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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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HENRY CRABB, blacksmith and manufacturer of wagons, buggies, etc., Chenoa; was born in Forfarshire on the eastern coast of Scotland, fifty miles from Edinburgh and the same distance from Aberdeen, on the 15th of November, 1830; at 15 years of age, he learned the trade of a blacksmith, and afterward worked in large machine-shops in Arbroath, a large manufacturing town in his native county, where he became familiar with all branches of the machinist’s trade; in August, 1854, he left home and came to America; he came direct to Tazewell Co., Ill., and worked two years in Washington and awhile in Morton; he came to Chenoa in 1866, and started his blacksmith and wagon shop, which he still continues; he manufactures wagons and buggies, does horse-shoeing and a general repairing of plows, farm machinery, etc. He was married Jan. 29, 1866, to Miss Margaret S. Guthrie, of Peoria, a native of Glasgow, Scotland; they have four children — Jennie M., Annie C., Harry G. and Grace G. Mr. Crabb has served one term as member of the Chenoa Board of Aldermen.

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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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