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Below is a family biography included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. 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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J. W. ANDERSON, machinist, Bloomington; was born in Butler Co., Ohio, May 5, 1842, and was raised and schooled in Preble Co., where he learned blacksmithing, in which occupation he continued until the beginning of the late war, when he enlisted in the 20th Ohio for three months’ service; he then returned and took up his trade until 1863, when he re-enlisted with the 120th Ind. V. I., and served as flag-bearer for twenty-six months; he came to Bloomington in 1868, where he has since lived; his place of business is 305 West Washington street; here he runs a fine little machine-shop, and is prepared to manufacture buggies, spring and platform wagons, and all kinds of jobbing; being a competent workman and a thorough businessman, he has an excellent trade. He married Miss Sallie A. Ledwell, of Butler Co., Ohio, June 8, 1861; they have a family of three— William T., Leonard E. and Mabel.

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This family biography is one of 1257 biographies included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of McLean County, Illinois

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