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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. P. DICKERSON, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Le Roy; born in what is now Randolph Township, McLean Co., Ill., June 26, 1827; he is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, living settler now living who was born in this county; his father, Michael Dickerson, was one of the first settlers of McLean Co., where he died Feb. 10, 1836. Calep B. Dickerson lived upon the farm with his mother until 22 years of age, after which he rented land and followed farming until 1851, when he purchased 100 acres of land upon his present place, where he has since lived; he now owns 140 acres, with good farm buildings. He married Tabitha Buckles April 3, 1851; they have twelve children by this union, viz.: William E., born March 18, 1852; Mary J., June 19, 1854; Adaline, June 22, 1856; Franklin, July 8, 1858 (deceased); Henry D., Dec. 8, 1860 (deceased); James A., June 20, 1862; Wesley A., Nov. 23, 1864; Maranda Ellen, May 27, 1866; Charles, March 21, 1868; George, June 31, 1872; Tilden and Matilda A., twins, born June 18, 1876. Mrs. Dickerson was the daughter of Abram Buckles, who was born in Virginia June 28, 1800; he emigrated with his father and located in White Co., Ill., in 1810. In 1819, he married Mary Williams, and, in 1832, he located at Buckles’ Grove, McLean Co., where he died May 17, 1878. Mrs. Buckles died Dec. 19, 1876.

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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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