JOHN LIVINGSTON, a pioneer settler of Padua Township, became a resident of this locality in December, 1847. During a period of over forty years he has devoted his time and attention to agricultural pursuits, in which he has been more than ordinarily successful. His farm estate consists of 180 acres of valuable land on sections 28 and 33, the family residence being on the former. This, with all its surroundings, indicate the exercise of a fine taste and ample means. Everything about the premises is kept in first-class order. The stock of the farm is in good condition and well cared for, and the agricultural implements are of the latest and most approved pattern. Mr. Livingston, years ago was acknowledged one of the leading and progressive farmers of this section, and takes genuine pride in his work and the growth and prosperity of his county and township.

John Livingston was born in Dearborn County, Ind., Feb. 8, 1814. He is the son of Adam D. and Patsey (Livingston) Livingston, natives of Virginia, the father being reared in Kentucky. He served as a soldier in the War of 1812, and after his retirement from the army, carried on his farm in Dearborn County, Ind., until the death of the mother of our subject, which occurred when the latter was but two years of age. Adam Livingston was a second time married, to Miss Betsey Durham, who was born and reared in Delaware. He removed to Illinois from Dearborn County, Ind., in 1840, and to various places afterward, finally locating in Waynesville, De Witt County, where he died at the advanced age of eighty-four and one-half years. The second wife died in Missouri.

The subject of this history was the younger of his mother's two children. His only sister died in this township in 1842, having been married to Phillip Miller, by whom she became the mother of three children. The early life of John Livingston was spent in Dearborn County, Ind., where he worked with his father until his marriage. This event occurred on the 11th of March, 1844, the lady of his choice being Miss Cornelia Thomas, who was born in Orange County, N. C., in 1825. Her parents removed from her native State when she was but a child, and located in Dearborn County, Ind., where they passed the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Livingston was the fourth daughter of six children, and remained with her parents until her marriage. Her father, Richard Thomas, was a native of Orange County, N. C., where he was reared, and was married to Miss Margaret Roney, a native of the same county and State.

Mr. and Mrs. Livingston became the parents of one child, who died in infancy. They are both worthy members of the Baptist Church, and our subject politically casts his vote with the Republican party.

Adolphus Dimmick, first husband of the aunt of our subject, Mrs. Esther (Livingston) Dimmick, was born in Tolland County, Conn., Jan. 13, 1791, and in 1816 came West to Ripley County, Ind. He was married on the 9th of October, 1832, to Miss Esther Livingston, and in November of that same year started for Illinois, making the journey overland with oxen and one horse, drawing a wagon. They landed in Old Town Township, this county, Nov. 25, 1832. Their house, built of logs, was one of the first in that locality. The fireplace was fashioned out of pounded clay, the chimney of sticks and mud, the floor was of puncheon, and the window-panes were of greased paper. The land upon which they located did not come into market until four years afterward, and it is unnecessary to say it was in its original condition, peopled generously with wild animals and birds, which were the only companions of the two who had started out in life together, resolved to brave its misfortunes and share its prosperity.

Mr. Dimmick was cut down in the prime of life, dying on Christmas Day in 1845. The household circle had been blest by the birth of three children, all of whom are now deceased. In earlier years the father had been a teacher in both Ohio and this State. His widow afterward married Stephen Ireland, who died in the house which is now occupied by our subject, in the spring of 1851, the homestead having been owned by her. Mrs. Ireland departed this life July 28, 1879, after which her farm fell to her nephew, John Livingston, of our sketch. Mrs. Ireland was an excellent Christian lady, greatly beloved by all who knew her, for her kindness of heart and rare womanly virtues.

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), 725. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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