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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 W. DAVIS, farmer, carriage and wagon maker; P. O. Lexington; born in Chester Co., Penn., June 10, 1833, and is the youngest son of Matthew and Elizabeth (Hush) Davis; his father was born near Philadelphia, Penn., July 4, 1774; he was of Welsh, and his wife of German, parentage. Mr. Davis resided in Chester Co , the place of his birth, till about 15 years of age, when he went to Pickaway Co., Ohio, and learned the carriage trade with his brother; he subsequently worked at his trade in Philadelphia and Reading, Penn.; thence to Ohio, where he remained about one year; in April, 1855, he moved to Illinois, locating at Lexington, his present home, where he worked at wagon-making for other parties; in the spring of 1857, he went to Omaha, Neb., where he remained about eighteen months, and then returned to Pickaway Co., Ohio, and again, in August, 1859, went West, stopping in Iola, Kan., thence to Ft. Scott, Kan.; thence to Pennsylvania, returning to Lexington in 1863; owns 320 acres of land in Lawndale Township, this county, and 120 acres in Iowa. In 1864, he was married to Miss Sarah Biggs, who was born in Money Creek Township, this county; she died in 1867; one child by this union — Walter M. Mr. D was married to his present wife, Catharine Morris, in 1869; she was born in Pickaway Co., Ohio; one child by second marriage — Jessie E.

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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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