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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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ELISHA DIXON, farmer; P. O. Oak Grove; was born in Hampshire Co., Va., June 14, 1809; in 1815, his father moved with his family to Ohio, and settled in Harrison Co.; here Mr. Dixon grew to manhood with the experiences of a pioneer farmer’s boy; his education was limited to the common schools, reading and spelling being the chief studies; in 1828, he came West to prospect the country, and, in 1829, his father came with the family and settled in Dry Grove Township, McLean Co., on the farm now owned by Peter Dewner; in the winter of 1830, Mr. Dixon came to White Oak Grove and made an improvement where James Johnson now resides; here he lived nearly forty years; he then sold his fine farm of 254 acres, and, in 1869, purchased where he now lives; owns 120 acres, valued at $6,000. He was married in December, 1829, to Mary Brown, a native of Tennessee; she died in 1866; nine children were born to them — William and Eliza Ann (twins), Lucinda, Sarah, John; four died in infancy. William and John are still living. He has held the offices of Constable, Road Commissioner, and was School Treasurer fourteen years in succession. In 1828, when only 19 years of age, Mr. Dixon voted for Gen. Jackson for President; there were only thirteen votes polled in a district of territory larger than two or three of the smaller New England States.

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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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