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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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W. M. ALSPAUGH, farmer; P. O. Lexington; was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, in the year 1850, and when about 4 years old, his father, Reuben Alspaugh, removed to a place near Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa; in 1868, Mr. Alspaugh, Sr., removed from Iowa to Normal, Ill., and bought a farm; for one year he assisted his father on the farm, and then taught school, in the neighborhood of Normal, for three years. In the year 1876, the subject of this sketch married and settled down to farming on the homestead of his father-in-law, Mr. John Gregory, of Gridley Township, one of the largest land-holders of that township; in 1878, Mr. Alspaugh removed to and settled upon 200 acres of land on Section 34, Gridley Township, where he now lives and has one of the finest residences in the township; his land is all under cultivation and is valued at about $35 per acre; he is young, wide awake and intelligent, and is well posted upon all subjects concerning his county and township, and works his farm upon scientific principles combined with industry and forethought. He was married in 1876 to Miss Sabra Gregory, daughter of John Gregory, formerly of Gridley, now of Normal, who was born in Gridley Township in 1857; Effie is their only child.

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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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