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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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JONATHAN CREERY, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Selma; born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug. 1, 1835, where he resided until 1853, removing to St. Joseph Co., Ind., in the spring of that year; in 1855, he crossed the plains, arriving at Placerville, Aug. 10 of that year, where he engaged in mining; some two years later he went to Southern Oregon, thence to Frasier River in 1858; when they entered the British possessions, they had to pay a fee of $15; this entitled the miner to a license good for three months, and at the end of that time the license was renewed for another quarter for the fee of $5; after a short stay, he returned to Oregon; in 1861, he went to Idaho, thence to Montana, some three or four years later, where he, with others, discovered the Elk Creek mines, which proved to be very rich; in 1867, he returned to the States, and the following year, purchased the farm known as the Esq. Thompson place, where he has since resided; owns 220 acres of land in Lexington Township. Married, in 1858, to Miss Rebecca J. Hatfield, who was born near Elkhart, Ind.; four children — Viola, Hayden, William H. and Nina.

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