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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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H. A. MYERS, farmer; P. O. Bloomington, box 991; was born in Licking Co., Ohio, Aug. 23, 1827, where he lived until 1864. He was married Dec. 25, 1849, to Miss Levina Schechter, of Richwood, Union Co., Ohio; she was born in Knox Co. When but 20 years old, he took up the management of the home farm and conducted the same until 1864; in 1851, he bought a farm adjoining his father’s farm, of 183 acres; in 1864, he sold the two farms and came West, bringing with him 1,400 head of sheep, and located two miles east of Bloomington; he next moved to a farm six miles from Bloomington, on Cheney’s Grove road, containing 564 acres; he then came to his present place, located ten miles from Bloomington, and containing 257 acres. When he came West, he was largely interested in wool-raising; lately, he has confined himself to stock and general farming. They have had ten children, eight still living — Theodosia A., Henry S., Margaret C., James F., William F., Rose L., Jennie and James S.

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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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