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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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J. W. SNYDER, farmer, stock-raiser and manufacturer of tile; P. O. Belleflower; one of the most prominent settlers; was born in Indiana Jan. 29, 1829; he is the son of Mr. Simon E. Snyder, who is one of the early settlers of that State. Mr. Snyder came to this State in 1873, and, in 1874, settled in Belleflower Township, McLean Co.; since his residence here, his pursuits have been that of a farmer, stock-raiser and manufacturer of tile. In 1850, he was married to Miss Mary A. Benner, who was born in Indiana; they have had five children, three of whom are living, viz., Cyrus, Orville, and Charles; deceased — Simon and Dora A. The farm of Mr. Snyder consists of 300 acres, valued at $12,000.

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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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