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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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GRIFFITH E. COALE, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Holder. The subject of this sketch was born in Huntington Co., Ind., June 15, 1848, where he lived until 1867, at which time he came to Blue Mound Township, McLean Co., Ill., where he has since resided. His father (Benjamin Coale) was born in Chester Co., Penn., Aug 17, 1821, and his mother in the city of Philadelphia, July 16, 1826; her maiden name was Elizabeth H. Edwards; their marriage occurred July 29, 1846; from this union there were six children, five of whom are now living — Mary, Griffith E. (the subject of this sketch), Vincent M., Joseph W. and Rebecca J.; the name of the one deceased was Robert H. The subject of this sketch was united in marriage with Mary E. Moore Dec. 15, 1869. Mr. Coale owns a nicely-improved farm of 120 acres, which he has made by his own exertions.

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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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