WILLIAM C. NOBLE, the son of David and Rebecca (Karr) Noble, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was born in Hamilton County, that State, Feb. 25, 1818, and came to Illinois with his parents in 1831. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, which he followed the greater part of his life, but is now retired from active labor and lives at No. 508 East North street, Bloomington.

The father of Mr. Noble was born Sept. 30, 1795, in Cincinnati, Ohio; the mother, a native of New Jersey, was born March 12, 1796. They were married in Ohio, and came to Illinois in 1831, locating upon a claim of eighty acres which the father had entered near Randolph Grove. To this he subsequently added, and in 1836 entered another tract about four miles from his first claim, upon which he removed and where he spent the greater part of his declining years. His death occurred Sept. 15, 1863. The mother had passed to her long home on the 24th of November, 1838. David Noble was Postmaster of Randolph Grove for a number of years, and a member of the Masonic fraternity. Of their seven children, six are still livingóWilliam C., Stephen K., Sarah J., Mercy A., James K. and Thomas J. David Noble was married the second time, in 1840, to Mrs. Jane Arnold, and by this union had five children, four of whom are living: Mariah L., now Mrs. William Custer, of Homer, Ill.; Eliza Ann married Milton Hollis, of Homer, Ill.; Martha E. is now Mrs. Vance Custer, of Danville, Ill.; Harrison D. lives in the latter named city, and remains in a state of single blessedness.

William C. Noble attended school near the place of his birth, in Hamilton County, Ohio, until their removal to this county. The temple of learning was built of logs, and was similar to that where the other pioneers, whose history has been detailed in this work, received their rudimentary education. He was naturally fond of his books, and pursued his studies after coming to Illinois. He remained with his parents until 1839, and then commenced farming on his own account on a tract of 160 acres in Randolph Township, this county, which he occupied until 1873. He then practically retired from active labor, and purchased his present home, in Bloomington. He was Assessor in Randolph Township three years, also School Director and Roadmaster.

Mr. Noble was married on the 31st of October, 1839, to Miss Isabel J. Stewart, and they became the parents of four children, two now livingóRebecca J., Mrs. Cutter, of Hatfield, Mass., who has two children, William and Bernice, and Seth S., who married Miss Esther Mercer, and they have two children, Cora Bell and Herbert C. Mrs. Isabel Noble departed this life at the home of her husband, May 12, 1855.

Mr. Noble for his second wife married Mrs. Eunice (Burley) Hughes, a native of Scioto County, Ohio, Who was born Feb. 27, 1823, and is the daughter of John and Nancy (Anderson) Burley, natives of Ohio. Her father was a farmer by occupation, and came with his family to Illinois in 1833, settling in Jersey County, where the parents lived the remainder of their days, the father dying in 1846; the mother survived him thirty years, and passed to her final rest in 1876. Of their eleven children, eight are now livingóJames, Daniel, Newton, Eunice, Mary, Sarah, Joel and Lucinda.

Mrs. Noble, by her former husband, became the mother of three children, as follows: John N. Hughes was born Dec. 8, 1845, and died March 9, 1874; he was finely educated and a promising young man, beloved and respected by all who knew him. James A. was born Aug. 5, 1850; Mary A., Mrs. F. B. Chase, has one child, a daughter, Edna, and resides in Chicago. By her union with our subject, Mrs. Noble has had four children, three now living: Annie S., Mrs. P. A. Guthrie, who has two children Sidney A. and Dudley R.; Ida J. became the wife of L. G. Bronson, of Chicago, and Cora B., who is at home with her parents.

Mr. Noble is Republican in politics, and with his wife a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has been Steward, Class-Leader and Trustee of the church in Randolph Township, and is in all respects a representative man of McLean County, and one who has been fully identified with its growth and prosperity.


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), 416. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.




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