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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.
JOHN S. FRALEY was a successful farmer of May Township for a great many years, and at the time of his death left a considerable estate. His children are numbered among the best citizens of the community, as they were reared to lives of usefulness and industry. The birth of Mr. Fraley occurred in Franklin County, Ohio, June 6, 1818. In 1850 he removed to Christian County, Ill., casting in his lot with the few pioneers who had previously located here.

On the 26th of July, 1867, Mr. Fraley and Miss Augusta Anderson were married. The lady was born January 17, 1841, in Wyandotte County, Ohio [ed., probably Wyandot County, Ohio], being a daughter of William and Eliza (McCoy) Anderson. The father was a native of Pittsburgh and grew to manhood in Pennsylvania. He came to Christian County after his marriage, arriving here in 1851, and engaged in farming for a number of years in this county. His death occurred in Colorado at the age of eighty-three years. He was of German descent, while his wife's people were of Irish ancestry. She was the mother of twelve children, only three of whom are now living. One of the number, Benjamin F., is a farmer of Colorado. Amanda Jane became the wife of John Secrest, who is a well-known farmer of this county. Mrs. Anderson died at the age of sixty-one years.

To Mr. and Mrs. Fraley was born a family of three children. Wallace is one of the progressive and well-to-do farmers of this county; Oscar resides with his mother; and Nellie died when only three years of age. Oscar, who is twenty-four years of age, is an invalid, never having walked. Wallace was married to Miss Frances Goodrich, of Shelby County, November 20, 1890, and is now farming the home place.

The farm formerly operated by Mr. Fraley is one of the best in the township, the residence being on section 29. He was very successful as an agriculturist and was numbered among the enterprising business men of the neighborhood. He was called from this life March 1, 1888, and lies buried in Fraley Cemetery, which is located on the old homestead. He was a man of strict integrity and was highly thought of by his friends and neighbors.



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