FREDERICK P. PEASE, formerly a minister of the United Brethren Church, is now engaged in agricultural pursuits on the homestead of his father-in-law, on section 31, in White Oak Township. Mr. Pease is a native of the Prairie State, having been born in Pike County in 1849. His parents were Alonzo and Maria (Wilson) Pease, natives respectively of New York and Ohio. Alonzo Pease was born in 1818, and removed from his native State to Illinois about 1840. He rented land for four years, and then purchased eighty acres, upon which he located and spent the remainder of his days, his death occurring in the spring of 1872.

Mrs. Maria Pease was born in 1809, and died at the home of her husband in Pike County in 1862. The parental family included three children: William P., who married for his first wife Miss Mary S. Good, now deceased; his second wife was Miss Nancy C. Bucy; Zachariah A., who married Miss Rexville White; and Frederick P, of our sketch was the youngest. The father was Republican in politics and a member in good standing of the United Brethren Church.

The subject of this history was reared on his father's farm and received his primary education in the public schools. When twenty years of age he entered Westfield College, in Clarke [ed., Clark] County, Ill., where he took a scientific course and graduated five years afterward. He was then married, Nov. 6, 1876, to Rozina Wintz, and commenced his labors as a minister and devoted his time irregularly, with his customary zeal, in his Master's cause for several years. He was very successful as a pastor, and especially efficient in revivals. He pursued his pious labors at Canton, Ill., Farmer City and Saybrook, three years, and preached at different times after coming into White Oak Township. During one series of meetings under his ministration 150 persons were gathered into the fold.

The wife of our subject is the daughter of Peter and Catherine (Fry) Wintz, the father a native of Virginia, and the mother of Ohio. Peter Wintz, one of the most highly respected citizens of the county, and whose portrait will be found on an accompanying page, was born in Loudoun County, Va., Sept. 5, 1825, and is the son of Henry and Sarah (Fry) Wintz, who were both of German descent. The mother was born in Virginia. When Peter W. was four years of age his parents removed from the Old Dominion, first to Warren County and from there to Preble County, Ohio, and in the district schools of the latter their son Peter was educated. He remained there until his marriage with Miss Catherine, daughter of Jonas Fry, their wedding occurring April 8, 1852.

Shortly after his marriage Mr. W. started with his bride for Illinois. A year later he settled on the homestead where he still resides. This is one of the finest in White Oak Township, comprising a handsome residence in the midst of beautiful grounds, and in all respects indicating the cultivated tastes of its proprietor. Mr. and Mrs. Wintz became the parents of three children, two of whom are now living: Rozina, Mrs. Pease, and Moses, who married Miss Ida Robison, and is located near Wichita, Kan. Silas E. died when six years of age. Mrs. Catherine Wintz passed to the other life in 1885.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Pease, five in number, are as follows: William Henry, Thomas Shepley, Ida Belle, Nellie Pearl and George Elmer. All are living: Mr. Pease is greatly interested in the success of the temperance movement and has identified himself politically with the Prohibitionists. He is still in the prime of life, and undoubtedly has many years in which to exert his influence on the side of truth, temperance and justice. Nature endowed him with rare gifts, among which is intellectual ability of a high order, logical, discriminating and comprehensive. He is a close reasoner, an impressive, and occasionally an eloquent speaker, and wields great force on the side of right and in the cause of temperance.

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), 713. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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