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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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DANIEL D. KENT, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Bloomington. One of our early and prominent settlers; was born in Brown Co., Ohio, Feb. 6, 1800. Came to Illinois with his father’s family when he was 13 years old. He is the son of Mr. Nathaniel Kent, now of Dale Township, McLean Co. The farm of Mr. Kent consists of 194 acres, valued at $9,000. He was married in Illinois to Miss Jane M. Stiger, who was born in McLean Co., Ill., and is the daughter of Mr. Abraham Stiger, now deceased, who was an early settler of the county. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Kent consists of two children — Eura A. and William B. Since Mr. Kent’s residence in Dry Grove Township, he has served the township as Supervisor one term, and School Trustee three years.

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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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