WILLIAM MUNSON, an energetic and progressive farmer of Randolph Township, owns and occupies a fine homestead of 120 acres lying on a part of sections 18 and 19. The land is beautifully located and finely adapted to purposes of general farming. Mr. Munson came into possession of this valuable tract of land in the spring of 1872. It had then been much neglected and its buildings were of little value, but with that energy and enterprise for which our subject is noted all over this section of country, he set to work to improve the condition of his purchase, and the results have been most satisfactory. He now has a handsome and attractive dwelling, good barns and out-buildings, and has brought the land to a high state of cultivation. His example is well worthy of imitation by those prone to give way to discouragement, and is a fine illustration of what may be accomplished by steady and persistent labor.

Mr. Munson was born on his father's old homestead in Randolph Township on the 17th of September, 1844. His father, a native of New Jersey (see sketch), had been a resident of Hamilton County, Ohio, having left his native State when ten years of age, with his parents. He was married in Randolph Township to Miss Sarah J. Noble, who was born and reared in Hamilton County, Ohio. Of this union there were born eight children, of whom our subject is the eldest now living and was the eldest but two of the family. His early life was spent on the parental homestead until his marriage, which took place Feb. 13, 1869. The maiden of his choice was Miss Amanda J. Scogin, and their wedding occurred at the residence of William Karr in Randolph Township. Mrs. Munson was born in De Witt County, near Wapella, this State, Jan. 4, 1845. Her parents were William and Margaret (Karr) Scogin, who were born respectively in Hamilton County, Ohio, and Warren County, N. J. They were married in Ohio, and after the birth of four children came to Illinois in about 1843, settling near what is now Wapella, and engaging in general farming. There the father died in the spring of 1881; the mother had passed to her final rest on the 8th of November, 1860.

For his second wife William Scogin married Mrs. Ella (Tattlinger) Marshall. She is now living with her daughter Emma in De Witt County. Of this latter union there were born four children, two now living. Anna is married to Charles Buck of Vernon County, Mo.; Mrs. Munson of our sketch was reared at home until after the death of her mother, when she went to live with her cousin, William Karr, of Randolph Township, where she remained until her marriage.

Mr. and Mrs. Munson have become the parents of five children, three now living—Nellie M., Frank I. and Anna E. The deceased are John F. and Minnie, aged eleven and eight years, respectively; both died of scarlet fever, one on the 12th and the other on the 17th of December, 1880. Our subject and his wife are members in good standing of the Christian Church, and in politics Mr. Munson casts the weight of his influence in support of the principles of 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), 578. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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