William R. Fairbanks.
William W. Feazle
Mr. Feazle is a farmer by occupation, and cultivates 120 acres on section 36 of Hopewell Township. He was born in Ohio, June 6, 1830 and came to Marshall County in 1845. He was married in 1842, and his wife died January 11, 1879, leaving four children-Eliza C., Melford F., George W. and Andrew J. He comes from a family well known in Marshall County, as energetic, pushing and money-making. He is a good farmer, keeps his premises in good condition, drives a good team, and likes his friends.
[Source: Record of Olden Times or 50 years on the Prairie, 1880, Page 731 Hopewell Township ]
Taken From the Henry Republican
At Lacon, Jan. 3, Ira I. Fenn, Esq.
Another old and revered settler, Ira I. Fenn, Esq., of Lacon, passed to the farther shore on Friday last. He
has been identified with the interest of this county from its earliest day, holding a number of responsible positions
in which he served with honor and fidelity, and was held in high esteem as a lawyer, citizen, and Christian. He
has lived to a good green age, and probably rounded the full time of four score years. The bar at Lacon took formal
recognition of their departed member, by calling a meeting, passing resolutions of respect and condolence, and
attending the funeral on Sunday last in a body. The decease was an active, consistent and useful member of the
Presbyterian church in that city.
Ira I. Fenn
Death of David Fanning
Mr. Fanning moved to Henry 24 years ago, joining the Hoyt family here of whom his wife was a member. Here he raised a numerous family, the boys becoming expert hunters, and who always supplied the family with abundance of venison, wild turkeys, prairie chickens, etc., which were plenty in those days. He gloried in pioneer life, and as the neighbors got "too thick", he sought the wilds of Minnesota, where with "elbow room" and his grown children around him, he could enjoy life unmolested.
So he lived in the log cabin with its "ready conveniences" the most of his days. His "forte" was root digging and hardly a plant or herb existed in this section but what he knew its history and use, though giving more attention to ginsing and herb which he resurrected in quantities and sent to market. Of his religious experiences but little need be said. He was always kind and obliging, honest, straight-forward and moral in life and language.
But in the "great awakenings" from winter to winter that prevailed to swell church membership did not attract him, or draw him out to the meetings, but as he termed it, he was "as good as any of the church members", and pursued a course of life in accordance with his own conceptions of right and wrong. Hence his goodness manifested itself in the commonalities of life, and his religion was in simple honesty and kindness in his dealings with all. He has lived to a good old age (perhaps 70), made but few enemies in his long life, and passed away to his reward.
Taken From the Marshall County Telegraph Newspaper, Henry, IL
Wm. L. Fisher
Mr. Fisher is a carpenter by occupation, living in Varna. He was born in Fulton County, Indiana, April 12, 1843, and came to Marshall County in October. 1849. April 7, 1864 he married Sarah A. Bowers, born in West Virginia in 1847. They have three children,-Alonzo U., born September 22,1866; Mary Medrith, born December 20, 1868; Bertha, born October 5, 1871.
[Source: Record of Olden Times or 50 years on the Prairie, 1880, Page 735 Roberts Township ]
transcribed March 2011 by Norma Hass
Isaac M FORBES, general farmer and stock dealer, is one of the best known men in Marshall county, being a man of rare business tact and ability and one of the best judges of stock in the state. Often he is called upon to act as judge of Shorthorn cattle at state fairs and fat stock exhibits, and his judgment in such matters is seldom called in question. He is a native of Hopewell township, Marshall county, born on the farm where he now resides, September 19, 1847, and is a son of Peter and Sarah (BUCKINGHAM) FORBES, the former a native of North Carolina, and the latter of Pennsylvania.
Caleb FORBES, the grandfather of our subject, was of Scotch descent, but reared in North Carolina, where he married Elizabeth LINDSEY, and there reared a family of four children. The family came to Marshall county in 1831, by wagon from North Carolina, and settled upon section 15, Hopewell township. The tract was all timber land, none of which was of recent growth. The Indians and wild animals were numerous at this time. Caleb FORBES was the first settler in Hopewell township, and there lived peacefully with the Indians, never having any trouble from their presence. He improved his far, and there resided for many years, finally, however, retiring from active work and moving to Henry, where he died at the residence of his daughter, at the age of about eighty-three years. His wife also died at about the same age and their bodies were interred in the cemetery on his farm, known as the Forbes cemetery.
For some years after coming to Marshall county, Caleb FORBES operated a horse mill, the first in this locality. It was well patronized by the old settlers for many miles around. In early life he was a member of the Baptist church, but later became a Universalist and died in that faith. He was one of the best read men in scriptures and was well read in the general literature of the day. Of the four children born to Caleb FORBES and wife, William, Courtney Martin, Mrs. Fannie SAWYER and Peter, are all deceased.
Peter FORBES, the father of our subject, was the youngest child of the family, and was twelve years of age when he came with his parents to Marshall county. His education in the schools was very limited, but he was a natural mathematician, and delighted in solving intricate problems. He married Sarah BUCKINGHAM, a native of Greene county, Pennsylvania, born in 1820, and a daughter of Isaac BUCKINGHAM, who was of English descent. Her father removed to Woodford county, Illinois, in 1831, locating near Washburn, where Mrs. FORBES grew to lovely womanhood. After their marriage they settled upon the farm now owned by our subject and lived for some years in a sawed oak timber house. His father gave him eight acres of land, which was then unimproved, and was by him cleared of timber and brought under cultivation. In addition to his farming operations, he traded in stock and was for years one of the foremost men in this locality. In the early day he used to haul wheat to Chicago and sell it there for thirty-seven and a half cents per bushel. He also drove many a herd of cattle to that city, and was a heavy shipper of stock. Success crowned his efforts and at his death he was the possessor of two thousand two hundred and eighty acres of land, the greater part of which was accumulated during the last ten years of his life. He died November 7, 1860, and his estate was valued at about eighty-seven thousand dollars. His wife survived him several years, dying March 9, 1871. They were the parents of ten children, six of whom grew to maturity. Mary Elizabeth, who married John KENNEDY, died, leaving seven children. William, who married Laura MAYES, now lives in Harper county, Kansas, and they have two children. Ruth, now the wife of Irving BROADUS, lives in Lacon, Illinois, and they have five children. Isaac M. is the subject of this sketch. Caleb married Ellen E. GREEN, who died, leaving three children. Sarah Eleanor, now the wife of Samuel M. CROFT, lives in Harper county, Kansas, and is the mother of six children. In politics, Peter FORBES was a democrat, and held many of the township offices, including supervisor. He was a well posted man, and his death was mourned, not alone by his family, but by many friends as well.
The subject of this sketch was born September 19, 1847, on the farm where he now resides. After receiving his primary education in the public schools of Marshall county, he entered Lombard university of Galesburg, Illinois, where he finished his course. From the time he was fourteen years old he handled and traded in stock, and was always successful in that line. After leaving college, he traveled for a year, and subsequently, in 1870, married Miss Fannie M. THORP, a native of Ohio, and daughter of James and Margaret Jane (VANCE) THORP, the former a native of New York, and the latter of Virginia. They were married, however, in Erie county, Ohio, and in 1857 came to Marshall county, Illinois, making their permanent home at Henry, where both subsequently died. They were the parents of seven children, of whom four grew to maturity - James, who married Jane IRWIN, now lives in Jewell county, Kansas; John, who married Elizabeth KLEGG, now resides on a large farm in Livingston county, Illinois; William, who married Margaret FORD, now resides in Peoria, Illinois, and Fannie M. is now Mrs. FORBES.
Mrs. FORBES, who was born March 31, 1851, in Eerie county, Ohio, received her education in the public schools of Henry, Illinois. After her marriage with Mr. FORBES, they settled upon the home place of her husband. But one child came to bless their union - Rankin Caleb, who was born January 4, 1882. For the past fourteen years Mr. FORBES has been engaged in raising thoroughbred stock, especially Shorthorn cattle. At the present time he has a large herd upon his place, comprising upwards of a hundred head and he has made many sales in Chicago and elsewhere. Of his farm of seven hundred acres the greater part of it is used for grazing purposes.
Politically, Mr. FORBES is a democrat, and for years has taken an active part in political affairs in his township and county. He has been road commissioner, assessor and supervisor, serving in the latter office for three years. He has been urged by his friends time and again to make the run as a member of the general assembly, and also for the state senate, but has invariably declined the honor. For some years he has been in partnership with his brother Caleb in the stock business, in which line they have met with the best success. They are both business men of acknowledged ability and thoroughly understand the business in which they are engaged. Few men have the confidence of their fellow-citizens in a greater degree than the FORBES brothers. A daughter of Caleb FORBES, Miss Mabel, is a young lady of great natural ability as an elocutionist, and her rendering of "The Two Portraits" is rarely excelled.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. FORBES is an ideal one, both being highly educated and yet keep up their reading in the standard and current literature of the day.
[Source: The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, Published in Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. 1896. - Marshall county Biographical extractions pages 100-199 ]
J. G. Forney
Mr. Forney was born in Putnam County in 1843. He learned his business in Hennepin, and carried on there two years, when he moved to Wenona in 1870, where he has been since. He has facilities to make any size or style of pictures, and his work is unsurpassed. He married Miss M. C. Sunderlin in 1870. She was born in Bursas County, Ill. They have one child-Daisy L. Mrs. Forney is a member of the M. E. Church. He has turned out some of the finest pictures ever made in the place, is fully up with the times, and his prices are always reasonable,
[Source: Record of Olden Times or 50 years on the Prairie, 1880, Page 710 Evans Township - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]
FORT Greenbury L, Minneapolis. Res 1300 West Lake st, office Loan & Trust bldg. Lawyer. Born June 9, 1856 in Marshall county Ill, son of Washington D ad Sarah (Foster) Fort (paternal name anglicized from De la Feurt). Married 1857 to Clara Fortier. Attended district schools; Wesleyan Univ Bloomington Ill; Northwestern Univ Evanston Ill LL B 1882. Taught school in Illinois. Practiced law at Bismarck N D member Fort & Fort 1883-85; in Minneapolis 1886to date. Private 1st lieut and capt D N G Co A 1st Regt; maj and judge advocate 1st Brigade N D N G; member Minneapolis city council 4 years; city assessor of Minneapolis 4 years. Member Masonic order, Royal Arch and Knights Templar.
[Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Anna Parks]
|Aaron C. Fosdick and Electa (Allen) Chapman Fosdick
Mr. Fosdick was born in Washington County, New York, February 28, 1808. He moved to Alleghany County in 1830, and came to Marshall County in 1844. His wife was Alice D. Moon, whom he married in 1827. She was a native of New York also. She died February 13, 1873, leaving seven children-Reeny, Levi, Joel, Delphia, Ruth A. (Webster). Alphea M. and Aaron J. His present wife was a Miss Electa Allen - Widow Chapman when he married her. She had four children by her first husband-Samuel, Delia, Sophia and Laura. Mrs. Fosdick was born in Vermont. December 16,1808. She is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Fosdick served as postmaster of Steuben from 1851 until it was abolished at his suggestion in 1865, as he declined to hold the unprofitable office longer. He owns 260 acres of land, having sold 160 some time ago, which made his farm, previous to the sale, 420 acres. His property is in a prosperous state of cultivation, with good improvements. He is one of the oldest settlers of the County, respected by all his acquaintance, and is kind, generous and hospitable.
[Source: Record of Olden Times or 50 years on the Prairie, 1880, - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]
Mr. Foster was born in Southwick, Mass., in 1827 and moved to Connecticut with his parents when but two years old, where he learned the trade of harness making. In 1854 he came west locating at Palatine, Putnam County, Ill., and the year following removed to Magnolia and established himself in business. He married Elizabeth Squire in 1849, born in Hartford, Conn., and they have three children-James F., Josephine A. and Frank B. In 1864 he moved to Wenona and opened business here. When the war broke out he enlisted in the 77th Regiment III., Volunteers. He was elected police Justice in 1875 and served four years. Is a member of the 1. O. O. F.
[Source: Record of Olden Times or 50 years on the Prairie, 1880, Page 708 Evans Township - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]
Joseph R. Foster
Mr. Foster was born in Burlington County, N. J., in 1810 and moved to Preble County, Ohio, in 1846, and engaged in farming. In 1849 he married Margaret Pelan, a native of England, born in 1823. They have two children, John P. and Mattie A. (Mrs. Wells.) Are members of the M. E. Church. John P. is a member of the I. O. O. F. Mr. Foster owns 160 acres of land under cultivation. John P. married Miss Lovina Clark in 1875, a native of Ohio. She died in August, 1879, leaving one boy, Perley, born in 1876.
[Source: Record of Olden Times or 50 years on the Prairie, 1880, Page 713 Evans Township - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]
A. H. Fowler
Mr. Fowler was born in Worcester County, Mass., in 1832. He came west in 1850, and located in Putnam County, then moved to Buchanan, Iowa, and returned to Illinois in 1857, and located in Wenona He enlisted in Co, H. 104th Ill. Vol., and was promoted to commissary sergeant in 1862, and served to the close of the war. He made the march with Sherman to the sea, mustered out in Chicago, and returned to Wenona in 1865, when he commenced his present business. He married Sarah K. Mulkins in 1865. She was born in Otsego County, NY. They have three children-Emma S., Orie E. and Pauline E. He has been in the grain business since 1865. His place is at Garfield. LaSalle County, where he has an elevator of 25,000 bushels capacity, and one in Wenona of 15,000 capacity He handles 200 000 bushels annually, and likewise deals in coal.
[Source: Record of Olden Times or 50 years on the Prairie, 1880, Page 714 Evans Township - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]
Mr. Fowler was born in Butler County Ohio, in 1831 and located in this County in 1852. He married Miss Lucy A. McWhinney February 27, 1855. She was born in the same County in Ohio. They have four children - James E" Alice, William and Frederick. They are members of the Baptist Church. He is collector of his Township. He was one of Illinois' gallant soldiers, with the scars of battle on his person, and will carry them to his grave He enlisted in Co, D, 77th Il1 Vol. Inf., in 1862, and served actively until wounded at the battle of Arkansas Post, January 11, 1863. He then went to the hospital, and when convalescent was transferred to the Invalid Corps at St. Louis, where he remained until 1865, when he was mustered out at St. Louis. He is pleasant sociable, gentle, kind and hospitable, a loving husband, kind father and a good neighbor, as he was a faithful soldier of his country.
[Source: Record of Olden Times or 50 years on the Prairie, 1880, Page 731-732 Hopewell Township - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]
E. S. Fowler
Mr. Fowler is a native of Massachusetts, and was born in 1821. He emigrated west in 1850 and located in Hennepin, after which he went to Caledonia. He remained here a short time and came to Wenona, engaging in the grain business, following it until 1859, when he opened up a stock of dry goods and has been in the trade ever since, transacting a large and successful business. He married Miss E. A. Knowles in 1865, born in Ohio, and to them three children have been born-Henry K., born in 1866, Paul, in 1868, and Georgie in 1872. When he came to Wenona and engaged in the grain trade he lived with his brother. Mr. Fowler understands his business and keeps it well in hand. He is one of the most prosperous men in the County,
[Source: Record of Olden Times or 50 years on the Prairie, 1880, Page 709 Evans Township - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]
Richard B. Frary and Catherine J. (Lowman) Frary
Mr. Frary was born in Steuben County, New York, in 1817, and moved with his parents to Cuyahoga County, Ohio, at the age of nine years. In 1838 he went to Peckatonica, Ill., lived there about eighteen mouths, and returned to Ohio. Again in 1841, moved to Illinois, locating in Peoria County, where he staid four years. From here he moved to Green County, and remained four years, returned to Peoria, and after two years sojourn in that County, located in Marshall in 1850. He married Miss Catherine J. Lowman in 1852, born in Indiana County, Pa., March 7, 1823. They have four children-Rebecca J., Merritt, Sarah W., James N., and two deceased. Mrs. F. and Rebecca are members of the U. P. Church. He owns 180 acres of land. Mrs. Frary is a daughter of Andrew and Nancy Lowman. Her mother's maiden name was Hindman, also a native of Pennsylvania. Mr. Lowman died at 86 in Pennsylvania. Mr. Frary is a son of John and Rebecca Frary, his grandfather was a William Hendricks, which is as far back as he can trace his family: and his grandmother's name was Ball. He has in his possession an old Queen Ann gun over 200 years old, brought from England by some of the early emigrants, The barrel is about eight feet long, is in a perfect state of preservation, and will kill a deer at eighty rods-will carry either ball or shot, Mr. Frary is a practical inventor, having invented the only gang plow extant-really practical, which he expects soon to begin manufacturing.
[Source: Record of Olden Times or 50 years on the Prairie, 1880, Page 744-745 La Prairie Township - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]
Mr. Frisby is an old and wealthy farmer, who has lived In the County since 1835. He was born in Rutland County, Vt., in 1806, and moved to Chautauqua County, New York, in 1833. He married Rhoda Mallory in 1827, born in Vermont, who became the mother of eight children, five of whom survive and three are dead. The living are Amanda, Hiram, Eliza, Henry and Elvira. Mr. Frisby owns 185 acres of excellent land, and has laid by a goodly sum to make his old age comfortable. Himself and wife have toiled long and well, and their days have been long in the land. They still live in the homo they made in younger days, and can view the future with hope and the past without regret.
[Source: Record of Olden Times or 50 years on the Prairie, 1880, Page 706 Henry Township - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]