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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 F. BARNARD, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 21; P. O. Towanda; born in Money Creek Township May 31, 1837; his father, Melman N. Barnard, settled in the township forty-eight years ago; he came to the county about 1831. The subject of this sketch now resides on the land entered by his father, and within one-half mile of his birthplace; owns 151 acres of land in Money Creek Township; served as Town Clerk two years, and School Director nine years. Married, in 1858, Miss Nancy J. Poulson, who was born in Ohio; she died Feb 28, 1872; four children by this union, three living — John M., Sherman E. and Ethel; lost one - Dora A., she died in 1861. Was again married, in November, 1872, to Ruth A. Wilson who was born in Washington Co., Penn.

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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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