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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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GEO. W. HEDRICK, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 5; P. O. Arrowsmith; born in what is now Empire Township, McLean Co., Ill., Oct 6, 1836. His father, Elijah Hedrick, was born in Fleming Co., Ky., Oct. 19, 1801; he emigrated to Sangamon Co., in 1824, and to Randolph’s Grove, McLean Co., about the year 1828 or 1830; he lived in McLean Co., until 1871, when he removed to Kansas, where he now lives. He married Susanna Lake; she was born in Virginia, and is now living in Kansas. The subject of this sketch commenced farming for himself at 21 years of age, and, after two years’ labor, he passed one winter in Texas, after which he returned to McLean Co., where he followed school-teaching on account of ill-health, and the balance of the time has been engaged in farming and dealing in stock. In 1865, he located upon his present place, where he has 320 acres of well improved land, and 200 acres in other parts of the township; he is largely engaged in farming, stock-raising, feeding and shipping to the Chicago market. He keeps 100 head of cattle, 160 sheep and some horses; he has fed hogs largely, and within two years has lost upwards of two hundred by the cholera, and his bad luck with hogs has led him to turn his attention more to the feeding of cattle and sheep. Upon the 20th of September, 1865, he was united in marriage with Martha West; she was born in Bourbon Co., Ky., July 1, 1834; they have four children now living by this union, having lost two by death; the living are — Nellie, Frank, Emma and May. Mrs. Hedrick is a daughter of Henry West, who is prominently mentioned in the sketch of Moses H. Cawby, in another part of this work.

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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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