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McLean County, Illinois
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JAMES M. HALLETT, deceased, was a highly respected resident of Bloomington. enjoying the esteem and confidence of a host of friends. Mr. Hallett was a native of England, his birth taking place in 1814. His parents were Joseph and Sophia (Meech) Hallett, natives of the same country, the father being a baker by trade, which business he followed the greater part of his life. They had a family of three children, all of whom are deceased. Our subject attended school until nine years of age, and then began to assist his father in the bakery, continuing with him until twenty-five years of age. At that time his father died, and the son carried on the business until 1852. He then departed from his native land to the New World, first locating in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he remained five years engaged at his trade. In 1857 he came to Bloomington, still pursuing his early occupation. In 1861 he purchased the home where his family now reside; he was successful in his business operations, and made for himself a good reputation as a thorough business man and reliable citizen.

James M. Hallett was united in marriage with Miss Lydia Davy in 1837, in his native England. Mrs. H. was the daughter of William and Lydia (Raindel) Davy, also natives of England, and the father a tailor by trade. The parental family embraced seven children, of whom Mrs. Hallet is the only one living. By her union with our subject she became the mother of eight children, three of whom died in childhood; the record is as follows: William married Miss Emma Hartley, and they have four children Carrie, William, Harley and Ethel; Joseph, a physician, married Miss Ella Rodenbeek, and they have two children James and Addison; James married Miss Elizabeth Wilson, and they have had three children Rose (deceased), Edith and Edna; Lydia is a teacher in the McLean County public schools; Elizabeth is at home with her parents. Mr. Hallett departed this life Feb. 21, 1887, aged seventy-two years. He was a Republican in politics, and a member of the I. O. O. F. Mrs. H. is a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 530. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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