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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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WILLIT S. HAYNES, of the firm of Haynes, Jordan & Co., dealers in grain, land, stock, coal, etc., Chenoa; is a native of Illinois. He was born in Marshall Co., March 1838, being a. son of Samuel Haynes. He remained on the farm until the breaking out of the rebellion, when, he enlisted in Co. H, 53d I. V. I.; was promoted to Sergeant, and participated in the battle of Hatchie River, Tenn., and several minor engagements. He remained with his regiment about two years, and, in July, 1863, was detailed as a clerk in the Quartermaster’s Department; and stationed in Memphis. After about two years, he went to Vicksburg in the same capacity, where he served another year. Returning in 1866, he engaged with his brother, William A. Haynes, in the grain and lumber, in Lacon, Ill., and continued till 1870, when he came to Chenoa and became a member of the firm of Haynes, Jordan & Co., whose operations in the grain and banking business are given above. His business career, as well as that of the other members of the firm, has been a successful one. He was married Dec. 28, 1871, to Miss E. A. Bowen, a daughter of Alfred Bowen, formerly of Woodford Co., but now a resident of Chenoa; she was born in West Virginia Dec. 28, 1846; they have one child — Eldon Roy, born Jan. 14, 1879.

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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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