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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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G. M. DELANO, Postmaster, Heyworth; was born on Seguin Island, Me., June 17, 1823, where he lived until he was six years of age; when, with his parents, he moved to Portland, where they lived until 1839; they then moved to Boston, Mass., where he lived until 1853, during which time he learned the harness-making trade; he then came West to Illinois, and worked at his trade in Bloomington until December of the same year; he then went to St. Louis, Mo.; thence to Springfield, Ill., where he followed his trade for two and one-half years, when he again went to Bloomington and worked at his trade about one year; he then moved to Leroy, and, in 1858, came to Heyworth and engaged in the business on his own account, and followed the same until 1868. In July, 1861, he was appointed Postmaster, and has held the position since; at first, the business of the office was light, but, with the growth of the village and surrounding country, it increased until now it is fully four times the amount when he took charge, notwithstanding that the territory has been lessened by new offices nearby; in 1875, it was made a money-order office. Nov. 6, 1851, he married Miss Annie O’ Brien; they had three children; two living, viz.: William and Mary.

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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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