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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.

JOHN O. ROLLINS was born in Hamblen County, Tenn., May 22, 1856, and removed with his parents to Kentucky when he was a lad of ten years. For about fifteen years he has been a resident of Christian County, and since coming here has acquired a desirable farm and a comfortable fortune. His pleasant home is located on section 23, Stonington Township.

George Rollins, the father of our subject, was born in the eastern part of Tennessee, and there passed his boyhood and youth. On arriving at a suitable age he married Miss Eveline Phillips, who was also born and reared to maturity in the same State. They became the parents of eight children, two of whom are deceased, and our subject is third in order of birth. The parents are still living, industrious and respected citizens of Oklahoma Territory.

As previously stated, the early years of John O. Rollins were passed under his parents' roof in Tennessee, where his birth occurred. He afterwards located for some time in Kentucky, and on reaching his majority started out to make his own way in the world. In June, 1879, he arrived in Taylorville and went to work at whatever he could find to do in order to make an honest livelihood. On the 11th of December, 1882, he wedded Miss Mary E. Brauer, of Cass County, a lady of German descent. They have been blessed with a family of four sons, namely:  William L., Elmer, Clarence and Roy.

Our subject was brought up by his father to be a patriotic and true citizen of this glorious land, and has ever felt the responsibility of each and every man in matters pertaining to the public welfare, which he has endeavored to promote. His father was in the service during the Mexican War for about one year. In politics, Mr. Rollins is identified with the Democratic party. His wife holds membership with the Lutheran Church, and he, fraternally, belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His farm, on which he is engaged in stock-raising and general farming, comprises two hundred and forty acres of arable and fertile land. He has made many improvements on the place, and has a commodious and attractive home. He is a self-made man to the fullest extent of the word, and has acquired a fortune in half the time taken by men of less enterprise and business ability.



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