HARRISON HORINE, a well-to-do farmer of West Township, is comfortably located on section 3, where he settled in 1884, and where he has a finely cultivated farm, provided with all modern improvements. He is a native of Jessamine County, Ky., born Aug. 30, 1832, and is the son of John Horine, a native of the same county and State. His grandfather, Henry Horine, a native of Maryland, removed to Kentucky at an early period in the settlement of the Blue Grass regions. When he landed in Jessamine County he had $2.50 in cash and an ax on his shoulder. He took up a tract of wild land from which he cleared the timber and opened up a fine farm. He was a man of great resolution and good judgment and amassed a fine property, at his death leaving a farm estate consisting of 320 acres with good buildings, and money at interest. Although born and reared in the South he was always opposed to slavery. The great-grandfather of our subject, Tobias Horine, was a native of Germany and emigrated to America prior to the Revolutionary War. He located in Maryland, where he carried on agriculture successfully and spent the remainder of his days.
John Horine, the father of our subject, was reared on a farm in his native county, and after arriving at years of manhood, was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Bash. She also was a native of Jessamine County, Ky., being the daughter of Henry Bash of Virginia, who removed from the Old Dominion to Kentucky early in life. He also went into that State poor in pocket and died possessed of a good property. About the time of his marriage John Horine purchased a tract of land two and one-half miles from Nicholasville, the county seat of Jessamine County, where he lived until 1864. In the meantime he improved a good farm and supplied it with a comfortable residence and all the necessary out-buildings. Desirous however of changing his location and seeing the great West, he came into Illinois and located in this county, where he spent the last years of his life with his son, our subject. His death occurred in 1876. The mother survived two years, departing this life in 1878.
The parental family of our subject included nine children, seven of whom grew to mature years; Harrison was the fourth child. He grew to manhood in his native county, received a fair education in the subscription schools, and made his home with his parents until twenty-one years of age. He then went to Athens, Fayette County, purchased two four-horse teams, and engaged in general teaming. He also opened a wagon-shop and superintended this while he employed men to do the teaming. After a residence in Athens of seven years he returned to his native county, where he carried on farming until 1864. He then accompanied his father to this State and county, first renting a farm in Old Town Township. Thence he removed to Arrowsmith and operated upon rented land until the purchase of his present farm. Upon this he has already made good improvements, and may be properly classed among the representative citizens of this locality.
Mr. Horine was married in Lexington, Ky., Sept. 9, 1856, to Miss Mary E. Level, a native of his own county, and the daughter of Littleton and Mary (Goss) Level, both natives of Virginia, whence they removed and were among the early settlers of Jessamine County, Ky. Of this marriage there have been born ten children, as follows: Francis M. lives in West Township; Anna E., Mrs. Bedell, lives in Benjaminville, this county; Andrew J., in Arrowsmith Township; Charles W., Walter C., Frederick L., Robert Clinton, Laura B. and John L. are at home. Margaret, the eldest daughter and second child, was born Sept. 29, 1858, and died Sept. 25, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. H. are members of the Christian Church, in which our subject has been an Elder for many years. He is Republican in politics and cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1860, which was the only vote cast for him in the county, outside of Lexington, his life being threatened on account of this action. He has lived to see his Union and anti-slavery principles triumph, and views with much satisfaction the outcome of the war.
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), 192-193. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards