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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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HARRISON CLORE. The result of energy and perseverance are nowhere better illustrated than in the career of Mr. Clore, who began life with only the natural ability with which nature had endowed him, and is at the present time a well known and prosperous agriculturist residing on section 18, township 7, range 6. In 1879 he added gardening and the cultivation of small fruits to his already busy life as a farmer, and today is one of the most extensive fruit growers in southern Illinois, and during their season almost entirely supplies Chester with fine strawberries.

A native of Kentucky, Mr. Clore was born in Boone County, November 22, 1830, while his father, Abraham Clore, was a native of Virginia. He emigrated with his parents when quite young to the above county in Kentucky. The father of our subject was manager and overseer of a large plantation in the Blue Grass State until coming to Illinois in 1836. In that year he purchased a farm near Chester, upon which he located, and in addition to its cultivation he also followed his trade of a carpenter. He was accompanied on the trip to Illinois by his brother Isaac, who assisted him in the conduct of his farm.

Mrs. Sarah (Cornelius) Clore, the mother of our subject, was also a native of Kentucky, and was the daughter of Albert Cornelius. She reared a family of five children, of whom Harrison, of this sketch, was the eldest. He had few advantages for obtaining an education, but availed himself to the utmost of every opportunity for gaining knowledge. His father owning the ferry at Mary’s River, our subject had charge of that until 1843, when he returned to the farm. The next year was the date of the big flood, and the family were happy in the thought that they had moved in time to escape the dangers which it brought in its path.

When fifteen years of age, our subject returned to his old home in Boone County, Ky., where he visited friends and relatives for some time, and on the expiration of his holiday again took up the work on his father’s farm, where he remained until reaching his majority. January 4, 1854, he was married to Miss Sabina N., daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Kunkle) Baer, who emigrated from Indiana to Illinois and were people of prominence in this state. Our subject and his wife are members in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which denomination he has been Trustee, Steward and Superintendent of the Sunday-school for the past twenty-six years.

Mr. Clore began his political career as a Democrat, but on the outbreak of the Civil War joined the ranks of the Republicans and voted with them until within the last few years, since which time he has been a stanch Prohibitionist.

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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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