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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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BANDY, THOS. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 25, P. O. Carrollton, was born in Greene County, Ill., 1828, on the land that is now Roodhouse, and which was owned by his father E. Bandy, at that time, who is one of the oldest settlers of Greene County. The subject of this sketch was educated in subscription schools, the first school he attended was a log structure with a dirt floor, and the old time fire place, and the seats were rude benches made of slabs with no support for the back; being reared in an early day, he has seen some of the privations of the earlier settlers of Greene County; was married in 1856 to Julia A. Looper, who was born in 1832 in Greene County, she is the daughter of David and Nancy Looper. Their union was blessed with ten children, seven living: Arthur L., Alice E., Robert C., Emma A., and (twins) Thomas M. and Julia A., and James E. Mr. Bandy owns 195 acres.

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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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