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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. C. BUTCHER, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Belleflower; one of our first settlers; was born in Indiana Oct. 7, 1829; came to this State in 1852, and settled in Buckles’ Grove, McLean Co., in the same year; he removed to Belleflower in 1859, at that time called Prairie. He was married, in 1851, to Miss Jane E. Emmitt, now deceased, who was born in Indiana Aug. 21, 1834; they have had six children, four of whom are living — Sarah F., Emma L., John A. and Ida A.; deceased—William T. and James M. Mr. Butcher’s second marriage occurred Oct. 2, 1872; his second wife’s name was Miss Susan Harris, who was born in Illinois July 27, 1838; they have two children — Jay S. and Myron H. The farm of Mr. Butcher consists of 165 acres, valued at $6,600. He is a member of the M. E. Church, and was a contributor to its construction.

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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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