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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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SAMUEL J. CHAPIN, farmer and breeder of short-horns; P. O. Atlanta, Logan Co.; was born Aug. 27, 1812, in Uxbridge, Mass.; he followed farming and school-teaching until 1839, when he came to Mt. Hope Township, McLean Co., Ill., via Pittsburgh (over the Alleghany Mountains), down the Ohio, and up the Mississippi River to St. Louis; thence to Pekin, Ill., by water, and from there overland to Mt. Hope Township, arriving in the spring of 1839. He married Comfort Ann Tucker, Dec. 1, 1837; she was born in Massachusetts, and died Aug. 31, 1840; they had one son — Frederic W., who is now in California. He was married March 29, 1841, to Harriet N. Morse; she was born in Sutton, Worcester Co., Mass., March 29, 1817, and came here in the fall of 1837, with her father, John Morse, who built the second frame house in Mt. Hope Township; by this marriage there were six children, only one now living — John Morse the youngest; the oldest, Caleb F., lost his life in the late war, at the age of 20 years and 7 months, after three years of volunteer service in the Union army. Mr. and Mrs. Chapin and son, John Morse, now live on the old homestead, owning 376 acres, prairie and timber.

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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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