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David G. Wyckoff - was born in Blenheim, Schoharie County, N. Y., May 5, 1812. When but a boy, at the age of 14 years, he left the parental home and went to New York City, where he learned the tailor's trade. In 1833, he was married to Miss Phoebe Eliza Bonnell, a native of New York City, the marriage taking place in Newark, N. J.
He came to Illinois and settled in Delhi, Jersey County, where he followed his trade until 1840, at which tiem he came to Jerseyville, where he continuoulsy pursued his trade as merchant tailor for 9 years, until 1849. At this time he established a general mercantile business by forming a partnership with John E. Rundle, but in 1850 he became sole proprietor and so continued until October 1865, when he son Horatio N. Wyckoff became his partner, after which time the firm name was known as D. G. & H. N. Wyckoff.
They carried a full line of Dry Goods, Boots and Shoes. The present building erected in 1871, is the third erected on the same lot where he first located in 1843. Mrs. Wyckoff died in 1851, leaving six children, Cahterine E., Horatio H., Mary A., George E., Cornelia J., and Francis E. At his death, it was said, he was the oldest merchant in the state of Illinois. He came to Jerseyville when there were but few dwellings, and he watched with interest the continued growth of the city for fifty years. He died at his home in Jerseyville, surrounded by children and friends,, Sunday morning, Nov. 20, 1892.
Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]