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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.
J. C. McQUIGG, who is engaged in the practice of law in Pana, has for a number of years been a leading member of the legal profession in Christian County. He claims Ohio as the State of his nativity, his birth having occurred in Wayne County, August 1, 1840. His parents, John and Sarah McQuigg, were natives of County Antrim, Ireland. In 1838 they crossed the briny deep to the New World and located in Wayne County, Ohio.

In the family of nine children, all of whom have reached mature years and are still living, our subject was the sixth in order of birth.

No event of special importance occurred during his youth, which was quietly passed upon his father's farm. During the winter months he attended the common schools, and in the summer aided in the labors of the field. He also attended the People's College, an excellent school, in which he made rapid advancement, becoming proficient in the higher branches of mathematics, and also making considerable progress in Latin and other languages. At the age of nineteen he became a student in Fredericksburg Academy, of Wayne County, where he remained until the breaking out of the war.

When Ft. Sumter was fired upon, and it was seen that the South really meant to take up arms against the Government, Mr. McQuigg responded to the first call for troops, for he had watched the progress of events and had resolved if war came he would strike a blow for the Union. He joined the boys in blue of Company A, Fourth Ohio Infantry, and the regiment was ordered to West Virginia. After the expiration of his three-months term, he returned home, and on the 16th of August, 1861, enlisted as a private of Company G, Sixteenth Ohio Regiment, for three years.

He was in all the engagements of his command until May, 1863, when he was wounded in one of the assaults on the works before Vicksburg. Being thus disabled for further service, he was honorably discharged.

Mr. McQuigg at once returned to his home in Ohio, and the same year entered Vermilion College [ed., Vermillion Institute], at Haysville [ed., Hayesville], Ohio, where he remained until the autumn of 1865, pursuing a classical course; he also took a course in French, but did not complete Greek, and on that account did not graduate.

His law studies were carried on in the law department of the Michigan University [ed., University of Michigan], at Ann Arbor, from which he was graduated in the spring of 1867, with the degree of B. L. On the 8th of May following, at Columbus, Ohio, he was admitted to the Bar, and, thinking the West would prove a good field of labor for an ambitious and enterprising young man, he took up his residence in Pana, where for six months he practiced as a partner of A. C. McMillan, since which time he has been alone.

Mr. McQuigg has been married three times. His first marriage was to Miss Marian Patton of Pana, June 8, 1869, at the home of her mother, Martha Patton, her father, William R. Patton, a railroad contractor, having died while she was a child. She was born at Allegheny, Pa., and died January 22, 1883. She was a woman of fine endowments, well educated, and highly respected by all who knew her. Two children graced this marriage, M. W. and Florence M. They are very popular and have many admiring friends.

His second marriage was to Mrs. Mary E. Amberson, of Allegheny, Pa., February 10, 1885, a lady very highly accomplished and greatly esteemed by her numerous friends and acquaintances. Her maiden name was McKenney. She died April 12, 1887. William McKenney, her father, and Margaret, her mother, are still living, He is engaged in the iron industries of Pittsburgh. She had one daughter, Maggie, by her former marriage. She is a young lady of rare accomplishments and an expert performer on the piano. She makes her home with Mr. McQuigg. Maggie and Florence are graduates of a female academy. They are among the leading belles of Pana.

Mr. McQuigg married his present wife, Miss Sadie McKenney, at Allegheny, Pa., September 15, 1892. She is a sister of his former wife, and a lady of rare domestic virtues. She makes her home a model one, and all beneath her roof admire and love her. She is accomplished and refined in her every act and deed.

As a lawyer, our subject has won an enviable reputation, which is well merited, by the skill and ability which he manifests in the prosecution of his chosen profession. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the Republican party and is a warm advocate of its principles. He takes quite an active part in local politics, and in 1876 was candidate for State's Attorney. Although the county at this election was Democratic by nine hundred majority, owing to his popularity and ability he was beaten by only eighty-three votes. In public and private life, Mr. McQuigg has been true to all that goes to make up an admirable character, and the high regard of many friends is freely given him.


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