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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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JAP. W. MORGAN, station agent and telegraph operator C. & A. R. R.; P. O. Stanford; son of Gerard Morgan, who was born in Nicholas Co., Ky., May 16, 1806, and married Eliza A. Hamilton Jan. 1, 1832. She was born in the same county July 15, 1816. They moved to Decatur Co., Ind., in 1834, and to Coles Co., Ill., April 11, 1857, and to McLean County in 1875. They have six children, viz., William H., John W., Louellie, Leonidas, James A. and Jap W., the subject of this sketch; he was born in Decatur Co., Ind., May 5, 1854. In September, 1872, went West on a visiting and prospecting tour to California and most of the Territories. Returning to Mattoon, Ill., in October, 1874, he then made a tour through the Southern States, Texas and Indian Territory, returning to Bloomington May 5, 1875. He soon commenced studying telegraphy, in the employ of the C. & A. R. R. Co. April 18, 1878, he married Miss Emma R. Meagher, daughter of Capt. J. C. Meagher, of Cambridge, Ohio. She was born in Kimbolton, Guernsey Co., Ohio, Aug. 3, 1860, and came to Stanford in June, 1872.

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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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