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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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MALVINA B. CAVETT, farming; P. O. Stanford; widow of John Cavett; he was born in Posey Co., Ind., May 22, 1817, and was raised a farmer, and always followed the business. He married Miss Malvina McReynolds Jan. 11, 1838; she was born in the same county, May 17, 1817, and they moved to McLean Co., Allin Township, in October, 1854; he died Sept. 5, 1870. They have seven children living — Mary Ann, born Oct. 31, 1814; John A., born March 23, 1846; Thomas W., born April 22, 1848; Margaret J., born Oct. 24, 1850; William W., born Sept. 1, 1855; Josephine S., born Oct. 5, 1858; Charles H. C., born Dec. 26, 1862, and James, deceased; Nancy E., born Jan. 3, 1842, and died Dec. 31, 1842. They own a fine farm of 200 acres—rolling prairie.

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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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