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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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DAVID F. BAYLOR, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Downs; one of the early settlers of McLean Co., Ill.; born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Sept. 27, 1832; he is a son of Jacob Baylor, who was born in Pennsylvania. May 16, 1805, and emigrated to Ohio, and located in Champaign Co., Ohio. He was married, March 25, 1830, to Nancy Beatly; she was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Aug. 30, 1810; she now lives upon the old place, where they located thirty-nine years ago. He followed farming and teaming in Ohio until 1837, when he emigrated to Illinois with his family and located at Blooming Grove, and, in 1839, located on Sec. 8, Downs Township, where he secured eighty acres of land, upon which he settled, and where he lived until his decease, which occurred Jan. 6, 1848. He frequently made trips by team to Chicago, taking up grain, and bringing back salt, groceries, etc., the trip consuming upward of two weeks; he also made trips to St. Louis, taking grain to market and freighting back goods for Bloomington merchants; he continued farming and teaming until he had accumulated 200 acres of land at the time of his death; they were the parents of eight children, of whom five are living. The subject of this sketch emigrated to Illinois with his parents in 1837, and lived upon the home farm until 1866, when he located upon his present place, where he has since lived; he has eighty acres in his home farm, and also an interest in the old homestead. His marriage with Annette R. Mannen, was celebrated April 12, 1859; she was born in McLean Co., Ill., Feb. 15, 1840; she died April 17, 1864, leaving two children — Cary O., born April 6, 1860; Maria I., born Nov. 25, 1862. He was united in marriage with Clara B. Philips, Nov. 19, 1865; she was born in Greene Co., Penn., Jan. 7, 1842; they were the parents of five children, of whom four survive — Maggie F., born in 1867; Francis B., born April 22, 1868; Eliott H., born Aug. 17, 1872; Vera L., born Oct. 8, 1875. The deceased, Alfred N., was born Aug. 18, 1870; died Aug. 5, 1872.

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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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