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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. CROSKEY, farmer; P. O. Farmer City; born in Harrison Co., Ohio, April 15, 1827, where he attended school in his youth and followed farming until he was 28 years of age, when, upon the 8th of March, 1855, he was united in marriage with Rachel Hamilton; she was born in Harrison Co., Ohio, May 21, 1835. Upon his marriage, he purchased a farm in Ohio, which he disposed of the following year and emigrated to Illinois, and purchased 160 acres of land upon Section 5, Town 21, West Township, upon which he lived three years, when he sold out, and after living one year in Le Roy, purchased his present place of 160 acres, upon which he located in the spring of 1860, where he has since lived; he located in West Township before its organization; was one of the active organizers of the township; cast the first vote ever polled in this township, and was the second Assessor. The children of Henry and Rachel Croskey were five in number — Clara B., born June 12, 1857; Joshua Hamilton, born Feb. 21, 1860; Mary Jane, born Feb. 27, 1865; Annie A., born March 16, 1868; Rettie Craig, born Nov. 7, 1871.

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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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