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Edwin Cleveland

EDWIN CLEVELAND, insurance agent. The city of Quincy can certainly be congratulated upon the high standard of enterprise and ability displayed by its leading insurance agents, prominent among whom is Mr. Cleveland, who is known as one of the most reliable authorities on all matters pertaining to insurance, and stands in the very foremost rank. Although his earliest recollections are of Adams County, Ill., he was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, December 21, 1835, but his father, Isaac Cleveland, was born in Schoharie Coounty, N. Y., the Empire State being also the natal State of the paternal grandfather, Henry Cleveland. The latter was an honest “son of the soil,” but in connection with this work followed the calling of a blacksmith. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was well known for his patriotic sentiments. He came to Adams County, Ill., in June, 1837, and with his family located in Richfield, near which place he purchased some unimproved land, which he greatly improved prior to his death. He was of English descent and sprang from Benjamin Cleveland, who came to America in 1635.
     Isaac Cleveland was reared and married in the State of his birth, but after the celebration of his nuptials he removed to Ohio, where he resided for two years. In June, 1837, he came via the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to Richfield, Adams County, with his father where he also purchased and improved a wild tract of land, working also at the stone-mason's trade. In 1882, he sold out and located at Barry, Pike County, where he is still living retired from the active duties of life, having attained to his seventy-seventh year. He was a township officer in early days and has long been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was married to Miss Mary A. Chickering, in Schoharie County, N. Y., a daughter of a pioneer settler of that county. She died in Adams County at the age of fifty-five years, having become the mother of six children, three of whom are living.
     Edwin Cleveland's first recollections are of his old log home in Adams County and the region roundabout, which abounded in wild game of all kinds. He was brought up at a time when the advantages of an education were not so fully appreciated as at this day, and when the facilities for obtaining an education were only such as the common schools of that day afforded, but sound sense and discriminating judgment were not lacking and he improved his opportunities to the utmost. At the age of nineteen years, he left home to do for himself, and purchased a farm of eighty acres, which, at that time, was heavily covered with timber. This farm he successfully conducted until the fall of 1861, when he enlisted in Company L of the Tenth Illinois Cavalry, and was mustered into the service at Quincy as a private; the following spring he was sent South and was in a number of raids and skirmishes in Missouri. He was honorably discharged in November, 1862, having been wounded in the knee in an engagement, which necessitated his being sent to the hospital, where his leg was amputated above the knee. Succeeding this, he opened a general mercantile establishment in Richfield, but three years later he went to Newtown and bought a wagon and plow shop, which he successfully operated for four years.
     In 1871, he was nominated and elected to the position of County Treasurer on the Democratic ticket, and in December of that year he entered upon his duties, which he discharged in so faithful and satisfactory a manner that he was re-elected in 1873, and served until 1875. During this time, the Court House caught fire and burned to the ground, but owing to the heavy snow on the roof the fire was slow, and so all the valuable county documents and papers were saved. Mr. Cleveland next engaged in the manufacture of brick, but three years later opened an insurance office and is now ably representing three companies: Trader's of Chicago; Manchester, of England, and Newark, of New Jersey. He is serving his sixth year as Township Supervisor and has been on the Committee of Finance, the Committee on Claims, and others. He was married in Richfield in 1854 to Miss Sarah E. Young, daughter of James F. Young, one of the early settlers of this section. They became the parents of six children: Melissa (Mrs. Proctor) died in Newtown; Hattie; Ada; William H. died at the age of twenty-six years; Anna (Mrs. Fulton); Lena died when young. Mr. Cleveland is the owner of considerable real estate in Quincy, and is well off financially. He is a member of Bodily Lodge A. F. & A. M., which order he joined in 1858, and has held numerous offices in the same. He was one of the organizers, and is now Commander of the Union Soldier' and Sailors' Veteran Association, and is Secretary of the Adams County Democratic Central Committee.


[Source:Portrait and Biographical Record of Adams County, Illinois containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Chicago: Chapman Bros. 1892 Page 122, transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Edwin married Sarah E. Young Mar. 9, 1854 by Z. K. Hawley MG
[Source: Marriages of Adams County, Illinois, 1825-1860]

William H. married Belle Wilson Aug. 1, 1889 by F. N. Calvin MG cert#6160
Annie F. married Leslie E. Fulton Nov. 20, 1889 by Samuel G. Ferree MG cert#6367
Melissa married John Proctor Mar. 21, 1872 by Rice Harris MG
[Source: Marriages of Adams County, Illinois, 1861-1875]

Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, Il
Section 1
Lena M. Cleaveland “L M C” born 1872 died Feb. 19, 1874
Melissa Proctor b. 1854 d. Dec. 26, 1872
[Source: Cemeteries of Adams County Vol I]


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