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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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T. NIHILL, Township Assessor; Section 1; P. O. Normal; was born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1836. He came to this country in 1850, locating in Western New York, where he engaged with the New York and Erie Railroad Co. In 1854, his parents settled in Harrison Co., Ohio, and he then engaged in agricultural pursuits. They removed to McLean Co., Ill., in 1856, settling near Le Roy, and in 1862, they located in Normal Township, where they have since lived; he has served as Township Assessor for nine years. He owns a beautiful little home farm, which consists of eighty-two acres. Married Miss Caroline A. Bennett, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, in January, 1858. They have a family of six, whom they are endeavoring to give a good education. His father died in 1872, at the ripe age of 78. His mother still survives, at the age of 90.

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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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