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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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GEORGE H. BILDERBACK. The agriculturists of Randolph County are, as a rule, possessed of general intelligence, a thorough understanding of their calling and great energy, and they therefore rank well among the farmers the world over. One of these gentlemen who are successful pursuing the peaceful occupation of tilling the soil is our subject, whose comfortable estate is located on section 25, township 7, range 6.

Mr. Bilderback is a native of this county, and was born near Kaskaskia April 3, 1826. He is the second child in a family of eight children born to John and Sarah (McCormick) Bilderback, who were also natives of Randolph County, where the father died in 1837, and the mother departed this life in 1853. George H. obtained a limited education in the schools near his home. His father dying when he was but eleven years of age, he was compelled to aid in the carrying on of the home farm in order to support his mother and sisters.

Mr. Bilderback has always followed the occupation of a farmer, and when ready to establish a home of his own, in 1856, he was married to Miss Nancy A., daughter of James F. and Rachael (Long) Glenn. Mrs. Bilderback was born in Ohio, of which state her parents were natives, and was fifteen years of age when she accompanied them on their removal to this state. By her union with our subject twelve children have been born, of whom those living are: Sarah R., who is the wife of Clarence Barber, and resides in this county; William H., who married Elizabeth Moore, and resides near his father; Alice A., who married William C. Bilderback and lives near the old home; Margaret N., who is the wife of Charles Moore, and makes her home near Rockwood; and Wallace E., at home.

Our subject and his estimable wife, together with their eldest daughter, are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and have established a cozy home, where they welcome their hosts of friends. Mr. Bilderback is greatly respected in the county where his life has been passed, and his career has been creditable in the extreme. He has served as School Trustee and Director, and is earnest in his efforts to forward the educational interests of this locality. He is a member of the Republican party, and cast his first vote for General Taylor.

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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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