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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.

CHARLES M. MEREDITH, a grocer of Taylorville, is one of Illinois' native sons, for he was born in Sangamon County, on the 23d of July, 1839. His paternal grandfather, Solomon Meredith, was one of the pioneer settlers of that county. He was a native of Virginia, and a farmer by occupation. Both he and his wife spent their last days in Sangamon County. They reared a large family, one of whom, Davis Meredith, became the father of our subject. He was born in Ohio, and when a young man came to Illinois, in 1835, locating in Sangamon County, nine miles south of Springfield, where he is still living. He was a soldier in theBlack Hawk War.

Upon the old home farm, where he and his wife still reside, all of their children were born. He is now the oldest settler living in Sangamon County. Mrs. Meredith bore the maiden name of Mary Newcomer. She too is a native of theBuckeye State, as was her father, Christopher Newcomer, who came with his family to Illinois in an early day, and died in Sangamon County.

The Meredith family numbered seven children, three sons and four daughters, and the family circle yet remains unbroken by the hand of Death. Susan is now the wife of Drury Jones; Charles is the second in order of birth; Mary J. is the wife of J. R. Kincaid; Sarah is the wife of L. R. Hedrick; Christopher Columbus, Osborn and Fannie are the younger members.

We now take up the personal history of the gentleman whose name heads this record. The days of his boyhood and youth were spent in the usual manner of farmer lads upon the old homestead in Sangamon County. During the winter season he attended the district schools of the neighborhood, and in the summer months aided in the labors of the field, giving his father the benefit of his services until the war broke out, when he responded to the country's call for troops, enlisting in Company E, One Hundred and Fourteenth Illinois Infantry, in which he served two years and eight months. He participated in the siege of Vicksburg, the battles of Guntown and Jackson, and a number of other engagements, being always found at his post of duty.

On the 8th of March, 1861, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Meredith and Miss Laura, daughter of Ozias Wagner. Four children were born unto them, a son and three daughters, but Minnie and Charles, the eldest and the youngest of the family, are now deceased. Those still living are Mary and Ida.

When Mr. Meredith returned from the army, he resumed farming in Sangamon County, where for a number of years he continued agricultural pursuits. In 1868, he came to Christian County, and for one year followed farming. He then took up his residence in Taylorville, and during the succeeding five years was in the employ of Hatch & Anderson, dealers in agricultural implements. He then embarked in the clothing business in company with Charles Dean, but this venture proved a failure, and during the succeeding nine years he was employed as a salesman in the clothing-house of Samuel H. Mossier. On the expiration of that period he formed a partnership, in 1888, with J. C. Hunter, and they opened a grocery store, under the firm name of Hunter & Meredith. They have since successfully engaged in business and are now enjoying a good trade.

In his political affiliations, Mr. Meredith is connected with the Republican party. Socially, he is connected with the Knights of Pythias and the Odd Fellows' fraternity. His wife is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Meredith takes a commendable interest in all public affairs calculated to benefit or upbuild the community, and is a progressive citizen, who is alike true to his country in times of peace as in times of war.



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