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Christian County Illinois

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.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893, p235.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.

HENRY CLAY BOHN is one of the honored veterans of the late war, having served nobly in the defense of the Stars and Stripes. He is now engaged in the clothing business in Morrisonville. and is one of the prominent business men of the place. His birth occurred in Franklin County, Pa., October 15, 1843, and his boyhood was spent in his native State until his thirteenth year, when he removed with his father to Hagerstown, Md., where he obtained his education. He there learned the cigar-maker's trade and followed that business until the opening of the Civil War.

Our subject is a son of Adam and Hannah (Wingard) Bohn, who were both natives of Pennsylvania. The former was a farmer by occupation in the Keystone State, where his death occurred in 1878, at the age of eighty-six years. His father, Adam Bohn, was a native of Germany, who emigrated to Pennsylvania, where he engaged in farming for a number of years, reared his family of nine children and lived to be over seventy years of age. Our subject's mother was a daughter of Jacob Wingard, a native of the Keystone State, who followed agricultural pursuits and was also a well-known preacher of the United Brethren denomination. He died after having attained the ripe old age of eighty-one years. Mr. and Mrs. Bohn were members of the United Brethren Church. The latter was called from this life in 1846.

In a family of eleven children, comprising five sons and six daughters, the subject of this sketch is the youngest. Only three of the family are now living. Maria is the wife of August Shirey, of New Castle, Ind.; and Elizabeth is the wife of George Alsbaugh, also of New Castle. In August, 1861, our subject became a member of Company E, First Regiment of Maryland Infantry, and was in active service for three years and three months. He received a slight flesh wound at the Battle of Gettysburg, but otherwise was fortunate in escaping injury. He also participated in the battles of Winchester, Falling Waters, Antietam, Harper's Ferry, and a number of minor engagements. After receiving an honorable discharge, he went to Greencastle, Pa., where he engaged in the drygoods business for three years.

In 1868 Mr. Bohn came to Marion County, Ill., where he embarked in the agricultural business and operated a farm for three years. He afterward obtained employment in a dry-goods store as a clerk, in Sandoval, Ill., where he was stationed for a number of years. In 1882 he came to Morrisonville and opened a clothing store, which business he has carried on up to the present time. He is the owner of a farm comprising one hundred and sixty acres of land in Clinton County, Ill., and also owns the building in which his store is located, besides other desirable town property, in addition to his residence. He is a business man of good ability, and has secured the patronage of the citizens of this place and the surrounding country.

On the 3d of November, 1865, Mr. Bohn was united in marriage with Miss Mary Frances Savin, daughter of John and Margaret (Hiatt) Savin, of Harper's Ferry, W. Va. Two children have been born of this union, Ida and one who died in infancy. Mrs. Bohn is a valued member of the Presbyterian Church, in which she is an active worker.

In politics our subject affiliates with the Democratic party. He was President of the Village Board of Trustees for two terms, and was a member of that body for some five years. For one term he served acceptably as Supervisor of Ricks Township. In his social relations he is identified with Morrisonville Lodge No. 681, A. F. & A. M., with Taylorville Chapter and the Litchfield Commandery. He is also a member of the Morrisonville lodge of Odd Fellows, and belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a Grand Army man, being a member of Dan Nutt Post.



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