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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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J. A. MYERS, dealer in grain and coal, Saybrook; was born in Fayette Co., Penn., April 19, 1831; when he was quite young, his parents moved to West Virginia, near the State line, and at the age of 3 years moved to near Decatur, Ill., where they resided for one year, and then went to Marshall Co.; in the year 1855, they moved to Fairbank, Buchanan Co., Iowa, where they are now residing; his father was born in the year 1800, and was married to Miss Sarah Jane Beatty, of Belfast, Ireland, who came to this country when she was 10 years of age, with her parents, who settled in Fayette Co., Penn. Mr. Myers remained at home until he was 23 years of age, when he married his first wife, Margaret Bennington, daughter of Thomas Bennington, of Marshall Co., Iowa, Jan. 5, 1854; her parents were early settlers of this State, her father having participated in the Black Hawk war, and died in the fall of 1856; her mother still lives in Marshall Co. Mrs. Myers died Oct. 11, 1865; she had four children, three of whom are living — Melissa M. (now Mrs. Robert S. McCune, of Saybrook), born March 11, 1855; Mary E. (now Mrs. L. A. Clark, of Arrowsmith Township), December 18, 1856, and Harvey C., one deceased, Sarah J., born March 12, 1863, died March 24, 1865. Married his second wife, Elizabeth A. McCullough, daughter of William McCullough, of Eureka, Woodford Co., Ill., an old settler of that county, March 13, 1866; she was born in Jefferson Co., Va., and when 10 years of age went with her parents to Woodford Co., Ill.

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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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