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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 E. CRUMBAUGH, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 14; P. O. Le Roy; born in McLean Co., Ill., Aug. 3, 1837. His father, Henry Crumbaugh, was born April 26, 1789, in Frederick Co., Md. In 1810, he removed to Kentucky, where he lived several years, and, in 1828, he located in Sangamon Co., Ill., living there until March, 1830, when he located in McLean Co., and followed farming until his decease, which occurred Oct. 22, 1877. He was married in April, 1820, to Sarah Baldock, who survives him, and is now living with the youngest son upon the place first settled upon in 1830. John E. Crumbaugh was brought up on the farm until 27 years of age—the last four years receiving one-third of the crops. He first removed upon his present place in 1864, living one year, when the next three years upon the farm of James Pemberton, and, in 1869, purchased 105 acres, and located upon his present place, where he has since lived. He now owns 295 acres upon his home farm, and has good farm buildings. His marriage with Margaret Pemberton was celebrated Dec. 29, 1859. They had three children by this union, viz.: Simeon H., born June 30, 1861, died June 10, 1864; Martha E., July 17, 1867; Cory May, May 18, 1873.

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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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