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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. H. NEUHAUSER, blacksmith, carriage manufacturer, and dealer in agricultural implements, Gridley; was born in Saarburg, Alsace, France, Oct. 6, 1840. When he was 6 years old his parents came to this country and located at Syracuse, N. Y., where his father died a year later, and, about two months afterwards, his mother removed with her family to Butler Co., Ohio; resided there two years, and removed thence to Campbell Co., Ky. There he lived nine years; then returned to Ohio, and lived with an uncle about four years, going thence to Cincinnati, where he remained six months. In 1863 he came to Illinois, and worked in Bloomington, Hudson and El Paso. In August, 1864, he removed to Waldo Township, Livingston Co., and engaged in contracting and building. He afterwards came to Gridley and followed butchering one season and then resumed building. Returning to Waldo Township, he continued farming till March, 1874. He then purchased the wagon and blacksmith shop of George Jewett and has continued in this business to the present time. He also engaged in the implement trade with his brother, John Neuhauser, for one year; then sold out to his brother, Oct. 19, 1877. They were burned out, after which he erected his present building, and bought his brother’s business He makes a specialty of John Deere & Co.’s Moline plows and cultivators, Deere & Mausur Co.’s and the Quincy planters, D. M. Osborn & Co.’s harvesting machinery, Adams’ corn-sheller, and minor implements of various descriptions and the best quality. Mr. Neuhauser was married Dec. 9, 1864, to Miss Eliza Breese, a daughter of Richard Breese, of Gridley. Of ten children six are living — Sarah E., Catherine, Lucy L., Minerva, W. Etta and Mary A. Mr. Neuhauser has served two years in the Village Council.

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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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