Biography of George Cleal
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George Cleal was born in England, Aug. 27, 1835, and when seventeen years old, in 1852, accompanied his parents, Henry and Charlotte (Piekett) Oleal, to the United States. The parents left their native country with nine children, but before reaching America two, David, aged about five years, and Elizabeth Ann, aged nine months, were buried in the ocean. They first settled in Du Page County, Ill., where they lived one year and then moved to Cook County where the father rented a farm and also worked at the carpenter's trade. They moved to La Salle County, February, 1861. The father died in 1874, aged sixty five years. The mother now lives on the homestead with our subject and is seventy three years old. Aug. 15, 1862, George Cleal enlisted in Company H, One Hundred and Twenty seventh Illinois Infantry for three years and participated in all the campaigns of his regiment, including Atlanta. After the war he lived in Chicago till December, 1869, when he moved to La Salle County and engaged in farming. At the time of the Chicago fire, 1871, he returned to the city and was inspector of the buildings put up by the shelter committee, remaining there till the fall of 1872, when he returned to La Salle Codnty where he has since lived. He owns 160 acres of valuable land on section 12, northwest quarter. In politics Mr. Cleal is a Republican. He has been Collector of his township one term and School Director nine years. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and Blaney Lodge, No. 271, A. F. & A. M., Chicago, Ill.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886