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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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L. P. CROSWELL, dealer in hardware and tinware, McLean; is a native of Clermont Co., Ohio; in 1865, he came West and located at McLean, here he also learned his trade, that of a tinner; in October, 1878, he began business for himself; he is just the right kind of man to make a success in business; though still a young man, and not very long engaged in business, he has already the leading hardware house in McLean; his stock comprises everything almost imaginable in the hardware line—heavy and shelf-hardware, stoves, table and pocket cutlery, revolvers and ammunition, and, in fact, everything in the hardware line; tinning of all descriptions is done to order; should he succeed in the future as he has done in the past, there is little doubt of his success.

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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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