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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 O. B. CRIST, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 35; P. O. Ellsworth. The subject of this sketch was born in Brown Co., Ohio, March 22, 1835, and removed with his parents to Tazewell Co., Ill., in 1845, where he remained till 1849, at which time he came to Danvers Township, where he lived until four years ago. His father kept a hotel in Tremont, Tazewell Co., in an early day, he was a native of Ohio; his mother, who is now living in Danvers, was born in New York; there were eight children in his father’s family, most of whom are now living in McLean Co. His union with Clarinda Johnson was celebrated March 1, 1860; she was born in Monroe Co., Va., May 35, 1837; from this union there are four children, viz.: Cora, born May 2, 1862; Franklin, born Feb. 7, 1864; Lilly, born Oct. 5, 1866, and Mattie, born Sept. 2, 1875. Mr. Crist owns 160 acres of nicely improved land, all of which is under a good state of cultivation.

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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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