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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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BROWN, PETER A. farmer, Sec. 19, P.O. Carrollton. Is a son of Peter M., and Aseneth B., whose family name was Crane. Peter M., was born in Cumberland County, Virginia, in the year 1806, and his wife is a native of Ohio, and dates her birth Dec. 23, 1811. They are of Scotch and Welsh extraction; the former came to this State in April 1830, and was first engaged in a mechanical pursuit, being a worker in wood; afterward was engaged in mercantile business in Carrollton, and subsequently entered land, began farming, and has since remained on same land and confined himself to that business the greater part of the time; has traded a good deal in stock with success; is still living, having just past his seventy-second birthday. The subject of this sketch was born Aug. 15, 1839; remained with his father until he attained his twenty-eighth year, then he abandoned his bachelor life, and obtained the hand of Leonora Robinson in marriage ; she was born Feb. 4, 1847, is a daughter of T. C. Robinson of this township; after their marriage, which took place Feb. 4, 1868, they moved six miles northeast of Greenfield, where he engaged in farming and stock trading, at which he continued until 1878, when they moved to the place he now occupies; having recently bought him a farm in this neighborhood, Sec. 18, which he intends occupying in the Spring. Has four lovely children: Walter, born Nov. 11, 1868; Mamie born Oct. 3, 1871; Harry, born July 5, 1874; Hallie, born Feb. 3, 1873. Is liberal minded politically, votes for men rather than party.

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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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