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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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ISAAC DARST, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Bloomington; one of the early settlers of the county; was born in Miami Co., Ohio, April 25, 1823; came to this State, and settled in Logan Co. in 1846, and, in 1848, he removed to McLean Co., where he has since resided. His farm consists of 100 acres, valued at $6,000. He was married, April 1, 1844, to Miss Matilda Decker, who was born in Athens Co., Ohio, Dec. 5, 1825. They have seven children, viz., Franklin, Mary, George, John, Annie, Lizzie and Sarah. Since Mr. Darst’s residence in this county, has held the offices of Overseer of the Poor in Dale Township two years, and School Director in Dale and Dry Grove Townships four years.

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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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