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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. T. NICCOLLS, grocer, Bloomington; is the son of John and Maria (Steele) Niccolls, who were among the early settlers of McLean Co.; they came from Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1849, in which year Mr. Niccolls entered a large tract of land in this and adjoining counties; it is said that he was one of the largest land-owners, and improved more land than anyone in McLean Co.; he was an enterprising, public-spirited and much-respected citizen; like many others, they met with adversity, and lost heavily; they still survive, at the combined ages of 144 years. The subject of this sketch was born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., July 11, 1839, and was brought to this county in 1844, where he has since lived; he is now doing business at No. 604 North Main street, where is to be found a well-assorted stock of goods at bottom figures. He married Miss Lucinda E. Hardman of Salem, Ohio, Oct. 5, 1858; they have one child— Lulu M.; as a family, they are much respected.

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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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