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Christian County Illinois

Genealogy and History

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.
WILLIAM BUGG, one of the representative farmers and pioneers of Christian County, is engaged in farming, as he has done for many years past, on section 14, May Township. He succeeded to a part of the old homestead belonging to his father, who was one of the early settlers on this prairie. Our subject was in the service in the late war, taking part in many battles and engagements and acquitting himself with distinction.

The birth of William Bugg occurred January 4, 1840, in this county, where he has passed nearly his entire life. He is a son of Joseph and Susanna (Peck) Bugg, a full account of whom may be found in the sketch of Edward Bugg, on another page of this volume. William is the fourth in a family of eight children. His early years were passed in the uneventful manner of farmer lads, and his education was acquired in the district schools.

When twenty-two years of age, our subject went to the defense of the Stars and Stripes, enlisting August 12, 1862, in the One Hundred and Fifteenth Illinois Regiment as a member of Company A. He continued in the army until peace was declared, and was in much active service. For three days he fought in the front of the battles at Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain. He went with Sherman on his inarch from Nashville, Tenn., to Huntsville, Ala., and was most fortunate in escaping without receiving a wound or being taken a prisoner at any time.
On his return from the war, Mr. Bugg came to the old homestead and here engaged in agricultural pursuits. On the 21st of December, 1871, he was united in marriage with Miss Allie Creathbaum, when was born October 22, 1844, in the Keystone State. She is a daughter of Elias and Susanna (Kamp) Creathbaum.

Mrs. Bugg's parents removed from Pennsylvania to West Virginia when she was quite young, and there she was reared to womanhood. They were of German descent, and after their removal to West Virginia they there made their home until called from this life. Three children have blessed the union of our subject and wife. George H., the first-born, died in infancy; Bertha V., next in order of birth, is very well educated and resides with her parents; Dwight L. completes the family. He assists his father in the care of his farm and is a young man of promise.

In politics, Mr. Bugg affiliates with the Republican party. He is not ambitious for political preferment, but has served as Commissioner of Highways. He is not a member of any church organization, but attends the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which his wife and daughter belong.

In addition to general farming, he devotes considerable attention to the raising of stock, and has made a success in this line of business. He owns two hundred and ninety acres in his home farm, a part of which was formerly comprised within the limits of his father's farm where he was born. The remainder of the place he has purchased in later years, and his farm is noted as one of the best for raising stock in May Township.


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