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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 H. NEWTON, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Selma; one of the oldest settlers; born in Hancock Co., Ill., Feb 16, 1843; he was brought up to farm labor until August, 1862, when he enlisted in the 94th I. V. I., and went forward to battle for the Union; he served in the campaign of Missouri and Arkansas, siege and capture of Vicksburg and Yazoo City; they then went to Brownsville, Tex., and, in August, 1864, returned to New Orleans, from thence to Baton Rouge, La., where he was detailed in the Quartermaster’s Department, and. in October, joined his regiment at Ft. Morgan, Mobile Bay; he was engaged in the capture of Spanish Fort, and, in June, 1865, he was forwarded to Galveston, Tex.; mustered out of service in July, and received his discharge in August, 1865, having served in the Union army for three years, and was never off duty after the first two months of his enlistment; he has since followed farming, with the exception of two years labor in Bloomington; in 1869, he purchased his present place of eighty acres, where he has since lived. He was married Feb. 18, 1869, to Eliza Smith; she was born in Indiana; they have two children — William W. and Gracie. Mr. Newton is a Republican, and votes as he fought; he is the second son of W. H. Newton, who is one of the early settlers of this township; he was born in Trigg Co., Ky., Jan. 23, 1818; he came to Illinois in 1833, and to McLean Co. in 1844; in 1857, he came to Blue Mound Township and purchased 160 acres upon Sec. 11, where he has since lived; he assisted in the organization of the township; voted at the first town meeting, and has voted at every town meeting since. He married Martha E. Routt May 26, 1840; she was born in Kentucky May 22, 1822; they have six children - John H., Thomas, Richard, Mary, Olive and Mattie.

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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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