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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 M. BURKHOLDER, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. McLean ; was born in Rockingham Co., Va., May 26, 1830. He remained there until 1852, engaged in farming, when he then moved to Knox Co., Ohio, and stayed there some two years; was engaged in teaching school during the winter at $18 per month, and farming in summer. In 1864, he came by himself to McLean Co., Ill., and settled on a small farm of forty acres, which he has now increased to 240, every particle of which has been earned by their own labor and management. For some time subsequent to his settlement on this farm, he was engaged in teaching during the winter; has taught two four-months’ terms in DeWitt Co. at $20, and three terms at Fremont, in Funk’s Grove Township, at $28. In 1862, he was in service, enlisting in the 68th I. V. I. On his return, he began teaching in Funk’s Grove at $30 per month. On April 9, 1863, he was married to Rebecca W. Bean, born in Connecticut, April 12, 1841. Immediately after marriage, they settled on his farm in Funk’s Grove Township, which they have made a magnificent home. He has held offices connected with schools, as Trustee of Funk’s Grove Township, for nine years; was also Collector of Revenue for two terms. He received but a limited education from instructors, but has improved every advantage of informing himself by securing valuable literature. They have had two children, viz.: Ira E., born Aug. 20, 1865; Bessie M., Oct. 19, 1878.

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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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