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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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VIRGINIA C. OHR, Superintendent of the Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home, Normal; was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 28, 1836, and is the widow of Col. S. P. Ohr, who was a native of Maryland. They were married Oct. 15, 1856. During the late war Mr. Ohr entered the army as Captain in the 61st I. V. I. During his service he participated in many of the most severe battles of the war, and arose to the rank of Colonel, serving three years. His death occurred Sept. 14, 1864; after which Mrs. Ohr was appointed Superintendent of the Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home, at Springfield, which position she held until 1869, when the Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home was established at Normal, she being appointed Superintendent, and has since officiated in that capacity. Mrs. Ohr is a lady of rare ability, having satisfactorily managed the affairs of this institution since its establishment. Mrs. Ohr has four daughters, two of whom are assistants, and two finishing their education. As a family they are well known and highly respected.

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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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