R. J. Heath was born in Erie county, Pa., December 10, 1837. His parents, Joseph and Elizabeth ( Richmond ) Heath, were both natives of the State of New York.
In 1846 the family migrated to Illinois and settled in Carroll county. Here the subject of this sketch received a common school education, learned the carpenter's trade, and followed the same until 1861, when he responded to the call of country by enlisting in Company K of the 15th Illinois, three-months' call. He was transferred to Company A of the 34th Illinois, where he served until July 11, 1865, when he was mustered out as First Lieutenant. After returning from service, Mr. Heath resumed his trade for one year, then followed farming until May, 1869, when he came to Hardin county. Here he has devoted most of his time to his trade.
He owns 80 acres of land on section 31, where he has resided since 1880. Mr. Heath is an independent in politics, and has held local offices for several years. He was married in 1866 to Miss Mattie McNamer, a native of Illinois, born July 6, 1840. They have had two children, one of whom is now living.
Source: 1883 Hardin County History -- Submitted by Nanette White