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Adkinson, James A. - one of the progressive agriculturists of Jersey County, owns 320 acres of very valuable land near Grafton and is engaged in operating his farm. He was born at Burning Springs, W. Va., July 2, 1850, a son of Charles W. Adkinson, a native of Ohio. He was a farmer who, seeking better opportunities, went in 1860 to St.Louis, Mo, and in 1868 came to Jersey County, bringing his family with him.Jersey County continued to be his home, although his death occured at St.Louis, where he was paying a visit. In his political faith, he was a Democrat. The Methodist Episcopal Church held his membership.

Growing up amid rural surroundings, James M. Adkinson became a farmer and has followed this line of work all his life. Mr. Adkinson was married (first) to Miss Carrie Journey, who was born in Illinois, and they had two children, namely; Charles William, who resides in Jerseyville; and Mrs. Calhoun, who lives near Otter Creek, Il. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Adkinson was married (second) to Miss Danniella Barber, of Rich Hill, Mo., and they have two children, namely; Arthur, and Raymond, who both of whom are at home. Mr. Adkinson votes for the candidate he deems best suited for office rather than according to party lines, and he has served as superintendent of public highways and road commissioner. Fraternally he belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. A man of sound principles, he lives up to his convictions, and is held in high respect by all who know him.

Allemang, Leon Douglas - city alderman of Grafton, and one of the substantial men of this section, belongs to an old and honored family of Jersey County. He was born at Grafton, May 24, 1876. The paternal grandparents came from Alsace-Lorraine, France, to the United States at an early day; while the maternal grandparents were prominent farmers in the vicinity of Portsmouth, Ohio, where the mother of Leon Douglas Allemang was born. She and her husband had the following children; Blanche; Rupert, who is deceased; Allie Chappell, who is deceased;Leon Douglas; and Claude, who is deceased. The parents of Leon Douglas Allemang came to Illinois in 1869, locating in Grafton. The father was a steamboat agent and as such came into contact with many celebrated men, among them being Mark Twain, whom he knew very well. He held this position for eighteen years, and then was city marshal of Grafton for a couple of years, dying in 1903. During the Civil War, he gave this country a loyal service as a soldier, and later belonged to the local G.A.R. In politics he was a Republican. His wife survives and lives in Grafton.

Until he was sixteen years old, Leon Allemang attended the Grafton Schools, and then engaged in fishing for two years. Subsequently he was employed in the limestone quarries, and then for twenty-one years was engaged in steamboating. He then became interested in a warehouse business, and is now operating a large warehouse at Grafton. Politically he is a Republican, and in 1916 was elected a member of the city council of Grafton. Fraternally he belongs to the Knights of Pythias. A man of progressive ideas, he has been able to advance and is accepted as a desirable citizen in every respect.

Allen, Hugh - a successful general farmer of English Township, Jersey County, owns and operates a fine farm of 180 acres, upon which he has always lived. He was born on this farm, March 5, 1874, a son of Hugh and Margaret (Durney) Allen, natives of Ireland, who located in English Township after their marriage, buying there a farm of eighty acres. To this farm the father kept on adding until he owned 360 acres all in one body, and on it he dies in 1892. The mother died many years ago. Their children were as follows; richard, who lives in Jersey Township; Margaret, who is deceased; Rose, who lives with her brother Richard; Thomas, who lives in English Township; and Hugh.

Hugh Allen attended the Fremont district school and has always lived at home. He carries on general farming and raises horses, cattle and hogs, and has made a success of his life work. On November 24, 1897, he married Nellie Kraus, born at Fieldon, Il., a daughter of John and Fannie (Bertman) Kraus, natives of Germany. Mr. & Mrs. Allen have the following children; Francis, Joseph, Thomas, Mark, Willifred, Eugene, Mary Louise, and Robert. In politics Mr. Allen is a Democrat, and he served as a school director, and for one term he was supervisor of his Township. He is a member of the Catholic Church. Fraternally he belongs to Knights of Columbus and Kane Camp M.W.A. A man of sound principles and energy, he has gained respect from his associates, and stands high in his community.

Allen, Richard - owner of a fine farm of 230 acres of very valuable land on section 6, Jersey Township, is one of the prosperous general grain farmers and stockraisers of Jersey County. He was born in English Township, February 24, 1865, a son of Hugh and Margaret (Durney) Allen, natives of Ireland, who were married in Jersey County, Il and located in English Township, where both passed away, he dying in 1891 and she is 1884. They had five children.

On February 15, 1898, Richard Allen, who had been living with the family on the homestead, was married to Julia E. Duggan, born in Mississippi Township, a daughter of Micheal Duggan, born in Ireland. Mr. & Mrs. Allen became the parents of the following children; Edward, Leo and James. On March 26, 1916, Mrs. Allen died and since then Mr. Allen's sister Rosa has kept house for him. Until 1905, Mr. Allen continued to operate a portion of the homestead, but in that year he bought 230 acres of land on section 6, and since then has made many improvements, and has now a very desirable property. On it he raises cattle, horses and hogs, and carries on general grain farming.

Since 1908 he has been a school director, and beleives in the public schools system as he received his own educational training in the local district schools. He was reared in the Catholic Faith and is an earnest member of the local church. In politics he is a Democrat. Earnest, steadfast and reliable, he has forged ahead and deserves the prosperity which he has attained.

Allen, Thomas - owner of 220 acres of fine farm land in English Township, is justly regarded as one of the substantial farmers of Jersey County. He was born in English Township, December 21, 1870, a son of Hugh and Margaret(Durney) Allen, natives of Ireland, who came to the United States, and for a time after landing in this country, Hugh Allen worked in New York State, but later he came to Jersey County. He located on a farm he bought that contained a log cabin, and here the following children were born; Richard, who lives in Jersey Township; Margaret, who died in 1915; Rosa, who lives with Richard ; Thomas and Hugh. The father dies in 1891, the mother having passed away in 1884.

Thomas Allen was reared in his native township and attended the grade and high schools. After the death of the father, the children remained together for a time, but later divided the homestead and other property, and Thomas Allen received 120 acres as his portion. He has since added 100 acres to his farm and on it he has erected buildings and made other valuable improvements so that now he has a fine property, and here he is doing general farming and stock raising.

On November 16, 1898, Mr. Allen was married to Nellie Quinn, born in Jersey County, February 12, 1872, a daughter of Thomas and Ellen(Kinsela) Quinn, natives of Ireland. Mr. & Mrs. Allen have the following children; Richard, Mary, Margaret, Hugh, Aquinas, Helen, and Pauline. St. Francis Catholic Church of Jerseyville holds the membership of the Allen family. In politics Mr. Allen is a Democrat, while Fraternally he belongs to the Knights of Columbus.

Alward, Richard - owner of 34 acres of valuable Ruyle Township land, is numbered among the successful farmers of Jersey County. He was born at Brunswick, N.J., May 21, 1853, a son of William and Hannah (Wooden) Alward, natives of New Jersey, who in 1855 came to Jersey County. Richard Wooden came here at an early day, entering government land in Fidelity Township and Ruyle Township. The parents settled on a 140 acre farm, the mother's father had entered from the government, and on it the father died about 1868. The mother continued to live there til her death, about 1897.

Richard Alward attended school, but very little, and is principally self-taught, but has always had keen business sense. When he was twenty-one years old, he began farming on rented land in Ruyle Township, and began making payments on forty acres, but was only able to continue them for two years. He then made a sale, and disposed of horses, four hogs and other stock, and thereby secured enough money to buy twenty acres of timber land, on which he later erected buildings. He cleared off his land, and kept on adding to his original purchase, and later inherited forty-four acres from his mother's estate in the American Bottoms. By this time he had eighty-four acres, and to it added twenty more acres. Keeping on clearing his land and farming, he was able to buy fifty more acres of land in the bottom of Ruyle Township, and later bought forty acres near Foster's Lake, in the same township. His next purchase was eighty acres in Ruyle Township, and then he added eighty acres one-half a mile south of his first twenty-acre purchase. On this he built his present home. He now owns 364 acres of land, all of which is in Ruyle Township, and on it he carries on general farming, and raises white faced cattle, horses and hogs.

Mr. Alward was married to Rachel Kelly, born in Fidelity Township, a daughter of William Kelly. Mr. and Mrs. Alward have the following children: William, who lives in Greene County, Il.; John, who lives in Ruyle Township; James, who lives in Greene County, Il.; Joseph, who lives in Fidelity Township; Mary, who is Mrs. Edward Powers, of St. Louis, Mo.; Anna, who is Mrs. Andrew Murphy, of Jersey Township; Biddy, who is Mrs. Edward Fitzsimmons, of Ruyle Township; and Sadie, who is Mrs. Joseph Madden, of Gillespie, Il;. In politics Mr. Alward is a Democrat, but his time has been too much occupied for him to accept office, although well fitted to discharge public duties.

Ames, Nathaniel - who is recalled with respect as a man of military prowess and as a preacher of great power, was born April 25, 1761 at Killingly, Conn. When he was six years old, his father David Ames, gave him into the care of his grandfather who had recently lost a son during the French and Indian War. When Nathaniel Ames was eighteen years old, he enlisted in the Continental service for the campaign of 1779, after which he agreed to take the place of a soldier who had enlisted for a period of three years, that had a family who needed his support. Nathaniel Ames completed his period of service, and was honorably discharged by Major Walbridge in the winter of 1780. That winter the regiment was sent from the barracks at Morristown, to Woodbridge, N.J., and Nathaniel Ames enlisted for the campaign of 1870 under Colonel Starns, a quartermaster sergeant.

Atchison, Clarence P. - who is one of the prominent and representative men of Jerseyville and well known all over Jersey County, was born in Jerseyville, Il., March 12, 1883. He is a son of Eldridge and Elizabeth (West) Atchison, the former of whom was born in Atchison County, Mo., in 1849, and the latter some years later at Jerseyville. The paternal grandfather, Peter Atchison, was born in England and came to Jerseyville in 1860. The maternal gradnparents were John and Mary (Hibiant) West, the former who was born in Scotland and was a pioneer settler in Jersey County, Il.,where he followed the trades of stonemason and plasterer. His wife was a native of Alsace Lorraine, France.

Eldridge Atchison, father of Clarence P., wa well known resident of Jersey County, where he engaged in farming and butchering. He lived for a time at Delhi and later Jerseyville, and in earlier years drove a meat wagon through the country neighborhood. His death occured at Jerseyville on July 3, 1916. His widow survives and resides in this city.

Clarence P. Atchison attended the public schools at Jerseyville until he was fourteen years of age and then entered another kind of school- a printing office. He started at the bottom of the ladder in the Jerseyville County Democrat office and by 1901 had completed his apprenticeship. He continues with the same journal, having charge of the advertising department and the snappy editorials in the sporting department come from his pen.

Mr. Atchison was married April 28, 1909, to Miss Josephine C. Lenz, who was born in English Township, Jersey County, and is a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Albart) Lenz. The father of Mrs. Atchison was born in Bremen, Germany, and the mother in the state of New York.

From early manhood, Mr. Atchison has been an interested student of politics and is rather prominently identified with the Democratic party in Jersey County, serving as secretary of the county central committee for the past six years, and he also proved exceedingly effcient as a city official serving for five years as alderman from the First Ward, as mayor pro term at times and in the spring of 1917, was elected to the office of city commissioner. His influence is also excercised in behalf of the city as a member of the executive committee of the civic branch of the Community Club. While business and politics largely engage his attention, Mr. Atchison finds time to assist in promoting the interests of organizations of a general beneficial character. For two years he has served as secretary of the Jersey County Poultry Association and is a member of the poultry show committee. He is a member of St.Francis Xavier Catholic Church at Jerseyville. Fraternally he belongs to the Knights of Columbus and also to the Modern Woodmen of America, of which latter order he is present local banker and assistant district deputy, and from 1911 to 1916 inclusive, served as one of the order's counsel. He also served as state and national delegate at the M. W. A. convention in 1917.

Aylward, John R.,now deceased but for many years a highly respected resident of Jerseyville, belonged to one of the old families of this part of the state. He was born in Macoupin County, Ill., May 28, 1856, a son of Thomas and Mary (Welsh) Aylward, born in Ireland, who came to the United States in a sailing vessel, and landed at New Orleans. From New Orleans they came up the Mississippi River to Alton, Ill., by steamboat, and from Alton to Jerseyville by team. The father was engaged in farming at various places, finally purchasing a home in Jerseyville.

After attending the public schools, John R. Aylward was employed in the Jerseyville car shops and continued to work in them until his death May 10, 1897. He was a member of the Catholic Church, was a Democrat and belonged to the Modern Woodmen of America. On August 23, 1879, he was married in Jersey County to Delia Allen, born in Jersey County, Il., a daughter of Frank and Rachel ( Reece) Allen, natives of Dublin, Ireland, and Kentucky, respectively. He invested in a large amount of farm land. Mr. and Mrs. Aylward, became the parents of the following children: Thomas Franklin, who lives at Chicago; Mary E., who is Mrs. Clarence Hughes, a widow, of Jerseyville; John Richard, who lives atSt.Louis, Mo; Catherine, who is Mrs. Rick Achison, of Jerseyville; James Edward, who is with his mother; Margaret Lydia, who is Mrs. Harry Taylor of Jersey County; and Celia Elizabeth, who is with her mother.

When Mr. Aylward died, Mrs. Aylward was left with a family of children. In order to comfortably support them she entered upon an unusual line of work for one of her sex, paper hanging, and was so successful in it that by 1915 she was one of the leading inside decorators of Jerseyville and vicinity. She is a lady of remarkable force of character and ability, and is held in the very highest esteem by all who have the honor of her acquaintance, for they appreciate the determination and pluck that is required to enable her to enter what was then regarded as exclusively a man's field, and to "make good" at her work, and to all times command respect and confidence.

Source: History of Jersey County Illinois, 1919
Edited by Oscar Hamilton
President Jersey County Historical Society, 1919
(Actual Book Pages 497 - 664)(PDF Pages 632 - 799)