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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 Y. HERVEY, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Chenoa. Among the prominent citizens of the township who have settled here more recently, is the above-named gentleman, who came from Livingston Co. in 1874; he was born in Ohio Co., W. Va., Jan. 13, 1837. He came to Illinois with his parents in 1849, the family settling in Peoria Co.; there he resided until September, 1862, when he enlisted in Co. A, 47th I. V. I., and served till the close of the war; he was present at Nashville when Gen. Hood attacked that city; also participated in the siege of Vicksburg, battles of Jackson, Miss., Old Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely and several minor engagements. In 1866, he removed to Livingston Co. and purchased 160 acres of land in Pike Township, which he improved and made his home till his removal to Chenoa Township in 1874; he still owns his farm in Livingston Co., and fifty acres in his home place, making 210 acres in all; both farms are well improved. While in Pike Township, he served three terms as School Director, one term as Supervisor, and one as Collector; he is now a member of the Board of School Trustees. He was married Dec. 26, 1866, to Miss Mary Hawcridge, of Peoria Co., Ill., a native of Stockport, England, and has four children — Nettie E., Walter D., Charles M. and Margaret M.

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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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