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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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C. D. MYERS, Bloomington; was born May 7, 1847, in Meigs Co., Ohio; when 5 years old removed to Marion Co., W. Va.; for twelve years he worked on a farm, where farming was hard; attended the private schools two or three months in the winter season; at the age of 15 he left home to do for himself, and returned to Ohio; when he reached his destination, Pomeroy, he had just 50 cents, this being his entire worldly possessions, except the clothes on his back and a small supply in his valise; he was not discouraged, though he did not then know what he was to do. This was in 1863; he obtained a situation as clerk and errand boy, in a dry-goods house in Pomeroy, where he remained about a year. In 1864, he enlisted as a recruit in the 32d Ohio Inf., and served till the close of the war, being nearly one year; he was then 17 years old. With the money saved in the army he entered the National Normal School, at Lebanon, Ohio, in the fall of 1865; continued at school one year; returned to West Virginia and worked on a farm, and taught school until 1869, when he again entered the National Normal, where he remained until 1872, in the summer of which year he graduated. Having chosen law as his profession, he entered that department in the University of Michigan, in October, 1872, and received the degree of LL. B., at that institution, in 1874. Mr. Myers was admitted to the bar in Michigan, but did not practice there. He first hung out his shingle in Bloomington, in 1874. Though an entire stranger, he soon found friends, and some business. Shortly after he came to Bloomington, he entered into partnership with Mr. Albert Bushnell, under the firm name of Myers & Bushnell. This business connection lasted until January 1, of the present year, when the firm of Myers & Stroud was formed.

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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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