born Jan. 10, 1831, in England. Came to St. Louis, Mo., in 1849, with his father, Edward Blackshaw, who was born in 1797, and died in St Louis with the cholera six weeks after arriving there, at the age of 52. Was married about 1819, to Rebecca Dayball, who was born in 1799, in England, having twelve children. The subject of this sketch is the sixth child; was 18 years of age when he came to this country; he followed the occupation of teaching school for twelve years; for six years he held the position of city weigher of St. Louis. Came to Berdan, Greene County, in 1867, went to clerking in the store he now occupies. Was married twice, the first in 1852, to Rebecca Dayball, who was born Oct. 1828; have seven children, three of whom are living, Sarah, Henry and William. Married second time March, 1873, to Mary M. Strain, of Missouri, who was born in 1843, having three children, two now living, James E. and Mary F.

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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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