R. PUMPHREY, deceased, was one of the most successful farmers of Randolph Township. In addition to the pursuit
of general agriculture, he gave much attention to the raising of fine stock. In all his transactions, whether of
a business or social nature, he bore the reputation of an honest man and a good citizen. He had been a resident
of the county since 1863. During his early manhood he was one of the most industrious and energetic men of Randolph
Township. These qualities in due time were amply rewarded. From a limited beginning, he became the owner of 1,000
acres of land, part of which, however, he afterward disposed of.
The Pumphrey homestead comprises 400 acres of land, and a handsome and commodious set of farm buildings. He put up one of the best brick houses in this part of the county, and the other buildings on the premises correspond in all respects to the main one. There was also other valuable property belonging to the estate, and which was divided up among the heirs.
Our subject was born in Brooke County, W. Va, Aug. 23, 1810, and died at his home in Randolph Township, May 11, 1884, of paralysis. He spent three winters in Florida, where it was hoped his failing health would be recovered, but in vain.
Mr. Pumphrey was reared in Brooke County, W. Va. His parents, Reason and Ann (Boone) Pumphrey, were natives of Maryland, but of Welsh ancestry and parentage. The mother of our subject was the daughter of Richard Boone, a relative of the well known Kentucky hunter and pioneer, Daniel Boone.
She was married to Reason Pumphrey in Virginia whence they removed, in 1828, to Ohio, settling in Harrison County. There the mother died, at the age of sixty-five and one-half years, and a few years later the father passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Emily Holmes, in Carroll County, Ohio, at the advanced age of eighty-five years. While in Virginia he was engaged in milling and accumulated a fine property, and was also successful in his farming operations, later, in Ohio.
The subject of this history received a good education in the schools of his native county in Virginia and after arriving to suitable years, worked with his father in the mill. He subsequently went to Fayette County, Pa., where he met Miss Ann G., the daughter of Charles and Ann (Combs) Griffin, to whom he was married on the 8th of December, 1835.
The parents of Mrs. Pumphrey were natives of Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania respectively. They were married in Fayette County, the latter State, and soon afterward located upon a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits in that county, and there lived the remainder of their lives. The mother departed this life on the 10th of August, 1846, aged sixty years. The father survived her several years and died the latter part of December, 1862, having arrived at the advanced age of eighty-five years.
The parental family consisted of eight children, six sons and two daughters. Two of the sons died young and five are yet living. Mrs. Pumphrey of our sketch was the third child and second daughter, and was born in Fayette County, Pa., Aug. 1, 1816. She received careful home training from excellent parents, and remained with them until her marriage, having also enjoyed the advantages of a good education.
Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. P. there were born eight children, one of whom, Mary M., died at the age of sixteen months. Of the living, all but two are married. One is a minister of the Presbyterian Church, having charge of a parish at Armourdale, Kan. This son was educated at Bloomington, Chicago, and Crawfordsville, Ind., and possesses more than ordinary ability as a pastor and orator. Each member of this intelligent family is possessed of those excellent qualities for which their parents have been long and favorably known in this section.
Soon after his marriage Mr. Pumphrey united with the Presbyterian Church, with which he was prominently connected afterward, having been Deacon for many years. During the latter years of his life he was connected with the church at Heyworth, of which his wife and family are now members and regular attendants. Politically Mr. Pumphrey was a Democrat.
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), 451. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.