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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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GEORGE T. DEMENT, general stock merchant, Lexington; born in Alexandria, Va., March 19, 1815, but removed in early childhood with his father’s family to Maysville, Ky.; thence to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1824; in 1832, the Asiatic cholera made its first appearance on this continent, and his father, Richard Dement, was its first victim in the city of Cincinnati; in 1834, Mr. Dement located at Nashville, Tenn., and engaged in the manufacture of chairs, and dealt in furniture. In 1837, he was married to Miss Ann E., daughter of Braddock Richmond; she was born in Rhode Island. Mr. Richmond’s home, for many years, was with his daughter, Mrs. Dement; his age at death was 92 years. With the exception of the above, there has not been a death in this family for a period of over forty years. In the spring of 1838, he removed to Illinois, locating at Tremont, Tazewell Co., where he engaged in farming; since 1852, he has resided at Lexington, his present home; here he built the first warehouse, and shipped the first grain sent by cars from this market; Mr. D. also purchased the first safe brought to L., and a gentleman from an adjoining township, who had not become accustomed to this style of furniture, came into his store, placed himself in a good position to get the benefit of this, as he supposed, artificial heater, remarking, “It’s a very cold day.” The following are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Dement — Clara E. (wife of Gen. Franklin), Richmond S., George R., Martha A. and Ambrose.

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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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