JOHN PURDUM, a retired farmer and highly respected citizen of Weston, has been a resident of McLean County since 1857. During his thirty years' residence here he has watched the growth and development of this section with the deepest interest and has contributed his share towards bringing the township to its present condition. He is a native of Ohio, born in Allen County, May 14, 1819, being the son of John Purdum, who was a native of Kentucky. The mother of our subject, formerly Miss Sarah Nevin, was born in v and departed this life when her son, our subject, was but a babe. Besides himself his little sister, Elizabeth, was also left motherless. Elizabeth became the wife of Joseph Hamilton and is now deceased. After the death of his wife, John Purdum, Sr., was a second time married, and continued to live in Ohio, where he passed the remainder of his life, his death occurring when he was fifty-six years of age.

Our subject was reared to farming pursuits and remained in his native State until 1850. He then sought the prairies of Illinois and passed his first winter in Putnam County, whence he removed the following spring to this county and purchased eighty acres of unimproved land in Yates Township. Here he followed farming with fair success until 1881, when on account of failing health he abandoned active labor and moved into the village of Weston, which has since been his home. Besides the farm, which is now operated by a tenant, Mr. Culey, he owns the handsome village property which he now occupies.

The subject of our sketch was married in 1839, to Miss Nancy Hamilton, who was born in Brown County, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1816, and who was the daughter of Robert and Nancy Hamilton. Of this union there were born eight children, two of whom died in infancy and one daughter, Samantha Jane, when twenty-three years of age. Those living are, John Turner, a resident of Tulare County, Cal.; Semiramis, the wife of Guy Farr, resides in Yates Township; Jonah Wayland is engaged in the lumber business in Vernon County, Mo.; Robert Edgar is a resident of Yates Township; Mary E. became the wife of Cal. Wilson and they are residents of Livingston County, Ill.

Mr. Purdum politically is a stanch Republican and has been an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for the past sixteen years.

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), 623. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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