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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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EDWIN M. MURPHY, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Le Roy; born on Sec. 2, Empire Township, McLean Co., May 23, 1836, where he lived with his parents, attended school and followed farming until when he, with his father and brother, emigrated to Oregon, but not being pleased with the country, he returned to McLean Co., and purchased 152 acres of land upon Sec. 6, West Township, upon which he located and where he has since lived. He was the youngest son of Isaac Murphy who emigrated from Ohio and located in Bloomington about the year 1826 or 1827; he was married to Mary Whitney, in Bloomington; she was born in Meigs Co., Ohio, and came to Illinois at a very early day; she died in McLean Co., in 1869; Mr. Murphy entered the land where Mr. Dooly now lives, when the Land Office was at Vandalia; his first team was a yoke of steers; he afterward raised a team of colts, and in this way obtained his first team of horses; he worked at carpentering in Bloomington, and put up some of the first buildings of that town, among which was the first jail, using the fruits of his labor to pay for his land; he then followed farming and stock-raising until he had accumulated 980 acres of land, which he sold out and went to Oregon, where he died April 14, 1872; his oldest son, Charles, was the first white boy born in Bloomington, in December, 1830. Edwin M. Murphy was married to Jane Howell, in September, 1862; she was born in Kentucky, and died in McLean Co., in November, 1870, leaving two children — John, born Nov. 12, 1863, and Isaac L., born June 20, 1866. His marriage with Margaret Oliver was celebrated Oct. 26, 1871; she was born in County Derry, Ireland, Feb. 19, 1838, and emigrated to America with her parents when 15 months old; her father, William Oliver, located in De Witt Co. in 1853, and died May 12, 1875, at the age of 96 years. The children of E. M. Murphy by his second wife are Mary Jane, born Dec. 5, 1872; Laura Bell, Dec. 11, 1876.

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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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