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McLean County, Illinois
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The subject of the following history, who was born in Culpeper, Va., March 22, 1826, came to Illinois with his parents when a boy ten years of age. They first located in Tazewell County in 1836, and in 1837 moved to Clarke County [ed., Clark County], where he remained until reaching his majority, in the meantime attending the subscription school in winter and working on his brother's farm in summer. He was the youngest child of his parents, and in the twenty-second year of his age was united in marriage with Miss Aseneth Campbell, Oct. 22, 1848. His first purchase of land consisted of 107 acres of timber in Clarke County, upon which he labored for a short time, and then lived in Woodford County for twenty-four years following. He became a resident of this county in 1875, and is now pleasantly located in Cheney's Grove Township, on section 30. He has brought his land to a good state of cultivation, and has provided himself with suitable and convenient farm buildings. He has in all respects performed the part of a good citizen, and is held in high esteem by his neighbors and acquaintances.

Our subject is the son of Ammon and Amelia N. (Powell) Hereford, who were both natives of Loudoun County, Va. Ammon Hereford, born in 1791, followed farming as an occupation all his life, and died near Flint Hill, Va., Nov. 2, 1825. He was a man of strong character and excellent principles, and endeavored to follow out the precepts of the Golden Rule in his dealings with his fellowman. He never belonged to any religious organization. He became connected with the Masonic fraternity at Leesburg, Va., of whose doctrines he was a great admirer. His wife Amelia was born in 1790, and by natural disposition and education was well fitted to become the companion of such a man as her husband. She possessed a more than ordinarily good education, and was a lady of rare intelligence and kindness of heart. Like her husband, she descended from the F. F. V. s [ed., First Families of Virginia]. Their five children included four sons and one daughter, the record of whose births is as follows: William T. was born Aug. 16, 1814; Leven P., Feb. 3, 1816; Thomas A., Feb. 13, 1818; Sidney A., the daughter, Feb. 23, 1821; the birth of our subject has already been given.

Mrs. Aseneth C. Hereford was born Sept. 24, 1827, in Cabell County, W. Va., and is the daughter of Thomas and Susan (Bradshaw) Campbell, natives of Virginia. Her father was born Aug. 25, 1805, and the mother in 1815. Both parents are still living, and are members of the Christian Church. Mr. C. has followed farming all his life, and fulfilled in all respects the duties of an honest man and a good citizen. He is Republican in politics. Their children were, Aseneth, James O., Nancy E., Mary, Hannah, John F., William E., Zachariah T., Oliver P., and Elnora (deceased). James O. Campbell served in the Union army three years, being a member of Co. E, 29th Ill. Vol. Inf. He escaped unharmed until upon his journey homeward, when he became engaged in a skirmish and was instantly killed.

The twelve children of Mr. and Mrs. Hereford are as follows: William T., who was born May 26, 1850, married Miss Helen F. Camp, a lady of German extraction, July 25, 1872; Daniel B., born Sept. 15, 1851, married Miss Maggie L. Powell, Dec. 21, 1873; Albert, born Dec. 14, 1852, married Miss Mary J. Mohr, Dec. 21, 1873; Eugene W., born March 2, 1855, married Miss Sarah Emmett, Aug. 1, 1876; Cuthbert P., born May 7, 1858, married Miss Elizabeth Prather, Sept. 4, 1879, and died March 18, 1881; Abraham L., born April 29, 1860, died December 21, of the same year; Susan A., born Oct. 4, 1862, married John M. Power, Sept. 2, 1885; Aseneth M. was born April 10, 1865; Clara E., born Sept. 17, 1867, became the wife of Frank I. Bradshaw; George H. was born Oct. 4, 1869; Edgar L., April 4, 1872; Maggie, born May 3, 1874, died May 10 of the same year.

The early life of Mr. Hereford was spent in hard labor and poor fare. He started out for himself early in life, his father having died before our subject was born. He often worked for thirty-seven and one-half cents per day, and when grown to manhood received $9 per month. He knows how every dollar of his present possessions was obtained, and has learned the secret of contentment with his lot, which is the surest guarantee of happiness. The children of Mr. and Mrs. H. were reared in Woodford County and with their parents are connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which our subject has been Class-Leader for several years, besides Sunday-school Superintendent and Steward. He has been a stanch adherent of the Republican party since its organization, and has held the minor offices of his township.

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


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