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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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JOHN HAYNES, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 23; P. O. Hudson; born in Shropshire, Eng., March 9, 1831; came to the United States in 1859, and after working at his trade at Independence, Mo.; during that spring and summer, he came to Bloomington, Ill., and worked on the State Normal School building; he came to Hudson Township in the spring of 1860, and engaged in farming; in 1862, he enlisted in Co. E, 94th I. V. I., and served till the close of the war; was at the battle of Springfield, Mo., siege of Vicksburg, and other battles and skirmishes; he has served two terms as School Director; owns 160 acres of land in Hudson Township. Married in September, 1865, to Miss Mary Dunseth, who was born in Money Creek Township; she died in 1869; two children by this union — one living — Nettie A., born Sept. 5, 1866. He was again married in 1869, to Mrs. Eliza (Rowe) Myers, who was born in Pickaway Co., Ohio; three children by this union — two living — Emma S. and John F.; Cora H., died April 14, 1872.

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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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