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McLean County, Illinois
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ALFRED B. BOZARTH, deceased, formerly a prosperous farmer and stock-raiser of Allin Township, located on section 26, was a worthy member of a well-known family, being the son of John and Cynthia (Taylor) Bozarth. He was born in Christian County, Ky., Feb. 25, 1837, and when a child of two years old was brought by his parents to McLean County, where the father subsequently became the owner of 2,300 acres of land. He departed this life in 1859. The mother survived him for over twenty-five years, and died Jan. 6, 1887, when over eighty years of age. Their remains are interred in the old homestead cemetery, side by side, near where they first settled.

The subject of this history received a fair education in the common schools, and remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority. He was then united in marriage with Miss Harriet Brooks, a native of this county, who was born May 7, 1840. Mr. Bozarth purchased 675 acres of valuable land, and settled upon it with his family. He followed farming pursuits and stock-raising until 1871, and then, on account of failing health, abandoned active labor and removed into the village of Stanford; he died of consumption in 1872, while traveling for his health in Indiana. His remains were followed to the old home cemetery, and were laid to rest by the side of his parents. He was a good man in every sense of the word, and his name is held in kindly remembrance by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Mr. Bozarth was a man of large stature, his height being six feet two inches, and his weight was over 200 pounds. His eyes and hair were black. He left a wife and six children to mourn their loss, and two of the latter have since joined him in the other life. Their son, Charles J., now twenty-five years of age, is a resident of this county; Dora J. was born June 12, 1864, became the wife of H. L. Rusmissell, and lives in Stanford, this county; Cynthia E. married Theodore Caullin, he was a farmer and stock-raiser of Greene County, Ohio; George William was born May 29, 1868; Albert W. and Alfred W. (twins) lived less than one year, dying in November, 1871.

The parents of Mrs. Bozarth were Albert and Elizabeth Brooks, natives of Kentucky. The date of the father's birth is not known, but the mother was born in 1806. After their marriage they came to Illinois, locating in this county in about 1837, and engaged in farming pursuits until the death of the father, which occurred about 1840. His wife, who still survives, is a resident of Stanford. Their children were Harriet, Miles, George, William, Lucia and James. To the parents of our subject there were born the following children: Louvina, April 3, 1829; Addison, March 1, 1830; Milton, Jan. 1, 1832; George, Jan. 9, 1834; Isabella, Feb. 9, 1835; Alfred, Feb. 25, 1837; John, Jr., June 4, 1839; James, July 15, 1841; Josiah, born Jan. 28, 1843, enlisted as a soldier in the late war, and died in the army of smallpox in 1864; William was born March 5, 1845; Robert, Oct. 23, 1847; Hettie, Aug. 3, 1850. When the funeral sermon of his grandmother was preached, George William handed the Bible to the minister, Rev. J. G. White.

[SOURCE: Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887). Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.]


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