Thomas G. PETERSON, of Bloomfield Township, who holds an honorable
position among the representatives of the teacher's profession in
this his native county, and is also identified with its agricultural
interests, was born in Bloomfield Township May 13,1854. His father was
James Peterson, who was a native of Tennessee, and was a son of Thomas
Peterson, who spent his last years in that State.
The father of our
subject was young when his father died, and his mother marrying a
second time, he was reared by her and his
stepfather, who brought him to Illinois when a boy. At the time of his
marriage he settled near Belknap, but a few years later came to
Bloomfield Township, and bought a squatter's claim on sections 2 and
11, and in the log cabin that stood on the place at the time of
purchase his son of whom we write was born. For many years after he
came there were no railways, and the people lived off the products of
their farms and on wild game that was abundant. The mother spun and
wove cloth to make garments for her children, and they were also taught
those useful arts, and when a child the father of our subject used
often to pass the winter evenings at the spinning-wheel or loom,
becoming an adept in the use of both. He was successful in clearing a
farm from the wilderness, and dying left behind a worthy record as a
pioneer who had done his share in developing the agricultural interests
of the county. His wife survives him and is still living on the home
farm. She was Lydia Kuykendall in her maiden days, and was born in
Bloomfield Township, a daughter of Joseph and Sally Kuykendall, who
were among its early pioneers. She is the mother of seven children.
The subject of
this biographical review grew to manhood in his native county, and was
educated in its schools. At the age of nineteen he entered upon a
successful career as a teacher, and has taught a part of each year
since, teaching in his home district for nine terms, and at the present
time he has charge of the Sanburn schoo1. He brings a well-trained mind
to his work, to which he is devoted, is practical in his methods, and
has a natural talent for imparting instruction, and has given
satisfaction wherever he has been engaged.
At the time of his marriage, Mr.
Peterson bought forty acres of the old homestead, and lived upon it
until March, 1889, when he settled upon the farm which he now occupies,
on sections 14 and 15 of the same township. He is not only a good
teacher, but is an excellent farmer, keeps his place in good order, and
is constantly improving his land by judicious cultivation.
Mr. Peterson was
married in July, 1874, to Miss Mary J. Seay, in whom he has found a
congenial and helpful wife. They have five children living: Mary E.,
Jesse C., Viola, Eva and Thomas M. Our subject and his wife are people
and high personal standing in tbc community, and are influential
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, with whose every good work
they are closely associated. Mr. Peterson is a man of decided
temperance views and principles, which he carries into politics, and is
a vigorous supporter of the Prohibition party.
who was born in Williamson County, is a daughter of Ambrose H. Seay, a
native of Virginia, and a son of Jesse W. and Sarah Seay. Jesse Seay,
who was a farmer, came to Illinois after many years' residence in
Virginia, and passed the remainder of his life in Williamson County.
The father of Mrs. Peterson was married in Williamson County, and
settled on a tract of land near Creal Springs. He now lives in Marion.
His wife, who died in 1880, bore the maiden name of Nancy Taylor, and
was born in Williamson County, a daughter of William and Nellie Taylor,
pioneers of that county.