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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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DIXON, WILLIAM, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 24, P.O. White Hall. William Dixon was born in the north of Ireland, about 1826, where he followed the occupation of farming from boyhood to manhood; at twenty-six he crossed the Atlantic for America, landing in New Orleans City in 1849; he now proceeded to Ohio, where he was married to Miss Sarah Ann Dodsworth; leaving Ohio in 1850, he settled in Greene Co., near White Hall, where he worked as a farm hand three months; he then rented property and finally became enabled to purchase; he now owns 225 acres; this farm, for its size, is one of the best in the county, containing no waste land. Mr. D. has become a successful farmer through indefatigable industry; he has a family of six children: Emma, Mary, Charley, Nellie, Carrie, and Robert.

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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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