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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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ASA H. MOORE, proprietor of Street Railway, Bloomington; was born in Worcester Co., Mass., in 1820, and is the son of Asa and Sabra (Goodell) Moore, of Massachusetts; he was brought up on the farm, and followed farming until he was 19 years old; he then commenced railroading, and followed this business while in the East, some eleven years; he was conductor of the first train ever run from Worcester to Springfield, Mass. In 1852, he came West, and was appointed Division Superintendent of the Michigan Southern Railroad, with headquarters at La Porte, Ind.; in 1854, he came to Bloomington, and was Assistant Superintendent of the Chicago & Alton Railroad, under Richard P. Morgan. Mr. Morgan resigned, and Mr. Moore was then made General Superintendent of the Chicago and Alton Railroad, and continued such about seven years. Jan. 1, 1869. Mr. Moore purchased the Bloomington Street Railway; the original cost of this road was some $50,000; he has made a great improvement in the stock since he has owned it; he first made the extension from Grove street to the depots; then from the Normal terminus to the depots in Normal. Married, in Plymouth, Mass., Miss Nancy B. Washburn, of Plymouth, Mass.; they have two children.

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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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