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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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CRISTIAN W. NAFFZIGER, dealer in lumber, coal, Whitehall tile, salt, lime, cement, etc., Stanford; was born in Hessen, Germany May 28, 1819; there he followed farming until he came to this country; the 22d day of September, 1846, he landed in New York; he went to Butler Co., Ohio, and from there to McLean Co., Ill., in the spring of 1854; in the fall, he bought a farm of 160 acres in Allin Township, and now owns 120 acres; this is worked by his three oldest sons. He married Elizabeth Eresmann March 15, 1849; she was born in the same place in Germany in November, 1823, and came to this country with her parents in 1842; they have six children — John H., Christian F., Eliza M., Gustave A., Lena E. and William H. John H. married Elmira Naffziger; Eliza M. married Henry Linkert. Mr. Naffziger has been in his present business a little more than a year, and is the only one in like business here.

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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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