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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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M. M. THOMAS, blacksmith; P. O. McLean; is a native of Lancaster Co., Pa.; he was born in 1811; though quite old, he is still a driving business man; during his early life he had but little chance of procuring an education; he first learned the trade of the manufacture, of edged tools, and from his knowledge of this very easily picked up the blacksmith trade; he has made several changes in his life—first moving to Ohio, where he remained for twenty-one years; then came to Illinois and located in Henderson Co; from there to Fulton, and to McLean in 1866. Since his residence in McLean he has been engaged in farming and blacksmithing; in 1875 he sold his farm, and has since given his attention to his trade; he is now manufacturing and selling large numbers of what is known as the Thomas Drag, of which he is the inventor, Mrs. Thomas is a native of Harrison Co., Ohio ; they had a family—two sons and three daughters; had two boys in the war of the late rebellion, Albert and James B.; the former was in the 11th I. V. Cav.; the latter, J. B., in the 103d I. V. I., three years’ service; at the siege of Atlanta he was wounded, from the effects of which he died at Marietta, Ga. Mr. Thomas is one of the well-to-do, respected citizens of McLean. By his energy and industry he has established a good business.

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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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