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SAMUEL A. DEAL, of Dry Grove Township, is engaged as a farmer and stock raiser on section 30, where he is the possessor of a comfortable home. Mr. Deal is a native of the Old Dominion, having been born in Augusta County, Va., the date thereof, July 8, 1841. His parents were Samuel C. and Priscilla (Brown) Deal, who were born, reared and married in Virginia, whence they removed to Illinois in October, 1848. They located in Dry Grove Township, where the mother departed this life on the 5th of June, 1875. She was a most worthy and estimable lady, and an active member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Samuel C. Deal was born Oct. 18, 1814, and is still a hale and hearty old man, his present home being in Danvers Township, about a mile and one-half east of his son's place. The parental family included nine children, as follows: John B.; Samuel A.; Elizabeth E., Mrs. Peter Elkins; Newton, who died at the age of seven years; Mary C., now Mrs. A. K. Rigens; Jane A., who died in infancy; Sarah A., Mrs. John Wright, Emma P., and Virginia V. H., who married Stephen Staubus.

The subject of this history remained under the parental roof until he attained to years of manhood, and on the 27th of March, 1873, was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Harris, a native of Warren County, Ky., who was born on the 6th of April, 1846. Mrs. Deal is the daughter of Alexander C. and Mary (Norfleete) Harris, both natives of the Blue Grass State. Her father was born Dec. 27, 1808, in Kentucky, and her mother Sept. 18, 1819, in the town of Somerset. The mother is still living. The father died March 26, 1887. They were the parents of seven children, the record of whom is as follows: Amanda J. married W. C. Johnson; William H. died when one year old; D. M. for his first wife married Miss H. Bates, who died after a few years, and he was then married to Miss Carrie Metcalf, of Connecticut; Dr. H. A., who practiced in Menard County, Ky., died on the 11th of June, 1877; Mary E. is the wife of our subject; Thomas M. died at the age of three years; James W. died in 1873 at fifteen years of age.

The homestead of our subject embraces 799 acres of land, with a fine dwelling-house, and good barns and out-buildings, among which is the finest hog-house in the county. This is 30x80 feet in area, two stories in height, and he now has 300 fine porkers, besides an equal number of cattle, and 600 head of sheep. As a stock breeder he is familiarly known all over the county as one of the best and most extensive. He has sold up to this date (1887) nine car loads of fat cattle, for which he obtains the highest market price. His property is estimated to be worth at least $75,000, a portion of which he inherited from his father, the balance has been accumulated through his own industry and good judgment, and he has added materially to the industrial and business interests of this section, while at the same time his homestead forms one of the embellishments of McLean County, both on account of its beauty of location and the improvement which Mr. Deal has brought about in addition to its natural advantages. A lithographic view of the place is shown in this work. He has been in all respects a useful and valued citizen, is a member in good standing of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and in politics is an uncompromising Democrat.

To Mr. and Mrs. Deal have been born the children who are recorded as follows: James N., born Nov. 8, 1874, died Feb. 21, 1875; Mary P., born Nov. 21, 1875, died May 15, 1877; Hattie E. was born July 13, 1877, and lives at home with her parents; Addie P., born March 28, 1878, died Jan. 5, 1885; Samuel C., born May 6, 1882, died Jan. 21, 1885; William H. was born Oct. 8, 1884, and Carey, Nov. 9, 1886.

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), 567. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards


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