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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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JOHN DALLING, farmer; P. O. Ellsworth; was born in England, June 24, 1844; came with his parents to this country when 12 years of age; was married to Theresa Dean, Nov. 12, 1869; she was born in England in the year 1844; died April 28, 1877; they were the parents of two children — Elias and Gertrude; the latter died Sept. 12, 1871. He enlisted in the army in 1862, in Co. C, 151st I. V. I; served two years and ten months; was in the battles of Gettysburgh. Cold Harbor, Petersburgh, Winchester, and several other battles; was wounded by a musket ball passing through his right lung and out near the spine, for which he receives a pension; was mustered out by general order at Philadelphia.

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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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