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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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BRADLEY, R. C. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 35, P.O. Carrollton, was born in Tennessee in 1818. He was bound out in his native State to E. Barnard, and lived with him till he was eighteen years of age, which was in 1836; he then left his native place for the far West, drove an ox team through for a son of the man he was bound to, landing in Greene County in the Fall of 1836, with the small sum of twenty-five cents. Commenced working by the month for Thomas Black, on a farm, for eight dollars per month, working five months; then worked for Samuel Thomas in a distillery six weeks, then worked for Thos. Hobson off and on for several years, going to New Orleans in the winter on rafts of cypress logs. Then went to renting land which he kept up till 1850; he then bought 120 acres; as he accumulated bought more land, till he now owns in Greene County 444 acres, in Macoupin and Sangamon 250, and Bates County, Missouri, 230 acres; in all, 934 acres. He has run a threshing machine since 1845, and a saw mill since 1852. He was married December 21st, 1843, to Elizabeth Hall, whose parents’ names were Thomas and Mary, who came into Greene County in 1818, among the oldest settlers of the county. Mr. Bradley’s family consisted of ten children, eight living: Mary E. James B., Clarissa H., deceased, Thomas A., Jeannette Z., Reuben H., Charles D., Joseph L., George J. and one infant not named.

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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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