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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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BRICKEY, JAMES H. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 17, P.O. Roodhouse. James Brickey is a native of Illinois, born in Monroe County, Jan. 9, 1819. He was the second son of Preston B. and Emilia, natives of Virginia, and Kentucky respectively. Many years ago Preston Brickey was a scout or ranger on the plains. Few save himself and others of a like daring nature, had then set foot on our Western prairies. Several years after his settlement he was united in marriage (in 1817) to Miss Millie Rawls, by whom he had nine children. For a number of years he ran a distillery, quite a novelty in early days, afterward turning his attention to farming. He died in Monroe County, in the prime of life; the family then consisted of four children; James was then married, having united his fortunes to Miss Mary Ann Crislar, a daughter of Silas Crislar. He was then the owner of 100 acres in Monroe County. In after years he became a property owner on a large scale. In 1868, disposing of his property for $12,000, he came to Greene County, where he purchased 220 acres, in tp. 12, range 11. Through great industry, indomitable will and enterprise he became the owner of some 500 acres, brought to a high state of cultivation. No more live, energetic man than James Brickey, exists in Greene County, whose impulses are liberal, where occasion requires it. On the well cultivated farm he has erected a handsome farm residence. Of this marriage nine children were born, seven of whom are living: Denton, Margaret, Alonzo, Manfred, Fernando, Addie and Nora.

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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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