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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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CHARLES THEIS, grocer, Bloomington; was born in Prussia, Oct. 7, 1824; during his early life he received a fair education, and began mercantile life as clerk with a wholesale house, remaining some eight years; he came to this country in 1851, locating in St. Louis, and followed clerking in various branches of mercantile business until 1857, when he came to Bloomington, Ill., shortly thereafter embarking in the grocery business on his own account, and locating at his present place of business, No. 712 W. Chestnut street; here he keeps a good line of groceries. He married Miss Frances Sommerheuser, of his native country, in September, 1856; she was born Feb. 2, 1832; they have a family of six— Bertha, Clara, Charles, Julia, Ida and Flora.

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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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