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JOHN J. FOLLICK, a retired farmer now living in Saybrook, this county, was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, July 22, 1823. He is the son of Isaac and Mary Follick, the former a native of Ohio and of German descent and parentage, and who followed farming all his life. Politically he was a Jacksonian Democrat. He departed this life in 1837 in Hamilton County, Ohio. The mother of our subject was born in England, and died in Indiana in 1854. The record of their children is as follows: Eliza became the wife of James Marsh, who is now deceased; John J., our subject, was the second child; one died in infancy; the remainder were Rachel, Oliver T. and Isaac.

After the removal of Isaac Follick and his family to Ohio, our subject pursued his studies in the common schools for a brief time and at an early age commenced assisting his father on the farm. He came to this county in 1854, having the year before purchased 160 acres of land in Old Town Township. This he afterward sold, and then purchased 245 acres which he cultivated and improved until 1881. He then desired to retire from active labor, and purchasing a fine dwelling in Saybrook, removed thither, where he has since made his home.

John J. Follick was united in marriage with Miss Ann M. Stewart. Of this union there were born four children: Sarah J. became the wife of Fred Snyder and lives in Saybrook; Mary E. married Henry Farris, and is now deceased; Laura A. became the wife of John Weakman, and is deceased; and Francis M. is carrying on the hardware trade in Saybrook. The mother of these children died Jan. 15, 1870, at the home of her husband near Saybrook. She was a faithful wife and affectionate mother, and a member in good standing of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The second marriage of Mr. Follick occurred Oct. 19, with Mrs. Martha (Maxwell) Chambers. The Maxwell family located in Montgomery County, Ind., at an early day, where they became widely and favorably known.

The parents of Mrs. Follick were David C. and Betsey (Hood) Maxwell, of Irish and German descent. Mrs. F. was born in Warren County, Ky., March 16, 1825. The following year her parents came to Indiana, settling in Montgomery County, where they passed the remainder of their lives. Of their five children, Martha M. was the eldest: Zerilda M. became the wife of Joseph Philips, and both are deceased; Paradine M. married Dennis Rusk; she is now deceased; Ann M. is the widow of Elisha Pierce, who died in May, 1886; Juliette is the widow of John H. Phillips, and has two children Albert and Ella; Albert is now living in Kankakee, Ill.; Rosella, Mrs. McCauly, has one child Mabel E., born Oct. 6, 1886. Miss Martha Maxwell was married Sept. 29, 1845, to Richard Chambers, a native of Delaware. He was born Nov. 10, 1816, followed agricultural pursuits, and died in Indiana. Of this marriage there was one child, a son, William H., who died when thirteen months old.

Mr. and Mrs. Follick are greatly respected wherever known, and bear the reputation of kindly Christian people, always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. Mr. F. has been a stanch Democrat since old enough to know the difference between parties, and with his excellent wife is a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Saybrook. Of this he has been Trustee for several years, and has in all respects proved himself worthy to be classed among the honest men and good citizens of McLean County.

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), 461. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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