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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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AUSTIN Y. BARNARD, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 20; P. O. Towanda; born in Money Creek Township Feb. 19, 1841, which has been his home since, with the exception of a residence in Ford Co., Ill., for four years. Enlisted in August, 1862, in Co. I, 94th 1. V. I., and served until the close of the war; he was in the following engagements: Prairie Grove, Ark., siege of Vicksburg, and other battles and skirmishes about Vicksburg, Fort Morgan, Ala., Spanish Fort same State, and Mobile; was with the regiment in Texas, and during their stay they were for a short time on Mexican soil for the protection of the American Consul at Matamoras. Married in 1866, Miss Tabitha A. Trimmer, who was born in Money Creek Township; five children by this union three living - Myron D., Ida C. and Ada A.; lost two - Allie, died in 1874; Ranson died in 1870. Mr. B. is a member of Lodge, No. 206, I. O. O. F.

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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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