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McLean County, Illinois
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WILLIAM H. MACY, druggist at Towanda and also Justice of the Peace, is one of the recognized business men of that place, possessing the confidence and respect of his townsmen. William W. Macy, father of our subject, is a native of Nantucket, Mass., and Marium P. (Houghton) Macy, our subject's mother, was born in Lynn, Mass. From New Bedford, Mass., where they had settled after marriage, the parents of our subject removed to New York City, in which metropolis the father died in 1838. Soon after his demise the mother removed to Nantucket, Mass., where she died Jan. 25, 1839. Two children were born of their union; one of these died in infancy, and our subject, the other, is the only one of the family living.

William H. Macy was born in New Bedford, Mass., Jan. 25, 1834. He lost his parents when quite young, and was brought up by relatives. He lived with Hezekiah Barnard, State Treasurer of Massachusetts, until he was fifteen years old, receiving a good education in a Quaker school, and at this age was sent to West Town Boarding School, near Philadelphia, Pa., where he pursued his studies about two years. He then returned to Massachusetts, and after attending school for another year, went to Fall River, that State, where he served an apprenticeship of something over three years in learning the cabinet-maker's trade.

In the spring of 1856, Mr. Macy came to this State and located at Loda, Iroquois County, and was there engaged at carpenters' work for about two years. We next hear of him at Tremont, Tazewell Co., Ill., where he is working at his trade and where he continued to reside for about a year. Next he became a citizen of Fairbury, Livingston Co., Ill., whence he removed to Pontiac, that county, and there lived until the breaking out of the late Civil War. In August, 1861, he enlisted in Co. K, 3d Ill. Vol. Cav., as a private, and served for three years and one month. For nearly two and a half years he was detailed as Hospital Steward. While near Memphis, Tenn., he came near being captured by Forrest's troops, but succeeded in making his escape. Receiving his discharge he went to Attica, Ind., and in June, 1865, came to Towanda, this county, where he bought out a small stock of drugs. He has continued to make that his home until the present writing, and during his residence there has been identified with every interest calculated to benefit the place, and has met with success in his business adventures.

Mr. Macy was married at Fairbury, Ill., Sept. 22, 1863, to Miss Mary E. Walden, daughter of Theophilus and Nancy (Oppy) Walden, natives of Ohio. They emigrated from their native State to Montgomery County, Ind., where he died. She afterward lived with her children, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Macy, in Towanda, July 24, 1880. Mrs. Macy was the youngest of her parents' children, and was born in Montgomery County, Ind., Oct. 17, 1837. Her union with our subject has been blest by the birth of two children Mary B. and William D. Mary is the wife of Dr. William C. Girtin, a resident of Towanda. Mr. Macy has held the office of School Trustee for about nineteen years, also Village Trustee and Justice of the Peace for several years, and is the present incumbent of the latter office. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in politics a Republican, having voted with that party since its formation. He and his wife, together with their two children, are members of the Baptist 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), 680. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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