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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.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
JOSEPH R. BUGG, who carries on a good farm located on section 34, May Township, comes from one of the honored pioneer families of Christian County, and was born in this township on November 30, 1846. His entire life and labors have been in this county, and he is very well known throughout its borders.

Our subject is the fifth in order of birth in a family of eight sons, whose parents were Joseph and Susanna (Peck) Bugg, who were natives of Yorkshire, England. The life record of this worthy couple may be found in the sketch of their son, Edward Bugg, on another page of this work.

Joseph remained with his parents, assisting in carrying on the home farm, until he had reached man's estate. Educational facilities during his boyhood were of a very limited description, and thus his advantages in that direction were extremely meagre. To the best of his ability he has endeavored to compensate for this deprivation in early years by reading, study and observation.

When in his twenty-third year, Mr. Bugg wedded Miss Laura A. Bradley, the date of the event being July 4, 1 868. Mrs. Bugg's parents were early settlers of Christian County.

The young couple commenced housekeeping on a farm of one hundred and twenty acres which our subject inherited from his father's estate, and here they have made their home continuously. The boundaries of the farm have been extended, and at the present time our subject owns some one hundred and sixty-five acres, well improved and cultivated. The place is situated six miles southeast of Taylorville, and would bring a good price if put on the market.

Five children have blessed the union of our worthy subject and his wife. Emma is the wife of Allen McKnight, who is a farmer of Clay County, Ill.; Luella E. is the wife of Will Atkinson, who is engaged in farming in Christian County; Gertrude and Glenn are still at home; and Jessie died in infancy. Mrs. Bugg and her elder daughters are members of the United Presbyterian Church.

Preferring rather to give his entire energy and time to carrying on his farm, Mr. Bugg has steadily refused to serve in positions of trust and honor in his township. He deposits his ballot in favor of the nominees and principles of the Republican party.

Though he is not identified with any church organization, he is interested in their prosperity and contributes to their support. He is well and favorably known in this county as a man whose word is as good as his bond, and by his genial and friendly manner he has always made every one his friend.


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