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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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JOHN L. ARBOGAST, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Saybrook; owns 180 acres of land, worth $35 per acre; was born in McLean Co., Ill., Sept. 9, 1844; lived on the farm, assisting his father in farming. His father died when he was but 16 years of age, his mother having died three years previous. Mr. Arbogast was in the late war, and went forward to battle for his country; he enlisted, in 1861, in Co. G, 37th I. V. I.; was in the battle of Pea Ridge, battle of Prairie Grove, Ark.; battle of Sugar Creek, Ark.; battle of Van Buren, Ark.; battle of Chalk Bluff, Mo.; battle at Vicksburg, Miss.; was at the taking of Yazoo City; went to New Orleans, thence to Brownsville, Texas, which was taken; thence to Royal, which was also taken; returned to Brownsville, and went from there to Chicago, where he was mustered out, by general order, Oct. 4, 1864. Mr. Arbogast held the office of School Director six years, Collector one term, and is at present School Trustee; he also held, for four years, the office of Constable in this township. He was married to Katie O. Henderson Dec. 27, 1866; she was born in Lewis Co., Ky., Dec. 11, 1847; the fruit of this marriage is five children, four of whom are living, and one dead — Mary E., William H., Anna B., Sarah E., and Birdie, died May 15, 1875. Mrs. Arbogast’s mother’s father was in the war of 1812.

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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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