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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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DOUGLASS DEMENT, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Arrowsmith. The subject of this sketch was born in Logan Co., Ill., May 11, 1849; his father died when he was but seven years old, leaving him and two older brothers to take care of their mother, which they did by farming; came to McLean Co. in 1873. Was married to Elizabeth A. Gull Feb. 22, 1875; she was born in Somerset Co., Penn., May 23, 1853; the fruits of this marriage are two children — Mary M., born Nov. 16, 1875; Jessie C., March 15, 1878. Mr. Dement owns ninety-five acres of good farming land, worth $40 per acre. He and his brother raised last year, with two teams, 7,000 bushels of corn. His father was in the Black Hawk war. Mr. Dement’s father is a native of Virginia, and his mother of New York. Mrs. Dement’s parents are natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. Dement is a very good farmer; he is also intelligent and enterprising.

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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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