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Biographical Sketch of Nathaniel Miner

Nathaniel Miner

Nathaniel Miner - was born near Old Grown Point, N. Y., January 1, 1801. He was the fourth child of William and Prudence Miner. When he was one year old his parents move to Bridgeport, Vermont, where he made his home until he wa 33 years old. He received his early education in the schools at Bridgeport.

In October, 1832, he came to the present limits of Jersey County, and in 1833, entered a quarter section of land in section 19 about ½ miles west of Jerseyville, where he lived for 61 years, until his death. Mr Miner assisted in raising the first fram building in Jerseyville, the present site of Harry Hill's Clothing and Furnishing House. August 3, 1834, he was married to Miss Louisa Jackson, daughter of Aaron Jackson, a native of Vermont. Mr. Jackson and family were formerly from Addison County, Vermont. The fruits of this union were seven sons; Edward, of Carrollton, Ill.; Charles E., for a long time clerk at Commercial Hotel, Jerseyville; Aaron J., farmer of Calhoun County; Lorenzo J., who died of a wound received at the battle of Mrufreesborough, Tennessee, who was First Lieutneant of Co. C., of the 61st. Inf. Ill. Vol.; Darwin C.; George W., the youngest, who still resides on the old home place. Mrs. Miner died Aug. 22, 1869.

In 1872, Mr. Miner was marred to Mary J. Ingels, a native of New Hampshire. In 1842, Mr. and Mrs. Miner identified themselves with the First Baptist Church of Jerseyville. Mr. Miner was the first constable elected after the organization of Jersey County. On May 22, 1894, his second wife died at their home, 1 ½ miles west of Jerseyville. Mr. Miner was a practical farmer until his death. He died at his county home where he has resided for 61 years, December 13, 1894. Mr. Miner was a good man and enjoyed the confidence and respect of all who knew him.

Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]