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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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W. K. STANSBERRY, Postmaster, Saybrook; was born in Washington Co., E. Tenn., Aug. 29, 1820; his parents came to this township in the year 1833, and were among the early settlers of this county; his mother died here in the year 1856, and his father in 1864. Mr. Stansberry lived with his parents until he was 24 years of age. On Jan. 8, 1846, he married Miss Sarah, Jane Yazel, daughter of David Yazel, of Ohio, and soon afterward, having purchased a farm one and one-half miles north of Le Roy, in this county, lived upon it four years; having sold it, he moved to the village of Le Roy and was engaged in the house-carpentering business for ten years; selling his property in 1858, he moved to Saybrook and worked at carpentering up to 1864, when he purchased a saw-mill, and carried it on until 1869, since which time he has held the office of Postmaster; he has also been Assessor five years, and a member of the Town Council ever since the organization of the township, except one year, and has been President of the Board for two years; also School Director for sixteen years. His wife was born Dec. 31, 1826; they have five children, three girls and two boys — Harriet E. (now Mrs. Jonathan Hyer, of Lexington, Ill.), Olive J. (now Mrs. D. H. Simmons, of Ohio), David E., Cora B. (now Mrs. C. O. Smith, of Champaign Co., Ill.) and Milton.

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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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