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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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ASHLOCK, WILLIAM M. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 21, P.O. Carrollton. One of the most successful and prominent men in this township, is Wm. Ashlock; born Nov. 12, 1821, in Anderson County, Tennessee. In his eighth year emigrated to this State in company with his parents in wagon; he remembers it very distinctly, as he walked the greater part of the way, arriving in this county Nov. 28; locating on what is now known as the Tunnell farm; remained about two years; after leaving this place, bought out a pre-emptor’s claim on Sec. 31, and when the land came into market entered 80 acres of land, moved on the same and lived upon it until he died, which occurred in 1862. William had but the meager advantages afforded by that early time in log cabins at subscription rates. He left the parental roof at the age of twenty-three, when he formed a matrimonial alliance with Nancy Gough, born in Ohio, Sept. 1825; their marriage occurred Feb. 4, 1844. They have had twelve children, but ten living, viz.: George K., William H., Mary P., Margaret L., Martha V., Minerva M., Harvey H., Julia H., Henry C., and Lucy E. Mr. Ashlock has been engaged in agricultural pursuits since he began business for himself; has traded in stock considerably, during the time there were no railroads, drove a great many hogs to St. Louis. Has bred and raised a good deal of fine stock; is a great lover of a good horse—his partiality leading in the direction of thorough-bred running stock, of the Lexington blood. Is the owner of the noted “Cape Race.” Mr. Ashlock is the owner of 900 acres of good land; has been successful in his business operations, and though attentive to his business affairs, yet there is no man in the county that enjoys his wealth better than he, and nothing short of a business engagement will prevent him from joining in a big hunt, a race or chase, of which he is always a jovial and congenial companion. Is a zealous advocate of the principles of Freemasonry, being a member of the Carrollton Lodge, and Chapter also of Hugh DePayne Commandery.

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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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