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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 O’NEIL, grocer, of the firm of O’Neil Bros., Bloomington; is a native of County Cork, Ireland; was born in October, 1833, and came to this country in 1851, locating in St. Louis; he came to Bloomington in 1854, and engaged with the C. & A. R. R. Company, with whom he continued twenty years, acting in the capacity of engineer seventeen years, and for thirteen years as passenger engineer; during this time, he met with no serious accidents, although his engine was twice turned over, and he met with a narrow escape; as a railroad man he is well known and much respected; he is now connected with his brother William in the grocery business, and enjoying a large trade that they have built up by honorable dealings. He married Miss Johana Pyne of Chicago, January, 1865; they have eight children.

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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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