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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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S. E. DIAS, cigar manufacturer, Bloomington; was born in London, England, April 10, 1842, and came to this country in 1857 locating in the city of Boston, where he learned the trade of a cigar-maker. During the late war, he enlisted with the 38th Mass. V. I., and was in a number of severe battles, skirmishes and sieges; at the battle of Port Hudson, was wounded, disabling him from further duty, in consequence of which he was discharged in the fall of 1865, after a service of two and one-half years. In 1869, he moved to Detroit, Mich., where he began manufacturing cigars; he removed to South Bend, Ind., 1873, where he remained until 1875, when he came to Bloomington, Ill., where he has built up a considerable trade; his place of business is No. 103 North Main street, where he keeps a neat retail stand, well stocked. He married Miss Esther Holland, of South Bend, Ind., Aug. 24, 1870; they have a family of two living.

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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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