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.
MARION C. BRENTZ, who resides just outside
the city limits of Taylorville, where he is
engaged in the culture of small fruits, has spent his entire life in this community, Christian being his native
county, and he is a worthy representative of one of the pioneer families. His father, William C. Brentz, was born
in Kentucky, April 16, 1814, and was the sixth of seven sons. His
father died in Kentucky, and his widowed mother with her seven sons
and one daughter came to
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Brentz were born four children: Alice, who died at the age of fourteen; Alma, who died in infancy; William A. and Marion C.
William A. was born August 26, 1858, and died on the old homestead in September, 1879, soon after his twenty-first birthday. His death resulted from a knife-cut inflicted by Frank Trailer, a cousin, who later on was convicted for the offense. A quarrel arose between them over a collision of buggies, and the result was as above stated. It was thought that companions of Trailer bore an old grudge against William and took this opportunity to get even. His cousin served one year in the penitentiary and died soon after his release.
After Mr. Brentz's death his widow became the wife of Dennis O. Johnson, of Sangamon County, who came to Christian County and here died September 21, 1873, at the age of fifty years. The mother of our subject was called to her final rest on the 7th of December, 1876. By her second marriage she had eight children, four of whom were living at her death. Thomas, a young man of nineteen years, now resides in Taylorville.
In taking up the life record of Marion
Brentz, we give to our readers the history of one who is widely and favorably known in this community. He was born
on the old home farm April 14, 1861, after his father's death. Midst work and play his boyhood days were passed,
and after the death of his brother he carried on the farm, keeping the family of three children together. The farm
is located just south of Taylorville, and comprises
two hundred and twenty acres of land. They also owned two other tracts of forty acres each, but these were sold.
On the 1st of May, 1882, Mr. Brentz was united in marriage with Miss Helen Killman, daughter of George Killman, of Kentucky. Her mother, who bore the maiden name of Matilda Newman, is now a widow, and resides in Taylorville, where she has made her home since 1880.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Brentz was born a son, Francis Marion, who died January 14, 1889, at the age of three and a-half years; another little son, whom they call Herman, was born May 28, 1893. This worthy couple are highly respected citizens of the community, and their many excellencies of character have gained them numerous friends. In politics, Mr. Brentz is a Democrat, and himself and wife hold membership with the Christian Church.
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