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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 ORANGE, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Ellsworth; owns 220 acres of land; was born in Fleming Co., Ky., April 18, 1805; moved to Pennsylvania with his parents when but 3 years old; remained there about fifteen years, helping his father on the farm. During this time, he moved back to Kentucky and worked at blacksmithing, then moved to Ohio, where he was married to Elizabeth Alcorn, June 17, 1823; she was born in Allegheny Co., Penn., Feb. 25, 1805; died Oct 8, 1845; four children by this marriage-William, James, Jane and Elizabeth, now wife of James Lesly. He was then married to Eliza Wolf June 6, 1846; she was born in Madison Co., Ohio, July 4, 1816; they have one child - Elizabeth A. He is one of the early pioneers of McLean Co., coming here in an early day, when the country was a wilderness, with plenty of Indians and wild animals, and has borne his part of the hardships of a pioneer life. He was possessed of a good constitution, and is now 74 years old and yet quite active, and is a very excellent citizen.

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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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