JOHN PAXTON, the son of John and Sarah J. (Fitch) Paxton, and now a resident of Blue Mound Township, was born
in Guernsey County, Ohio, Jan. 17, 1832. His parents were natives of Pennsylvania, and after their marriage removed
to the State and county where their son was born, and where they passed the remainder of their lives. John Paxton,
Sr., was a cooper by trade, but greatly inclined to farming pursuits, to which he gave most of his attention. Of
the two sons who were born of this marriage, the eldest, Alexander, died in Guernsey County, Ohio.
Our subject assisted his father on the farm during his boyhood and youth, and received a fair education in the common schools. He remained with his parents until he was twenty years old, and then started out for himself. He first crossed the Mississippi into Iowa, where he remained one year, then returned to Ohio and lived there until the fall of 1856. He then came westward and located in this county, becoming a resident of Old Town Township in the spring of 1857. In 1866 he came into Blue Mound Township and purchased a tract of eighty acres on section 34, which has since remained his home. His farm is finely improved, and upon it he has erected a handsome and substantial set of frame buildings.
His marriage took place in Bloomington Township, in the spring of 1857, the lady of his choice being Miss Nancy J. Scott, who was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, July 4, 1840. Mrs. P. is the daughter of William and Nancy (Britton) Scott, who were natives of Pennsylvania, whence they removed to Illinois and located in this county in about 1856, on a farm in Bloomington Township. Subsequently they returned to their old home in Ohio, where they spent the remainder of their days. Of the ten children of Mr. and Mrs. Paxton, three died in infancy. Those surviving are James A., Mary E., Nancy E., John G., Charles S., Franklin M. and Laura B. Charles S. and Franklin M. are twins; James married Miss Lizzie B. Story and lives in Padua Township; Nancy E. is the wife of John L. Bunn. and resides in Martin Township; they have one child, a son, Charles F. Those who died in infancy were William, Alice and one unnamed. Mr. and Mrs. Paxton are members of the Christian Church, and our subject uniformly 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), 649. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards