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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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BERMIS, PHILLIP, farmer, Sec. 13, P. O. Greenfield. Was born in Flomborn Chris Alzei, Hesse Darmstadt, July 28, 1830; is the son of Peter and Margaret Bermis, whose maiden name was Helf. In the year 1851, he emigrated to this country in company with his parents, locating in New York, June 20, same year, and located in this county, and on the same land now occupied by the party whose name heads this sketch, who remained at home until he attained his thirty-third year, when he was united in marriage to Susan Laher, sister of John Laher, which took place April 6, 1863; she was born in same locality as her husband, and dates her birth Feb. 17,1834; they have had eight children, five of whom are now living: Peter, born March 15, 1866; Phillip, born Aug. 2, 1867; Fred, born Oct. 14, 1872; Ann M., born Jan. 25, 1874; Louis, born Sept. 28, 1877. The year after his marriage, his father died. His mother still resides on the homestead now owned by Phillip, which he has farmed since his marriage. Mr. Bermis has 240 acres of land in this county, and 110 in Christian Co.

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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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