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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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SAMUEL C. DEAL, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Bloomington; one of the early and most prominent settlers; was born in Augusta Co., Va., Oct. 28, 1814. In October, 1848, he removed from his native State to Illinois, with his father’s family, who were in company with several other families. Mr. Deal settled in Dry Grove Township, McLean Co.. His farm consists of 1,209 acres, valued at $55,000. He was married in Virginia Dec. 21, 1836, to Miss Percilla Brown, now deceased, who was born in Rockingham Co., Va., April 7, 1816, and who died June 6, 1874. They have had nine children, seven of whom are living — John B., Samuel A., Elizabeth E., Mary J., Sarah A., Emma P. and Virginia H. The deceased are James W. and Jane A.

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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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