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GARRETT BEAN
Was born in Kentucky in 1807.  At the age of 20 he emigrated to Pike county, Ill., where he lived one year, then to Galena, Ill, for a short time, and then to Quincy, Ill., where he worked one winter for John Wood, afterward Governor of Illinois, for whom Mr. B. made 4,000 rails and 2,000 shingles. After living in Adams county one year, Mr. B., in 1836, came to Hancock county, Ill., and located in St. Albans tp., on the farms where he now lives. Although placed in the wilderness with nothing excepting willing hands and a noble wife, he has accumulated a handsome fortune. He has a farm of 346 acres of good timber and praire land.

He married in 1831 to Miss Nancy Crow, of Adams county, Ill., and 4 boys and 4 girls were born to this union,-Sarah E., William, John, Martha, Mary A., and Henry are those that are living. Mr. B. has held the office of School Trustee and is a member of the Methodist Church.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

JESSE W. BROWN
Miller, at Stillwell, is a native of the Buckeye State and was born in 1847. His father was Isaac C., native of Ohio and born in 1809. His mother was Rachel Hurt, who was born in Vermont in 1801. Jesse W. remained with his parents till 1864, when he enlisted at Camp Butler in the 32d Ill. Inft., under Col. Logan. He did his first fighting at Kingston, Georgia, where he got hurt and was not able to do any more active service. After returning home he was at Chili, then he went to Burlington, Iowa, where he was engaged in the shingle factory for a short time; then he worked for the C.,B.&Q. bridge contractors, and helped build their bridge over the Mississippi river, and then he returned to Chili, then acted as foreman over a company of men who were engaging in moving houses for the railroad company. He next was engineer at the mills at Stillwell, Ill., for 2 1/2 years, then in the same business at La Harpe, Ill., and has been in the milling business at Stillwell since 1874. He is a Freemason, being a member of the Dills Lodge, NO. 295; is also a Methodist and a Republican.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

N.R. BUTLER
Farmer, was born in Kentucky in 1827. His father, Hezekiah Butler, was a native of Maryland, and was born in 1799; his mother, Margarette, nee Payne, was born in 1808. At the age of 24 he was married to Apphia Seaton, who was a native of Kentucky, and she died in 1864.  There were 3 children by this union. Mr. Butler came to his present farm in 1852, and has lived there ever since. He owns a farm of 190 acres of land, valued at $40 pe acre. Mr. B. takes unusual interest in his family, neatness and thrift being manifest in all the surroundings. In educational matters Mr. B. takes great interest in giving his own children the benefits of schools, and also in advancing the interests of education in any way that he possible can. He was married a second time, to Hannah Clark, of Hancock county, Ill., in 1867, and their 2 children are Frank and George F.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

HENRY CLARK
Farmer, sec 5, P.O., West Point; was born in 1823, in New York. His father, Calvin Clark, was a native also of New York, and was born in 1799; was weigh-master in the war of 1812, at Sacket's Harbor. His mother's maiden name was Fannie Searles, and she was born in Bennington, Vt., in 1804, and died in 1835. Grandfather Searles was born in 1764, in Rhode Island. His grandmother Searles was born in 1766, in Rhode Island. Mr. C. lived with his parents until 18 years of age, then lived in Oneida county for the next two years, then emigrated to Wisconsin, remainging till 1858, when he came to Hancock county, Ill., and moved into the same house where he now lives. Before locating on this farm Mr. Clark spent several years clerking in stores. He owns 120 acres of land, most of which is improved. In 1848 he married Gertrude M. Striker (since deceased), who bore him 2 children. He married his second wife in 1860, Abby B. Striker, a sister of his former wife, a native of New York, and born in 1825. Of the 2 children by this union Ruth E. is living. Mr. C. has been associated with many Indian tribes in his early history with the West and can-speak several Indian languages. He is a Democrat.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

DR. V.B. COREY
West Point, was born June 3, 1828, in Penn Yan, Yates county, N.Y.; his parents were Joseph A. and Mercy (Andrews) Corey, natives of Rhode Island. The grandparents of our subject were Joseph A. and -- (Briggs) Corey, of English descent. The parents of Mercy Andrews were Samuel and Waty (Briggs) Andrews, of Providence, R.I., and of English ancestry. The subject of this notice left home at the age of 14; but at the age of 20 he commenced the study of medicine, having the use of the library of Dr. Andrew F. Oliver. In 1854 he came West, visited several States, and located first at Quincy, Ill., where he read medicine in the office of Dr. John Parson for two years, when he came and settled at West Point, this county, and established himself in a good practice. Being a strong Republican and a Union man, he enlisted Aug. 28, 1862, as a private in Co. C. 118th Ill. Vol. Inf., to serve three years; the regiment was organized at Camp Butler, Springfield, Illl., and the Doctor was apppointed Hospital Steward of the regiment; May 16, 1863, at the battle of Champion Hills, Miss., he was detailed to act as Assistant Surgeon, which position he continued to hold until the regiment was mustered out in October, 1865. The Doctor was in the battle of Chickasaw Bluff, Miss., Dec., 1862, and the engagements at Arkansas Post, Jan. 11, 1863; the regiment was then in camp at Young's Point, La., until March 9 next, when it was moved to Milliken's Bend, and April 2 it was ordered to the rear of Vicksburg, in the siege of which it participated under Gen. Grant. May 1 they met the enemy at Port Gibson, then at Champion Hills; but previous to  the last the Doctor had been sent back to the hosptial at Raymond, Miss. At this place he was taken prisoner, but paroled, and afterwards returned to the regiment as Assistant Surgeon, at Black River Ridge, in the rear of Vicksburg. The regiment was transferred to the Department of the Gulf under Gen. Banks, then ordered to Port Hudson, La., in January, 1864, and July following to Baton Rouge, where in October, 1865, they were mustered out. The Doctor then returned to West Point, where he has since resided, in the enjoyment of a lucrative practice.

He was married in Quincy, Ill., Oct. 29, 1855, to Miss Mary O. Conyers, a native of Missouri and a daughter of John Conyers, who was a native of Kentucky and of Irish and German descent. The Doctor has had 5 children, of whom 4 are living-Martha J., now the wife of G.G. Lohr, residing at Columbus, Adams county, Ill.; John T.; Charles F. and Agnes A., the last living at home. Dr. Corey is a Freemanson, a Republican, and was Postmaster four years in Pike county. His portrait is given elsewhere in this volume.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

FRANCIS EGBERS
Farmer, sec. 23; P.O., West Point; was born in New Orleans, La., in 1835. He was a son of Charles and Magdalen (Amons) Egbers, both of whom were natives of Germany. The former was born in 1800 and the latter in 1812. The subject of this sketch was brought up under the parental roof until his 24th year, when he emigrated to the mountains in the West, and for a year and a half engaged in various kinds of work; in 1860 he returned home and remained one year, and then, in 1861, took unto himself a wife in the person of Elizabeth Wilcox, who was born in 1820 in Englnad. Unto them have been born 4 children, 3 of whom are still living; viz., Wiber S., Robert C. and Guy F. After marriage Mr. E. located on his father's farm in Rocky Run tp., and then on a farm of his own in same tp., where he lived seven years, and then located in St. Alban's, near West Point, and was there until he located in Stillwell, where he was engaged in the flouring business for one year, and then he purchased the farm on which he now resides. His farm of 110 acres is valued at $4,000. Mr. E. and his estimable wife are members of the Methodist Church.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

WILLIAM H. FELGAR
Farmer, sec. 24; P.O., West Point. In the subject of this sketch we have one of St. Alban's most active business men. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1841. His parents were from the same State. His father, John Felgar, was born in 1818. During the first 28 years of his successful life he remained at home; then was united in marriage to Mary A. Hardy, of Adair county, Ill., in 1868. They have been blessed with 7 children-May I., John b., Minnie G., Harry H. Oliver H., William S. and Olive A. (dec.). After marriage Mr. F. located on his present farm of 240 acres. This home is valued at $10,000. Mr. F. is a Lutheran and a Democrat.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

F.L. FULMER
Farmer, sec. 9; P.O. West Point; was born near Niagara Falls, in Canada, in 1840. His father, Jacob Fulmer, was a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in 1804. His mother was a native of New York State, and was born in 1808. Her maiden name was Mary J. Merrill. After he was 21 years old, Mr. F. came to Jacksonville, Ill., and was employed in the Insane Hospital for two years. He then married Miss Mary J. Bayless and moved to Wisconsin, locating at Iron Ride, Dodd Co., and farmed two years. Then he moved to Hancock county and located near West Point, and has resided here most of the time since. Was in Keokuk two years as bridge-keeper, then in Carthage one year, having charge of the poor farm. Mr. F. owns 110 acres of well improved land. He is one of St. Alban's representative farmers. He is a member of the M.E. Church at West Point. Their children are Lee D. and Maud.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

J.J. GUTHRIE
Grocer, West Point, was born in Kentucky in 1835. He was the son of John and Sarah (Johnston) Guthrie. Mr. G. remained at home until 21 years of age, receiving more than an ordinary education, enabling him to teach school for several terms. He was married in 1858 to Sarah Crampton, who was born in Schuyler county, Ill., in 1837. She has borne him 10 children, 6 fo whom are living-Wm. L., Ella, John F., Adie, Charles L. and Henry. Mr. G. owns a beautiful home in the village, besides his well-stocked store. He is a member of the Lutheran Church; has been Supervisor, and for 15 years Justice of the Peace, and is now School Treasurer, which office he has filled with unanimous satisfaction for five years.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

GREEN HARDING
Farmer; P.O., Stillwell; was born in 1820, in Adair county, Ky. He is a son of Abel and Julie (Bettisworth) Harding; his father was a native of Kentucky, and was born in 1798. His mother was born in Virginia in 1791. The subject of this sketch is the eldest of 12 children. He came to Hancock county, Ill., with his parents, in 1831, which makes him one of the earliest settlers in the county. When his father settled here there were only four families in St. Alban's tp. His father lived the rest of his long and useful life in the county. He died in 1861. At the age of 17 Mr. Green Harding left home and lived with an uncle for three years, giving most of his time to hunting. He was united in marriage in 1842, with Miss Sarah A. Stokes, who bore him 9 children, 5 boys and 4 girls. She died in Oct., 1862. He married his present wife, Elizabeth Bucklew, of Hancock county, Ill., in 1871, who was a native of Ohio and born in 1840. Julia R., Weslian G. and Edwin Irvin G. have been born to them. Mr. H. first located on land on which a part of the town of Stillwell now stands. He lived there 20 years, when, in 1863, he sold out and purchased the farm on which he now lives. Mr. H. owns 166 acres of improved land. His home surroundings are such as will make his old age a pleasant one. He has been School Trustee for 20 years and Justice of the Peace 10 years. He began his Christian life with the M.E. Church, but now he is a believer in the Universalist doctrine.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

JOHN HICKS
Farmer, sec 9; P.O., West Point; was born in Pennyslvania in 1844, and was the son of Constant W. and Susanah (Kelly) Hicks. The former was born in Vermont in 1820, and died in 1878. His grandfather Kelly was in the war of 1812  and died ---. His grandmother Kelly died in 1793. His great-grandfather Kelly was born in 1766, was in the Revolutionary war and died in 1850. The subject of this sketch was married in 1874. He began accumulating for himself on the farm where he now lives, and now owns 166 acres of improved land. He enlisted in the later war in 1864, in the 28th Ill. Inft.; was in the battle of Spanish Fort, Ala. His 2 children are, Susanah, born Sept. 13, 1875, and Constant B, born March 16, 1878.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

HENRY HINKLE
Farmer, sec. 14; P.O., West Point; is the son of Andrew and Catharine (Shew) Hinkle, and was born in Pennsylvania in 1827. His parents were natives of Pennyslvania, and his father is still living at the age of 85. Mr. H. assisted his father until he attained his majority, when he took unto himself a wife in the person of Sophia Frantz, who was a native of the Keystone State, and born in 1828; 5 of their 9 children are living, Samuel A., Catharine D., Elijah E., Mary M., Franklin A. Mr. H. resided in Pennyslvanaia till 1858, working at his trade, which was blacksmithing. He then came  West and located in Adair county, Ill., where he lived four years, then came to St. Alban's tp. where he has farmed ever since. Mr. H. owns 130 acres of good land, and has the reputation of being one of St. Alban;s representative farmers. He and his estimable wife are members of the Christian Church.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

ELLIOTT S. HOFFMAN
Farmer, sec 22, was born Jan. 7, 1826, in Madison county, Va.; his parents were James and Mary H. (Finks) Hoffman, natives of the same county, and of German and English ancestry; the former was born in 1800 an the latter in 1806. Elliott Finks, the grandfather of Mr. Hoffman, was a Major in the war of 1812. The subject of this notice commenced life for himself at the age of 24, lived in Virginia several years, then in Maryland four years, and about 1860 came to Hancock county. In October, 1864, he enlisted in Co. C, 42d Ill. Vol. Inf., and served one year, being in the battles of Franklin, Spring HIll, Nashville, etc. Since the close of the war he has resided in this county except six or seven years in Adams county, Il., four years of which time he lived ten miles south of Quincy. By trade Mr. H. is a carpenter and joiner, but since his marriage he has followed farming. He was married in October, 1866, to Mrs. Mung, nee Isabella Gregory, daughter of John Gregory, of Adams county, Ill., and formerly of Virginia. She was born in 1826. Mr. G. was of Irish descent and his wife of Scotch. Mr. Hoffman has a farm of 154 acres, valued $30 per acre, in this tp., on sec. 22, where he resides, and he has also 45 acres in Livingston county, Mo., and 320 in Adams county, on sec. 22, Fall Creek tp., valued at $100 per acre and yielding a rental of $1,00 a year. In politics Mr. H. is a Democrat; was formerly an old-line Whig. He is also a member of the Advent Christian Church, at Antioch, of which he and his wife have been members for abour five years; they were formerly Baptists.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

GEO. M. JONES
Farmer, sec. 26; P.O., Stillwell; was born in Ohio in 1833; when 18 years old he went to the Golden State where he mined and farmed for four years; then he returned to Hancock county, Ill., in 1855, where he has lived ever since excepting the three years he has served his country in the war for the suppresssion of the Rebellion. He enlisted in the 10th Missouri Infantry, under Col. Holmes, and was in many of the hard-fought battles of the war, among which are the first and second sieges of Corinth, and the battle of Inka, and was wounded in the battle at Jackson, and was then taken prisoner, sent to Richmond, Va., and cast into Libby prison; but was soon removed from there to Annapolis, Md., and placed in the navy hospital; was sent from there to the parol camp at St. Louis, Mo. After going to the front again he was doing garrison duty most of the time and was in the battle of Resaca, Ga. He was discharged at Cartersville, Ga., in 1864. Since his return home he has lived on his present farm. He has been twice married. His first marriage was with Miss Eliza Stokes, in 1855; names of the children are Wilson J. and Delia E. His present wife is a sister of his former wife and a daughter of Noah Stokes, whose biography is given further on Mr. J. is School Trustee at this time. In politics he is a Republican.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

CHARLES H.G. KESSLER
Farmer, sec. 17; P.O., West Point. This gentleman is a native of Germany, where he was born in 1817. He is the 10th of 11 children born to John and Mary (Wies) Kessler His parents having died when he was young, he was raised by an uncle until he was 14 years old,, when he was apprecticed for three years to learn the book-binding trade. Completeing his apprenticeship, he emigrated to Amerca in company with his brother John, in 1836. He first lived in the south part of Missouri for 10 years, then he came to Hancock county, and resided in Warsaw for two years, then to the bottoms for two years, then to the bluffs for seven years, and finally to the farm where he now resides, which consists of 190 acres of most improved land. Mr. K. was married in 1841 to Elizabeth Benner. of Missouri, but a native in Germany. 11 children have been born to this union, only 4 of whom are living; viz., Charles W., Elizabeth, Philip and Annie. His children have more than an ordinary education. Charles has attended the Wesleyan College of Missouri. Methodist. Republican.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

JOSEPH R. KINNY
Deceased, well and favorably known, and none more honored or loved, was born in Erie county, N.Y., June 23, 1820. In 1837 when 17 years old, he came to Illinois, and located in St. Alban's tp. with his parents. At the age of 23 he was united in marriage with Miss Ann J. Graham, who was a native of Pennsylvania, and born in 1827. He leaves to mourn his loss,  his aged widow and 6 of 11 children. Mr. Kinny, although never aspiring to become wealthy, accumulated a handsome fortune to leave his family. This was accomplished, too, by his own unceasing industry, and strict honesty. He began the strifes and toiled of life with only $200, which as given to him by Mrs. Kinny's grandfather Graham, he first purchased 50 acres of land, which is the part of his present farm on which are the home improvements. He owned 165 acres of land, most of which was well improved. The names of the 6 living children are- Mary P., born in 1849; Minerva A., born in 1851. Sylvia A., born in 1853; Lutina J., born in 1855; Emma L., born in 1857; Charles O., born in 1866; and Albert T., born in 1870. Mr. Kinny early embrased the Savior, and, together with his young wife, united with St. Alban's Free-Will Baptist Church, of which he remained a faithful member until his death. "He was a nobel Christian, a tender husband, a loving father, a kind neighbor."
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

JOHN M KITTEL
Farmer, sec. 16; P.O., West Point; is one of the pioneers of Hancock county, and also of St. Alban's tp. He has been a resident of the county for 28 years, and 18 years in this tp. When Mr. K. located where he now lives there were but few improved farms in the county. He has made all of his large fortune of 430 acres of good land, by the sweat of his brow and strict honesty. Mr. K. is not only one of  St. Alban's wealthy men, but he is known as one of the solid men of Western Illinois. He is a native of Germany, born in 1824; came to American in 1850, and first located in Adair county, N.Y.; thence to Quincy, Ill., and was there until 1852, and then went to Warsaw, where he lived for 10 years, teaming most of the time. In 1862 he came to his present farm, where he has resided ever since. He was married in 1852 to Margaretta Geits, of Quincy, Ill., but a native of Germany. The children by this union are 7, - 4 boys and 3 girls. His second union was with Miss Margarette Kittel, in 1868, and they have 4 children living; viz., Sophira, Elizabeth, Martha, and Peter. Mr. K. has more than an ordinary education, and is able to read German and English fluently. Methodist. Republican.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.

G.W. LINN
Druggist, West Point, was born in Indiana in 1832. His parents were natives of Ohio; his father, John Linn, was born in 1803, his mother was born in 1805. Mr. Linn at the age of 18 began learning the blacksmith trade, and continued in this employment until 1860, when he engaged in mercantile business for the next 5 years. In 1873 he moved to Hancock county, Ill., and commence the drug business, in which he has been ever since. This is the only drug store in the village. Mr. L. has a large stock of goods, and not only enjoys a lucrative trade, but by his social qualities and courteous treatment of customers he universally esteemed. He was married to Mary E. Carter, of Ohio, in 1853. She has borne him 3 children; viz., Mary A., Emma C., and Nettie F.  Mr. Linn's wife died May 20, 1973. He was married to his second wife, Mrs. Irene Taylor, of Liberty, Ill., in September, 1863. There are 2 children by this union,-George H., born in November, 1874, and Cory G., born in July, 1879. Mr. L. is a member of Masonic and Odd Fellows orders. Has been Collector. Methodist. Republican.
Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, by Th. Gregg, 1880, Transcribed by J.S.



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