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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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WILLIAM A. CROOKSHANK; Sec. 6; P. O. Heyworth; born in Hamilton Co., Ohio Oct. 17, 1823. His father, William Crookshank, was born in the city of New York, and emigrated to Ohio in 1818, where he followed shoemaking until he removed to Illinois, in 1853, and settled in Randolph Township, McLean Co.; he met with his death by being run over by the cars on the Illinois Central Railroad, about the year 1862. He married Elizabeth Hathaway of New York; they were the parents of eight children, of whom five are now living; she died in Ohio in 1826. The subject of this sketch remained with his parents until 18 years of age, when he drove stock to Illinois, and located in Randolph Township in the spring of 1842 ; he then worked as farm laborer for seven years, his wages at that time being from $6 to $12 per month during which time he saved from his low wages $250, with which he purchased a team and rented land, and engaged in farming for himself; he removed upon his present place in 1872 where he has ninety-two acres under good cultivation, upon which he has good farm buildings; he also owns twenty acres of timber in Randolph Township. His marriage with Emily C. Birdsell was celebrated January, 1850; she was born in Randolph Township May 16, 1833; she was a daughter of William Birdsell, one of the early settlers of McLean Co. The children of William A. and Emily Crookshank were six in number, of whom five are now living — Lucia F., born June 27, 1851, now Mrs. Charles L. Rutledge, of Heyworth; Scott, May 20, 1854; John B., June 26 1857; Jane, March 18, 1860 ; Harrison L., May 2, 1863; and one which died in infancy.

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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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