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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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JACOB W. OSMUN, farmer and mechanic; P. O. Stanford; was born in Bureau Co., Ill., Feb. 22, 1844; came to Allin Township in March, 1861. He enlisted in the 94th Regt. Ill. Inf. in August, 1862, for three years’ service; was mustered in August 17, and served out his full term; was mustered out in Galveston, Tex., at the expiration of his term, but, with what was left of his regiment, was discharged at Springfield, Ill.; he was in nine engagements, viz., Prairie Grove, Van Buren, siege of Vicksburg, Spanish Fort, Fort Morgan, Mobile and Brownsville, Tex., Morganzia and Yazoo City, and numerous skirmishes; himself and Edward K. Stahl, of his regiment, were the first to enter Fort Morgan; they captured a rebel flag and a tobacco-box. He married Luella Snodgrass Feb. 28, 1869; she was born in McLean Co., Ill., May 10, 1851; they have had four children — Minnie May, born Dec. 21, 1869; Annie A , May 3, 1871; Lunna, born Oct. 3, 1873, and Milton X., born Jan. 17, 1875; Annie A. died in October, 1871. In politics, he is a Democrat.

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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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