JAMES POINDEXTER, a native of McLean County, and who has here spent the greater part of his life, was born on
the farm where he now lives, on section 17, Bloomington Township, on the 10th of September, 1843.
His father, Arnett Poindexter, was a native of Virginia and of French descent, their earlier ancestors going with William the Conqueror from France to England, whence, later, they emigrated to the United States, and located in Virginia at about the time of the close of the Revolutionary War.
The first representatives in this country were two brothers, one of whom located in Lexington, Ky., where afterward the father of our subject met his future wife, Miss Elizabeth Duncan. After their marriage and the birth of six children, four sons and two daughters, the family removed North to Illinois, in 1839, and settled in Bloomington Township upon a tract of unimproved land, most of the country around them still being in its original condition.
Arnett Poindexter was a miller by trade, and had owned mill property in Kentucky which was devoted to the manufacture of woolen goods. After coming to this county he erected the first woolen mill within its borders, and successfully followed this calling until his death, which occurred in about 1844.
Our subject was then about one year old and the youngest of the family. He remained on the farm with his mother and brothers and obtained a fair education in the pioneer schools. When quite young he was greatly interested in the operations of the honey-bee, and as he grew older he soon began to make a business of caring for these. He has now about 200, colonies of Italian bees, from which he obtains large quantities of honey, usually taken in the comb.
The mother of our subject departed this life in March, 1874; five of his brothers and sisters lived to mature years, and two brothers and one sister are yet living. On the 25th of December, 1879, our subject was married in Bloomington Township to Miss Elizabeth Brigham, the daughter of George and Lydia (Shinn) Brigham, the former of Boston, Mass., and the latter of Cincinnati, Ohio. They were married in Pike County, Ill., and located there upon a farm, where the father passed the remainder of his days.
The mother is living with her son, Asa Brigham, in Bloomington Township. Mrs. Poindexter was born in Pike County, Ill., Dec. 20, 1843. She came to McLean County with her parents when twelve years of age, was educated in Normal, and began to teach when nineteen, which she followed until her marriage with our subject. Of this union there has been born one childóJamesina Pearl.
The homestead of Mr. Poindexter embraces seventy-five acres of finely cultivated land, a comfortable residence, all necessary barns and outbuildings, and within and without gives evidence of the supervision of a well-directed and intelligent mind. Mr. P. is highly respected in his community, is Democratic in politics, and in all respects a useful and valued member of society. He possesses considerable literary taste, and has been a correspondent of the American Bell Journal for some time. He was also Secretary of the Bee-Keeper's Association of Central Illinois in 1884, which position he occupied for some time afterward.
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), 285. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.