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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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BELL, JOHN, farmer, Sec. 22, P.O. Athensville, born in Yorkshire, Eng., Sept. 10, 1837; came to this country in 1854, and lived with his uncle, Mr. Thomas Bell, of Morgan County, who emigrated to this country many years ago, and still resides in Morgan Co. Mr. Bell married Dec. 22, 1861, to Elizabeth Gordon, born in Canada, July 17, 1834. Shortly after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bell removed to Greene Co., where a family of five children have been born, viz.: Lizzie, born Oct. 16, 1862; Richard T., Nov. 11, 1864; Frederick H., Dec. 13, 1867; John F., July 7, 1869, and George T., Sept. 4, 1871. Mr. Bell has been a farmer all his life. Owns seventy acres, well improved.

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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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