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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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JEREMIAH NEFF, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Stanford; was born in Rockingham Co., Va,; Dec. 20, 1819; his father, Abraham Neff, and his mother, Catherine, were born in the same county. Jeremiah Neff married Catherine Kiser Dec. 22, 1846; she was born in Augusta Co., Va., June 20, 1823; her father, George Kiser, and her mother, Susan Kiser, were born in the same county. Mr. and Mrs. Neff have had seven children — John Edward, born Sept. 23, 1847 (he married Catherine Wright); George Marion, born Sept. 6, 1850, died Oct. 18, 1862, of diphtheria (all the children were attacked with the same disease, and, but for timely discovery, all would, undoubtedly, have died); Lydia Jane, born Jan. 30, 1853 (married Silas Hams); Caroline Susan, born March 15, 1855; Pleasant Harvey, born Feb. 7, 1858; William Henry, born May 26, 1860; Elizabeth Ann, born Jan. 10, 1863, and Philander Artemus, born Oct. 3, 1865. Mr. Neff came overland, direct to Allin Township, with his own team, and was five weeks and three days on the road; arrived here in October, 1856; he owns 743 acres of land in this township and Kansas. In politics, is a Democrat.

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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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