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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.B. WADDINGTON, a farmer, residing on section 26, Rosamond Township, and a hay and grain dealer of the village of Rosamond, is a native of the Buckeye State, He was born in Harrison County, on the 30th of November, 1839, and is a son of William and Ann (Wallace) Waddington. His father was born in England, and in his native land was reared to manhood. On attaining his majority, he crossed the Atlantic and located in Harrison County, Ohio, where he was united in marriage with Miss Wallace, a native of Stark County, that State They located upon the farm where our subject was born, and there resided until 1851, when they removed to Tuscarawas County, Ohio. There the father's death occurred at the age of seventy-five years, while the mother was called to her final rest at the age of sixty-eight. Unto them was born a family of nine children, six sons and three daughters.

Our subject is the eldest. He was eleven years of age at the time of the removal to Tuscarawas County, where he was reared to manhood, remaining under the parental roof until he had attained his majority.

Mr. Waddington has been twice married. In 1862, he chose as a companion and helpmeet on life's journey Miss Mary J. Zimmerman, a native of Ohio, who died, leaving four children: Emma, who is now living in the Buckeye State; Anna, wife of Charles Negley, of New Philadelphia, Ohio; Maggie, wife of Edward Loney, of the Buckeye State; and Harry, who married Aggie Dodge, and is now a prominent farmer of Rosamond Township.

Mr. Waddington was again married, on the 8th of June, 1873, his second union being with Miss Maria C. Grimes, who was born in Mill Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and in that community resided until eighteen years of age, when she removed to New Philadelphia. Eight children grace this union, four sons and four daughters, as follows: Lucy, Jennie, Grace, Mary, James C., Emmett, Frank and Ralph.

After his first marriage, Mr. Waddington located on a farm in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, where he carried on agricultural pursuits until the spring of 1881, when he came to Christian County. He took up his residence upon the farm which is still his home. It comprises one hundred and sixty acres of good land, and the place is well improved with good buildings, and the fields are well tilled.

In connection with general farming he entered into the grain and hay business in 1892, and has an elevator in Rosamond. Industry and enterprise are numbered among his chief characteristics and have doubtless been the means of bringing him the success which has crowned his efforts and made his life a profitable one.

In his political views, Mr. Waddington is a Republican. He has served as School Director, and the cause of education finds in him a warm friend. He himself is a well-informed man, having gained a good general knowledge, not only through textbooks, conned in the schoolroom, but through experience and observation as well. Socially, he is connected with the Modern Woodmen Lodge of Rosamond, and is a member of the Congregational Church.


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