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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 NAFZIGER, farmer; P. O. Danvers; was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, A. D. 1832. His early life was that of a farmer’s son, and his education was obtained at the common schools. In 1847, the family emigrated to America, his father settling in McLean Co., a short distance southwest of Danvers, on the farm now owned and occupied by his son. On reaching his majority, Henry left home, and labored as a farm-hand some two years. He then rented the homestead and began farming for himself. In 1865, he purchased the homestead, containing 200 acres, and this he has increased by successive purchases, until he now owns 350 acres, valued at $18,000. He was married, in 1855, to Helen Nafziger, a native of Germany; has six children — Robert, Erurua, John, Fred, Albert, Jacob; three deceased. Has held the office of Commissioner of Highways nine years, and that of School Director for the past eight years. His finely-improved farm exhibits the industry and enterprise so frequently noticed among that class of our foreign population.

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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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