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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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BEEBE, SAMUEL L. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 21, P.O. Carrollton. Samuel Beebe is a native of Greene Co. born May 11, 1831, the third child of Seldon and Fidelia Beebe. As Seldon Beebe was a contemporary settler, with such early pioneers as Samuel Thomas, John Huitt, and others, a short description of him will be of interest to those who knew him in the days of log cabins and unbroken prairie. He was a native of Pennsylvania, and first sought a home in Greene County, as early as 1818, becoming permanently located two years later. Of his early life here, but little can be learned. He necessarily endured many privations, as did all who sought a home in Illinois, when many weary miles were traveled to a horse mill, or the long journey made to St. Louis or Edwardsville, then the largest cities. In 1853, Mr. Beebe was laid at rest amid the scenes of his labors, a representative pioneer, who helped very materially toward the prosperous condition of this county, His wife was Miss Fidelia Bushnell, a worthy wife and mother, who died in 1868. The survivors of the family are four: Caroline, Sarah, Marcus and Samuel L., from whom this narrative is obtained. Nov. 31, 1857, he was united in marriage to Eunice Sprague, a daughter of Ephraim and Harriet Sprague, by whom he has three children: Hattie F., Martha A. and Henry Y. Passing beyond the earlier years of Mr. Beebe, we arrive at the present year; the owner of a valuable farm in Christian County, also in Greene, on which he has lately erected a beautiful farm residence. He is among our most substantial agriculturists.

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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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