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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 by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.

WARREN CORZINE is one of the leading merchants and business men of Christian County, and has been successful in the lumber and coal business in Stonington for several years. In addition to this, he owns a half-interest in a general merchandise store in the village, and a good farm of one hundred and twenty acres in this county, which is well improved, besides one hundred and twenty acres inherited by his wife.

The birthplace of Mr. Corzine is in Guernsey County, Ohio. He was born January 24, 1857, to Allen and Mary Ann (Warren) Corzine. They were the parents of nine children, six sons and three daughters, of whom our subject is the sixth child. All but one of the family are still living. The father was a native of Pennsylvania, where he lived until reaching manhood. Going to Guernsey County, he bought a tract of wild land, which he cultivated until 1868. Then, coming to this county, he located on a farm, which he carried on for a number of years, but is now living a retired life in Assumption, being eighty-seven years of age. His grandfather was a native of Holland, and was killed during the War of 1812, while he was in the service. Our subject's mother, who was born in the Buckeye State, is of German descent, and, though nearly eighty years of age, is still living.

The early years of Warren Corzine were passed on his father's farm, where he remained until reaching his majority. He acquired a good education in the common schools, and, on starting out to carve his own fortune, rented a farm for a short time. The first land he ever owned was located in Otoe County, Neb., near the village of Douglas. After a couple of years spent in cultivating his Western farm, Mr. Corzine returned to Christian County and engaged in farming until 1888, when he sold his property in Nebraska and became a resident of Stonington. Since that time he has been engaged in the lumber and coal business, of which he has made a good success. Only a few years ago he was a poor boy, but now he owns the leading lumber and coal yard in Stonington, and has money invested in various other profitable business enterprises.

The marriage of Mr. Corzine and Miss Emma Burdick was celebrated in October, 1881. The lady is a native of this county, and by her marriage has become the mother of five children, all of whom are now living. They are as follows: Maud E., Charles J., Jessie M., Lutie Pearl and Edith. Mr. Corzine is a member of the Presbyterian Church, while his wife belongs to the Methodist denomination. For two terms our subject served as Tax Collector of the township, and for a like period has acted in the capacity of Trustee of Stonington. He is a stanch Republican, being a firm believer in a high protective tariff.


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