Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.
Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.
SAMUEL AINSWORTH, manager of the Taylorville Mining Company, is a practical and progressive
business man, whose sagacity and far-sightedness, combined with perseverance and well-directed efforts, have made
his life a successful one. The record of his career is as follows: A native of England,
he was born in Staffordshire, on the 8th of May, 1837, and is a son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Ashmore) Ainsworth,
who were also natives of England.
The paternal grandfather, William Ainsworth, lived in Rochester,
England, and reached the very advanced age of one
hundred and one years, while his wife passed away at the ripe old age of ninety-nine years. The maternal grandfather,
Samuel Ashmore, lived to be about seventy, and his wife survived him several years.
The father of our subject was a wheelwright in England,
and in his native land spent his entire life, being called to the home beyond at the age of fifty-six. After the
death of her husband, Mrs. Ainsworth was again married. Her second husband lost his mind on account of religion
and died in the insane asylum. She was seventy-three years of age at the time of her death. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ainsworth
were members of the Church of England,
and took a very active part in all that would advance its best interests. Their family numbered twelve children,
six sons and six daughters, as follows: Walter; William; Samuel; John; Arthur; Jesse; Sophia, wife of Thomas Hall;
Myra Ann, wife of Enoch Glass; Mrs. Harriet Welch; Jane, widow of Henry Elsmore; Emily, deceased; and Hannah, wife
of John Betz.
The subject of this sketch spent the days of his boyhood and youth in the land of his
nativity. His early years were quietly passed, no event of special importance occurring. His education was acquired
in the public schools. After arriving at years of maturity, he chose as a companion and helpmate on life's journey
Miss Mary Ann Hall, a daughter of Thomas and Lydia
(Smith) Hall. Their union was celebrated on the 13th of April, 1857, and has been blessed with a family of eleven
children, four sons and seven daughters. Jesse, the eldest, married Catherine Jones and they now reside in Lyons,
Kan., with their four children: Samuel, Jesse, Ida and William. Emma
is the wife of Benjamin Stringer, of Taylorville, by whom she has six children: Annie, Benjamin, Grace, Florence,
Jesse and Samuel R. Thomas married Miss Anna Utley, of
Mr. Ainsworth has been successful in his business career, and is now the owner of eight houses and sixteen lots in Taylorville. He has made the most of his opportunities and privileges, and although he has had to depend upon his own efforts, he is now in comfortable circumstances.
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