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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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JOSEPH MILLER, farmer; P. O. Normal; was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, Jan. 14, 1829. He was brought to this country by his mother, in 1834, settling in Fairfield Co., Ohio, where he was raised until the age of 14, after which time he began to do for himself. During his early life he learned the trade of wagon-making, also carpentering, and followed contracting and building for a number of years. He came to Illinois in 1854, locating in Bloomington, where he followed his trade two years; thence to Benjaminville, where he lived eleven years; thence to where he now resides. He owns 80 acres of fine land, and is a public-spirited and well-to-do citizen, respected by all who know him. He married Miss Eliza J. Stimmel, of Franklin Co., Ohio, Jan. 29, 1857.

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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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