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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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BARROW, JOSEPH, deceased, who is well remembered for his many generous qualities by the early settlers of Greene County, was born in Tennessee, and emigrated to Illinois in 1818, becoming cotemporary with such early settlers as the Huitts, Thomases and others. The Barrow family, who afterwards became among the wealthier farmers of Greene County, settled on the prairie near what is now White Hall, and were, in all probability, the original settlers of the town. Joseph Barrow was married in 1825 to Miss Elizabeth Taylor. But little is known of the early history of Joseph Barrow. He was a very industrious man, and became a prominent farmer. Wm. H. Barrow, from whom this sketch is obtained, resides on the original homestead, settled on over half a century ago; he necessarily lived the frugal life of the pioneer for many years, and step by step arose to a prominent position; a farmer, he now owns over 1000 acres of land, on which he erected some years ago a handsome farm residence, in Township 12, Range 12; in his twenty-fifth year he was married to Miss Mary J. Bingham, a daughter of Elisha Bingham; in 1857 he was a partner in a grocery store at White Hall, as this was the year of the panic it proved a very hard blow to him in his business transactions, but his unswerving integrity and strict honesty carried him safely through. This strict sense of honor laid the foundation for his present success in life; at one time Mr. Barrow held the position of county commissioner. There were five children born of this marriage: Addie, Joseph, William, Nettie and Alfred; the three children first mentioned are not living.

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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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