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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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R. E. MORELAND, grain dealer, Belleflower; one of the early settlers of Belleflower Township; was born in Virginia April 7, 1833; when he was four years old, he moved with his parents from his native State to Ohio, where he remained until 1850, when he came to Illinois and settled in Tazewell Co.; in 1858, he removed to McLean Co., and settled in Belleflower Township, at which time he made some investments in land; his present farm consists of 160 acres. He was married to Miss Margaret A. Davis, who was born in Illinois May 11, 1838; she is the daughter of Mr. H. Davis, who is one of the first settlers and pioneers of Tazewell Co.; they have seven children, viz., Anna, Nellie, Jennie, Eddie, Albert B., Isabel and Thurman. Since Mr. Moreland’s residence in the township, he has held the office of Justice of the Peace fourteen years; he has also held the office of Township Clerk, and nearly all the other township offices; he is now Notary Public, which position he has held six 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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