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.
|LEWIS R. HEDRICK, one of the honored veterans of the late war, is now prominent in business circles in Taylorville,
being proprietor of one of its leading stores. He carries a large stock of groceries, queens ware, stoves, hardware,
tinware, etc., and is enjoying a constantly increasing trade. From the first he has received a liberal patronage,
and by his fair dealing and earnest desire to please his customers he has gained their confidence and good-will.
His success is certainly well merited.
Mr. Hedrick is a native of Sangamon County, Ill. He was born May 7, 1838, and is one of a family of ten children, whose parents were Alfred and Nancy (Hoover) Hedrick, the former a native of Tennessee, and the latter of Ohio. Of their five sons and five daughters, six are yet living, namely: Lewis R.; Louisa, wife of William Art-man, of Wellington, Kan.; Margaret Jane, wife of James George, of Christian County, III.; Caroline F., wife of James H. Williams, who resides near Cicero, Kan.; William, also of Cicero; and Henry, who is living near Bentonville, Ark. The father of this family was for many years a resident of Sangamon County, Ill., where he located in a very-early day. In 1867, he removed to Christian County and purchased two hundred and forty acres of land in Bear Creek Township, where he carried on agricultural pursuits until his death. He died July 20, 1892, at the age of seventy-eight years, and his wife passed away in 1890, at the age of seventy-five years. She was a member of the Christian Church.
The paternal grandfather of our subject, Samuel Hedrick, was a native of Tennessee. His father, however, was born in Germany, and was the founder of the family in America. Samuel followed the occupation of farming, and reared a large family. In religious faith he was a Hard-shell Baptist. The maternal grandfather of our subject, Lewis Renault, was a native of France.
Lewis R. Hedrick spent the days of his boy-hood in Sangamon County, and remained with his parents until twenty-four years of age, when he responded to the country's call for troops and en-listed in Company E, One Hundred and Fourteenth Illinois Infantry, in which he served for three years. He was in the siege of Vicksburg and helped to take Jackson, Miss., three times. He entered the service as a private, but his meritorious conduct and bravery on the field of battle won him promotion to the rank of Second Lieutenant. A fearless soldier, he was ever found, at his post of duty, faithfully defending the Old Flag. After his return from the war, he located in Blue Mound Township, Macon County, upon a farm, where he remained for a year. He then removed to South Fork Township, Christian County, where he carried on agricultural pursuits for four years, and then came to Taylorville, where he has since made his home.
On the 19th of September, 1865, Mr. Hedrick wedded Miss Sarah A., daughter of Davis and Mary (Newcomer) Meredith, of Sangamon County. There are a number of singular coincidences in the Hedrick and Meredith families. The father and father-in-law of our subject were born on the same day, and the mother and mother-in-law. Their marriages were celebrated on the same day and each family had seven children when Lewis R. Hedrick and Sarah A. Meredith were married. By the union of our subject and his wife have been born eight children, but five of the number are now deceased, namely: Charles D., Nannie A., Rosa, Robert I. and Calvin D. Mary S., Alice and Alfred are still living. The parents are both members of the Christian Church, in which Mr. Hedrick has served as Elder for many years, and are faithful workers in its interest. He was formerly a Republican in politics, but is now a supporter of the Prohibition party. The best inter-ests of Taylorville always find in him a friend, and he is a public-spirited and progressive citizen, whose aid is never withheld from any enterprise calculated to advance the general welfare.
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