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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 MORROW, farmer and stock raiser: P. O. Chenoa; is a native of Illinois; he was born in Peoria Co., Oct. 5, 1836, being a son of Thomas Morrow, one of the pioneers of that county, a native of South Carolina, and who moved from Indiana to Illinois in the year 1832. Mr. Morrow was raised on a farm near Princeville, Ill.; in August, 1862, he entered the Union army as Second Sergeant of Company K, 86th I. V. I.; took part in the battles of Hartsville Ky., Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Buzzard Roost, Kenesaw Mountain, Jonesboro, siege of Atlanta, and was with Sherman on his famous march from Atlanta to the sea, then up through the Carolinas and Virginia, participating in the battles of Bentonville and Averysboro, N. C., and was present at the surrender of Johnson’s army; a few weeks before being mustered out, he was promoted to First Lieutenant. Returning to Peoria Co., he lived there till 1869, when he removed to his present home, where he owns a well-improved farm of 160 acres. He was married Nov. 8, 1866, to Miss Maggie Hervey, who was born in Ohio Co., W. Va., July 20, 1839; they have two children living — William C. and David Thomas. He served as Collector one term and School Trustee four years in Peoria Co., and since living here, has been School Director three years and Commissioner of Highways three years.

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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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