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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, p256.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.

EPHRAIM BOLLINGER was for long years one of the highly respected and truly worthy citizens of Stonington Township. The whole community was deeply shocked on learning of his death, which occurred in March, 1893. While attempting to cross the railroad track to look after some business near the crossing by the Stonington Station, he was run down and instantly killed by the train. He was laid to rest in Grove City Cemetery [ed., probably Grove City Methodist Cemetery].

The birth of Mr. Bellinger occurred in Baltimore County, Md., October 24, 1832, and he grew to manhood near his birthplace. He was of German descent, though his father and mother were born and reared in Baltimore County. The family removed to Christian County, Ill., in 1869.

Our subject worked at his trade of a millwright until the commencement of the late Civil War. For three years during that struggle he was employed as a teamster in and near Baltimore. After his arrival in Illinois, he gave his whole time and energy to farming. When he started out to fight life's battles, he had his own way to make from the first, and even at the time of his marriage he was only in moderate circumstances. He was the eldest of thirteen children, eight of whom were sons.

The marriage of Mr. Bollinger occurred in Baltimore County, Md., his wife being Miss Mary Ann Street, who was born in that county August 23, 1832. They have become the parents of eight children: Oliver, who is now deceased, and James M., deceased, both of whom were buried in Baltimore County; Mary E., who died in Christian County, and lies buried in Grove City Cemetery [ed., probably Grove City Methodist Cemetery]; Henry C., John T., William E., Daniel S. and Samuel W., who are respected citizens of this county. Henry C. married Miss Keziah Coffee, who was born and educated in this county. They are residents of Stonington Township. John T. married Miss Caroline Cooner, of this county, and lives near the old homestead. The three younger brothers are at home with their mother and lend their dutiful assistance in carrying on the homestead. The farm is one hundred and twenty acres in extent, located on section 14, and has good improvements upon it.

In his political faith Mr. Bollinger was a Republican and was a worthy example of the agricultural class. He bore a high reputation for integrity of purpose and justice in the various walks of life. Both himself and wife for many years held membership with the German Reformed Church, to which the latter still belongs.



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