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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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CHRISTIAN A. NAFZIGER, groceries, Stanford; was born in Danvers Township, McLean Co., Ill., Jan. 13, 1849; his father, Christian P., was born in Baden, Germany, in 1827, and came to this country, landing in New York City in the spring of 1848; that year, he moved to Danvers Township, and, in 1850, moved to Tazewell Co., and bought 320 acres of land; in 1859, he moved to Peoria, and, in 1861, to Allin Township, and, in 1875, to Bloomington; in 1875-76, he sold out his farms (1,040 acres) in Tazewell and McLean Cos., and bought 120 acres near Bloomington, paying $23,000. He had six children — Christian A., Lizzie, Frederick, Lena, Arthur and Emilie. Christian A., engaged in the business here of dry goods, boots and shoes, hats and caps, groceries, etc., in March, 1874; sold out in September, 1877, and went to Bloomington and clerked for a while, but bought back his old store in the spring and reduced it to groceries exclusively. He married Lizzie B. Gardiner, of Allin Township, Oct. 15, 1878; she was born there Aug. 26, 1857. He is an active, wide-awake Republican, taking a lively interest in town and county elections. They have one boy, born May 4, 1879.

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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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