WILLIAM W. OUTLAW, who is familiarly known in Cheney's Grove Township as one of its most successful farmers
and stock-raisers, has a fine estate of 480 acres of land, located on section 2, which he took possession of in
1869. On this farm he has 131 head of thoroughbred cattle with a magnificent full-blooded bull, and twenty-four
valuable horses, the head of the stable being a full-blooded Clyde which, although only two years old, pulls down
the scales at 1,360 pounds. This fine animal, which is named Marcus, is a model of symmetry and beauty and the
admiration of that section. In addition to his horses and cattle Mr. O. feeds annually large numbers of hogs, having
now about 130 head, and this branch of business has proved especially profitable. He also has 112 head of sheep,
the male being the registered Shropshire, about three years old. The farmers of Illinois have usually been a little
careful about attempting sheep-raising, but Mr. Outlaw has proved that with a proper understanding of the business,
it may be made as successful as any other branch of agriculture.
Mr. Outlaw was born in Posey County, Ind., Feb. 27, 1850, and two years later removed with his parents to Illinois. He is the son of George W. and Lucinda (McReynolds) Outlaw, the father a native of North Carolina and the mother of Kentucky. George Outlaw was born in 1827, is still living, and resides in Nebraska, being engaged the greater part of his life in farming and milling. His wife, who was born in 1830, departed this life at the home of her husband in 1873. The record of their nine children is as follows: James and John died in their youth; Mary A. became the wife of S. D. Reaugh; William W, of our sketch is the fourth child; Robert D. married Miss McReynolds and located in Colfax, Ill.; Thomas married Miss Endicott and they are living in Stanford, this county; Sarah became the wife of James McReynolds; Lovina married George Pollard; George W. is the youngest, and lives in Nebraska.
The subject of this history remained with his parents at their home until after he attained his majority, and was then united in marriage with Miss Sarah E. Cales, Feb. 27, 1872. This lady was a native of Virginia, born in 1844, and the daughter of James and Sarah (Buchanan) Cales, with whom she lived until reaching years of womanhood. She came to Illinois with her parents when a maiden of seventeen years old. Her parents were natives of Virginia; the father born July 15, 1818, and is still living and resides in Kansas; the mother died at the homestead in Tazewell County, Ill., in 1866. The second wife of James Cales was Miss Gaines, with whom he lived about sixteen years, and she departed this life in about 1884. He was married the third time, the name of the lady not now known. His ten children were John B., Sarah E., Mary A., Margaret, James W., Martha A., Eliza E., Augusta V., Elmira E., and one who died in infancy. Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Outlaw there were also ten children, as follows: Emma J. and James D. (twins) were born June 7, 1873; Thomas F., Oct. 13, 1874; Minnie M., Feb. 14, 1876; Ibba A., Sept. 26, 1877; Bertha A., Jan. 6, 1879; Joseph O., July 16, 1880; John, July 3, 1882; Lewis, Dec. 3, 1883; Imo A., Oct. 8, 1886. James D., Thomas F. and Ibba A. are deceased, having died in infancy.
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), 559. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.