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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. W. MURFIELD, farmer; P. O. Empire; born in Jefferson Co., Ohio, Aug. 18, 1821; he removed, with his parents, to Franklin Co., where he lived with them until 21 years of age, when he purchased a farm and engaged in farming in Franklin and Union Counties, until he emigrated and located in Empire Township, McLean Co., in the spring of 1865; he then purchased eighty-seven acres of land, to which he has since added by purchase, until he now owns one hundred and twenty acres of land, upon which he has good farm buildings. His marriage with Malinda McCauleyans was celebrated Dec. 31, 1843; she was born in Virginia July 5, 1816, and died in McLean Co., Ill., July 30, 1875, leaving four children, viz., Barbara C. born March 21, 1846; Vianna, born April 11, 1852; John M. C., born July 8, 1854, and Madison E born Oct. 11, 1857. Mr. Murfield married for his second wife Matilda J. Downing May 28, 1876; she died Aug. 12, 1877. His nuptials with Mrs. Kate Clement were celebrated Feb 11, 1879; she was born in Pennsylvania July 16, 1833; her maiden name was Kate Stine; of the deceased children, two died in childhood, and one — Isabel J. — was born Aug. 23, 1847, married C. H. Cayton, and died Nov. 5, 1872, leaving three children.

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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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