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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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BERTHLETT, WILLIAM, cabinet maker, White Hall, Ill. Mr. B. has been a resident of Greene County nearly half a century. He was born in Ohio in 1813, where he became apprenticed to his trade, eventually becoming a skillful journeyman workman. In 1835 he moved to Greenfield Greene County, Ill. It then contained six houses. He now set resolutely to work in this primitive wilderness, where in after years he erected some of the finest dwellings. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Rugle, of Tennessee. During the war he bought eighty acres of valuable land at Berdan. He transacted a very successful hotel business. During the present year he came to White Hall, where he opened the popular hotel known as the Denver House, where prices are in keeping with the times. Mr. Berthlett was a participant in the Black Hawk war.

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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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