JACOB I. MOATS, residing on section 29, Money Creek Township, has been a resident of McLean County
since 1829, and has made his home continuously in the above township. His father, Jacob Moats, was born in Maryland,
and when four years old was sent into Pennsylvania where he was reared to manhood on a farm.
He was married to Miss Sarah Hinthorn, a native of West Virginia, and they took up their residence in Licking County, Ohio, whence they came to this county in the fall of 1829, and were among the early settlers of Money Creek Township, locating on the same section on which our subject now is. The father continued to reside on that section, engaged in the prosecution of his vocation until his death, which took place Feb. 1, 1844. His good wife crossed the river to meet him on the other shore, July 16, 1873.
They were blest by the birth of nine children—Henry, John, Margaret, William, Jane, Mary A., Rebecca P., Sarah P. and Jacob I. Henry and John are farmers of Money Creek Township; Margaret is the widow of Albert Phillipps and also lives in Money Creek Township; William died in that township in September, 1840, and Jane died there in the fall of the same year, as likewise did Mary A. and Rebecca P.; Sarah departed this life in the fall of 1848.
Jacob I. Moats was the youngest of his parents' children and was born in Licking County, Ohio, April 14, 1828. When less than two years of age, in 1829, he accompanied his parents to this county. He was reared on a farm, the one on which he is living, and received his education in the common schools of that locality. He has devoted all his years to agriculture and has witnessed the growth, not only of Money Creek Township, but of McLean County, and the wonderful development it has made from 1829 until the present time. He is now the owner of 210 acres of good land, on which he has substantial improvements and is meeting with more than ordinary success in his vocation.
Mr. Moats was married in Money Creek Township, Nov. 3, 1850, to Miss Mary J., daughter of William M. and Martha (Kinnan) Dodson. Her father was born in Kentucky and her mother in New Jersey, and they came to this county in 1847, from Champaign County, Ohio, and settling in Money Creek Township, there lived until their death, his taking place March 27, 1863, and hers Dec. 21, 1880. Eleven children were born of their union, namely, Joseph K., Maryette, Jesse, Abner N., Mary J., Martha, William R., Elizabeth, Esther A., Daniel D. and Naomi E.
Joseph K. is a farmer and resides in Kansas; Maryette was the wife of William Hamilton and died in Towanda Township in 1851; Jesse died in infancy; Abner N. is a resident of Money Creek Township; Martha is the wife of Lewis Sailor and they are living in Hudson Township; William R. is a farmer and lives in Kansas; Elizabeth is the wife of James Allen, and they live in Missouri; Esther A. married F. A. Bishop, a farmer of Money Creek Township; Daniel D. was a member of the 94th Illinois Infantry and died in the hospital at New Orleans; Naomi and Rev. Yeakle were united in marriage and are living in Kansas.
Mrs. Moats was born in Champaign County, Ohio, Feb. 10, 1830, and was about eighteen years old when she accompanied her parents to this county. By her union with our subject four children have been born John W., Martha J., Sarah O. and one died in infancy. John W. married Miss N. L. Rowe and they are living in Money Creek Township; Martha is the wife of H. P. Sachs, a farmer of Money Creek Township, and Sarah O. lives at home. Mr. Moats has held the office of Road Commissioner for many years and also that of School Director. He and his wife are members of the United Brethren Church, and in politics he is a stanch Republican.
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), 662. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.