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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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JOSIAH MYERS, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Bloomington; was born in Circleville, Ohio, June 7, 1839; came to this State with his father’s family, and settled in Sangamon Co. in 1856; they removed to McLean Co. in 1859, and settled in Dale Township, where Mr. Myers was married to Miss Rebecca B. Freeman on the 8th of February, 1861; she was born in McLean Co., Ill., Sept. 26, 1840. They have had four children, three of whom are living — Hannibal Hamlin, Samuel L. and Daisie D.; deceased — Jesse. The farm of Mr. Myers consists of sixty-seven and one-half acres, valued at $3,400. Since Mr. Myers’ residence in McLean Co., he has held the office of Constable in Dry Grove Township seven 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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