Crawford County, Illinois
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History of Crawford and Clark Counties, IL


Biographical Sketches from "History Of Crawford And Clark Counties, Illinois, 1883", Edited by William Henry Perrin, (O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building, Chicago 1883)

Henry Holaday
Henry Holaday, farmer, P. O. West York, was born in the same house in which he is now residing, December 4 1827, to Robert and Margaret (Willard) Holaday. His father was born in North Carolina in 1779; emigrated to Orange Co., Ind., in 1816, and to Crawford County, Ill., in 1818. Here he remained engaged in farming until he died in 1837. He was of Scotch descent. His mother was born in South Carolina in 1775, and died in Crawford County 1843. They were the parents of four children, of whom Henry was the youngest child. He has always made his present residence his home, but has been to New Orleans several trips on a flat-boat with grain, and in 1850 went to California and followed mining for three years and six months. He is now engaged in tilling the soil of the home farm and is the owner of 197 acres of good land. In 1855, he married Miss Abigail Prevo, who died March 4, 1875, leaving five children as the result of their union, of whom four are now living, viz.: William, Elizabeth, Usher and Abigail. In 1881, on the 13th June, he married Miss Nancy Willet, a native of Tennessee. Mrs. Holaday is a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Holaday is a man of good principle and bears a name and reputation which is beyond reproach. He is a Democrat.

Simpson Rains
Simpson Rains, farmer, P. O. Hutsonville, was born in Crawford County, Ill., September 6, 1829. His father, Ambrose B. Rains, was born, raised and educated in Wayne County, N. C. He emigrated to Illinios in a very early day, locating in Union County, and subsequently to Crawford County in 1827. He settled on the farm now owned by our subject. He died February 22, 1860, aged sixty years. His grandfather was a soldier of the Revolutionary war. The mother of our subject was Charlotte Cox, a native of near Goldsboro, N.C. She was brought to Illinois by her parents in an early day, who settled in Union County. She died June 1, 1850, aged forty-five years one month and fourteen days. Of the eleven children born to them, four are now living, viz., Simpson, Nancy (John) Kaufman, Lafayette and Henry. Simpson Rains was raised on the farm, and educated from subscription schools, common in his day. When he was twenty-four years of age, he left his home and embarked on his career in life as a farmer. He then bought sixty acres of land, and though he was compelled to go in debt for it and pay ten percent interest on the principal, he managed to struggle through and prosper, and in a few years to make an addition of forty acres to his farm, which was located in Section 16, Hutsonville Township. In 1864, he sold his farm and removed to the old homestead farm, buying 302 acres of the other heirs. He continued to add to this until his farm contained 432 acres. He has deeded forty acres of this to his oldest son. In 1853, he married Miss Nancy Jane Lindley, a native of Crawford County, born June 22, 1834. She is a daughter of Owen and Hannah Lindley, natives of Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Rains have the following children: Edward, Morton, Clarissa, Mary, Emma, George, Louisa, Nancy and Fanny, twins, and Ellen. He and wife are religiously connected with the Universalist Church. Politically, he is a Republican. He has served the people as School Director for about twenty years.

Charles M. Hill
Charles M. Hill, farmer and merchant, Robinson, is a son of John Hill, and was born in this county, December 5, 1839; he has always made his home in this county. In addition to the common schools of the neighborhood, he attended school for some time at Marshall, Clark County. He was married, January 25, 1861, to Miss Mary Wolfe, a daughter of Henry Wolfe, Esq. He engaged in farming in Hutsonville Township, on a farm of 200 acres. They have four children living and one dead; their names are as follows: Sarah L., Catherine V., John C., Mary C., Henry E. Politically, Mr. Hill is a Democrat.

Alva G. Hill
Alva G. Hill, farmer, P. O. Robinson, was born August 17, 1845, and is a native of this county; his early life was spent on a farm in Licking Township. He attended the common schools of the neighborhood and the colleges at Westfield and at Merom, Ind. He taught four winter terms and farmed during the summers. He was married, August 26, 1873, to Miss E. E. Watkins, a daughter of Jesse Watkins, Esq., of this county. He owns considerable land. Has resided with his father-in-law, Mr. Watkins since 1874. He has three children -- Henry K., Ray W., and Joseph A. Mr. Hill is a Republican.




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