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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 CUNNINGHAM, farmer; P. O. Saybrook; is the second son of Robert Cunningham, and was born in Clarke Co., Ind., Nov. 18, 1818, and came with his parents to this township at the age of 11; he resided with them until he was 22 years of age, when he married Miss Minerva A. Spence, Feb. 21, 1841; she was a daughter of James and Susanna Spence, of Livingston Co., Ill., being the first settlers of that county, having moved there in 1833. After his marriage, he built a house on his father’s farm, and lived there until the year 1846, when he went to Livingston Co., purchased a farm, and, having sold it, returned in 1848 to his house in this township; and, having entered and improved his present farm, moved upon it in the spring of 1851, where he, at present, resides. His wife was born Nov. 21, 1821; they had six children, four living — Phoebe A., born Dec. 10, 1841, (who married Granville Michaels, they have one child — Willie G., now living with his grandparents); James W., born Feb. 6, 1851; Harvey J., born Nov. 26, 1855, and Lewis H. B., born June 14, 1859; and two died — Lucinda J., born April 28, 1844, died Sept. 24,1872, she married John Armstrong, of Livingston Co., leaving one child, born April 2, 1866, and is living with his grandparents; and Ellen C., born Dec. 12, 1854, died Sept. 13, 1855.

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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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