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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. H. SALLIDAY, deceased, was for many years numbered among the substantial farmers and enterprising citizens of Stonington Township. Coming to Christian County a poor man, through the exercise of his industrious qualities he acquired a large estate and won the respect of his friends and neighbors.

His birth occurred March 10, 1837, in Bucks County, Pa. His father, Jacob G. Salliday, was also a native of the same county, and removed to Ohio with his parents. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and died when nearly seventy-nine years of age.

His wife, whose maiden name was Mary Hartsell, was likewise a native of the Keystone State, and was called from this life while a resident of Philadelphia, at the age of seventy-eight years.

The boyhood and youth of our subject were passed under the parental roof, where he remained until about twenty-two years of age. He was given a fair education and became thoroughly acquainted with the proper methods of farm work.

On the 10th of November, 1861, Mr. Salliday was united in marriage with Miss Angeline Holben, who was born March 27, 1840, in Medina County, Ohio. She was the eldest child in a family of five whose parents were Elias and Margaret (Hartman) Holben. The former was a native of New York and emigrated to Ohio in an early day. In 1866 he came to Illinois, where he still makes his home, now well along in years. His father was a native of France. Mrs. Holben was born in Pennsylvania, of German ancestry, and died when in her thirty-fourth year, in 1856.

Our subject was the third in a family of eight children, and by his marriage he became the father of a like number. The eldest, Roland E., died at the age of twenty-three years, being accidentally killed in a runaway; Victorine is the wife of John D. Hackenberg, a prominent farmer and stock-raiser of this county, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume; Edson P. died in infancy; Ella H., wife of Thomas E. Gragg, and Reuben J. reside at home, the latter operating the farm; Eben O. died in infancy; Monroe H., who is well educated, is attending the School of Pharmacy at St. Louis; and Angle M. is still living with her mother.

Mr. Salliday was often honored with local positions of responsibility and honor, and filled about all of the township offices. On the question of politics, he was always to be found on the side of the Democratic party.

As a farmer, he was very successful and acquired a valuable estate. On the 12th of July, 1890, death called him from the scene of his labors, when he was in his fifty-fourth year. He lies buried in the Grove City cemetery [ed., probably Grove City Methodist Cemetery]. In his death the community in which he had so long made his home feel that they have sustained a most severe loss. He was active in all good works and public enterprises, was earnest in the cause of Christ, being a member of the Reformed Church, and was numbered among the representative and honored agriculturists of the county. In his personal and business relations with his fellow-men he was thoroughly honorable, and could be depended on as reliable and just. His memory will ever be dearly cherished by his many friends and wide circle of acquaintances.



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