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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  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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BENJAMIN F. CLORE. There is no inheritance so rich as the records of the worthy lives of those who have departed from this world and gone to receive the reward which awaits them in Heaven. That death loves a shining mark was illustrated when it became known that Benjamin F. Clore, one of Randolph County’s best known citizens, had departed this life. He was born in Boone County, Ky., November 2, 1832, and was a child of two years at the time his father, Abram Clore, removed to this county.

Our subject attended the common schools of his neighborhood, and amid adverse surroundings gained the rudiments of his education. His parents when locating here made their home at the mouth of St. Mary’s River, near Chester, where our subject spent his entire life on a farm, and where his death occurred December 19, 1891. His marriage With Miss Lucinda Rupert occurred December 1, 1854, and Mrs. Clore at her death June 7, 1874, left a family of four sons and three daughters, of whom we make the following mention: Franklin F. married Ella Condor; Albert C. married Anna Clendenine; Gilford became the husband of Amanda Dillinger; Alice became the wife of Hermann Grah; Harriet L. married Charles Keith, and after his death became the wife of Mr. Thebold; Lucretia married Vincent Tucker, and Zachariah O. is still single.

The lady whom our subject chose as his second companion was Mrs. Melvina F. Tingle, their union taking place May 7, 1876. Mrs. Clore died October 1 of the next year, and November 2, 1880, our subject was married to Mrs. Salinda (Moore) Petit, daughter or John and Elizabeth (Mansker) Moore. Mrs. Salinda Clore was born and reared in this county, and by her union with our subject became the mother of four children, of whom the eldest is Nora S. Ozias died when six years of age, and Kenneth and Franklin May are residing with their mother, who still lives on the home farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Clore were active members of the Methodist Church, and in his political relations our subject was a stanch Democrat. He was well known to the citizens of this section, and his correct mode of living gained for him a popularity which was merited in every respect.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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