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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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CROGHAN DAWSON, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Lexington; was born in Madison Co., Ohio, Oct. 10, 1822, and is a namesake of Maj. Croghan, who defeated the British and Indians at Lower Sandusky, Ohio, in 1812; his father, James R. Dawson, was born in Bourbon Co., Ky., Oct. 10, 1794; he moved to Ohio when about 15 years of age, and, in 1816, married Miss Mary Ogden; they removed to Illinois in the fall of 1832, locating in what is now Money Creek Township, this county. The subject of this sketch worked on his father’s farm until 20 years of age, after which he became a tiller of the soil on his own account, combining with it wolf-hunting, both as an amusement and, to some extent, a necessity in these early times, as his wolfship possessed such fondness for the flesh-products of the farm that it became necessary to kill wolves as well as weeds. In 1849, he married Miss Elizabeth Haner, who was born in Fayette Co., Ohio; her father’s family came to this county when she was a child, settling here as early as 1829; they have nine children living — Merritt, Ezra, Azor, James B., Ella (wife of E. Campbell), General McClellan, Dolly, Captain John and the youngest, who is now waiting for that legacy—a name; they have lost one child — Emma, who died in 1854. Mr. D. owns 956 acres of farm-land, valued at $30 per acre; he has also given great attention to stock-raising, and, in 1858, commenced shipping cattle quite extensively, and continued until 1870. He has served one term as Assessor of Lexington Township.

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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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