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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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J. M. MOON, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Delano; was born in Sheffield, Lorain Co., Ohio, June 22, 1835; he remained with his parents until he was 19 years of age, receiving a liberal education, first attending Berea Institute, in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, for one year, then the Folsom Commercial College, Cleveland, and afterward for one year in Bryant & Stratton’s Commercial College, perfecting himself in penmanship; after leaving that institution, he taught penmanship in Ohio and Kentucky. In the year 1855, he became engaged in buying and shipping horses from Ohio, and in 1857 engaged in the grain and mercantile business, in the village of Malta, De Kalb Co., Ill., and continued in such until the year 1861; his health becoming impaired, he disposed of his business and became the traveling agent of William B. Young & Co., of Chicago, manufacturers of agricultural implements, and remained with them for five years; during this time having, with his brother George W. Moon, purchased a tract of 1,040 acres of land in West Township, of this county, in the year 1867 settled upon it and improved it; being mostly swamp lands, he made over thirty miles of ditch, rendering them today the best corn lands in this county. Mr. Moon has held the office of Supervisor for two terms. He married Miss Mary Jewett, daughter of Charles Jewett, of De Kalb Co., Ill., Feb. 16, 1857; they had six children, four living — Charles O., Jennie E., Beatrice Y. and Lucina, and two that died in infancy. Mr. Moon has always taken an active part in politics, as a Republican, and has been a member of the McLean County Republican Central Committee.

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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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