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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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THOMAS B. KILGORE. farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 26; P. O. Lexington; born in Franklin Co., Ohio, March 23, 1840, where he resided until 1867, removing to Illinois in March of that year, locating in Lawndale Township, this county. Mr. Kiser has served as Supervisor three terms, and has held other minor offices; owns 480 acres of farm lands in Lawndale Township. Married in April, 1867, to Miss Mary E. Batterton, who was born in Lawndale Township; her father, Martin Batterton, was one of the early settlers; three children by this union — John M., Lizzie M. and Maud B. Mr. Kilgore enlisted in Co. K, 1st Ohio C, in August, 1861, and served until the expiration of his term of service, and was mustered out in October, 1864; he participated in the following battles: Corinth, Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, Atlanta and many other skirmishes. Member of Bethesda Lodge, No. 661, A., F. & A. M , at Potosi.

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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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