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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 NICOL, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Belleflower; one of the early settlers of the county; was born in Lochmaben, Dumfrieshire, Scotland, May 15, 1823; came to the United States in 1852, and settled in McLean Co., this State, in the same year. In 1851, he was married to Miss Jane Wells, now deceased, who was born at Lochmaben, Dumfrieshire, Scotland, in 1833, and who died in 1863; they have had eight children, six of whom are living — Andrew, Mary, Margaret, Jane, Helen and Janet; deceased, two infants. Since Mr. Nicol’s residence in this township, he has held office of School Trustee six years; he is now Highway Commissioner. His farm consists of 160 acres, valued at $6,400.

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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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