Franklin County, Illinois
AKIN, James M., farmer, was born in Franklin County in 1824, the son of James T. and Sarah A. (McMELLON) AKIN. The father, born in South Carolina, of Irish stock, was the son of James AKIN, native of Ireland, where he was married and located in South Carolina, and when James T. was a boy moved to Greene County, Ohio, thence a few years later to Gibson County, Indiana, and in 1818 settled in Eastern Township, Franklin County, on the farm now owned by George BRADY. He died in 1856, a pioneer of the county. James T. married in Gibson County, Indiana, and in 1822 came to Franklin County. After raising one crop on Crawford's Prairie he returned for his family, and entered the farm now owned by the Widow FROST, in Eastern Township. He died about 1835. His wife, born in South Carolina, died in 1860, sixty-two years old. Our subject, the only survivor of six children, received a common-school education in Franklin County, and lived with his mother until about sixteen, when after a year's work for his uncle, John AKIN, he began for himself. When eighteen he married Mary A, daughter of John T. and Jane CARTER, born in 1824 in Smith County, Tennessee. Their children are William T. (deceased), Samantha J. (wife of Akin PLASTER), James R., Catherine (wife of John W. ROSE), Melinda (wife of A. CRISS), John M., Amanda (wife of F. M. FLEMMING), Grant and Ida M. He then located on a 280 tract in Eastern Township. In 1885 he sold that and bought 183 1/2 acres in Section 22 and 23, his present home. From 1882 he was a merchant about two years, but sold out, and in a few months rebought a half interest and continued about eighteen months. He is a Democrat, first voting for Polk, and is a leading citizen. For four years after 1868, four after 1872, and for four years after the county adopted the township organization, he was a member of the county court. From 1876 he was two years a sheriff of Franklin County. He is a Master Mason and an Odd Fellow. December 16, 1864, he enlisted in Company I, Fifty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, for three years or for the war, and was made first lieutenant, and discharged October 29, 1862, owing to disability. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
ALLEN, Elder Calvin (Rev.), born 16 Apr 1835 in , Franklin Co., IL; died 20 Mar 1906 in Ewing Twp, Franklin Co., IL. He married Margaret Sarilda Scrivner 20 May 1853 in, Franklin Co., IL; born 1839 in , Franklin Co., IL; died 1911. Notes for Calvin (Rev.) Allen: Marriage performed by Solomon M Webb, MG and recorded p. 69, Book 2 . Franklin Co, IL records of marriages performed from 1849 to 1865. Eld. Calvin Allen One of the Greatest Preachers of Southern Ill. Passes Away Calvin Allen was born April 16, 1835 in Franklin county, Illinois, and on March 20, 1906 ___ at the age of 70 years, 11 months and five days he passed to his reward. On May 20, 1853, he was married to Margaret Sarilda Scrivner, and to this union were born eleven children, seven of whom, together with the mother, sixteen grandchildren and one great grandchild are left to mourn his loss. He was converted in his seventeenth year at the Sugar Creek Camp Baptist church in Jefferson county under the preaching of Elds. S M Webb and Joshua Brooks, immediately after, he was baptized into the fellowship of said church by Eld. S M Webb. On the eleventh of January 1863 in Long Prairie church he was ordained to the work of the gospel ministry. The ordination counsel was made up of Elds. E W Overstreet, Wm Palmer, and John Linwell. Thus for over forty years has this man traveled throughout Illinois preaching with great power, the glad tidings of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. During the time he served two terms in the State Legislature where he did not forget that he was an ambassador of the King of Kings. He was a natural born orator and nearly the whole of southern Illinois has felt the power of his preaching. Thirty churches have come under his pastoral care and among the number are some of the leading churches of Southern Illinois. They are as follows: Little Prairie, Long Prairie, Mt Vernon, Alto Pass, Salem, Middle Creek, Blooming Grove, Ten Mile, Spring Garden, Whittingtons ?, Prairie, Eldorado, Raleigh, Creal Springs, Belle Rive, Ewing, Liberty, ? Grove, Sugar Camp, Walpole, ? Grove, and Los Animas. (Paper torn) …….short time before he passed ….he said he had kept no record of his work, but that he….baptized over 1500 people. ….a great man in Israel has…. The funeral services were held ….Baptist church at Ewing,……In accordance with….expressed wish of Eld. Allen….he passed away, Rev. W Throgmorton, pastor of the ……..Baptist church, was pres…… and preached the funeral……. Using the text II Timothy….Others taking part in the ….. were Elds. Edmonds of……..do (Eldorado ?), Marion Teague of Du…… (DuQuoin?), Jos E Sharp, T J Tennyson, (several other names that are illegible) All spoke …..est praise of him who had ……ssed to his reward. After …..vices were ended the ……were laid to rest in the …… cemetery there to await ……..rics of the resurrection. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
AUTEN, Levi Reed, farmer, was born in McNairy County, TN, in 1844, the son of James L. B. and Joannah B. (MADRY) AUTEN. The father, born in Maury County, TN, in 1818, of Irish stock, was a farmer and carpenter, married in his native county, and moved to McNairy County, TN. In 1856 he settled near Greenville, and during the war settled on eighty-five acres, now owned by his sons, L. R. and John H. In 1870 he moved to Hunt County, Texas. The mother born in Giles County, TN, in 1815, died in 1878 in TX. Their children are Margaret A., widow of R. JONES, Corydell County, TX; Nancy J., wife of J. W. VINCENT, Franklin County, IL; L. Reed; Leroy K., Scurvy County, TX; Wm. H., Chickasaw Lick, Indian Territory; John A., Coryell County, TX; and also Richard. Educated in the common schools of McNairy County, TN, our subject came to Illinois when twelve, and in August 1862, enlisted in Company C, Fifteenth Illinois Cavalry, and was chiefly engaged in raiding and skirmishing. He was discharged June 5, 1865, at New Orleans. In December, 1866, he married Mary J. SWEET, a native of Wilson County, TN, born in 1845. Their children are Robert F and Charles A. Except the year 1871 in Texas, our subject has lived in Franklin County. In 1876 he bought his present farm of forty acres in Cave Township. He now owns 120 acres, all acquired from a poor beginning. He is Republican, first voting for Grant. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
BAIN, Daniel, a pioneer and leading farmer, was born August 28, 1827, in White County, the second of eleven children (two deceased) of Daniel and Nancy (Canada) Bain. The father, of Scotch stock, was born in 1794 in North Carolina, and the mother was born in Tennessee in 1803, and of the same origin. They settled in Illinois April 3, 1838, the mother’s folks in White County, and were married about 1824. The father was in Tennessee first, and a soldier in the war of 1812 for three months. The mother’s folks live in a fort in Crawford County, on the Wabash River, for five years. When our subject was about two years old they moved to Vigo County, Indiana. After ten years farming there they came to Franklin County and settled on their farm in Northern Township, until 1858, when he bought a farm in the southwest corner of the same township, where the father died in 1869. The mother still lives with her youngest daughter, Mrs Jasper Whittington. With limited educational advantages our subject remained at home until nearly twenty-four, and then returned to Vigo County, Indiana and married Eliza J, daughter of John and Polly (Kimball) Reese, born in that county about 1831. Their eleven children are Julia A (deceased, wife of John Britton), Mary E. (deceased), William A, Maraney C (wife of Scott Roberson), Nancy E. (deceased), Millard F, Martha F (wife of Henry Davis), Sarah E (wife of E Webb), Ora E, Rosetta (deceased) and Hester. His wife died in November 1874, at our subject’s present home. After farming there until October he came to Franklin County and settled on the farm now owned by Alfred Groves. In 1858 he sold it, and after about nine months merchandising settled on his present farm in Sections 29 and 30. In December 1875, he married Sarah, widow of George W Beaty, and daughter of Luke and Margaret (Rogers) Bosley. Their Children are Ida, Daniel E. and Margaret C. His wife was born in 1839 in Jefferson County, Illinois. She had these children by her first husband: George W, Henry J, Frances M, Phillip C, James W, Sarah E and Eliza J. He has cleared two woodland farms somewhat, and now owns 277 acres, mostly improved and cultivated, and all fenced. He has acquired this from a beginning of nothing in the woods as a pioneer. Formerly a Whig, he has become a Republican since the war, and first voted for Taylor. He is a member of the Macedonia Lodge, I O O F and the F M B A, and of the Methodist Episcopal Church, while his wife and one of her first husband’s children, and William, Maraney, Fannie and Ora E are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Sarah E belongs to the old Regular Baptist Church.
BARR, James S., editor and proprietor of the Franklin County Chronicle, was born in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, November 30, 1851, the son of James S., Sr. and Charlotte (STAGE) BARR, both natives of Pennsylvania. The family located in Perry County, Illinois, in 1860 and in 1862 in Franklin County. The father, now living in Jackson County, was for many years editor and publisher of the Standard, and under him our subject learned the newspaper business, being also a printer. From 1867 to 1870 he worked as compositor on the St. Louis Republican, then followed his trade all over the Northern, Eastern and Western States. In 1881 he returned to Benton and bought out the Chronicle, which he has since conducted successfully, it being the only Republican paper in the county. September 23, 1872, he married Lizzie, daughter of the late Walter S. AKIN. They have three sons and two daughters. Although our subject's father is a Democrat, he is a staunch Republican. He is an Odd Fellow, and an honorary member of the St. Louis Typographical Union.
BIGGS, Columbus C., tax collector and farmer, was born in McCracken County, Kentucky, in 1835, the son of Elijah and Mary (BROWN) BIGGS. The father, born in Kentucky about 1800, of English stock, married in his native state and moved to Shelby County, Illinois, where he became a soldier of the Black Hawk war. About 1834, he returned to Kentucky and in 1837 came to Franklin County, Illinois, in 1842 to Williamson County, and in 1848 to Johnson County, where he died in 1850. The mother, born in Virginia, died in 1880 at the age of seventy-two. Six of their ten children are living. Our subject, the fourth, was but a boy when they cam to Franklin County, and was educated in the Liberty schools. When sixteen he lived with J. W. McCREERY until he became of age. In 1856 he married Mary J. JACKSON, native of Franklin County, born in 1837. Their children are Aravada (wife of J. L. STEPHENS) and James J. His wife died in March 1871, and in October he married Loneta BARRETT, born in Franklin County. Their children are William M., George H., Mary E., Bertha L. and Annie. December 2, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Thirtieth Illinois Infantry, his company being the cavalry of the regiment. Their duty was chiefly raiding, and they were in severe skirmishes and at Fort Donelson. In January 1865, he was discharged at Helena, Arkansas, one of the fortunate who were neither wounded nor captured. He has lived in Section 23, Cave Township, since he was sixteen, on the principle that "a rolling stone gathers no moss." He is a Republican but first voted for Buchanan. Since 1868 he has served sixteen years as constable, besides three years as tax collector, during this time he was appointed in 1885, and elected again in 1886. In 1878 he was a member of the county court for a year. He is a Master Mason and a member of the F. M. B. A. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
BOYER, William H. , supervisor and farmer, was born in 1853 in Northern Township, one of nine children (five deceased) of Michael and Jerusa (SCRIVNER) BOYER, the former probably of Scotch origin, born in Gallatin County, in 1825, and the latter of English stock, born about 1832 in Stewart County, Tennessee. They married in Northern Township, where the mother had come as a child of five years, and they settled where the father is still living; the mother died in January 1884. Our subject was educated in the common schools and at Ewing College. When twenty-two he began teaching, and when twenty-three married Martha GIBBS, of Hamilton County, who lived but until March of the next year. He continued at home three years teaching then married Cordelia, daughter of Albert and Nancy (TAYLOR) CLARK, and born in July, 1864, in our subject's native township. Their children are Riley O., Flora E., Harvey O., Michael and Leonard C. He settled on his present farm after his marriage, and has since taught in winters until 1885, since which he has farmed exclusively. He has been remarkably successful as an instructor and disciplinarian. He is a Democrat, and cast his first vote for Tilden. He is a member of the F. M. B. A. No. 53. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
BROWN, William G. , M.D., of Parrish, born in Lawrence County, Ohio, in 1824, the eldest child of George BROWN and Minerva GILLETT, born respectively in 1792 in Virginia, and in 1804 in Connecticut. The father, of English origin, son of Oliver BROWN, a native of Roxbury, Massachusetts, a captain of artillery in the Revolutionary war reared at home in Virginia, where his father had settled after the war as a merchant. After a good common business education he made law and teaching his profession in life. When a young man he went to Lawrence County, Ohio, married in 1822, and in 1825 removed to Utica, Indiana, where he died in 1828. For two years, in Virginia he was editor of the Wellsburg Brooke Republican, among the first papers published in the Ohio Valley. He was a success as an editor and educator. The mother, still living with our subject, has been a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since her childhood. The Doctor was reared and given an academic education by his grandfather in Wellsburg, Virginia. For about ten years after 1842 he was in Louisiana, engaged in the river trade, and in 1845 married Emma, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth WALTON of Lawrence County, Ohio. Two of their seven children are living: Mrs. Mary WHITTINGTON of Kansas, and Mrs Louisa DILLON of Franklin County. Mrs. Brown died in 1859, and he afterward married Mrs Sarah Lambert of this county. Her death occurred in 1866. In 1868 he married Mrs Josephine MORRIS, daughter of Charles HUNGATE, a pioneer of Hamilton County. Their two sons are Victor and Humbert. In 1853 he moved to Jefferson County, and taught school, and since 1856 has been in the practice of medicine with success, and is the oldest physician, but one, in Franklin County. His practice has been mostly in Hamilton, Jefferson, Perry and Franklin Counties living chiefly in the latter since 1858, and in his present home since 1885. He was postmaster four years at Macedonia, ten years at Akin, and at Smothersville two years. Formerly a Whig and first voting for Taylor, he has, since the war, been a Republican. Since 1861 he has been an Odd Fellow, and is a member of the Universalist Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
BROWNING, Daniel M., Past Grand Master of Masons, of Illinois, was born in Benton, where he now resides, on October 11, 1846. He was married in 1868 to Tirzah Bell NAYOR, of Cincinnati. They have three children. Our subject is the son of William R. and Lydia BROWNING, natives respectively of this and Jackson Counties. The father, circuit and county clerk, and county judge and merchant, was born in 1810 and died in 1866. Daniel M. received an academic education, and began the study of law at an early age. He graduated with distinction from the law department of the State University of Indiana, in February 1866, and, after examination before the Illinois Supreme Court in June, was admitted to the bar before he was twenty years of age. He was elected county judge in November 1869, when twenty-three years of age, and re-elected in 1873 and 1877 without opposition, which position he resigned upon being elected circuit judge of the First Judicial Circuit in 1879. He is of fine personal appearance, and has a reputation for suavity, dignity, learning, and good sense rarely equaled. Since June 1885, he has been engaged in the practice of law in Benton. His Masonic career began with his initiation into Benton Lodge No. 64 in 1868. He served as Worshipful Master five terms between the years 1870 to 1878. In 1874 he was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty eighth Masonic District. During the years 1875-77, he was chairman of the appeals and grievances committee in the Grand Lodge, for which he had qualifications promptly recognized. In 1878 he was elected Grand Juror Warden, and step by step he advanced until elected Grand Master in October 1882. He was re-elected in 1883, serving with great ability and to the satisfaction of 40,000 Illinois Masons. Judge BROWNING is of exceptionally good social qualities, and those who have met him can bear testimony to the good cheer with which he is constantly surrounded. As a Mason and citizen he is the peer of the best.
BROWNING, Lawrence Aaron, president Western Anthracite Coal and Coke Co.; born, Benton, ILL.. June 5. 1862; son of William Riley and Lydia (Dry) Browning; educated Ewing College. ILL.; married, Marion, ILL., Feb. 1, 1887, Luella Bainbridge. Began as clerk in general store at Benton, ILL., 1877; became traveling salesman for Dodd, Brown & Co., wholesale dry goods, St. Louis. 1882; with Ely & Walker Dry Goods Co. as general salesman and director, until 1904; vice president Western Anthracite Coal and Coke Co.. St. Louis & O'Fallon Railway Co., St. Louis & O'Fallon Coke Co., 1904-08, and since president of the three companies named; also vice president Central National Bank since its organization, 1907. Democrat. Baptist. Member St. Louis Coal Traffic Bureau, Business Men's League. Clubs: Mercantile, Bankers', St. Louis Traffic. Recreation: European travel. Office: 316 Central National Bank Bldg. Residence: 4358 W. Tine Boulevard. (Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)
BROWNING, Levi, a prominent pioneer citizen of Benton, Illinois, was born in Franklin County, October 18, 1820, a son of John and Nancy (KITCHEN) BROWNING natives of Tennessee. The father came to Illinois Territory in 1804, living in the Old Fort in Cave township, until 1820, when he settled on what has since been known as Browning Hill in the township that now bears his name. He resided there until his death some twenty years since, soon after the close of the war. He was a farmer and reasonably successful for that early day. He was a Baptist minister, one of the pioneers of that faith in this country. Levi was reared to manhood on the farm in his native county, and secured a fair education in the subscription schools of the log cabins of that day. He began the life of a pioneer farmer, and as early as 1840 came to Benton and began the mercantile business on a small scale with his older brother, William R. Those were the days when the merchant made a horseback tour to St. Louis and bought and brought back goods overland with the ox-team, and our subject was no exception to the rule, having made a score or more of such trips. About 1848 he built a saw mill near Benton, and in 1854, the grist-mill, the first steam mill in the county, which he operated until the war, and then resumed the mercantile trade, in which he has been most successful. He owns about 1000 acres of real estate in the county. In 1853 he married Fannie HOWELL, a native of St. Clair County, Illinois, who died in 1854. An only child is deceased. In 1855 he married Tabitha LAYMAN, of this county. Seven children are living, Mrs. Lulu B. WARD, of DuQuoin, Illinois; Quincy E., of Washington, DC; Thomas S., deputy county clerk; Flora B.; Mattie D.; Nanie E.; and John L. He was originally a Jacksonian Democrat, but of late has been an ardent Prohibitionist. For forty years he has been one of the Sons of Temperance. In 1854, The county court of Franklin County appointed Levi Browning, drainage commissioner. Giving his bond at $10,000.00, he began his work and sold about 40,000 acres of swamp land to the profit of the county. The commissioner began selling the lands as the law directed until all the lands were sold. The price ranging from 25 cents to $4.25 per acre. The amount of sales was $20,466.83 and the money was spent making a levee across Big Muddy and other streams in the county and making drains for the purpose of reclaiming the lands. He has been a leading member of the Missionary Baptist Church for over half a century, and is one of the most respected pioneers. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
BROWNING, William R., Jr., County Coroner of Franklin County, was born in Browning Township, July 31, 1872. He is a son of one of the twins-the first white children born in the county. He received his education in the common school of the county. He was elected constable of Browning Township and served in that capacity for four years. Next he was elected supervisor of the same township. Mr. Browning was elected coroner of the county in 1916 for a term of four years.
BROWNLEE, Addison M., editor and proprietor of the Benton Standard, and postmaster, was born in Livonia, Indiana, October 5, 1845, the son of Rev. James and Lavina (McCLURG) BROWNLEE, natives respectively of Ireland and Virginia. The father moved to Kansas before the war, and later to Illinois, where he died at Carbondale. In 1861 he enlisted in Company I, Second Kansas Cavalry, and served three years as private. After the war he attended McKendree College, Illinois, and the normal school at Normal, Illinois. He was principal of the Shawneetown schools three years, then became one of the editors of the Tazewell County Republican at Pekin; thence to Virginia, Illinois, where he conducted the Gazette. Since 1877 he has been successful with his present paper, the only Democratic paper in the county. December 13, 1876, he married Mary C., daughter of the late T. B. CANTRELL. He had two sons and one daughter, the latter deceased. He is a Democrat. He was made postmaster in August 1885. He is a Knight of Honor, and he and his wife are, religiously, Methodists. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
BROWNLEE, William Addison, president Wilson Coal Co.; born, Benton, Franklin Co. ILL., Sept. 25, 1877; son of Addison M. and Mary I. (Cantrell) Brownlee; educated in public schools at Benton; married, Pinckneyville, ILL., Jan. 9, 1901, Viva M. Campbell. Was employed in office of Benton Standard until sixteen years old; then in law office and afterward in the office of the chief grain inspector of Illinois, at Chicago; cashier of bank of Murphy, Wall & Co. from Aug. 1, 1899, to Aug. 1, 1905, when became secretary and treasurer of the Bessemer Washed Coal Co.; continued until Jan. 1, 1909, when organized the Wilson Coal Co., of which is president. Member of Order of Kokoal. Methodist. Favorite recreations: baseball and motoring. Office: 140 Syndicate Trust Bldg. Residence: 4220 Maryland Ave. (Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)
BURGESS, Q. E., County Treasurer and Collector, ex-officio Supervisor of Assessments, Franklin County, Illinois, was born in Franklin County, Illinois, Nov. 19, 1866, son of R. E. and Sarah Burgess. He was reared on a farm, educated in the common schools of Benton, supplemented with three terms of select school. He taught school from 1884 to 1894 continuously. In 1894 he became deputy county treasurer under W. R. Browning, serving four years in such capacity alternating as Deputy County Clerk to W. P. Asa for two years. He resigned to resume teaching, which profession he followed till 1906, when he was elected to the office of County Treasurer and Collector of Franklin County, serving four years. In 1910 he became Deputy County Treasurer to his successor J. A. McClintock, serving four years as such deputy. In 1914 he was re-elected County Treasurer, which office he now holds. In 1908 he was elected city clerk of the city of Benton, Ill., which office he has held continuously since.
BURKITT, James, farmer and stock dealer, was born in 1826 in Sumner County, Tennessee, the sixth of ten children of William and Nancy (GODWIN) BURKITT, natives of North Carolina. The father born in 1794, of Irish origin, the son of Rev. Lemuel BURKITT, a Baptist minister, was reared and married in his native state, and came afterwards to Sumner County, Tennessee, and in 1845 to Franklin County, locating near Mulkeytown as a farmer. He died in 1859. He was twice married, the last time to Susan WHEELER, about 1837. They had two sons and two daughters. She died in 1856. Our subject was unable to get an education, because of few schools and poor parents. He enlisted in Company K, Second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in 1847, and served a year. In 1849 he returned and married Mary, daughter of Calvin and Patsey JONES. Seven of their ten children are living: James H, Isabelle (wife of A. J. DAVIS), Luana (wife of N. HOLLINGSWORTH), Allen, Etta (wife of John MOORE), William H, and John. Mrs. BURKITT died in 1870, and he married Mrs. Martha A. FRY, of Wilson County, Tennessee, who died in 1881. His last wife was Mrs. Ann BURKITT, nee THURSTON. Their children are Frederick and Florence. Soon after his first marriage he located on his present farm, and in his log house built the first brick chimney on Harrison's Prairie. After the war he replaced that by his present nice frame home. He now owns 260 finely improved and cultivated acres, 140 acres, the home farm, being near Christopher. His war service left him unable to do much manual labor, and he turned to experimenting with live stock, the foundation of his success as a prominent farmer who began with nothing. He is a public-spirited man, and a Democrat, first voting for Taylor. He belongs to the F. M. B. A., and he and his wife are members of the Christian Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
CANTRELL, Tilmon B.(deceased) was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, July 5, 1815, the son of Richard and Constance (BETHEL) CANTRELL, both of Tennessee. The father and his family located in Franklin County in 1817., at the old fort in what is now Cave Township. He was a plain, quiet farmer, who was highly respected, and who accumulated considerable property. He was a zealous member of the Regular Baptist Church. Tilmon was reared on the farm, and educated at the old Frankfort school under Captain Taylor, a highly respected Eastern man, who taught here a number of years. Early in life our subject began merchandising at Frankfort, to which he devoted his time and attention most of his life. He came to Benton in 1841, and conducted a successful business until about 1871, when he retired from active life. He was a successful financier, trader and speculator. He was an earnest Democrat, but never an official aspirant. March 9, 1843, he married Euphemia D., daughter of James G. and Margaret (CRAWFORD) NEWMAN, whose family were early settlers of this section, and she still survives him. The following named children was the result of this marriage. Robert J., Lloyd C., William S., Margaret A., Charles C., Mary C. (Mrs. BROWNLEE), Kate and George are now living. The subject of our sketch was a charter member of Benton Lodge No. 64, A. F. & A. M., and was also a Royal Arch Mason. He was also a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at Benton, Illinois, and died May 14, 1873. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
CANTRELL, William S., State's attorney for Franklin County, was born in that county, February 6, 1851, the son of Tilmon B. and Euphemia D. (NEWMAN) CANTRELL, natives of Tennessee and Illinois respectively, whose biography see elsewhere. Our subject was educated at the State University, Bloomington, Indiana, after his attendance at common schools. In 1869 he began the study of law, in Benton, reading with Youngblood & Barr, and later attended Judge DUFF's law school, at Shawneetown. Since 1873, when he was admitted, he has been in continuous and successful practice ever since. He is a Democrat, and was master in chancery court from 1873 to 1879. In 1884 he was elected to his present office, which he most efficiently fills. March 2, 1882, he married Mary J., daughter of Hon. Charles BURNETT, of Shawneetown, and who is a native of Illinois. Their children are Charles A. and Mary A. Since April 1882, he has been a Mason, and in the following October was appointed on the appeals and grievance committee of the State Grand Lodge. He is a charter member of Benton Lodge No. 2000, K. of H., and was a Supreme Representative to the Supreme Lodge of the United States, which met in 1883, in Galveston, Texas. He is also a member of Charity Lodge No. 288, IOOF, and is at present Worshipful Master of Benton Lodge No. 64, A F. & A. M. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
CASEY, Evan H., of Dunbar & Casey, hardware merchants, was born in 1861, near Pickneyville, Perry County, Illinois, the youngest of eight children - five living - of Hiram and Mary (WOOLEY) CASEY, the father of Irish origin, born in Tennessee in 1813, and the mother, born a few years later in Ohio, of German stock. They were married in Mount Vernon, Illinois, and soon settled in Perry County. The father was a farmer, died in 1877, and the mother died in 1865. The father was married the second time. Our subject was educated at Shurleff and Ewing College, and when twenty began as partner with Webb Bros. in dry goods. A year later he spent some time with Dr. KELLEY in the drug business, and then bought the interest of Mr. Neal in their present firm. In 1881 he married Laura, daughter of W. A. and Charlotte (HARRISON) KING, near Ewing, where she was born in May 1859. Their only child is Lura. He is an enterprising young merchant, and owns, besides his stock, a house and lot in Ewing. He is a Republican, and first voted for Blaine, in 1884. He is a member of the Ewing Lodge, IOOF and of the Missionary Baptist Church Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
CARTER, D Lafayette MD
Dr. D. Lafayette CARTER, physician and surgeon, was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, in 1848, the son of Henry D. and Nancy (WILLIAMS) CARTER. The father, born in 1812 in Virginia, of English origin, went to Wilson County, Tennessee, with his parents, when twelve years old. He was married there, and in 1851 moved to Henry County, Tennessee. In 1858 he went to Missouri, and in a short time to western Kentucky, and there remained, excepting two years in Illinois, until 1869, when he bought 200 acres of land in Williamson County. In 1885 he settled on his present farm of 120 acres, near Thompsonville, still retaining the before-mentioned 200 acres. His wife, Nancy, was born in Tennessee in 1819, and died in 1870. Ten of their fourteen children are living: Thomas; William; Mary, wife of H. TURNER; Stith; Elizabeth, wife of John JORDAN; our subject; George; Henry C.; James and Elmas. Educated in the common schools of Kentucky, our subject, when twenty years old, began medical study under Dr. R. POINDEXTER, and a year later attended the medical lectures of the University of Louisville. In 1871 he located near Corinth, Illinois, and in 1875 at Fitt's Hill, Franklin County. Since 1880 he has been in Thompsonville. In 1878 he graduated from the Evansville Medical College. He is the oldest practicing Physician actively engaged in Thompsonville, and by his ability and courteous qualities has gained a very extensive practice. Politically he is a Republican, and first voted for Grant, in 1872. In 1872 he married Henrietta, daughter of William LYNCH, born in Jefferson County, Illinois. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They have one child living, Dexter L. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
CLARK, Alexander C, liveryman and mail contractor, was born October 22, 1853, in Wilson County, Tennessee, the youngest of six children of John A and Peggy (Beard) Clark, the former of Irish stock, born in 1815, and the latter of Irish origin born in 1817, both in Wilson County, Tennessee. They were married in their native county, where the mother died in 1865 and the father still lives. He was educated at New Middleton Academy, Smith County, Tennessee, and when twenty years old came with his brother, George W, to Jefferson County, Illinois, and worked with him on his farm about a year. He then worked for R Richerson, in Franklin County, about six months, and returned to Jefferson County, and farmed for three years. In October 1875, he married and settled on a farm, the gift to his wife by her father. After three years he returned to Jefferson County, and bought a stables. His wife Joanna, daughter of C S and Eliza L (Die) Hughes, was born December 13, 1855, in Athens County, Ohio. Their only child is Effie L. He is one of Ewing's prosperous citizens, and besides his valuable farm in Jefferson County, he owns a good house and town lot. For four years from July 1, 1887, he has the whole mail contract, and is now a contractor. He is a Democrat and first voted for Cleveland. He is an Odd Fellow and he and his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
CLINTON, F E, justice and farmer, was born in 1832 in Caldwell County, Kentucky, the sixth of nine children (three deceased) of John and Sarah (Shelby) Clinton, the former born in 1791, in South Carolina, of Irish stock, and the latter of English lineage, about 1800, in Livingston County, Kentucky. They were married in the latter county where the father came when a child, and lived in Caldwell and the present Crittenden Counties until their deaths in 1849 and 1855 respectively. He was a farmer. Our subject was educated in the schools at home until twenty-one, when he married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel and Jane Neal, born in 1826 in Sumner County, Tennessee. Their children are John E, living near his father, and six others deceased. He settled on his farm, in 1856 came to Ewing Township, and two years later moved to his present home in Northern Township. Our subject, although physically a feeble man, has secured for himself a farm of ninety acres, well improved and cultivated. For sixteen years he has been a justice of the peace. He is a Republican generally, although a freetrader and a prohibitionist in principle. He and his wife and his son are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In his thirty years residence in southern Illinois, he notices the great progress of the county, and mentions the many personal kindnesses of the people. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
COOK, Braxton, farmer, was born in Eastern Township in 1836 the seventh of eight children of Rev Abraham and Nancy (PLASTERS) COOK, natives of North Carolina and Tennessee. The father, born in 1820, came with his father, Randolph, to this county (now Franklin) and married when of age, and then settled permanently in Hamilton County. He was a minister of the Missionary Baptist Church for over thirty years, preached, and was well known throughout this part of the State for all the excellent qualities of a true man and minister, and his loss was severely felt. He died in 1863. His father, of Irish origin, was a soldier of the Black Hawk War. The mother, Nancy, was born in 1815 and died in 1880, a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Our subject was educated in the pioneer log cabin, so often described in these pages, and May 7, 1857, married Sarah H., daughter of Charles and Cynthia WEBB, formerly of Kentucky, who was born in Franklin County in 1839. Their children are William, Willis A., George W., Malinda J., Nancy C., Cynthia E. and Cordelia. His wife died November 27, 1873 and June 22, 1874, he married Prudy, daughter of William and Elizabeth SUMMERS. Their child is Robert F. He immediately located on land entered by his father in Pierce's administration, the patent for which he still possesses. He has cleared the dense forest and increased his land to 132 acres fourteen miles northeast of Benton. In October 1861, he enlisted in Company F, Fortieth Illinois Infantry, and after active service, was discharged in September 1862, on account of disability, and resumed farming. He is a thorough musician, and for twenty taught the subject throughout the county and its surroundings. He is familiar with all the earliest pioneer life described elsewhere, and tells how he and two companions in 1854 killed twenty-seven wild turkeys in a few hours of a night's hunt. He has a rugged constitution, and has been a hard laborer, and never was witness in litigation but once. He is a Democrat, first voting for Douglas. Since 1854 he has been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which his wife is a member also, and both are excellent people. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
CRIM, Elder William L, a prominent citizen of Deming (Denning) Township, was born in Washington County, Indiana, December 1, 1829. His father, Jesse, born in Shelby County, Kentucky in 1799, settled in Indiana in 1816, and in 1858 came to Illinois. The grandfather, John Crim, of Virginia, was a pioneer of Kentucky, where he was killes by the Indians while in the cornfield at work. Jessemarried Lucinda, daughter of George Churchill, formerly of Kentucky, who died in Springfield, Illinois. Jesse was formerly a merchant at Martinsburg and Greenville, Indiana, but afterward a farmer, and settled near the home of our subject, where he died at the home in Franklin County, Illinois, in 1867. Our subject, the fourth child of six sons and five daughters, was raised on the farm, and the limited education received there he has greatly improved by his studious habits. August 26, 1862, he enlisted in the Fifth Indiana Cavalry under Col Graham, and was engaged in the battles of Strawberry Plains, Dandridge, and actions of less note in East Tennessee, then with Sherman from Dalton to Atlanta. In his early service he was captured by Morgan's men in Kentucky and taken to Libby prison, but soon after was paroled. He was on the Sherman raid from Atlanta to Macon, and just before the surrender he with a small squad cut their way through the enemy's lines and escaped. After sixteen days and nights, mostly without food, he reached Marietts, Georgia. June 15, 1865, he was honorably discharged at Pulaski, Tennessee. In 1861 he married Mary M, daughter of Rinehart Ratts, a farmer, notive of North Carolina. Their children are Alvah M, Charlie W, Susan E, Clara, Louie M and William Clinton. His wife was born April 9, 1844, in Washington County, Indiana. He is a Republican, at present a candidate for representative, and is a member of the GAR. Since 1869 he has been a popular and earnest minister of the Christian Church of which his wife is a member. He has a fine home and farm of 160 acres in Deming (Denning) Township. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
CRISP, Andrew J, liveryman, was born in Crittenden County, Kentucky, December 18,1848, the son of John and Leah (BRANTLEY) CRISP, natives of Kentucky. The father came to Franklin County in 1866, locating on his present farm in Cave Township. Our subject first engaged in the livery business in Thompsonville in 1881, and still has an interest in the business there in company with Walter McCREERY, who has active charge of the business there. In August 1885, he started his present business in a building now owned by J J HUDSON, near his hotel. He had the leading business of the kind in town, with a first class stock and several fine turnouts. He sold out his livery business at Thompsonville, April 10, 1887, and started the same business at Benton with W W McCREERY for a partner. In December 1879, he married Libby J ODLE, of this county. Their two children are Cora Alice and Nellie. He is a Republican in politics, and a member of the F & A M order. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
CROSLIN, Thomas, farmer, was born in West Tennessee in 1822, the son of Thomas and Nancy (TEAL) CROSLIN. The father, a farmer, born in Virginia in 1778, went to what is now Coffee County, Tennessee, in his youth, a pioneer of that region, married and afterward moved to West Tennessee. In 1824 he moved to Morgan County, Illinois. A year later he returned to Coffee County, and for several years after 1828 lived in the Cherokee Nation, Alabama. In 1844 he came to Williamson County, Illinois, and bought a farm on which he died in 1865. His wife, a native of South Carolina, died the year before. Three of their four children are living. Our subject remained with his parents until 1844 he came to "Suckerdom." In 1846 he married Elvira, daughter of John T and Jane CARTER, and a native of Smith County, Tennessee. Their children are John, Alonzo, Smith, Louella and Alice. He lived in Williamson County until 1858, when he bought property in Parrish, and cleared the site of the village. In December 1861, he enlisted in Company I, Fifty-sixth Illinois Infantry, for three years or for the war, and fought at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Mission Ridge (Missionary Ridge ?), Chickamauga, Kenesaw Mountain, Nashville and numerous other skirmishes, not wounded or captured, but permanently injured by sickness. He was discharged July 14, 1865 at Springfield, Illinois. He lived at Parrish until 1881, when he bought his present farm of seventy acres. He is a Republican, first voting for Polk. He is a member of the F M B A and he and his wife are members of the Baptist Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
DAVIS, Nehemiah, a pioneer and farmer, was born in 1827, in Gallia County, Ohio, the eleventh of twelve children (four deceased) of Nehemiah, Sr and Mary (ALLISON) DAVIS, the former of English stock, born in 1778 in Maine, and the latter born in January 1789, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, of Irish lineage. The father lived in Marietta, Ohio, when a young man, and cleared part of the site of Cincinnati. The mother also lived there from the age of three to ten in the old fort, and after the Indian war her father moved up the Muskingham River about fourteen miles, where she was reared. She married in April 1805. After her marriage they settled on Sugar Creek about four miles north of Athens, and after the birth of their fifth child moved to Gallia County. In 1839 they came to the wilderness of Hamilton County, and settled near the Franklin line, where our subject's brother, Rueben, is now living. Here, in 1854, after he had seen his family of twelve children all married and in homes, he died. The mother, when forty years old, began medical practice, and during her long fifty years of practice never lost a patient of the more than 1000 births she attended. She died in October, 1882, at the age of ninety-four. Our subject was educated in Hamilton and his native Counties, and when of age began farming on his farm, the gift of his father. In March 1857, he sold this and moved to Centralia, Illinois, but a year later returned, and after a year of renting moved to his present farm. His wife, Mary, daughter of William and Sarah (DABNEY) STURMAN, was born July 1830 in Hamilton County. There children are William F (deceased), Louisa J (wife of D JOHNSON), Lewis J (deceased in infancy) twins, Henry G, Sarah M (wife of F E ALEXANDER), Charles L, Joseph N, Adolphus M, Nehemiah J (deceased) and Alvin E. He owns 180 acres of land. Formerly a Democrat, he has been a Greenbacker since 1876. He voted for Lewis Cass, also for Peter Cooper. For twenty years he has been an Odd Fellow, and filled all the chairs in the subordinate lodges, which he represented in the grand lodge of the State. He is a member of the F M B A, and his wife is a member of the Regular Baptist Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
DIMMICK, Melvin B, proprietor of the "Dimmick Hotel", Frankfort, was born in Broome County, NY, 27 Dec 1833, the son of Constant and Sallie (Lyon) Dimmick. The father born in Cayuga County, NY, in 1800, went to Broome County, and in 1824 married, owned a good farm and entered a tract on the site of Binghampton, NY. He died in 1852 in Broome County, NY. Three of five children are living: Marvin C of Lisle, NY; Aaron L of Frankfort, and Melvin B. Our subject was educated in Lisle, and worked on his father's farm as long as the later lived. 11 Oct 1853, he married Emma J Wheaton, daughter of George W and Abigail (Underwood) Wheaton, born in Broome County, NY, in 1813 and 1812 respectively. Her father died in 1866, but her mother still lives in Binghampton, NY. Mrs. Dimmick was born in Broome County, NY, in 1833. Their children are Eva J (wife of Josiah Haines), George D, Frank W and Maud E. In April 1854, he came to Franklin County, and settled on Garrett's Prairie, and bought 160 acres of land. In August 18611, he enlisted in Company C, Thirtieth Illinois Cavalry, under General Logan's command, and one year later in the independent companies organized into the Fifteenth Illinois Cavalry, and was at Forts Henry & Donelson, Shiloh, Resaca, Corinth, Missionary Ridge, Kenesaw Mountain, Vicksburg, Atlanta and Jackson, Miss, and was fortunate in being neither captured nor wounded. He was discharged August 24, 1864, and returned home. In 1867 he traded his farm for Frankfort property, where he has since resided, and in the fall opened the hotel, besides which he attends to his farm of 138 acres. His hotel is first class. He is a Republican, first voting for Fremont. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
DORRIS, S H, farmer, was born in Robertson County, Tennessee in 1842, and when a boy came with his mother to Illinois and settled in Williamson County, the father having died in 1854 in Tennessee. The father, S L, was born in 1800 in Robertson County, Tennessee, and was a farmer. He married in Tennessee, Nancy J BEASLEY, who was born in North Carolina in 1803, and died in Williamson County in 1881. She was buried in Williamson Prairie Cemetery. Of six sons and four daughters, our subject is the fifth, and was reared on the farm. In August 1862, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Illinois Infantry under Col R M HUNLEY, was detailed as Gen LOGAN's body guard, and one year later discharged on account of disability. In 1865, in Williamson County, he married Lydia S, daughter of W P DUNCAN, a farmer, born in Illinois, August 14, 1806. She was born in Williamson County, January 28, 1838. Her father and Mother Frances(SPILLER) DUNCAN, were married July 27, 18220. The former died May 18, 1877, and the later, born in Robertson County, Tennessee, November 7, 1807, died September 18, 1883, at Lake Creek, Williamson County. Our subject's children are William S, and Henry H born respectively February 5, 1876 and March 26, 1882. Two sons and one daughter are dead. He is an old line Democrat, first voting for John Bell. He is a Mason, and he and his wife are members of the Christian Church. He has a fine farm of sixty acres seven miles southwest of Benton. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
DURHAM, Dr. James A was born in Saline County, Ill, March 22, 1831, a son of Asahel and Jane (Stembridge) Durham, both natives of Tennessee. The father first located in Saline County in 1825, where he reared his family of fourteen children, four sons and two daughters of whom are now living. In September,1819, he moved to this county, and farmed successfully six miles north of Benton until his death, June 12, 1854. Our subject was reared on the farm, receiving little or no education until by his own efforts after manhood. He studied medicine under Dr. Bennett Scarborough, his father-in-law, began practice in the fities and has been a successful practitioner of the eclectic school ever since. He has also given attention to farming, and in November 1866, in company with David Lyon, he began operating the old grist-mill of Benton, which they are now successfully conducting. June 16, 1854, he married Frances C Scarborough a native of Indiana. They have eight sons. He is a Republican, and was a member of the county court three years, as commissioner. In 1862 he enlisted as private in Company C, Fifteenth Illinois Cavalry, and was hospital steward most of his service. He was mustered out at New Orleans in May 1865. Since 1854 he has been an Odd Fellow, and is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which he has been pastor for two years, ever since his ordination. He has always been an active Sunday-school worker and was president of the County Sunday-school Association for three years. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
DURHAM, Nephthali A was born in Warren County, Tennessee, February 21, 1826, the son of Asahel and Jane STEMBRIDGE DURHAM, natives respectively of North Carolina and Virginia. Our subject came with his parents to Saline County, where he was reared to manhood. Early in life, he began the study of dentistry. He studied under Dr J SIMMONS, professor of the State Board of Dentistry of Alabama, and practice successfully in the Southern States until 1852, when he came to Benton. He practiced here and in DuQuoin, his home, and through southern Illinois until 1871. He had invented an improved dental forceps, consisting of one handle arranged to operate a full set of adjustable beaks, and, in 1872, having secured a patent, went East and organized a stock company at Hartford, Connecticut with capital of $50,000, for the purpose of manufacturing this instrument. He was elected president of the company, and it had operated but a year or so, when, in the panic of 1873, "it went to the wall" with numerous other enterprises throughout the land. He remained in Hartford eight years practicing dentistry. In 1979 he returned to Illinois, and soon to Kansas and Indian Territory, and later to the Southern States, and finally in 1884, settled in Benton, where he is now practicing. In 1853 he married Mary C STIEGALL, of Benton, who died in 1863, in DuQuoin, leaving four children - two sons now living: Edward, in Hartford, Connecticut, in the employ of a railroad company, and Charles, superintendent of a paint factory in Philadelphia. Both are married. Our subject is independent in politics, and a spiritualist in religious views, having devoted much attention to this faith in his travels, and with Dr DUNN, of DuQuoin, published a book, "Life among the Angels," a series of communications from the spirit of Joseph Miller. He is now compiling a work treating on revelations from a high order of spirits. He was president of and instrumental in the organization of the first spiritualist society in DuQuoin. He is a Mason. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
ESKEW, William L, lumber dealer, was born in Wilson County, Tenn, February 9, 1837, a son of Alfred and Newranry (Lane) Eskew, natives of North Carolina. Our subject was reared and educated in his native state, came to Illinois in 1869, and followed carpentering and cabinet-making. In 1879 he established a lumber and building material business - the first in Benton - and has since built up the leading trade of the kind in the county. His present large warehouse was built in the spring of 1884. November 1, 1860, he married Sarah L Goldston, of Tennessee. Their only child is Madeline H. He is a Democrat politically, and has held various local offices since his residence here. He is a member of the Christian Church and one of Benton's most reliable men. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
EUBANKS, REV. FELIX GRUNDY, is the son of Dr. James and Cynthia Rea (Ray) Eubanks, and was born September 4, 1832. His parents were natives of Tennessee. The father practiced the medical profession in Franklin County, Illinois, a number of years, but in 1846 located on Richland Creek, where he lived until his death. Our subject received his early education in Madison County, and in 1851 married Angeline Young, whose parents came to the county in 1843. The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Eubanks: Cynthia E., wife of G. Johnson: Elisha, William, James C.; Rosanna, wife of J. C. Parker; Felix G., Abraham L., Thomas C., Eilen and Robert. After his marriage Mr. Eubanks lived on what is now the Keefer farm until 1863, and then served in Company B., First Arkansas Volunteer Infantry, until the close of the war, participating in the battles of Fayetteville, Moscow, Saline River, and many skirmishes. He was mustered in as an Orderly-Sergeant, but in June, 1864, was made First Lieutenant of Company B. He was thrown from a horse while on recruiting service in 1863, and has never fully recovered from the effects of the fall. August 10, 1865, he was mustered out and returned to his farm. In 1884 he sold his property, went to Umatilla County, Oregon, from there to Union County, Oregon, and in 1885 returned to Madison County, Arkansas, settling on the farm he now owns, which contains eighty acres of good land, and is situated two miles south of Hindsville. In 1873 he experience religion, shortly after-ward began to preach in the Primitive Baptist Church, and has since been an ardent church worker, his converts amounting to quite a number. He is a Republican, and after his return from the war served as one of the judges of the military voting precincts, and as captain of a militia company. From 1871 to 1872 he represented the county in the State Legislature. One of his sons, William by name, is a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church at Summerville, Oregon. [Arkansas, Northwestern Counties History, 1889, pages 1090 & 1091] [submitted by Roni Miller]
FLANNIGAN, Robert H, Esq, attorney at law and justice of the Benton, was born in Hamilton County, October 23, 1847, the son of Robert H and Elizabeth (Cantrell) Flannigan, natives of North Carolina and Tennessee respectively. The father came to Illinois in 1817, and was a prominent and influential citizen of Hamilton County, being a magistrate and associate judge of the county. He afterward moved to Phelps County, Mo, where he was county judge, and where he died in November, 1884, on the bench. Our subject was reared in his native county, and educated at the southern Illinois College, and later at the normal school of Carbondale. In 1869, he began the study of law at McLeansboro, under Hon R W Townsend, and afterward at the law school at St Louis. Since 1871 he has been practicing more or less in Benton. In 1876 he was elected circuit clerk, filling the office one term of four years effeciently. Since then he has been devoted to his practice. He was also a master of chancery for four years, and in 1886 was elected magistrate to fill a vacancy caused by the death of E R Evans, Esq. He is also successfully engaged in real estate. October 28, 1877, he married Emma St Clair, of this county. Their only son is Charles C. Mr Flannigan has always been a Democrat, and as such elected to his various offices. He is a prominent Mason, an Odd Fellow, and a member of the K of H, and the Missionary Baptist Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
FRAILEY, D W, farmer and mechanic, was born in Hardin County, in 1841, the sixth of seven children of Daniel and Mollie Frailey. The father was born in Tennessee, married in Kentucky, and afterward settled in Hardin County, where he remained as a farmer until his death by lightning in 1855. He was married three times, and his second wife is the mother of our subject, who was a child when she died. After his father's death our subject began at thirteen for himself, by working on a farm. He had a fair common-school education, and in 1862 enlisted in Company F, Fifteenth Cavalry, and after active service was discharged in the fall of 1863, the expiration of his enlistment. In 1864 he married Emma Wilkinson. Their children are William R, Daniel A, Ida, Martha and Lula. His wife died in 1877, and he married his present wife, Anna, a native of Hardin County. Their children are Henry A, Jacob F and Edward C. In 1883 he left Hardin County, and since then has lived on his present farm of 100 acres, in Franklin County, all the fruit of his own efforts. He is a Democrat, and first voted for McClellan. He is a member of the Farmer's Mutual Benefit Association, and he and his wife are members of the Christian Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
GLENN, Nealy I., County Judge of Franklin County, was born near Logan, in Franklin County, October 13, 1887. He is a son of John and Lavina (Bell) Glenn. Mr. Glenn attended the common schools completing his course there, entering Ewing College, where he finished the course. He took one term in Valparaiso University and later entered the University of Arkansas, where he completed the law course. He taught school for four years after which he was admitted to the bar in this county. Mr. Glenn was elected County Judge of this county in 1914.
HAMILTON, Dr S, police magistrate and collection agent, born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, in 1820, the son of Abram and Sarah (McCall) Hamilton. The father, a farmer, of Irish descent and born in the Keystone State, died about 1828, and the mother, likewise a native of Pennsylvania, and of Scotch origin, spent her life in her native State. But three of their nine children are living: Nancy, wife of Edward Northan, Meadsville, Penn; Phoebe, living in Titusville, Penn, and our subject, who was but about eight years old when his father died. His education was what could be gotten in the log country school-house three months out of the year. His uncle, Samuel McCall, reared him until he began for himself in his fourteenth year. He worked for a year or two on the river and when sixteen began learning the carpenter's trade. After he finished he worked at his trade about ten years until his health failed, and he began the study of medicine, to aid himself in which he took up daguerreotyping for two years. In 1841 he married Lucinda M Akins, a native of Pennsylvania. Their five children are all deceased. In 1850 he took the "gold fever" and made an overland trip to California, but was compelled to return in a year on account of the effect of the climate on his delicate constitution. He entered upon his practice, and in 1855 graduated from the American Medical College of Cincinnati (now the Eclectic Medical College). In the fall following he began practicing at Old Frankfort, then after a year in Kelknap, Ill, practicing and as justice, he settled in Thompsonville in 1879 where he has since resided. In 1859 he lost his wife and he then married, the same year, Mary J Roundtree, a native of Indiana. Of their three children, Perry W, a clerk in Thompsonville, is living. Our subject is the oldest physician and surgeon in the county, but for the past two or three years he has practically withdrawn from practice on account of his health. He is one of the first settlers of the village of Thompsonville, its first post master, opened the first drug store, in his residence was presched the first sermon, and as far as known his Union sentiments expressed themselves in the first unfurling of a flag in Franklin County, after peace was declared. Formerly a Whig and first voting for Clay, he has since been a Republican. In 1881 he was elected justice and has since been re-elected. He is a Master Mason, Odd Fellow and member of the G A R. August 21, 1862 he enlisted in the Eighty-first Illinois Volunteers, under Col Dollins, as assistant surgeon, and was detached in hospital duty chiefly, being at Cairo and with Grant in the Mississippi campaign, shortly after which he resigned on account of disability, and was discharged at Holly Springs December 14, 1862. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife is proprietor of the "Hamilton Hotel" and keeps an excellent house. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
HARRISON, Francis O., M.D. and druggist, was born in Franklin County, in 1846, the first of two children of Christopher and Mary (SWAIN) HARRISON. The father, born in 1824 in Franklin County, the son of Lemuel HARRISON, a native of North Carolina and a pioneer of influence in Franklin County, was married when about twenty-one and located on a farm near Christopher. He died of cholera in 1849 while en route for California and was buried at Independence, Missouri. The town here received its name from him, the name being suggested by our subject. The father with Henry N. HARRISON, who, after the father's death continued on to California, was gone about two years, returned, and about 1852 married subject's mother: they lived together until he died in 1873. Their family consisted of two boys and seven girls - all living in this county except one of the girls, Hester, who married and moved to the State of Kansas. F. O. HARRISON is a member of the Illinois Eclectic Medical Association, and has a Tontine policy of $2000 of the New York Life Insurance Company. The mother, born in Tennessee, died in 1876, about fifty-two years old and a member of the Christian Church. She was twice married, the second time about 1852 to Henry N. HARRISON, a cousin of her first husband, Christopher HARRISON. The Doctor, educated in common schools, began life as a farmer and so continued for several years. In 1868 he married Mariah, daughter of William and Lucy BURKITT, of Franklin County. She died in August, 1881, and in 1882 he married Emily, a sister of his first wife. Their children are Lottie B. and Noba F. About 1873 he began studying medicine under Dr James RAY and W. J. WALKER, of Mulkeytown, and in 1878 graduated from the Eclectic Medical Institute at Cincinnati. Since 1875 he has succeeded in establishing a large practice near the place of his birth, and stands high in his profession. In 1885 he established his drug business also. He owns also 100 acres of highly cultivated and improved land, all the fruit of his own ability. He has long been a member of the school board. He is a Republican, first voting for Hayes. His wife is a member of the Christian Church, of which he is a strong supporter. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
HARRISON, Theodore P., clerk of Franklin County Court, was born in this county, October 29, 1855, the son of Belus F. and Catherine J. (LIPE) HARRISON natives respectively of Franklin and Perry Counties, Illinois. The father was a respected citizen and a justice in Barren Township, where he lived most of his life, dying in Benton in November 1878. The mother died in 1872. Our subject, reared and educated in his native county, taught school for five or six years, until December 1882, when he was elected to his present position, and re-elected in 1886 for another term of four years. He has always been an active Democrat and a political worker. He is a Master Mason, and justly recognized as one of Benton's popular officials and enterprising citizens. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
HICKMAN, Zachariah, M.D., was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, June 24, 1838, the son of Snowden and Frances (NEWMAN) HICKMAN, natives, respectively of North Carolina and Virginia. Our subject was raised in his native county, and gained his literary education at Cumberland University. He began the study of medicine when twenty years old, and graduated from the medical department of the University of Nashville (now Vanderbilt) in 1861. He came to Saline County, Illinois, the same year and located at Raleigh, from which place he entered the One Hundred and Tenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry as assistant surgeon, serving six to seven months, when he resigned and began the practice of his profession at Raleigh. In the spring of 1865 he removed to Benton and has ever since been in practice with exceptional success. July 3, 1861, he married Julia C. JOHNSON, a native of Wisconsin. They have three sons and three daughters. Dr. HICKMAN is a Democrat, a Master Mason and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He is one of Benton's reliable citizens and a medical man of ability and high standing in Franklin County. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
HILL, James B., a farmer, was born in 1843 in Hamilton County, Ill. (For sketch of parents, see John W. Hill's sketch). Our subject was educated in the common schools of Franklin County and at Ewing's High School. When eighteen he left home and spent six years in the Rocky Mountains at mining. He then returned and spent two years at home, and when twenty-six married and settled on his present farm in Ewing Township. His wife, Rebecca SPILLMAN, was born in 1845 in Indiana. Their children are Margaret (deceased), Robert P., James J., Sarah J., Alice, a deceased infant daughter, John D. and Rebecca A. She died in 1883. In 1885 he married Martha J. daughter of John J. and Martha (JOHNS) LINK, who was born in 1855 in Wilson County, Tenn. William J. is their only child. Our subject owns about 160 acres of land, 140 of which is well improved. He is considered one of the leading citizens of the county, and besides serves in township offices, he has served as supervisor in the county board. Our subject is a Democrat and cast his first vote for Greeley in 1872, because previous to that he lived in the Territories. He is a member of Ewing Lodge, F. & A. M., and Shiloh Lodge, F. M. B. A., also a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
HILL, John P, farmer and mechanic, was born in Randolph County in 1830, the sixth of eight children of Samuel and Elizabeth Kanady, who moved to Illinois in 1818, and located first in Randolph then in Washington County, where they died in 1843 and about 1855 respectively. Both were members of the Associate Reformed Church for many years. The father was a volunteer in the war of 1812, and several years a constable in Illinois. Our subject was educated in the common schools and remained at home until of age. In January, 1853, he married Martha A, daughter of John and Nancy Baze, of Perry County, where she was born. Their children are: Ellen, Martha J (wife of George Rone), John P (of Missouri), Robert S and Samuel H. She died July 10, 1882, a devout member of the Christian Church. He first located in Perry County, then went to Jefferson County in 1858, and in 1865 removed to Franklin County, where he has since made his home. He has acquired a good farm of seventy acres, six miles north of Thompsonville, having begun life with nothing. He served about nine months in Company D, Twelfth Illinois Infantry, enlisting October 1, 1864, continuing to the close. He is a Democrat and first voted for Pierce. Through exposure he has lost his general health and has since been a cripple, and now receives a pension. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
HILL, John W., farmer and trustee of Ewing College, was born 1850 in Franklin County, the sixth of twelve children (two deceased) of John W., Sr. and Margaret (BEATY) HILL, the former of German-English stock, born in 1823 in Hamilton County, and the latter of Irish origins, born in 1822 in Alabama. The mother lived when a child in Missouri and then in Franklin County, where she was married about 1840 to our subject's father. The father was a farmer near Ewing College and held many public offices before his death July 30, 1876. Among others he was county judge, treasurer, and associate justice for many years. The mother is still living on the old homestead. Our subject was educated at Ewing High School and college. When twenty-one he married and settled on his farm in Ewing Township. After trading farms several times he has finally settled in Section 15, on a farm bought in 1884. His wife, Margaret J, daughter of James and Sarah McCOY, was born in 1850 in Ohio, and came here when a mere child. From 1870 to about 1880, our subject has also been a teacher. From a beginning of nothing he has now succeeded in becoming the owner of the farm on which Judge DUFF was partly reared, one of the best eighty acre farms in the county. In February 1887, he was elected trustee of Ewing College, and has been secretary of the county agricultural society for the past twelve years. All the brothers are Democrats. Our subject first voted for Greeley. He is secretary of the F. & A. M., Ewing Lodge, and has been for ten years. He has been a representative of the IOOF lodge, also for the same length of time, and is also a member of the encampment. His wife is a member of the Primitive Baptist Church Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
HUDSON, Joseph J, the well-known and popular hotel man of Benton, Ill, was born in Franklin County, February 9, 1835, the son of Thomas H and Mahala (Manion) Hudson, natives of Kentucky. Our subject's father died when Joseph was five years old, and he was reared to manhood on a farm, having to do for himself early in life. He followed farming in Eastern Township until 1877, when he came to Benton the following year and built the Hudson Hotel, which he has since conducted successfully. The hotel is substantial two-story frame building of twenty-eight rooms, furnished in the best style throughout, and the most popular place for the best traveling patronage there is in Benton. He also owns and conducts a first-class restaurant there. January 20, 1867, he married Sarah A Cunningham, of this county. In August 1862, he enlisted in the One Hundred Tenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving as a private one year. He is a Democrat, and never has aspired to office. He is a Master Mason, and recognized as one of Benton's reliable citizens. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
HUMPHREYS, Charles H., settled in Six Mile Township in 1811. Mr. Humphreys was a school teacher in Philadelphia and had come out to the country of Illinois to visit his brother, Edward Humphreys, who was registrar of the land office at Kaskaskia. The government wanted a ferry built on the Big Muddy River and offered a tract of land to Mr. Humphreys to build the ferry. He built the ferry in 1811 and made his settlement in Six Mile Township as a result of this.
HUTSON, Dr Euphrates G, druggist, was born in Franklin County, October 6, 1850, the son of Moses and Jane (Greenwood) Hutson, both natives of Illinois. Our subject's grandfather, Chamberlain Hutson, was one of the early pioneers of this country, and was a native of North Carolina, born about 1779. At the beginning of the present century, he first located in Hardin County, Ill, and in 1815 in Franklin County, where he was a prominent farmer and stock raiser. Our subject was reared here, studied medicine and finally graduated from the Missouri Medical College, of St Louis in 1878. He practiced several years, and in 1880 engaged in the drug business, also continuing his practice two years longer, when he abandoned it, and has since been exclusively devoted to his drug business, in which he controls the leading trade of the county. December 10, 1884, he married Margaret E Ford, a native of Perry County, Ill. Their children are Stella E and a son, Seba Ford. He has always been a Democrat, is a Mason and a member of the K of H. He is one of Benton's most reliable men. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
HUTSON, Ulysses, M D, a farmer, was born in 1848 in Barren Township, the eldest of six children of Moses and Miriam J (Greenwood) Hutson, natives of Illinois, born in 1819 and 1824 respectively. The father is of English ancestry, and the son of Chamberlain Hutson, one of the early pioneers of Franklin County, and by occupation a farmer and horse trader. Moses was reared in Franklin County, married in 1846, and has since made the county his home, as a well-to-do farmer of Barren Township. The mother died about 1861, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Doctor lived in the old home until his twenty-seventh year. He had been educated in the common schools and at Ewing College, and spent several years as a pedagogue, one term of which was in Texas, during 1871-72. October 5, 1875, he married Florence M, daughter of William and Rebecca (Allen) Wheller, a native of Sumner County, Tenn, born in 1857. Her parents were natives of New York and Tennessee respectively. Clarence O, Clara A, and Lillie M are their children. His brother, Dr E G Hutson, now of Benton, was his preceptor in medicine one year, and in 1875 he entered the Missouri Medical College, St Louis, but graduated from the American Medical College there, in 1878. He was at that time located in Plumfield, where he remained in practice until 1884, since when he has been in his present practice in Tyrone Township, as one of the successful, leading physicians of the county, who has been remarkably successful. He owns 180 acres of good land, ninety of which are in cultivation, and is situated one mile northwest of Benton-all gained, from a beginning of nothing, by energy, financial ability and careful attention. He is a Democrat, and first voted for Tilden. He is a prominent member of the F & A M, K of H, and F M B A fraternities. His wife is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
ING, H. Clay, County Superintendent of Schools, was born in Frankfort Township in Franklin County, Illinois, December 18, 1879. At an early age his parents moved to Cave Township one and one-half miles west of Thompsonville, where the subject of this sketch grew to manhood. He attended the common school at Parrish, two miles from his home, until he completed the common school course and obtained a teacher's second grade certificate. He taught his first school at Oak Hill in Ewing Township in the year 1898-99 and has been actively engaged in school work in Franklin County ever since. He is the son of James M. and Melvina Ing. His paternal grandparents were Christopher and Polly lng. His maternal grandparents were Leonard and Polly Branson. Mr. lng's common school education has been supplemented by high school and normal work obtained by persistent effort on his part, assisted by such schools as he was able to attend. He was elected to the office of County Superintendent of Schools in 1914.
JONES, Allen, farmer and stock dealer, was born in Franklin County, in 1836, the second of six children of Chaldon and Martha (BROWNING) JONES, probably natives of the same county. Their parents, early pioneers of Franklin County, were married about 1832, and located near Benton where the father died about 1852, and where the mother still lives. He was a farmer and millwright, erecting the first horse mill built in the county. Nathaniel JONES was the grandfather. The mother is a daughter of John BROWNING, well known as an early pioneer of considerable influence. The father and mother were both members of the Missionary Baptist Church. With limited education our subject left home at sixteen, and soon saved from his $6 per month enough to buy a small tract of land five miles northwest of Benton. He sold this and bought more, until he now owns 290 acres, finely improved, near Christopher. He was, in 1856, married to Altamira SILKWOOD. Three of their eight children are now living: Sarah E., wife of John NEAL, of Kansas; Martin T. and Hosea M. The wife died in January 1874, and in August he married Mrs. Martha F WINN nee SPILLMAN. Their only child is Martha. This wife died January 29, 1876, and September 17, same year, he married Mrs. Sarah E. BLAKE, nee MULKEY. In 1858 he began in a log cabin, then in the woods, only nine acres cleared, and now has become a large farmer and stock dealer, and a well informed man. He is a Democrat, first voting for Douglas. He is a prominent member of the F.M.B.A. He and his wife are members of the church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
JONES, William R., ex-sheriff of Franklin County, was born in the same, August 2, 1848, the son of Wylie and Elizabeth J. (CHENAULT) JONES, natives respectively of this county and Tennessee. Our subject was reared on a farm, and secured a good education at Ewing College. He began the study of law under Judge DUFF after leaving college, and in 1868 was admitted to the bar. He practiced but a little time, and then engaged in the mercantile business in Benton until 1875, also running a grist-mill part of this time. He then engaged in farming and stock dealing. In 1880 he was elected sheriff of Franklin County, and re-elected in 1882, his last term expiring in 1886. Since then he has given his attention to farming, and also acted as deputy sheriff. August 7, 1871, he married Rosella M WILBANKS, of this county. Three daughters are living. Mr. MOORE (Mr. JONES ?) is a Democrat, and as such was elected to the office of sheriff. He is a Mason and a member of the IOOF and K of H, and is one of Franklin's reliable citizens. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
KELLY, C. O., M.D., druggist, was born in 1845 in Ohio County, Kentucky, the seventh of twelve children (two deceased) of Rev. C. J. and Plina H. (HAYNES) KELLEY, the former of Irish stock and born 1818 in Ohio County, Kentucky, and the latter of English lineage, born in the same county in 1823. They were married and lived there until our subject was eight years old, when they went to Wayne County, Illinois. He preached there and in White County as a Missionary Baptist minister until 1873 when he established the Baptist Banner at Ewing with Rev. ALLEN, and remained editing and publishing the paper and preaching until the death of his wife in 1876, when he returned to Wayne County, and died in 1878. Our subject was educated in public schools, and when sixteen enlisted in Company E, Seventh Illinois Cavalry, and was in service three yers, receiving honorable discharge at Nashville, in January 1865. He was at New Madrid, Corinth, Iuka, Nashville, etc, and while on guard at Collierville, Tennessee, in October 1863, he was captured, and for five months held a prisoner at Belle Isle, Virginia. He returned to White County, began carpentering, and four years later studied medicine under Dr. RONALDS, of Grayville. In 1869 he married Matilda CROSS, who died in 1872. Their only child is Bertha. In 1869-1870 our subject attended the Medical College at Louisville, and then began practice at Rochester Mills, twelve miles north of Grayville. In 1871 he moved to Allendale, but a year later returned to Grayville, where his wife died. In 1874 he moved to Ewing, began practice, and soon started his drug business also. In June 1876, he married Lottie T, daughter of G. W. and Sarah T. (DUNCAN) GUTHRIE, of Ewing. Theri children are Ralph (deceased), Ovid, Fred C., Sadie and Delia (deceased). In 1879-1880 he obtained his diploma from the Misssouri Medical College, St Louis. Since 1881, when he succeeded in getting the Ewing College postoffice established, he has been postmaster until 1886. He has been so successful in practice that he now owns a fine brick residence, a business block, several town houses and lots and a well stocked farm. He is a Republican, and first voted for Lincoln. By special law he, as a soldier, was enabled to vote before he obtained his majority. He is a Mason. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
KETTEMAN, George Washington. "As a young, single man, George Washington Ketteman and his brother Will came on horseback to Franklin County from Red Key, IN. He was born in Xenia, OH, the son of Jonathan Jackson Ketteman. He said that he was born a Buckeye, raised a Hoosier, and would die a Sucker. George settled in Northern Township where he became a blacksmith and a farmer. He married Ella Roberson, who died when their daughter Hattie (Willford) was born. Later he married Sarah Lucretia Stewart, daughter of Towner and Jenny Stewart. Their children were Ida Jane (Cross) and Columbus Jackson Ketteman, born 1899. Ida died in Maywood, IL, in 1943. George, "Sally", Ida and Jack moved from their log house to their new two-story farm house in 1906." (written by Catherine WAGGONER - his daughter)
KING, W. A., farmer, and one of the founders of Ewing College, was born April 19, 1826, in Franklin County, the oldest of eight children (five deceased) of Elijah and Polly (BROWNING) King, the former of English stock, born in 1803, and the latter in 1806. They were married in Franklin County in 1825, and in 1830 came to Jefferson County, where the father died in 1840. The mother then returned to Franklin County, and settled on a farm in Browning Township, where she died in 1847. Our subject lived at home supporting the family after his father's and until his mother's death, after which he still cared for the children until they were married. In 1851 he married and settled on a tract of land in Browning Township. In December 1852, he sold and moved to Ewing Township, where he still resides. His wife, Charlotte C, daughter of Lemuel HARRISON, was born in March 1827, in Franklin County, and died in April 1876, the mother of seven children. He next married Mrs. Sarah J., widow of Robert TEAGUE, and daughter of Jordan and Lucinda (CASEY) HARRIS, born in October 1824, in Bedford County, Tennessee, a resident of Perry County, Illinois after 1829. The children by his first marriage are Lavina (deceased), Amanda (deceased, wife of Dr WEBB), Aaron, Laura (wife of E CASEY), Willis B., Isham and Evaline. Notwithstanding his poverty and early struggles, by faithful and well directed effort, our subject now owns 400 acres, most of which is improved and cultivated, he is also public spirited, being one of the committee and liberal donors of what is now Ewing Baptist Church. Since the earliest charter of the Ewing educational institutes he has been a trustee, and has for eight years been president of the County Agricultural Society. He has been a deacon of the Missionary Baptist Church since October 1874 and of Ewing Church since 1874. His wife, Aaron, Willis and Evaline are members of the same church. In June 1886, he resigned his trusteeship in the college, but the stockholders persisted in retaining him. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
KING, Willis B, farmer, was born in 1839 in Franklin County. (For his parents see sketch of W. A. KING) He was educated in the home schools with his brother W. A., until of age. He then married and settled in the place he finally purchased, where he now resides. His wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Elijah and Nancy (CLARK) WEBB, was born in 1843 in Franklin County. Their children are Edward C., Lucy B., Libba P. and Charlotte. Three boys and a girl are deceased. He began as a poor boy, but by persistence and determination he has become owner of 300 acres, 250 of which are cleared and well cultivated, and is now one of the leading farmers of this region. He is a Democrat, and cast his first vote for Douglas in 1860. He and his wife, and Edward and his wife, are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
LAYMAN, Thomas J., attorney at law of Benton, was born in Franklin County, Illinois, January 8, 1841, the son of John D. and Nancy (FITTS) LAYMAN, natives respectively, of Alabama and Tennessee. The father came to this county as early as 1825, and followed farming until his death in 1859. Our subject was reared on the farm and after the father's death soon had to do for himself. He taught school about three terms in early life, and in 1861 began the study of law under the distinguished Judge DUFF of this county. He enlisted in Company C, Eighteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served as a non-commissioned officer about one year, when he was discharged on account of disability, and resumed his law studies. In 1862 he was admitted to the bar and has remained in practice ever since with more than an ordinary degree of success. He has also given some attention to farming in connection with law matters. He has always been a Republican. May 14, 1868, he married Elizabeth R. LEMEN, of Monroe County. Two sons and two daughters are living. He is a successful man, and is recognized as a lawyer of experience and ability. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
LINK, J. B., junior member of Link Bros., Ewing, was born in 1849 in Wilson County, Tennessee. In 1869 he left home and followed his brother, F. J., to Illinois. After reaching Ewing he attended the high school and college of that place until 1878. During his school attendance he taught through vacations. After that he taught and farmed on his present farm, a mile southeast of Ewing, until in 1884 he bought W. A. Dunbar's share of the stock and thereby became a member of the firm known as Link Bros. On Christmas, 1886, he married Peoria, a daughter of Granville and Sophronia (JOHNSON) HUNGATE, of Benton. She was born in 1864 in Hamilton County, Illinois. Our subject has succeeded well and always given satisfaction as a teacher and disciplinarian, and his property he has accumulated by his industry although hindered by a lame leg. He is a Democrat politically, and first voted for S. J. Tilden. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
LINK, Robert R, secretary of Ewing College, and a prominent farmer, was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, December 4, 1832, the youngest of six children (three deceased) of James A. and Catherine (NEWMAN) LINK, the former of German stock, born in Halifax County, Virginia in 1791, and the latter of English lineage, born in Person County, North Carolina in 1794. The father was in the war of 1812 at Norfolk, but was among those who hurried to Washington at the time of its burning by the British. He was married Christmas of 1818 and remained in Halifax County until 1826, when they moved to Wilson County, Tennessee, where the mother died in 1841, and the father remarried in 1842 and farmed until his death in 1856. Our subject was educated at the high school of Wilson County and finished at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee. When twenty he began for himself, attending school and teaching until twenty-five, when he taught exclusively, and soon after bought a farm. In July 1864, he settled on his present farm in Ewing Township. In 1862 he married Eliza J., daughter of Rev. Elijah T. and Nancy (CLARK) WEBB, of Webb's Prairie. In 1864 he was elected justice for a year, and the following year elected county superintendent, and served until 1873. In 1867, when Ewing High School was organized, our subject was elected secretary by the trustees, an office he has held ever since even under the college charter. His children are William C., M. Accts. principal of the commercial department, Ewing College; Alice, principal of the musical department; Effie; Robert E (deceased); Charles A. (deceased), and Nancy. Our subject, a self-made man, now owns two farms of about 400 acres, one near Benton and the other near Ewing, and divided partly into town lots; a portion of the former was sold to the county agricultural society. He is a prominent citizen of the county, and one of the ablest guardians of the welfare of the Ewing institutions of learning. Formerly a Whig, and lately a Democrat, he in 1854, voted for St. John. In the last election the Prohibitionists nominated him for Congress in the Nineteenth Congressional District, although he has been no political aspirant. He first voted for Fillmore. He is a demitted Mason of Benton Lodge. He, his wife and two eldest daughters are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which he is an able supporter. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
LINK, Thomas J., senior member of Link Bros., general merchants, Ewing, was born in 1845 in Wilson County, Tennessee, the second of eight children (two deceased) of John and Martha (JOHNS) LINK, both born about 1820 in Virginia, and married in Wilson County, Tennessee, their home from childhood. Our subject attended school in his native county, and before of age served about nine months in Confederate service. When of age he located at Ewing, Franklin County, Illinois, and for six years was a teacher and farmer. Since then he was exclusively devoted to farming, until 1880, when he bought a half interest in the general merchandise stock of Neal & King, buying the latter's share. In 1882 Neal sold his share to W. A. DUNBAR, who a year later sold to our subject's brother, John B. Link Bros. has been the firm name since. His wife, Ann, a daughter of Andrew J. ASKEW, of Wilson County, Tennessee, was born in 1848. Our subject is a hard worker, and one of the best business men in Ewing, where the firm stands high. He owns a good little farm near Ewing, several town lots, besides the one on which he lives; a stone building and lot, and the firm has stock in the Ewing Milling Company. Our subject is a Democrat, and first voted for Seymour. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
MADDOX, Prof. Jonathon W., teacher, was born in 1843 in Wilson County, Tennessee, the son of Elijah S. and Piety (WILLIAMS) MADDOX. The father, a farmer born in the same county in 1812, of English stock, was the son of Elijah, Sr., a native of Virginia, and a pioneer of Middle Tennessee, dying in 1866 at the age of one hundred and one years. The father was married in Wilson County, and in 1850 settled on Crawford's Prairie, Franklin County, where he owned 260 acres of fine land. He died in 1880, and the mother, born in 1817, in Wilson County, Tennessee, died in 1871. She was the mother of twelve children, four of whom are living: our subject; James H., Martha P. (wife of D. W. DOTY), and Sarah (wife of J. W. EZELL), all in Franklin County. Our subject came to Franklin County when seven years old, and was educated in the public schools of that county and in the high school at Marion, Williamson County. When twenty-three he became a teacher, and has taught ever since, having been engaged more months without intermission than any teacher in Franklin County. His teaching has been confined to Jefferson, Williamson and Franklin Counties, his last term being principal of Frankfort school. He is an able instructor and disciplinarian and among the leading teachers of the county. In August 1862, he enlisted in Company B, Eighty-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, for three years or for the war, and was discharged June 10, at Chicago. He was at Stone River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and on to Atlanta, and at Franklin and Nashville, receiving a flesh wound at Chickamauga. In February 1871, he married Amanda, daughter of John R. and Sidney McKEMIE, born in 1853 in Franklin County. Their children are Mattie, Piety, Byron, Frank, Ross, Quincy, and Sidney. In politics he is a Republican, first voting for Grant in 1868. He is a Master Mason, and in 1886 was licensed as a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which church his wife also is a member. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
MALLORY, Overton R., farmer, was born in Simpson County, Kentucky, in 1844, the eldest of thirteenth children of Rev. Nathan H. and Eliza W. (WRIGHT) MALLORY, natives of the same county, born respectively in 1820 and 1825. The father, is English, and son of William MALLORY, a native of Virginia, whose father was from England, was reared in his native county, where he married in 1843, and is still living near the place of his birth and marriage. He was a captain of militia in general muster, and until the last twenty years of his life, which have been devoted to the Methodist Episcopal Church ministry, his attention was given exclusively to his farm. He is an earnest and successful minister. Besides his country school education, which our subject received while reared on his old farm, he has educated himself by his own studious habits. In 1862 he enlisted in Company K, Eighth Kentucky Cavalry and operated mostly in Kentucky and Tennessee. He was discharged a year later, at the expiration of his enlistment, when Hon. Benjamin H BRISTOW was in command. He then resumed farming, in 1867 moved to Franklin County, and in November, 1869, married Mrs. Samantha L. BROOKS, daughter of Abner and Mary REA. He has since made his home on his present farm of 170 acres, 150 of which are well cultivated and lie six miles west of Benton. He is a man of ability, in 1882 was elected magistrate, and re-elected in 1885 to his present term. He is the second largest man in the county, weighing 305 pounds, and six feet two inches in height. He is a Republican, and voted for Grant in 1868. He is president of the Crittenden Lodge, No. 49, F M B A, an elder in the Christian Church and a great Sunday-school worker and supporter of his denomination. He has local celebrity as a pulpit and secular orator at celebrations and elsewhere. He has served twelve years as school treasurer of his township. His wife is a member of the same church as her husband. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
MARTIN, Roy C., State's Attorney of Franklin County, was born near Royalton, December 2, 1882. He is a son of John and Mary (Vaughn) Martin. He was educated in the common schools and later attended Ewing College. He was appointed assistant bookkeeper of the Southern Illinois Penitentiary and served in this capacity four years. He entered the University of Valparaiso, Indiana, 1911. He was admitted to the practice of law in this state, 1914. Mr. Martin served as prosecuting attorney for the city of Benton. He was elected State's Attorney of this county in 1916 for a term of four years.
MARVEL, Col. George R., retired farmer, was born in Gibson County, Indiana, in 1815, the son of Prettyman and Lovina (ROGERS) MARVEL, of English descent, born in Delaware in 1758 and 1767 respectively. The father married in his native State, afterward moved to Georgia, thence to Livingston County, Kentucky, and in the early part of this century settled in Gibson County, Indiana, a pioneer farmer in that part of the State, where he bought 200 acres. He died in 1859. The mother died about eighty-two years of age. Our subject, the only survivor of nine children, was educated in the home schools of Gibson County, and August 13, 1835, married Sallie H. McREYNOLDS, born in Allen County, Kentucky, April 27, 1820. The parents of our subject were living with him at this time. Their twelve children are Aceneth E. (wife of G. MITCHELL). Prettyman W., John J. (deceased), James E., Wiley H., William T. (deceased), Sarah E (deceased wife of George WELMORE), Lucy J. (wife of J. PLUMLEE), Lovina J. (deceased), Martha A. (wife of George WEAVER). George H. (deceased), and Hattie M. (wife of George STEPHENS). He had four sons and two sons-in-law in the United States Army. In 1849 he moved to Posey County, Indiana, and in 1853 came to Franklin County and bought 640 acres in Sections 35 and 36, Cave Township, and has resided in the former ever since. August 10, 1861, he enlisted in Company C, Thirty-first Illinois Infantry, Gen. LOGAN's brigade, as veterinary surgeon. He returned in 1863, and organized the Thirteenth Illinois Cavalry, of which he was colonel until June 1864, when he resigned on account of deafness. He fought at Belmont, Forts Henry and Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Oxford, Holly Springs, Champion Hill, Black River, Raymond, Vicksburg, and was in numerous skirmishes. He received a flesh wound at Fort Donelson, and was attacked by rheumatism at Cairo, from which he has for the past four months been unable to leave his bed. Four sons were in the army, two of whom died: Willliam at Pine Bluff and John at home. He bears his sufferings as the Christian gentleman that he is. He and his wife have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years and of which he has been a steward for the past twenty years. Formerly a Democrat, voting for Van Buren, he has since the war been a Republican. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
McINTYRE, Dr. Angus J., physician and surgeon, was born in St. Thomas, Elgin County, Canada, in 1852, the son of Archibald and Rachael (McKELLAR) McINTYRE, natives of Argyleshire County, Scotland, and born in 1802 and 1811 respectively. In 1831 the father left his native country and immigrated to Canada, where he married, and purchased a farm of 100 acres in Elgin County, engaging in farming and stock raising. He was quite successful in his business pursuits, and assisted two of his sons to buy 200 acres, besides his own 100. He died in 1874, and his wife in 1883. Nine of their ten children are living: Catherine, Margaret, Duncan, Archibald, Sarah, John, Dugal, Angus J., and Effie. Our subject was educated at the Collegiate Institute at St. Thomas, and when twenty-three became a teacher, so continuing for three years. In 1878 he began the study of medicine under Dr. C. McLURTY, of St. Thomas, for one year. The following year he entered the medical department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and January 30, 1881, he graduated as an M.D. Since November of the same year he has been in his present practice at Thompsonville. June 13, 1883, he married Mamie, daughter of Dr. R. POINDEXTER, native of Franklin County. Helen E. is their only child. The Doctor is one of the leading physicians of Franklin County, and has a large and lucrative practice. He is a Master Mason and a Republican, and first voted for Blaine. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
MOONEYHAM, Daniel, of Benton, Ill, was born in White County, Tenn, November 4, 1823, the son of Shadrach and Lucretia (Ogels) Mooneyham. The father and family come to Illinois in the fall of 1838. He was a blacksmith and farmer by occupation and died here. Daniel was reared on a farm, and secured a common-school education in this county. About 1850 he engaged in the merchantile business in Benton, and following this did stock trading until he enlisted in the One Hundred and Tenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was elected major of the regiment, serving about six months. He resigned on account of injuries received from his horse. Maj Mooneyham was also a lieutenant in the Mexican War, serving one year, and now the surviving officer of this war in the county. For two years after the late war he followed farming and stock raising, which he still conducts, and in February 1882, he bought the Franklin Grist Mills, which he greatly improved. In 1885 he threw out the buhrs and put in the new roller process, having five double sets of rolls and a capacity of seventy-five barrels per day, employing about a half dozen hands. They have the largest and best trade in the county. January 6, 1842, he married Mary A Ward of Hamilton County, who died February 24, 1886, leaving three children: Thomas M, a lawyer of Benton; Nancy J, wife of A D Weston, of Benton; and Winfield S. He has always been a Democrat, first voting for Polk. He is a Royal Arch Mason, the oldest Mason in the county, a member of that order since 1847. He is also a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and one of the few surviving heroes of two wars. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
MOONEYHAM, Hon Thomas M., attorney at law, was born in Franklin County, October 17, 1844, the son of Maj. Daniel Mooneyham, whose sketch see elsewhere. Our subject, after his preliminary education, took a special literary course at the State University, at Bloomington, Ind, and also graduated in its law department in February 1866. In May he was admitted to the bar and began practice in Benton. In 1872 he was elected clerk of the circuit court, and in 1876 was elected to the Lower House of the Illinois State Legislature, to represent the Forty-seventh District, which he did with honor in the Thirtieth General Assembly. He then resumed practice, and continued successfully at Benton until 1880, when he engaged with his father in running the Franklin Grist Mills. In 1886 he resumed practice, and in April was elected supervisor and chairman of the county court, in which position he now serves. He was president of the city council until his removal to his farm near Benton, in November 1886. January 6, 1866, he married Frances M Threlkeld, a sister of the county superintendant. Two sons and five daughters are living and three sons deceased. He has always been a Democrat, and as such elected to his various positions. He is Past Senior Warden, of Benton Lodge, No 64, F & A M, an Odd Fellow, has passed all the chairs in the Knights of Honor, and represented them at the Grand Lodge; is also a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He is a prominent citizen and member of the legal profession in his county. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
MOONEYHAM, Major William, Franklin County's grand old man has lived to see many wonderful changes in conditions. He was born December 4, 1819 and has been a resident of Franklin County 50 years, coming here October 30, 1838. The following year he was made captain of the militia. In 1854 he was elected sheriff, collecting the taxes by virtue of his office and collected the first school taxes levied. He was re-elected in 1858. Major Mooneyham cast his first vote for James K. Polk in 1844. He is the oldest Mason in the county and was a member of the 81st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, of the Civil War for three years. He has seven grandsons in the service. Major Mooneyham was 21 years of age when his grandparents, Shadrach Mooneyham and Harkless Ogle, who served in the Revolutionary War, entered into rest. Thus Franklin County has a citizen who has heard in part the story of the Revolution from the lips of those who were participants in the great struggle.
ODUM, Addison, blacksmith and wood-workman, was born in what is now Williamson County in 1834, the son of Moses and Lucy (LAWRENCE) ODUM. The father, of English ancestry, born in North Carolina in 1805, was a son of Moses, Sr., and removed to Smith County, Tenn, when but a child, where he was reared and married about 1824. He soon became a farmer and stock raiser of Williamson County (then Franklin), and served in the Black Hawk war. The mother, German in descent, born in Virginia in 1809, died when our subject was but ten years old. Both were Regular Baptists. With farm pioneer advantages our subject learned blacksmithing with his brother Dempsey, two years at $5 per month, drawing wood at night for his clothes. He then was partner until 1859, making over 500 plows in one year, nearly all that broke the soil of Franklin County. He then assumed the business himself until his sons took it up in the last few years. In 1855, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Joshua and Ann BARTLETT, born in Vermont. Their children are: Winfield S.; Nettie (deceased); Mattie; Dempsey; Belle; Ida M. (deceased); and Pearl. In 1878 he was elected justice, but after six months resigned his commission, and for several years, was a member of the board of trustees. In November 1861, he went to Cairo to visit two brothers in the army there, and joined the Thirty-first Illinois, as they were starting out to Belmont, Mo., and for three days gallant service, and not being regularly enlisted, he was awarded his gun and uniform and discharged. The following October, he enlisted in Company F, Fifteenth Illinois Cavalry, and after six months active service was discharged on account of disability. He is a Republican, and first voted for Fillmore. He is a Mason and an Odd Fellow, and he and his wife are members of the United Brethren Church. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
ROBERSON, S M, M D, was born in 1839 in Northern Township, Franklin County, the youngest of nine children (five deceased) of William and Elizabeth (Payne) Roberson, both of English stock, the former born in 1790 in Virginia, and the later about 1800 in North Carolina. They came with their parents to Tennessee when children, and were married probably in Lincoln County. In 1830 they settled in Franklin County, on the farm now chiefly owned by Mrs. Samuel Ridline, where the father died in 1848. The mother died about 1870, while living with her daughter, Mrs. M Webb. With common school advantages, our subject when about seventeen began for himself, and traveling in Kansas part of the time. In 1858 he married and settled in Northern Township, Franklin County, and after three year there and three years on another farm, he moved to the farm now owned by Alfred Groves, and there his wife died in December 1871. After two years longer here with his four children, he sold out, and with the proceeds attended the medical college of Keokuk, Iowa, and after a twenty weeks term received a certificate to practice, which, in the spring of 1874, he began at home, and soon bought the farm now owned by W D Roberson. In 1877, because of a new law regulating practice he sold his farm, attended another term at his old place, and received a diploma from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, then in itsforty-ninth session, probably. He then began practice at his present home. In March 1882, he married Lourana, widow of Charles Hough, daughter of Augustus and Nancy (Whittington) Adams, born October, 1847, near Benton. His farms sold to educate himself, were the fruits of his own labors, and he now owns a pleasant home where he lives at present. His children are Hettie, wife of Charles Todd; Sallie, wife of Augustus Adams; John Q and Leroy. He is a Democrat, first voting for Douglas. He is a member of Charity Lodge, I O O F, and F M B A No. 75. He served as constable in Franklin County when but a young man. (Extractor's note: Lourana Adams mother was "Mary" Whittington.) Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
For twenty-one years the subject of this memoir has been a resident of Kansas. His settlement in Coffey county in 1881 marked the beginning of his connection with the prairies of the Sunflower State, and a residence in Woodson county and ten years spent in Neosho county tell the story of his career on this side of the Mississippi. But Mr. Robinson is essentially a western man. He was born in St. Clair County, Illinois, where his father settled as a pioneer, his birth occurring on the 13th of February, 1833. He is a son of John R. and Piety (Wakefield) Robinson, the former's people being North Carolinans and the latter's native of Georgia. The parents were married in Indiana and came from that state into Illinois before the latter was admitted into the Union.
Semi Robinson was the fourth child of his parents, who had five sons and five daughters. He was a country youth and his opportunities were those of the rural district. In December, 1863, he enlisted in Company I, Twentieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and took part in every engagement of his regiment during the war. He was discharged at Louisville, Kentucky, in July, 1865, and settled on a farm in Jefferson county, Illinois, on his return to civil pursuits. He remained in his native state till 1881 when he swelled the throng of old soldiers bound for the west and located in Kansas. He resided in Coffey county four years, in Woodson county seven years, and has been numbered among the modest formers of Neosho county for more than ten years. In 1852 Mr. Robinson was first married, his wife being Mary B. Cochran, of Franklin county, Illinois, who lived only a few days. August 7, 1853, he was again married, Mary M. Dale becoming his wife. June 17, 1900, Mrs. Robinson died leaving the following children. John W., who is in the employ of the Missouri Pacific railroad at Yates Center, Kansas, and Chas. A. Robinson, a blacksmith, of Gas, Kansas. April 17, 1902, Mr. Robinson took a third wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Adkison becoming the lady of his choice. She was formerly Miss Elizabeth Wolcott and is a daughter of Moses H. and Mary (Burney) Wolcott, and was born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, April 28, 1833. The Wolcotts were originally from Connecticut and the Burneys from Pennsylvania where they met and where Mrs. Robinson's parents were married, and from whence they emigrated to Louisa county, Iowa, when Mrs. Robinson was a little girl. She grew up there and married Robt. O. Watson who died as a member of Company C, Eighth Iowa Infantry. Mrs. Robinson married the second time May 2, 1867, her husband being John Hodson. He died in 1893, and in 1895 his widow married J. W. Adkison, who died in 1900. Mrs. Robinson came to Kansas in 1870 with her second husband and settled in Neosho county. Mr. Robinson is not only well known as a citizen but his political sentiments are matters of common information. He has been Republican ever since the party was organized and has helped to fight its battles for more than forty years. He cast his first vote in Franklin county, Illinois, and in the campaign of 1856 he cast his first ballot for president. As a citizen he is a gentleman of wide acquaintance and wherever known is highly esteemed. [Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; transcribed by VB]
SEEBER, William D., dean of the present county officials, was born in Cortland County, New York, May 20, 1843. He graduated from a commercial college at Binghampton, New York, in 1864. Came to Franklin County, Illinois, the following year and began teaching school, continuing in this profession for four years. He was married to Florence I. Pope in Popes Prairie in Franklin County, Sept. 16, 1869, was elected assessor in Six Mile Township two terms and justice of the peace one term of four years. In 1878 he was elected sheriff of Franklin County, serving one term. In 1881 Mr. Seeber moved to Wayne County, Illinois, living there till the fall of 1884 and during the time in Wayne County was elected justice of the peace. He returned to Franklin County and was elected police magistrate in April, 1899, serving four years. Mr. Seeber was selected deputy county clerk and served from June 1, 1898 to Nov. I, 1902. He was elected county clerk Nov. 4, 1902 and re-elected 1906, 1910 and 1914. Mr. Seeber has had twenty years of service in the county clerk's office serving longer than any clerk the county has had since the office has been separated from the circuit clerk's office.
WARD, William R, banker, of Benton, a native of Franklin County, was born August 12, 1848, the son of John and Mary (Irving) Ward, natives of Illinois. Our subject was reared to manhood in the State, and educated at the State University, at Bloomington, Ind. In 1869 he engaged in merchandising here with his father, taking charge of the business and continuing until 1873, when Capt Carroll Moore became a member of the firm, then known as John Ward & Co, until 1876. The father then withdrew, and our subject started the banking business with his other occupation. Since 1882 Ward & Moore have been exclusively and successfully engaged in the banking business, the only bank in the county. They also handle grain extensively, and railroad timber, the firm of Ward, Moore & McFall conducting the latter. October 1, 1876, he married Imogene Snyder, of this county. Their only child is Robert R. Our subject is a Democrat, and is a member of the Masonic order. Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader
WATKINS, Robert S., Sheriff of Franklin County, was born in Allen County, Kentucky, March 1, 1861, and moved to Franklin County in 1879. He served the people of Cave Township as constable eight years. Mr. Watkins received the nomination on the Republican ticket in 1898, but was defeated by J. B. Moore by thirty-one votes. He was appointed Night Deputy Warden of the Southern Illinois Penitentiary and served in that capacity for five years. The County Board of Franklin County appointed Mr. Watkins sheriff of the county to fill out the unexpired term of S. M. Locklar, deceased.
WHITTINGTON, F. D., circuit clerk of Franklin County, was born in Northern Township in this county, Oct. 26, 1876. He is the son of William Jasper and Phoebee (Bain) Whittington; he received his scholastic training in the public schools of Franklin County; began teaching school in 1898 and taught five terms. After this he was elected town clerk of Benton Township, 1902, again in 1910, 1912, and 1914. Mr. Whittington was elected circuit clerk in 1916. His term will expire in 1920.
WILLIAMS, CURTIS -- Three generations of the family of this name have taken part in the development of Illinois. The founder, Rev. S.M. WILLIAMS, a pioneer missionary Baptist minister, was born in North Carolina, January 28, 1872, and located in Franklin county, Illinois, in 1837, dying there in 1875. He married Frances SHAW, also a native of North Carolina, who died at Franklin county homestead in 1874. This pioneer couple had fourteen children. Next to the youngest of these was Stephen L. WILLIAMS, whose birth occurred in Franklin county, Illinois, November 13, 1839. He remained at home until he reached his twenty-fourth year, when he started out to make his own living as a farm hand. He remained in Franklin county until 1865, when he went to Cincinnati and entered as a student in the Physio-Medical College and, after finishing the course, returned to his native county to begin the practice of medicine. Soon afterward he located at Spring Garden, in Jefferson county, which as been his home ever since. In 1877 he graduated from the St. Louis American Medical College. January 22, 1869, Doctor WILLIAMS was married to Margaret J., daughter of James M. and Nancy (FELTS) ARNOLD, of Robertson county, Tennessee. After an active practice of many years, Doctor WILLIAMS is now living in peaceful retirement at Spring Garden. His wife was a native of Tennessee and came to this county when fourteen years old. Doctor and Mrs. WILLIAMS had four children: Hugh, deputy Sheriff of Jefferson county; Viola May died in infancy; Curtis and Alsa, who is an optician in business in Jefferson county. Curtis WILLIAMS, the third child, was born at Spring Garden, Jefferson county, Illinois, July 21, 1873. After the usual term in the district schools, he entered Ewing College in Franklin county when seventeen years old and remained there during four school years, graduating in 1905 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He taught school for seven years, during and subsequent to his college career, his education work being mostly done in Jefferson county. He was a teacher in the Mount Vernon high school one year, at Woodlawn for three years and Opdyke one year. In the fall of 1901 he entered the University of Missouri at Columbia and was graduated in the class of 1904 with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. The next year he located at Mount Vernon, having been admitted to practice law by the Illinois Supreme Court, December 13, 1904. He has since been steadily engaged in prosecuting his profession, his office being in rooms 1-2-3 of the Rockaway and Emmerson building. He is attorney for the Fidelity & Casualty Company, of New York, and has other prominent clients, including the Home Insurance Company of New York. June 11, 1907, Mr. WILLIAMS was married to Miss Maud L., daughter of Alvin and Anna (WATKINS) GILBERT, a farmer and stock raiser, of Waltonville. One child, Alvin Lacey, was born March 13, 1908. Mr. WILLIAMS has served as deputy grand chancellor of the Knights of Pythias. He is also a member of the Masonic order and is prominent and popular both in fraternal and social circles. He is a member of the Republican County Central Committee and takes an active interest in politics. [Source: Wall's History of Jefferson Co., IL, published 1909 by B. F. Bowen & Co. Pages 545, 546, 547 Submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader]