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McLean County, Illinois
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JONAS B. MAURICE, an enterprising young farmer and stock-breeder of Arrowsmith Township, is the possessor of eighty acres of thoroughly cultivated land, where he makes a specialty of Poland-China swine, and in this branch of agriculture has been remarkably successful. He came with his father to Illinois in 1856, and the latter purchased 120 acres of land in Peoria County, where he followed farming and teaching alternately, having received a fine education in his youth. Our subject was born in Cumberland County, Pa., and is the son of T. W. and Maria (Barr) Maurice, both natives of the Keystone State, the father born in October, 1827, and the mother in November following. After living in Peoria County, Ill., for a number of years, the father of our subject traded his land there for property in McLean County, of which he is now a prominent resident. He has a fine homestead, including 240 acres of land, with a good set of farm buildings, and in other respects is surrounded by the comforts of life. He is prominent in his community, highly respected, and one of the leading members of the Masonic fraternity, having been Master of the Lodge at Arrowsmith for some years. The mother died in May, 1864. Their five children were Margaret J.; Jonas B., our subject; Henry B.; Maria B., Mrs. W. H. Thompson; Mary, Mrs. Allen J. Major.

Mr. Maurice was reared to habits of industry, and has never been afraid to put his shoulder to the wheel. He labored on his father's farm until he reached manhood, and in September, 1879, was united in marriage with Miss Katie V. Kerr, who was born in Virginia, Sept. 17, 1857. She removed with her parents to Independence, Mo., where her marriage to our subject took place. She is the daughter of Andrew and Sarah Jane (Bumgardner) Kerr, also natives of the Old Dominion, the father born Aug. 23, 1826, and the mother, March 14, 1836. Of their four children the record is as follows: Florence M., born May 19, 1852, became the wife of William Sullinger, of Missouri; James P. was born Feb. 14, 1855; Katie V., Mrs. M., is the third child; Parthenia R., who was born July 27, 1861, died Nov. 8, 1883. The father of these children died in Missouri, Aug. 28, 1862. His widow afterward married William Crute, Nov. 24, 1864. Mr. C. was of English birth and parentage. Of this marriage there were born three children Sarah J., Oct. 27, 1868; William J., July 20, 1870, and Mary A., Dec. 1, 1873. Mr. Crute departed this life Feb. 28, 1879.

Our subject and his wife became the parents of three children: T. Wilson, born Dec. 21, 1880; Sarah E., Dec. 4, 1882, and Avis L., Feb. 6, 1886. Through his own efforts Mr. M. obtained a fair education, and he takes an active interest in the welfare and progress of his township. He possesses a good fund of information, and in politics casts his vote with the Republican party.

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), 611. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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