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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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E. P. G. HOLDERNESS, M. D., physician and surgeon, Chenoa; was born in Manchester, England, Nov. 5, 1832, being a son of Dr. William Holderness, a physician of that city. The same year, 1832, his parents emigrated to America and settled in Kentucky, being among the early pioneers of that part of the State; his father is now a resident of California. When but a boy, the Doctor learned the printing business in the office of the Ripley Bee, in Ohio, but abandoned it for the more congenial employment of studying medicine under his father’s instruction; he practiced with his father until 1855, when he became a student of the Eclectic Medical Institute, in Cincinnati; In 1856, he came to Bloomington and continued his studies, working in the meantime at the printer’s trade to meet expenses; he then taught school in McLean and Peoria Counties, and, in 1858, began practice with Dr. J. W. Waters, of Pleasant Hill (now of Lexington); he graduated from the Missouri Medical College, of St. Louis, in 1860, and continued to practice in Pleasant Hill one year, removing thence to Towanda, where he remained until 1876, when he came to Chenoa, where he enjoys a large and lucrative practice. Not satisfied with previous attainments, in the winter of 1864-65, Dr. Holderness attended a course of lectures at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York City, and another course in 1874-75, receiving the degree of M. D. from that institution, also. He was married, in 1861, to Miss Lurinda Mitchell, of Pleasant Hill, Ill., daughter of William H. Mitchell, now of Fairbury, Ill.

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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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