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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.

ANDREW T. MICHAELS, who holds the position of freight agent on the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad at Pana, claims Maryland as the State of his nativity. He was born in Frederick County, May 28, 1841, and is a son of Samuel A. and Sarah A. (Jenkins) Michaels, who were also natives of the same State. The paternal grandfather also bore the name of Andrew Michaels. He was born in Maryland, and was of German parentage. Throughout his life he followed agricultural pursuits, and died on his farm in his native State at the age of seventy-seven. The maternal grandfather, Theodore Jenkins, was of Irish lineage, and he too was a Maryland farmer.

Samuel Michaels, however, followed other pursuits. He served as freight and ticket agent for the Illinois Central Railroad for many years, and was then on the Indianapolis & St. Louis Railroad, now the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis, at St. Mary's, Ind., where he died in the year 1891, at the age of seventy-one. His wife passed away in 1887, at the age of sixty-eight. Both were members of the Catholic Church.

Mr. Michaels served as Constable in Virginia, and was Justice of the Peace in St. Mary's. Of their five sons and eight daughters, ten are now living: our subject, and Aloysius S., Mary, Anna, Regina, Daniel T., Joseph P., Cecelia (wife of Charles Hagen, of St. Mary's, Ind.), Margaret and William A. The eldest brother is a wealthy farmer of Assumption. Daniel T. is ex-Sheriff of Christian County and resides in Taylorville, where he owns considerable real estate and is engaged in the manufacture of pressed brick. Joseph P. is an engineer on the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad and resides in Pana. William A. is a general merchant of St. Mary's, Ind. Three sisters, Mary, Regina and Margaret, are Sisters of Providence in St. Mary's Institute [ed., Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods], of St. Mary's Ind.

Our subject spent the first fifteen years of his life in the three States of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In 1856, he removed to Stephenson County, Ill., with his parents, and worked on a section of the Illinois Central Railroad for a short time. In June, 1859, he was appointed freight and ticket agent at Eleroy, on the Illinois Central, which position he filled about sixteen months, when he came to Christian County, and joined his parents in Assumption, whither they had removed a few months previous. There he did the work in the freight and ticket office, while his father, who was the regularly appointed agent, attended to his landed interests.

Mr. Michaels was married November 23, 1863, to Mrs. Adelaide A. Williams, daughter of H. B. and Olive (Little) Higbee of New York, who were then residents of Michigan. Four children have been born of this union, two sons and two daughters, namely: Sarah Frankie; Emma Leota, wife of George W. Gorman, who is now clerking in Bement, Ill.; Andrew Lee and Freddie E. The father of this family was reared in the Catholic faith, and his wife holds membership with the Presbyterian Church. Socially, he is connected with Mound Lodge No. 222; A. F. & A. M., of Taylorville, and in politics he is a Democrat.

From Assumption Mr. Michaels removed to Taylorville, and was freight and ticket agent for the Springfield & Illinois Southeastern Railroad Company, now the Ohio & Mississippi, where he remained until 1877. In that year he came to Pana and took charge of the freight office for the same road. This position he has filled continuously since, a high testimonial in favor of his faithfulness, fidelity and prompt discharge of duty.



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