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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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M. DUFFY, farmer and stock-raiser Sec. 12; P. O. Holder; Republican; born in Philadelphia, Penn., Aug. 22, 1820, where he attended the public schools until 14 years of age; he then engaged in farming in Chester Co. for a period of twenty-four years. In the spring of 1858, he emigrated to McLean Co. and purchased 160 acres upon Sec. 12, Old Town Township, where he has since lived. In January, 1864, he sold eighty acres of his land, and has since followed stock-raising and farming upon the balance. His marriage with Mrs. Lydia Rudd was celebrated March 25, 1858; she was born in Pennsylvania; she has two children by her previous husband, John Rudd, who now make their home with Mr. Duffy. The maiden name of Mrs. Duffy was Lydia Beaver.

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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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