Carroll County Biographies


Nathan Riley Corning

Salem Township


Nathan Riley Corning is classed among the intelligent and able citizens of Carroll County. He is a prominent member of the farming community of Salem Twp. and his farm of 160 acres, on section 24 is point of cultivation, substantial buildings and many other valuable improvements, is one of the most desirable in this locality.

Mr. Corning is a native of IL and was born near Beardstown, Cass County, Feb. 10, 1839. His father Wm. Corning died in that county when our subject was quite young. His mother, whose maiden name was Lucy Horrom, was married a second time, becoming the wife of Nathan Willis. Theyc ame to Carroll County in 1845, and settled in Freedom Twp. living there some years. They then located in Salem Twp. where they passed their last days, the mother dying in June 1885. SHe had two children by her first marriage - Curtis and Nathan Riley.

Our subject was a lad of six when he accompanied his mother to Carroll County and here he was reared and received his education. He was bred on a farm, and having anatural aptitude for agriculture has always engaged in this work and is now the owner of valuable property and is in possession of an assured income.

He married Eliza Fanny Newcomer in Mt. Morris, Ogle County March 22, 1877 and to them have been born two children - Eliza H. who died at the age of two years and one month, Aug. 6, 1881 and Philo B. who was born Aug. 27, 1883.

Mrs. Corning was born in Mt. Morris IL May 4, 1846 and was the 6th child of Andrew and Eliza (Hamilton) Newcomer; the names of the others are Henry H., Mary C., Sarah M., Arthur W., William A., and Anna V. Her father was born in Washington Co. MD Nov. 25, 1810 and her mother in Franklin Co PA about 1814. They married and settled in MD from where they came to Mt. Morris IL in 1846, where they spent their declining years; she dying April 2, 1875 and he Jan. 20, 1885.

Mr. Corning served in the late war enlisting in March 1865 Co. I, 34th IL Inf. and served with credit until the end of the war, mustered out at Louisville KY and then returned to Carroll Co.

Our subject is a man of pure and lofty purpose, uncompromising nature and much of the moral heroism is his. He is an active worker in the cause of temperance and one of hte leaders of the Prohibition party in this county. He is a determined foe of all secret societies and has raised his voice against them on all favorable occassions without fear or favor, has contributed articles to the papers against them, and has expressed his views in public in clear, cogent language.

Portraits & Biographical Carroll County IL 1889 Pg 857

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