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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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D. GERBERICH, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Bloomington; one of the early settlers of the township; born in Lebanon Co., Penn., Feb. 9, 1809; came to this State in 1851, and then settled in McLean Co., in what is now Dry Grove Township. He was married in his native State, to Miss Nancy Bender, who was born in Pennsylvania; they have had eight children, four of whom are living, viz., Allen D., Francis, Marcus and John C.; deceased — Lyman T., Nathaniel, Sarah and Anna S. When Mr. Gerberich emigrated from his native State; he took his wife and family overland in wagons. Since his residence in Dry Grove Township, he has held the office of School Director several years. His farm consists of 180 acres, valued at $10,000.

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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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