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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 T. DIDLAKE, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 5; P.O. Towanda; Christian; Democrat; one of the oldest settlers of McLean Co.; born in Clark Co., Ky., Oct. 29, 1833; at 18 years of age, he emigrated with his father to Illinois, and located in Bloomington in October, 1851; he then engaged in buying and shipping grain with his father, under the firm name of Didlake & Son, until 1868, when he erected an elevator at Stanford, which was consumed by fire the following year, and by which he suffered a loss of upward of $7,000; in 1868, he purchased his present place of 140 acres, and, in 1870, located upon the same, where he has since followed farming and stock-raising. He has had his full share of offices, having filled the offices of Supervisor, School Trustee and Town Collector in Towanda Township, and has been the Secretary of the McLean County Agricultural Society for a period of nearly twenty years. In 1856, he was united in marriage in Detroit, Mich., to Priscilla Parshall; she was raised in Detroit; they have three sons and three daughters, viz., William P., Mildred, Charles D., Julia B., Mary P., and John W., all of whom are now living at home with the exception of Mildred, who is attending the University at Normal.

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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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