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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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MATTHEW COVARDALE, retired farmer; P. O. Randolph; was born in Maryland, Aug, 13, 1807. He married Mrs. Thompson, formerly Miss A. Collison, Feb. 8, 1835; they have no children; she has four children by former marriage— Frank, Mary Jane, William and Elizabeth. He lived in Maryland eight years, and, with his parents, moved to Hamilton Co., Ohio, where he lived until the fall of 1830, when he came on horseback to Illinois, and settled in Randolph’s Grove, working by the month. He soon rented a small place and farmed until 1835, when, upon being married, he moved to a farm adjoining the present place, and now a part of same. He lived there until 1843, when he moved to his present residence. He owns 393 acres in this county, which he has earned by his own labor. His wife is a native of West Virginia; she was born Jan. 9, 1810. Her former husband, George Thompson, was a native of Virginia; they settled in this county in 1832; he died in August, 1833. Her son, William Thompson, married Miss Cassandra French, who died in Iowa; they had two children— Oliver C. and Minerva. His present wife was Miss Mary Jones; they were married in Iowa, and have had nine children; seven living— Anstis, Mary J., Martha E., George, Daniel, Edith and Nellie. In 1868, he returned from Iowa, and has lived here since.

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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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