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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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BERNARD MORELAND, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Belleflower; one of the early settlers in the southeastern part of McLean Co.; was born in Muskingum Co., Ohio, May 7, 1837; came to this State and settled in Tazewell Co. in 1851, and, in 1858, removed to McLean Co. and settled in Belleflower Township; his pursuits have been that of a farmer and stock-raiser from boyhood; his present farm consists of 160 acres, valued at $6,400. He was married to Miss Elizabeth West, who was born in Indiana; they have three children — Mason B., Ambrose and Walter. Mr. Moreland served in Quartermaster’s Department about six months during the late war; since his residence in this township he has held the office of Assessor three years.

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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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