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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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W. H. ANDERSON, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Lexington; was born July 26, 1840, in Jennings Co., Ind.; in 1855, he came with his father to McLean Co., Ill., settling south of Bloomington, in what is now Randolph Township, remaining there two years; in 1858, he settled on his father’s farm, near the head of Mackinaw, staying there until 21 years old; he then taught school for some ten years, teaching all that time in two places; in his 21st year, he attended college at Eureka, Ill.; he has been no office-seeker, but has been connected with schools. He was married, Dec. 25, 1863, to Charity Williams, a native of Ohio; they moved to Illinois, and engaged in farming; in 1865, he settled on his beautiful farm of 170 acres, lying on the banks of the Mackinaw, which he obtained entirely by his own efforts. They have two children — John M. and Nettie P.

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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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