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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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ENOS ARBOGAST, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Saybrook; owns 165 acres of land, worth $36 per acre; was born in Clark Co., Ohio, Oct. 13, 1825; lived with his parents on the farm, engaged with his father in farming; came to this county when 15 years of age, and worked on a farm. He was married to Mary Morgan Sept. 6, 1849; she was born in Tennessee, Sept. 3, 1831, and died March 25, 1868; they are the parents of eight children, five of whom are living — Eliza J., Eva L., Lewis A., Myra A., Millie A.; deceased — Charles W., Bell and an infant. Mr. Arbogast was then married to Sophia Dunning July 14, 1869; she was born in Monroe Co., Ind., Dec. 15, 1837; the fruit of this marriage is four children — William, Alfred, Jonas A. and Mary A. Mr. Arbogast has held the office of School Director ten years, which office he still holds, and has been Pathmaster one term. Mr. Arbogast’s father was in the war of 1812; his parents are natives of Virginia, and Mrs. Arbogast’s parents are natives of the same State.

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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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