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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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BAKER, W. C., farmer and stock raiser, Sec 9, P.O. White Hall. The subject of this sketch was born Aug. 18, 1848, in Scott Co., Ill.; was married, Oct. 6, 1870, to Alice Griswold, daughter of Damon Griswold; she was born Aug. 12, 1849; have four children: Mabel, born June 30, 1871; Fred, born July 1, 1873; Edgar, born May 27, 1875; Charles, bora Aug. 8, 1877, died Dec 29, 1877. The father of Mr. Baker was borna, Feb. 2, 1802, in Kentucky, died, June 6, 1863, in Greene Co., Ill.; was married twice: first, April 13, 1820, to Sallie McCarty, who died Aug. 13, 1852; was married second, Sept. 8, 1835, to Elizabeth Ecton, who died Aug. 31, 1855; by the two marriages, fourteen children. The subject of this sketch was last child of the second marriage; participated in the late rebellion; enlisted in 1864, and was honorably discharged in 1865; he was in the battles that were fought around Mobile, which lasted for three weeks; has followed the occupation of farming all his life, and now owns about 200 acres of land.

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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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