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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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STEWART MOONEY, farmer; P. O. Normal; was born in County Antrim, Ireland, March 3, 1833. He was raised in the city of Glasgow, Scotland. He came to the United States in 1852, and located in Harrison Co., Ohio where he engaged in agricultural pursuits, and on the 8th of April, 1855, he was married to Miss Mollie Black, of Carroll Co., Ohio. He came to Illinois shortly afterward, remaining until 1859; then returned to Harrison Co., Ohio, and in August, 1862, he enlisted with the 126th Ohio Inf., and participated in many of the most severe engagements of the war, serving three years, and was one among the fortunate ones who escaped without a scratch. He was taken prisoner at the battle of the Wilderness, and was confined in the Andersonville prison several months. After the service he returned to Harrison Co., and, in the fall of 1865, he and his wife came to McLean Co., Ill., and shortly located in Tazewell Co., engaging in agricultural pursuits. They located where they now reside in 1875. He is a thorough and practical farmer, and a much respected citizen.

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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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