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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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E. S. MILLER, City Marshal, Bloomington; was born in Bloomington, Ill., Nov. 15, 1846; at the beginning of the late war he (although not 15 years old) enlisted as a private with the 39ths I. V. I.; was in many of the most severe battles, sieges and skirmishes of the war, and was wounded four times; the narrative of his army life, which covered a period of four years and four months, reflects credit upon him as a true and brave soldier. When mustered out, he was Sergeant, and the largest man of his company, although, when he entered, he was the smallest; he then returned to Bloomington and learned and followed the trade of masonry until 1874, when he was appointed upon the police force, and, for meritorious services and conduct, was appointed by Mayor Steere to the position of Captain of Police; was appointed City Marshal by Mayor Bunn, and reappointed by the present Mayor, John Reed. He is a man of fine physical as well as mental powers; firm and resolute, and considered the right man in the right place. He married Miss Almira C. Hewitt, of this place, June 3, 1868; they have three children— Jessie M., Frank E. and Mary E.

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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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