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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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JAMES I. GADDIS, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 19; P. O. Hudson; born in Palestine Township, Woodford Co., Ill., March 5, 1845. His father, Silas Gaddis, was one of the early settlers of that county; in 1848, they removed to what is now White Oak Township, this county. In February, 1864, Mr. Gaddis enlisted in Co. K, 39th I. V. I., and during his term of service participated in the following battles: Drury’s Bluff, Va., May 16, 1864; Wier Bottom Church, May 20; Hatcher’s, Va., June 2, 16, 17 and 18; Deep Bottom, Va., Aug. 14, 1864, and Deep Run, Aug. 16, 1864, where he was wounded in the left forearm, and sent to the hospital at Portsmouth, Va., where he remained until the following March; was with the regiment in pursuit and surrender of Gen. Lee’s army; discharged, on account of wounds, in August, 1865. Married, in 1870, Miss Elizabeth Campbell, who was born in Adams Co., Ohio; they have had two children, both deceased — Loran K., died July 7, 1872; Elva E., died April 10, 1879.

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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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