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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 M. DAVIS, farmer; P. O. Le Roy. The subject of this sketch was born in Greene Co., Tenn., July 1, 1838; he was brought up to farm labor until 18 years of age, when he learned and worked at the carpenter trade until the fall of 1862, at which time he was conscripted in the rebel army, and was sent to the defense of Vicksburg, and upon the surrender of the above place he was paroled, and after returning home, made his way within the Union lines, enlisting in the 8th Union Tenn. V. C., Oct. 1, 1863; he served in the army of the Cumberland until 1865, when he was transferred to the command of Gen. Stoneman, and served under him until the close of the war, receiving his discharge Sept. 11, 1865. He then came to Bloomington, where he followed his trade until 1869, when he engaged in farming, which business he has since successfully followed. He removed upon his present place in February, 1879, where he has eighty acres, for which he paid $30 per acre, all of which he has accumulated by his own exertions; his wages for the first two years at his trade were $6 and $8 per month respectively. His marriage with Sarah J. Bowen was celebrated March 25, 1869; she was born in Mifflin Co., Penn., March 22, 1846; they have six children by this union — Bertha, Edney, Albert, Sumner, Amie and Millie.

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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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