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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. O. DAVIS, farmer; P. O. Heyworth; was born in Galena, Kent Co., Md., April 20, 1838, where he lived eight years; he then, with his parents, went to Cecil Co., Md., where they engaged in farming nine years; September, 1856, he came West to Illinois, and worked by the month on the farm for Judge Davis and L. W. Betts, with whom he continued eleven years; he then rented a farm from the Judge, two miles east of Bloomington, and farmed the same for two years; then he came to the present place, which belongs to Judge Davis and contains 527 acres, in the management of which he is in partnership with the Judge; they are largely interested in stock-raising, for which the place is well adapted. He is no office-seeker, though he has been identified with the offices connected with the school and road. Dec. 8, 1867, he married Miss Mary Moore; she was born in Pennsylvania, in 1850; they have five children— Susie B., Frank L., Lorena M., Ella H. and James L.

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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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