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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 NICKERSON, dry goods, Heyworth; is a native of this township and born on his father’s farm Sept. 16, 1849, where he lived eleven years; they then moved to a farm near Heyworth, being there also about eleven years, when the family came to the village; he lived here two years; then went to Terre Haute, Ind., and engaged as clerk in a hardware store, remaining two years; he then returned to Heyworth, and was confined by sickness until the following August, when he visited the lakes in Wisconsin; returning in the fall, he remained until the spring of 1877; he then traveled east, visiting his father’s native place in Maryland, and returned in July the same year. In the spring of 1878, he bought out Short & Dillon, formerly Wamsley Bros., and has conducted the business since. The business was first established by Wamsley Bros, about 1865, and was conducted by them until 1878, when they were superseded by Short & Dillon, who, in a few months, disposed of the business to Mr. Nickerson, who found that, with no experience and a depleted stock, his task of putting the business on a good footing was by no means a small one; but, by close attention to business, coupled with the knowledge that in buying lay the chief point of selling, together with a cautious study of the wants of his trade, he soon had the satisfaction of seeing his business increasing, and each succeeding month adding to its variety and extent, until now it is conceded that his is the leading business in his line in Heyworth. Though gaining this point, he felt that, so long as there was a chance to benefit his trade, there was something for him to do, and to meet this point, he, on March 1, 1879, put his business on the cash basis, thus securing to his customers goods at prices which do not include the losses on bad accounts, which, in a credit business, are sure to occur in spite of the best judgment.

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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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