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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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JAMES BRADY, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Chenoa; was born in County Dublin, Ireland, Feb. 2, 1837; he came to America at the age of 11 years, and lived two years in Toronto, C. W.; in 1853, he came to Putnam Co., Ill., where he lived till 1862; he then came to Yates Township, McLean Co., when that township was very new; the deer were so plentiful they had to be driven away from the corn; he lived there two years, and, in 1864, settled on his present home, one mile south of Chenoa. Mr. Brady is a self-made man, a most successful farmer and a prominent stock-dealer, having made some of the largest shipments of stock from McLean Co.; he owns a well-improved farm of 156 acres. He was married August 25, 1858, to Miss Jane Boyd, who was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in July, 1839; they have eight children — Lawrence H., Edwin M., Samuel T., Louis R., Mary E., Jennie A., Roscoe J. and Gracie H. Mr. Brady was a member of the first Board of School Directors in his district, both in Yates and Chenoa Townships, and helped build the schoolhouses in both districts. He has served as Director seven years, and been Treasurer of the Board of Highway Commissioners three 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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