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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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ADAMS, JOSEPH, thresher and farmer, residence Kane. The above named gentleman is a native of Onondaga County, N. Y., born in 1841; three years later his parents, George W. and Bathsheba Adams, emigrated to the West, locating in Greene County, near the present town of New Kane, on a farm, and here, amid the associations of pioneer life, young Adams passed his boyhood, receiving a liberal education in the district schools; while at work upon the farm, the war broke out, and accordingly, the youth, fired with that zeal which appears to be a peculiar characteristic of western people, enlisted in Co. C, 122d Regt. Ill. Infantry, serving three years. He became a participant in numerous battles noted in history. He was honorably discharged at Springfield, Ill., when the war closed. He returned to Greene County, where he subsequently married, in 1869, Mrs. Laura Froment, a daughter of Matthew Duty, by whom he has five children: Harry L., Gracie F., Herbert L., Royal J., and Blanche. Ever since the town of New Kane was platted, Mr. A. has taken up his residence here, in former years holding the position of constable; Mr. Adams is well and favorably known to many of the residents of Greene County, having a large trade as a grain thresher in this section.

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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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