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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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WILLIAM HURSAY, wagon and carriage manufacturer and blacksmith; Hudson; born in Licking Co., Ohio, Oct. 28, 1826, where he resided, with the exception of about three years, till his removal to the West. At about the age of 18 he was apprenticed to the blacksmith trade; in the fall of 1851 he came West, locating at Bloomington, this county, and the following April removed to Hudson Township; he first worked in the shop of D. Trimmer, and the following year located in the village of Hudson, and opened a shop of his own; his custom at that time came from a large scope of country, frequently having work for parties twenty miles distant. In 1851 he married Miss Sidney Wolfe, who was born in Maryland, but removed to Ohio at the age of 12; twelve children by this union, five of whom are now living — Mary E., (wife of L. P. Huston), James H., George W., Charles T., and Eurie B; others died in infancy.

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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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