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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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THOMAS B. NULL, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Le Roy; one of the old settlers of McLean Co. Ill.; born in West Virginia Dec. 4, 1829. His father, Levi Null, was born in Lancaster City, Penn., April 26, 1794; he emigrated with his parents to West Virginia when six years of age, where he was raised, upon the Pan Handle, a name given a narrow strip of land Virginia reserved to her own territory; in 1852, he removed to Licking Co., Ohio, where he died Jan 4, 1875. The subject of this sketch attended school and assisted his father in farming until 23 years of age, when he emigrated to Ohio, and upon the 22d day of November, 1854, he was united in marriage to Anna Keith; she was born in Licking Co., Ohio, Jan. 5, 1837; they were the parents of six children, of whom five are now living — William C., born Sept. 27, 1855; Levi A., Dec. 24, 1857; Mary O., Nov. 8, 1860, died Nov. 24, 1862; Charles J., born July 17, 1864; Ella A., Dec. 6, 1866; Gussie L., April 9, 1877. Upon the marriage of Mr. Null, he commenced farming for himself in Ohio, which business he followed until he emigrated to Illinois and located upon Sec. 7, Downs Township, McLean Co., in 1858, where he rented land of L. Downs for six years, and, in the spring of 1865, purchased his present place, upon which he then located and where he has since lived; he now owns 160 acres in his home farm, with good buildings, all of which he has made by his own hard labor. When he first came to this State, he was entirely without capital; he did his plowing with one horse; he then purchased another horse upon time, and in this way obtained a team, and for three years he battled against poverty without making a dollar; during the fall of 1858, money was very scarce, and to obtain cash for labor was impossible: he, with his team, worked thirty-five days for seventy bushels of frost bitten corn.

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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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