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OSCAR A. GREEN, a representative farmer of Cheney's Grove Township, located on section 28, besides the ordinary pursuits of agriculture is also engaged in breeding fine horses and cattle. He is the possessor of 366 acres of finely cultivated land, and supplied with a handsome and substantial set of farm buildings. His herd of Short-horns includes thirty-five head of some of the finest animals to be found in this section, and his horses of the Norman stock include two fine young roadsters which he holds at a high value. In this branch of agriculture he has already gained a fine reputation, and his farm in all respects indicates the supervision of the intelligent and progressive farmer and business man.

Mr. Green was born in Erie County, Pa., April 28, 1834, and is the son of Isaac A. and Sallie (Pettitt) Green, both natives of Saratoga County, N. Y., of English extraction, and both living. Isaac Green during the early part of his life engaged in farming pursuits, but subsequently became a banker and after a few years thus occupied, retired from active labor. Both parents are members in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which the father has been Trustee and Steward for a number of years. Politically he uniformly casts his vote with the Republican party. His wife, Mrs. Sallie P. Green, was born May 5, 1809. The first representatives of both families emigrated from England over 200 years ago, landing at Providence, R. I., and they were numbered with the twelve persons who constituted the Baptist Church at that place. Phillip Green, the paternal grandfather of our subject, was born in Dutchess County, N. Y., in 1782, and married Miss Nancy Addington in 1803. They were members of the first class of the Methodist Episcopal Church which was established at Galway, N. Y. From there the family removed to Illinois in 1837. One of the sons, H. A. Green, the uncle of our subject, took part in the Black Hawk War in 1831.

Isaac Green, the father of our subject, removed from his native State to Peoria County, Ill., in about 1838, where he lived until 1854. He afterward became a resident of Marshall County, where he lived for a period of thirty years and whence he removed to McLean County. Isaac and Sallie P. Green became the parents of nine sons George, Oscar, W. Lloyd, Henry, Elisha P., Rowe, Christie, Lawton and Lorin.

Oscar A. Green was the second son of the family and remained under the parental roof until his marriage, which occurred Dec. 29, 1859. The lady of his choice was Miss Eliza Jane Snyder, a native of this State and born in Marshall County, Nov. 11, 1836. Her father was Col. Henry Snyder, a Virginian, who was born April 24, 1790. He removed from his native State when but a lad, and engaged in farming in Morgan County, Ohio, where his marriage occurred, Jan. 18, 1816. The mother of our subject was born Jan. 4, 1793, and died at the home of her daughter in Marshall, Ill., Aug. 17, 1873. Col. Snyder had died in 1855. He obtained his title by serving in the State Militia, and was a Republican in politics. Both parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Their twelve children were David D., Emanuel, John, Sarah, James H., Samuel P., Mary C., Amanda, Oliver P., Eliza J., Elmina M. and Edwin A.

Mr. and Mrs. Green of our sketch have become the parents of four children. The eldest daughter, Minerva C., became the wife of Martin Luther Riggs, Nov. 21, 1883; Edwin P., Alonzo O. and Henry W. are at home. While living in Marshall County, Mr. Green held the office of Highway Commissioner for five terms, and was Superintendent of the Sabbath-school for three years. He is at present connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Saybrook, of which he has been Trustee and Steward for several years. Politically he is a strong Republican.

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


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