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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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BORING, JOHN M., carpenter, Sec. 4, P.O. Greenfield, was born in Washing ton County, Tennessee, March 5, 1824, the sixth child of Hezekiah and Mary A. Boring, the latter’s family name was Meldin. The former was born in Baltimore County, Maryland. The Boring family trace their ancestry to the Isle of Breton, to the McDonald family of Tory fame. Hezekiah, the father of John M., was born Feb. 22, 1789, and is still living and has celebrated his ninetieth birthday. Emigrated to Tennessee, 1798, and to this State in Nov. 1829, and located one-and-a-half miles south of White Hall, on Apple Creek Prairie, remaining two years there, located permanently in township 10, range 11, three miles northeast of Greenfield, where he entered land and has since remained. John M. remained at home until he attained his twenty-second year, then learned the carpenter’s trade, under Speaks & Wooley; learned in the meantime the cabinet and furniture business. These trades completed, he began for himself, and worked at his trade for about six years. Nov. 24, 1853, formed a matrimonial alliance with Mary A. Bailey, born in Shelby County, Kentucky, Jan. 12, 1830; nine children have been born to them, eight of whom are now living, viz.: Ara, Mary M., William A., Ellen, Louis, Blanche, Frank and Florence. After his marriage he moved to Macoupin County, where he remained about twenty years, during which time was engaged at his trade as contractor and builder. In 1865-6 built the public school building at Carlinville, where he then resided, which enterprise proved a very serious one to him. After he had contracted for the same and begun operations, material took a rapid rise, and the result was he lost by the operation $10,000 and one year’s work. This was a severe loss to him, having to sell his fine residence in order to fill his contract. In 1872, moved to Greenfield, where he has since remained and engaged at his trade. Is a member of the M. E. Church, and Republican in principle.

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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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