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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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DAVID HURLEY, lumber merchant, Saybrook; was born in De Witt Co., Ill., Dec. 2, 1833; until he was 21 years of age, he assisted his parents upon the farm, and then, having purchased a farm, worked it for seven years. In 1862, he enlisted in Company I, 107th Regt. Ill. V. I., and served until the close of the war, after which, he returned to his farm, and, after remaining seven years, in Dec., 1872, removed to Saybrook, and first followed teaming for two years, then formed a co-partnership with Leonard Reddick, in the lumber business — Reddick & Hurley — and, three years after, bought out the interest of Mr. Reddick, and has continued the business under his own name; he also established a branch of his business at Belleflower, connecting his son-in-law, Henry Plummer, with him, under the firm name of Plummer & Hurley. He married Miss Lucinda Tackwell, of DeKalb Co., Tenn., March 20, 1859; they had four children, two living — Lavina A. and Harriet E. (now Mrs. Henry Plummer); two deceased — Mary Ann and one infant.

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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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