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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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LEWIS H. SKAGGS, M. D., physician, Sec. 23; P. O. Ellsworth; owns 275 acres, worth $50 per acre; was born in Monroe Co., Va., in October, 1837; remained with his father on the farm until 15 years of age; his chances for an early education were somewhat limited, having attended school only about nine months during the first fifteen years of his life; between the ages of 15 and 22, he attended the college at Sweet Sulphur Springs; he taught school between six and seven years; in the spring of 1849, he emigrated from Virginia to McLean Co , settling in Le Roy; remained there four years, during which time he practiced dentistry and studied medicine; went to Chicago and attended a medical college, where he received a diploma. He enlisted in the army in 1863, in the 94th I. V. I.; served as Assistant Surgeon; was Surgeon at the battle of Vicksburg, battle of Lake Spring, Mo.; also had charge of a hospital; thence to Brownsville, Tex., at the siege of Fort Morgan; was in Marion hospital when the magazine exploded, wounding seven or eight hundred. The Doctor is a graduate of Rush Medical College; after he was mustered out, came home and engaged in partnership with Dr. Hinton, of Padua, in 1865, which continued for two years. Was married to Ella Hinton, Aug. 16, 1866; she was born Dec. 30, 1847.

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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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