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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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BLACK, JOHN W. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 30, P.O. Carrollton. The above named gentleman comes of a numerous and respected family, who sought a home in Greene County nearly sixty years ago, when few were inhabitants of the county, save the daring adventurer or trapper. John was the oldest of a family of eight children, four of whom died in early infancy; three now living: John, Catherine and Alice, of whom due notice will be given in this volume. The father of the subject of our sketch, William Black, was a native of England, who there followed farming until attaining his 16th year, when he accompanied his parents to America, eventually finding a home in Greene County, not far distant from the flourishing city of Carrollton. Mr. Black became a very prosperous farmer, is still living, as is also his wife. John W., from whom this narrative is obtained, grew to manhood in Greene Co., where he was born Feb., 1831. He received a liberal education for the time in which he lived; in his twenty-fourth year, in 1855, he was united in marriage to Miss Delilah Early, daughter of Benjamin Early, by whom he had five children: Mary, who married John T. Hobson; William A., Alice C., Laura, and Henry. Mrs. Black died in 1876, and was laid at rest in the beautiful cemetery of Carrollton, a handsome and worthy monument marking the spot. In conclusion, it may be said that Mr. Black is among the older residents born in Greene County, and ranks among our most successful farmers.

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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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