Carroll County Biographies


Washington Township

William Paisley is a general farmer and stock-raiser on section 26, in Washington Twp. where he owns 400 acres on which he has erected a fine residence and all the necessary out-buildings for successful farming. He has lived on his place since 1859, but came to this county the year prior. He first came to IL in 1846, locating then in Irish Hollow, Rice Township, Jo Daviess County. While a resident there he was a miner, a farmer, and also a teamster, driving for three summers between Galena adn Chicago. The great business of the county at that time was mining, and as there were no railroads through this county then, a great deal of heavy teaming was necessary.

Our subject was born in County Fermanagh, Ireland, March 29, 1822. His father, John Paisley, was for many years a soldier in the British army during the time of the war with Naploeon, and fought under Wellington at the great battle of Waterloo. He was Colonel of the 29th English Regiment, and had the reputation of being a brave soldier. After leaving the army, he settled on a farm in his native county of Fermanagh, and there died, at the age of 67 years. His wife was Jane dunan, a native of County Monaghan, who died at the same place when about 70 years of age. Both were active members of the Presbyterian Church. They had three sons and four daughtes, five of whom lived to maturity, were married and reared families. Two of the sons and two fo the daughters came to America.

William was his parents third child, and grew to manhood in his native place. Wishing to take advantage of the better opportunities offered to poor men in the US he emigrated in the year 1846, taking passage at the port of Sligo on June 10 of that year, on the sailing ship "Bosphorus" and after a passage of six weeks and three days he landed at Quebec, canada. He at once made his way to the US and came direct to Jo Daviess County and there began in the new country as a very poor man.

Our subject was married in Galena on Mach 2, 1855 to Eliza Brown who was born in County Monaghan Ireland, April 1833 a daughter of John & Nancy (Sanderson) Brown, both of whom died in the county where she was born. Her father died when Mrs. Paisley was but a child, but her mother l ived to a ripe old age, dying in 1881. Both were members of the Presbyterian Church. Their family consisted of four daughtes and two sons, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. One of her brothers became a soldier in the British army and died while in the service. Allthe others came to America. Mrs. Paisley was the first of the family to emigrate, coming about the year 1852. For a time she lived in the city of NY, later removing to Herkimer COunty NY whence she came to Galena, and 18 months after her arrival was married to our subject.

The marriage of Mr. & Mrs. Paisley was blessed by eleven children - Eliza Jane the wife of John Dean, a farmer in Derinda Township, Jo Daviess County; John living with his parents; Ann the wife of Nels P. Asplien a farmer of Washington Twp; George & Samuel are in Washington Territory; Mary the wife of Warren Wells a farmer in Washington Territory; William; Robert; Martha wife of Charles Nelson in Washington Territory; Saran & Emma residents of Washington Twp. The parents and all their children are members of the Presbyterian church and the family is one which is held in great esteem. The father has never taken a very active part in political affiars, although he uniformly votes the Republican ticket. He commenced his life in this county poor, but by industry and thrift has greatly prospered. His farm is all under thorough cultivation and his buildings are commodious and comfortable and he is justly reckoned among the leading citizens of Washington Twp.

Portraits & Biographical Carroll County IL 1889

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