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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.
GEORGE W. MORGAN is numbered among the enterprising farmers of Bear Creek Township, and has made his home since 1865 on his farm, which is situated on section 5. In addition to general farming he has devoted a great deal of his time and attention to raising horses, cattle and hogs. He was born in Fayette County, Ky., near the city of Lexington, on the 23d of March, 1835. His parents were James and Belinda (Raney) Morgan, who were also natives of Kentucky.

The father was a farmer by occupation, and removed with his family from
Kentucky to Illinois in 1837, making a settlement near Springfield, in Sangamon County. He there became owner of a good farm, comprising some two hundred acres, which he cultivated until his death, which occurred in 1868. His wife had died several years previously. She was a member of the Baptist denomination, while he adhered to the faith of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

George W. Morgan was one of six children, three sons and three daughters. Three of the number are now deceased. Zerilda is the wife of George Runyan; and Philemon resides near Wellington,
Sumner County, Kan. The youth of our subject was passed in Sangamon County, on his father's farm, where he was early inured to the duties and cares of farm life. He lived under the parental roof until reaching man's estate. In 1865 he came to Bear Creek Township, Christian County, and purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land, to the cultivation of which he has devoted himself up to the present time. He has raised large numbers of horses, cattle and hogs, giving his special interest to the raising of Norman draft horses. As an agriculturist and business man, he has met with distinct success, being accounted one of the most thrifty farmers of the neighborhood. His place is a model one in every respect, and is kept up in the best possible manner.

On the 9th of September, 1859, Mr. Morgan was united in marriage with Miss Martha, a daughter of Abisha and Millie (Funderburk) Rape. The mother was a native of Illinois, while the father came from
Tennessee. To our subject and his estimable wife was born a family of twelve children, six sons and six daughters. Thomas, the eldest, chose for his wife Miss Charlotte Gesell. They have two living children, Bertha and Stella.

Albert and Mary are next in order of birth. William wedded Miss Maggie Mitchell. The other living children are: Clara, Millie, James and Effie. John F., Sarah F., Moses and Addie are deceased.

Religiously, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan hold membership with the Methodist Church. Our subject has always been a
Democrat, having cast his vote in favor of its nominees ever since attaining his majority. He has discharged the duties pertaining to several township offices with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his friends and neighbors. He is a man of true worth and recognized merit, being just and upright in all his business transactions, and being a man in whom all may place implicit confidence.


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