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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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BELL, MARTIN L. farmer. Sec. 5. P. O. White Hall, was born in this county Dec. 8, 1844; was the third child of four children of Zachariah and Susanna Bell, who were early settlers. In the early part of Luther’s life he was engaged as engineer and general worker about a mill; went to California, remained two years, then returned to this State, and on Oct. 22, 1865, abandoned the life of a bachelor and married Harriet C. Lorton, who was born on the section that they now are living on. They have had four children, viz.: Carrie E., born Nov. 13, 1869; Robert E., born July 10, 1871; Mattie H., born Nov. 5, 1874; Clinton L., born Aug. 14, 1877. Mr. Bell now owns fifty acres of land in this township, which he intends building upon in the Spring; he has also an interest in some Nebraska land.

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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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