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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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JEREMIAH ROOP, farmer; P. O. Normal; was born in Dauphin Co., Penn., Jan. 10, 1822; he was taken by his parents, to Center Co., where he was raised and schooled, and learned the trade of cabinet-making, which business he followed some sixteen years; being a thorough mechanic and industrious, he accumulated a good property; he removed to Tippecanoe Co., Ind., where he was married April 20, 1849, to Miss Eleanor Gapen, of Boone Co., Ind.; they came to McLean Co., Ill., in 1855, locating in Downs Township, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits, continuing until 1867, when they came and located where they now live, in a beautiful residence; they own a fine property, which is the result of their industry and economy; they have three children— Alice, Frank and Burt.

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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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