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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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E. J. MOORE, oil-mill, Bloomington. Mr. E. J. Moore, whose father is so frequently mentioned in this work, is a native of McLean Co , born Oct. 23, 1838; his early life was spent upon a farm, though his father gave him a very liberal education; in 1873, he began running the oil-mill which he and Mr. S. W. Waddle built the same year; though previous to this, he had made an overland trip to California in 1860, going by the Platte River route, returning in the fall of the same year; he is now one of the driving business men of the place and at present is one of the City Council. His mill is located close to the I., B. & W. and L., B. & M. depots; the building is 35x85; he usually gives employment to about eight men, his capacity being about 35,000 bushels per annum; the mill is usually run to full capacity; the principal part of the oil cake goes to New York, while the oil finds a market in Peoria and Chicago, after supplying the home trade; he is one of the principal business men of the city; those who know him best place the utmost confidence in his honor and integrity.

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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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