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McLean County, Illinois
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JOSEPH KING, a well-to-do farmer of Oak Grove Township, is a native of the Prairie State and of this county, born Oct. 15, 1844. His parents were Christian and Phebe (Barnett) King, both natives of Baden, Germany. Christian King emigrated to America in 1830, and went directly to Butler County, Ohio, where he rented a tract of land and carried on farming for ten years. He emigrated to this State in 1840, and engaged here in farming pursuits until his death, which occurred in April, 1882. The mother accompanied her husband to Illinois, and departed this life in 1876. Politically Mr. King, in later years, was independent, and both parents were worthy members of the Mennonite Church.

The subject of this history was reared on his father's farm, and received a common-school education. He was married in 1868, to Miss Anna Hodler, and they lived upon his father's farm for five years. He then purchased eighty-four acres of good land which constitutes his present homestead. He has a handsome and commodious residence, with a good barn and all necessary out-buildings, and is making a specialty of raising fine horses of Hambletonian stock. Of these he has now about twelve head, and some fine specimens of Norman.

Mr. and Mrs. K. have become the parents of four children Emanuel A., Joseph A., Walter F. and Charles. Mr. K. is one of the progressive farmers of this section, a gentleman in the prime of life, and possessing those excellencies of character which have gained him the confidence and esteem of those who know him.

The children of Christian and Phebe King, the parents of our subject, were as follows: Christian married Miss Barbara Saltzman; John married Miss LydiaTroyer; Jacob married Miss Anna Neuhauser; Daniel married Mary Hodler; Peter, Miss Barbara Hodler; Joseph, Miss Anna Hodler; Samuel, Miss Mary Schad; Barbara became the wife of David S. Ropp.

Joseph Hodler, the father of Mrs. King, was a native of France and born in 1820, and departed this life in March, 1881. His wife, formerly Miss Barbara Schertz, was born in Germany. Both parents came to America when quite young, settling in Pennsylvania, where the mother was married the first time and removed to Butler County, Ohio, with her husband, where he died. She was also married in that county to Joseph Hodler and they lived there for some years afterward, removing thence to McLean County, this State, and locating in Dale Township, where they spent the remainder of their days. Joseph Hodler departed this life in March, 1881. The mother had died in 1868.

Joseph Hodler was twice married, his first wife having been Miss Mary Schertz, and his second, the mother of our subject. Mrs. Hodler by her first marriage became the mother of one child, a son, Christian Imhoff.

Mr. K. is Republican in politics, but latterly has voted the independent ticket at local elections. Both he and his wife are members in good standing of the Mennonite Church.

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


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