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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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ANDERSON, JOHN D., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 21, P.O. Kane. John. D. Anderson is a native of Ireland, where he was born in the year 1846; fourth child of William and Mary Ann Anderson. The days of his childhood were spent in Ireland, where he received a common school education. At the age of twenty, to better his fortunes, he crossed the ocean for America, arriving in New York City, on the 24th of February, 1866; from the great metropolitan city, he wended his way to Greene County, where he has since been identified with the farming interest. In 1871, he was married to Miss Mary Williams, a daughter of John S. Williams, by whom he has two children: John and Margaret. Mr. A. ranks among our most successful agriculturists; owning 220 acres of valuable land in this township, and like nearly all of his race, his is a generous nature.

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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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