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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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DAWSON, R. T. carpenter, P. O. Rockbridge. Richard was born in the “Old Dominion,” February 1st, 1844, was the son of Nathan and Seventh Ann Dawson, she receiving this cognomen from the fact that she was the seventh daughter, all of whom had Ann attached to their names, hence the appellation, “Seventh Ann.” In August, 1861, Richard went into the Confederate service, during his sixteenth year, enlisted in the 89th Regiment Va. Infantry. In August ‘62, the following year, was taken prisoner by the 54th Penn. Reg’t. commanded by Col. Campbell and was released by order of Secretary Cameron. He then returned home and engaged at his trade, which he followed until April, ‘65, when he took a trip to this State, remaining about three months, returned and resumed his trade. On December 8th, 1868, was married to Rebecca B. Casler, born January 10, 1851. By this union had five children, four, of whom are now living: William Ross, born July 19, 1870; Peter L., born August 4, 1872; Ota B., born April 19, 1874; Grace D. born March 16, 1876; Lillie May, born April 5, 1878. In 1869 he removed to this State and located in Fayette, where he remained two years, then came to Rockbridge, and has since been engaged at his trade; is a good workman, and gets all he can do. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and of the Knights of Honor, Golden Rule Lodge No. 1017.

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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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