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McLean County, Illinois
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JAMES S. GEORGE, a highly respected farmer and carpenter of Danvers Township, pleasantly located on section 36, is a native of Pendleton County, Va. [ed., Pendleton County, W.V.], and was born on the 24th of March, 1824.

His parents were William and Mary A. (Hawkins) George, both natives of Virginia, and the mother of German ancestry. William George was a carpenter by trade; he was born in 1796, and removed to Champaign County, Ill., where he died in April, 1875.

The parents were married in Hampshire County, Va. [ed., Hampshire County, W.V.], in 1816, the mother being eighteen years old. She removed with her husband to Illinois, and died of cholera in Danvers Township in 1854, at the age of fifty-four years.

The parental household included the following children: Samuel married Miss Rebecca Idleman, in Virginia [ed., probably West Virginia]; John died of cholera, in 1854; Thomas married Miss Collins Betts; James S. is the subject of our sketch; Catharine, Mrs. Simons, lives in Harrison County, W. Va.; Elsie, the wife of Elijah White, resides in Randolph County, W. Va.; Mary became the wife of William Brown, of Virginia; Sarah married Silas Smith, of Tazewell County, Ill.; Rebecca married William Emmett, of Tazewell County, Ill., and William married Miss E. Demming, of McLean County; Abraham and Isaac were twins, the first married Miss Goram, and Isaac married Miss R. Cook, of McLean County, Ill.

James S. George became a resident of the Prairie State in 1852, and for two years followed the trade of a carpenter. Not being quite satisfied with the results in this direction he took up farming pursuits, locating on the tract of land which he now owns and occupies. He is making a specialty of stock-raising, and deals in high grade Short-horn cattle.

After coming to Illinois the subject of our sketch was married to Miss Elizabeth Bennett, on the 12th of September, 1853, in Tazewell County. Mrs. George was born in Virginia, on the 12th of September, 1829, and is the daughter of John and Catharine (Grapes) Bennett, natives of the same State, the father born in 1797.

He emigrated to Iowa after his marriage, and died there in 1873. The mother died in Tazewell County, this State, in 1836, leaving four children, two boys and two girls. Eliza married John Roarbeck; Elizabeth, of our sketch, is the second child; David married Miss Salina Green; William was killed by lightning when sixteen years old.

The education of our subject and his wife was necessarily somewhat limited, their parents being pioneers of a new country, and schooling facilities very meager. Realizing the advantages of mental culture they have given their children the best advantages which the schools of the present day afford. Of these children John died of cholera, in 1854; David B. married Miss Charity Perry; James W., Ida and Elmer are at home.

While Mr. and Mrs. George have not identified themselves with any church organization they are firm believers in the Scriptures, and endeavor to follow the precepts of the Golden Rule. Mr. George is Democratic in politics, and in all respects is a worthy citizen and a valued member of society.

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


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