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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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ALBERT, T. J. Principal Wilmington School. Mr. Albert was born in Carrollton, Greene County, Ill., in 1842. On attaining his twentieth year his parents, John and Nancy D. Albert, moved to Milton, Pike County. From Milton the family moved to Pearl Prairie; here the head of the family continued to farm it until his decease, which occurred during the Spring of 1877. He was seventy-seven years of age when his death occurred. During his life he was noted for his energy and enterprise. In 1868 T. J. Albert purchased a farm in Missouri, consisting of 130 acres. His preliminary education was received in the district schools. On obtaining his majority he taught the village school at Pearl, Pike County; he also taught school near Mexico, Missouri, and now during eleven years, to his credit be it said, he has taught but two schools; eight of these years, or part of them, were spent in the Wilmington school house, not a similar instance being known in the county. He was a student of Gem City College, of Quincy, and also attended three terms at Milton Normal School. In 1876, in connection with John M. Ferris, he began the publication of the Greene County Democrat, whose columns always teemed with well written articles; and the common sense article that appeared in its columns on the celebration of our one hundredth anniversary will not soon be forgotten. When the war broke out Mr. Albert enlisted at Milton, Pike County, in Company I, 99th Illinois Infantry. He was then in his nineteenth year, and was engaged in the following battles: Port Gibson, Jackson, Champion Hills, Black River, Vicksburg, Fort Blakely and many others.

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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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