MALCOM McNAB, a native of the Empire State, born in Livingston County, Aug. 26, 1829, is now a highly respected
resident of this county, making his home in Lawndale Township, on section 13. He is the son of John and Ann (Mclntyre)
McNab, both natives of Scotland, who emigrated to America and settling in New York State, died in Livingston County,
the father in 1862, and the mother in 1876. Of their children, thirteen in number, Malcom was the seventh.
Malcom McNab was reared on his father's farm, remaining under the home roof until about twenty years old. He then engaged as clerk in a store in York, his native county, where he remained three and one-half years. Soon afterward he purchased a farm which, however, he only cultivated one year, then sold out and afterward operated on rented land for a year. After harvesting the season's crops, not being quite satisfied with his condition or his prospects in the Empire State, he concluded to move out westward. After arriving in Illinois he spent the first winter in Livingston County, and the following spring, 1858, came to McLean County and for four years thereafter was engaged in breaking prairie. He then settled down on his present homestead in Lawndale Township, upon which he has brought about great changes since it came into his possession. This, which consisted of 200 acres, he has since added to, until he now has a valuable estate of 480 acres, finely improved, besides thirty-four acres adjoining Fairbury. Of late years he has given his attention largely to stock-raising and has been uniformly successful in his agricultural and business transactions.
One of the most important events in the life of our subject occurred on the 19th of April, 1866, when he was united in marriage with Elma G., daughter of Ransom and Mary (Ricketson) Bedell, and widow of Daniel Burt, who departed this life in the late Civil War. Mrs. McNab was born in Clinton County, N. Y., Feb. 15, 1844. Of her marriage with our subject there have been born five children: Christina, Malcom D., Mary E., who died in infancy, Alexander B. and James G. Both our subject and his wife are prominent and useful members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. McNab belongs to the Republican party and has served as Assessor of this Township.
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), 639. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.