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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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JEHU ALLEN, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Holder. The subject of this memoir was born in Shenandoah Co., Va., Nov. 15, 1804. There he resided until his parents’ removal to Belmont Co., Ohio, which was in 1811. His parents were among the first settlers of that portion of Ohio. His union with Mary A. Garretson occurred in Flushing, Belmont Co., Ohio, April 2, 1835. She was born in Adams Co., Penn., Sept. 5, 1808. She is a daughter of Amos and Mary Garretson. Her mother’s maiden name was Mary Talbott. They were married according to the rites of the Friends’ Society, and have been exemplary members of the same all their lives, as have been all their children. From the union of John Allen and Mary A. Garretson there were five children, four of whom are now living, viz., Mary, Rebecca, Alcinda and Edward W. All the children are married and living in the county except Edward W., who lives in Lincoln, Neb. Mr. Allen has been a resident of Blue Mound Township since 1865; owns seventy acres of land, all under a good state of cultivation.

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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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