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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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ALFRED B. DAVIDSON, attorney at law and Justice of the Peace, Lexington; born in Ross Co., Ohio, Sept. 8, 1833, but removed in early childhood, with his father’s family, to Illinois, locating near Bloomington in December, 1836, where he followed farming till about 19 years’ of age, then came to Bloomington and served as clerk until 1856; he was, for a time, engaged in the mercantile business at Decatur, Ill., but returned to Bloomington, where he dealt in groceries and grain. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the 94th I. V. I., and was mustered out at the expiration of his term of service; in October, 1865, he located at Lexington, his present home, and engaged in the grain business; elected Police Magistrate in May, 1867, which office he still fills; has also served as Town Clerk and Corporation Treasurer several years; admitted to the bar of the State in January, 1876. Married in 1858, to Miss Ellen G., daughter of Dr. W. H. Mitchell, of Decatur, Ill.; they have five children — Minerva, William H., Alfred J., Nellie B. and Anna J. Mr. D. is Master of Lexington Lodge, No. 482, A., F. & A. M.

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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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