Bureau County Illinois Biographies
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Mrs. S. R. Inks

Mrs. S. R. Inks, widow of the late Justin Inks, of Ohio, Illinois, was born on the 2d of March, 1837, at Fremont Ohio, a daughter of Alexander and Mary (Ramsburg) Paden, who for many years were residents of Ohio township, Bureau county, where the father engaged in farming.

On the second of March, 1853, Miss S. R. Paden, became the wife of Justin Inks, who was born in Fremont, Ohio, September 4, 1836, and was a son of John and Priscilla Inks. In 1866 Mr. Inks brought his family to Bureau county, becoming the owner of three hundred acres of valuable land in Ohio township, which he placed under a high state of cultivation and there made his home until called from this life, August 5, 1888.

Seven children were born to them, but two died in infancy. Dr. John A., a physician and surgeon of Sheby, Nebraska, married Maggie J. Smith, of that state, and they have three children, Edith S., Hortense and an infant. William Frank wedded Mary Shifflett, and died at the age of twenty-five years, leaving one child, Emerson. Minnie Belle died at the age of eleven years. Maggie May is the wife of Mark Dewey of Ohio township, Bureau county, and Waneta Gertrude is their only child. Ralph Waldo is at home with his mother.

A conscientious, earnest Christian, she is a most faithful member of the Methodist Protestant church of the village of Ohio.

[The Biographical record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois., Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1896, Page 63-64 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]


Justin Inks

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Justin Inks was born in Fremont, Ohio, September 4, 1836, and was a son of John and Priscilla Inks.

On the second of March, 1853, he married Miss S. R. Paden, a daughter of Alexander and Mary (Ramsburg) Paden. Seven children were born to them, but two died in infancy. Dr. John A., a physician and surgeon of Sheby, Nebraska, married Maggie J. Smith, of that state, and they have three children, Edith S., Hortense and an infant. William Frank wedded Mary Shifflett, and died at the age of twenty-five years, leaving one child, Emerson. Minnie Belle died at the age of eleven years. Maggie May is the wife of Mark Dewey of Ohio township, Bureau county, and Waneta Gertrude is their only child. Ralph Walso is at home with his mother.

In 1866 Mr. Inks brought his family to Bureau county, becoming the owner of three hundred acres of valuable land in Ohio township, which he placed under a high state of cultivation and there made his home until called from this life, August 5, 1888. He was progressive and public-spirited and was called upon to fill a number of important local offices, being supervisor for two years, school director for nearly thirty years, and assessor of his township for twelve years.

Industry, enterprise and perseverance were numbered among the chief characteristics of Mr. Inks, and were important factors in his success. He was a man of the strictest integrity, upright and honorable in all his dealings, possessed unusual business ability, sound judgment and keen foresight, but was quiet and unassuming in manner, of rather a conservative disposition. However, he made many warm friends, and his fellow-citizens reposed in him the utmost confidence. His quick perception enabled him to take advantage of many opportunities which would promote his business interests, but all his affairs were conducted on the strictest principles of integrity and honor. He proved a most trustworthy official, and in his death the community felt that it had lost a most valued citizen. He was not a member of nay religious denomination, but was a firm believer in Christianity and the justice of God. His death was from consumption, and during his lingering illness he was tenderly cared for by his faithful wife and loving friends, and was laid to rest in the village cemetery.

[Source: Biography of Mrs. S. R. Inks]

[The Biographical record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois., Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1896 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]