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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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BAKER, JOSEPH R. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 20, P.O. Roodhouse. Mr. Baker was born in 1842, in Pennsylvania, second child of Elijah and Elizabeth Baker. His early years were passed among the rugged hills of Pennsylvania. When the war broke out he enlisted in Co. B, 10th Pennsylvania volunteers, for three years’ service, a non-commissioned officer. He became engaged in the famous battles of Gettysburg, Antietam, second battle of Bull’s Run; wounded at the battle of White Oak Swamps; honorably discharged when the war closed. He returned to Pennsylvania, where he followed the occupation of a miner for a period of ten years, and during this time married, in 1867, Miss Martha Chandler, a native of New York, by whom he has one child, Jennie E. Nine years ago he first settled in Greene County, where Mrs. Baker died in 1873. He was united in marriage to Miss Flora Milliken, a daughter of Emanuel Milliken, by whom he has two children, Dwight and Ann Ida.

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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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