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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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EVAN DAVIES, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Chenoa; came to McLean Co. in 1858 — twenty-one years ago; he was born in Merionethshire, Wales, April 10, 1826, and developed those hardy traits of character, for which the people of that country are noted; and these habits of industry, frugality and integrity have been of inestimable value to him, in the more fertile valley of the Mississippi; he was raised on a farm, and came to the United States in 1856, and after living two years in Oneida Co., N. Y., removed to Illinois, locating in Chenoa Township, McLean Co., and is therefore one of the earliest settlers in the township; he owns a good farm of 160 acres, the result of his own efforts. He was married April 9, 1852, to Miss Ellen Evans, who was born in Merionethshire, Wales, in May, 1823; they have had three children, two of whom are living — Jennie E. and Charles H.; one son, David E., died Oct. 24, 1873, at the age of 19. Mr. Davies held the office of School Director for six years in succession.

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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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