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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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NEWTON C. BUMP, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 22; P. O. Hudson; born in Windham Co., N. Y., June 22, 1813; until about 18 years of age he worked on his father’s farm, and then, with an older brother, engaged in the butcher business; he subsequently bought and drove cattle to the New York City market. “Shipping cattle” in that early day was a phraseology not in use; the only way to get stock to market was by the slow process of driving, and not unfrequently Mr. Bump drove cattle over three hundred miles. In 1851, he came West and located in Old Town Township, this county, where he engaged in farming, and the following year removed to Padua Township, and was the first settler on the prairies in that section. The first school taught in his district was in a building furnished by Mr. B. In 1856, he moved to Bloomington, and the following year made a trip to Missouri and bought cattle. In 1858, he moved on to a farm seven miles west of Bloomington, and two years later returned to Padua, and, in 1864, sold his farm and moved to Bloomington, where he kept a boarding-house till 1868, then located on a farm west of Bloomington; came to his present home in 1870. Married, in 1845, to Miss Eliza Hubbard, who was born in Broome, Schoharie Co., N. Y.; they have three children — Adelaide V., wife of Francis Evans; Rose; their daughter Lillie, who was born Jan. 10, 1854; died April 11, 1856. Mr. B. owns eighty acres of land in Hudson 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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