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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. DARNALL, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Stanford; was born in McLean Co., Ill., Sept. 30, 1833; came here with his parents in December, 1834. His father, Nicholas Darnall, was born in Boone Co., Ky., March 15, 1807, and moved to McLean Co., Ill., before the deep snow of 1829-30, being one of the earliest settlers of the county; he died April 16, 1848. John M. Darnall married Hannah Zollars Jan. 3, 1865; she was born in Waynesville, De Witt Co., Ill., June 24, 1841; they have had five children — Lee and Charlie, living; Sarah died June 8, 1870, aged 1 year and 12 days; George died April 6, 1872, aged 7 months and 26 days; the eldest, a daughter, died in early infancy. Mr. Darnall owns 222 acres of prairie and timber land; a portion of it is part of the farm his father bought in 1834.

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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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