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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. E. DENMAN, farmer and stock-dealer; P. O. Oak Grove; was born in Licking Co., Ohio, March 2, 1820; his early life was that of a farmer’s son; excepting the summer of 1841, spent in Illinois, he remained with his parents till 23 years of age; in the fall of 1843, he purchased a blacksmith’s outfit and materials, and began the trade of smithing; this he followed ten years; in the fall of 1852, he came to White Oak Township, McLean Co.; in the spring of 1853, he pre-empted 265 acres in Hudson Township; this he still owns; in the fall of 1855, he moved to his land, and began improving it; in 1867, he purchased where he now resides, and occupied it in the spring of 1868. He was married, in November, 1842, to Elizabeth B. Smith, a native of Muskingum Co., Ohio; have had twelve children — John H. (Thomas S., Sarah J., twins), Eunice A., Daniel E., Charles L., Belle, living; Martha F., Elizabeth, two infant daughters, and one infant son, deceased. Has held the office of Commissioner of Highways and School Director. Owns 580 acres, valued at $30,000. When he came West, he had one horse, some household goods and about $350; he has been very successful in accumulating property, and is now in the front rank of wealthy men in his township.

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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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