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.
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
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
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