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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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HIGGINS & CO., marble works, Bloomington. It is often supposed that good work in the marble and monument business cannot be obtained anywhere except in a few of our larger cities. This is a mistake, as is evinced by the superior talent exhibited and work produced by Messrs. Higgins & Co., since their establishment in Bloomington; these gentlemen commenced business in 1876, and have turned out some of the finest work in Bloomington; they are now finishing one of the finest monuments for the Bloomington Cemetery; its weight will be thirteen tons, and this will be the finest piece of work in the cemetery; this firm employs more hands than any other establishment of its kind in Bloomington; the firm is Mr. J. P. Jung, a native of Illinois, who came to Bloomington in 1869, and has had many years’ experience in the marble business, and Mr. H. J. Higgins, a native of Ohio, who enlisted in the late war in Co. D, 59th Ohio V. I., and participated in the battles of Stone River, Mission Ridge, Perryville, Chickasaw Mountain, Lookout Mountain, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, etc.; with the exception of three months’ sickness, Mr. Higgins was always at his post; after being mustered out as Sergeant, he re-enlisted, in 1865, in Co. E, 192d Ohio V. I., as 1st Lieutenant; here he was detailed as Provost Marshal; also Judge Advocate Court Martial two months; after the close of the war, he returned to Ohio. In 1868, he came to Illinois, where he has been engaged in the marble business ever since. All persons dealing with them may be assured of the most honorable treatment and the most skillful workmanship.

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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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