JAMES W. QUINN, an extensive and prosperous farmer of Dale Township, owns and occupies a fine estate on section
34, and is one of the reliable and representative citizens of McLean County. He was born in Madison County, Ky.,
May 10, 1827, two months after his fatherís death, and was the youngest son of Hiram and Elizabeth (Moberly) Quinn.
The subject of our sketch was reared by his mother on the old homestead and educated in the subscription school. He remained at home until his marriage, in 1849, and then purchased land nearby upon which he carried on agricultural operations until 1854. He then, accompanied by his wife and one child, started overland for the prairies of Illinois. They were equipped with one pair of horses, a wagon and a buggy, and after stopping a few days in Indiana, arrived in McLean County, Ill., on the 9th day of October of the above year. They moved into the house with his brother, H. W. Quinn, and our subject purchased 160 acres on the southeast quarter of section 33, in Dale Township. There was upon it a frame house 16x26 feet in dimensions, a log stable, and fifty-five acres broken.
The following spring Mr. Quinn disposed of this property and removed to the farm which he now owns and occupies. He has greatly improved the condition of this since it came into his possession, and now has all the land well improved and fenced, and supplied with excellent farm buildings. He purchased the quarter section adjoining him on the east and also the southwest quarter of section 30, in the same township, these latter being operated by tenants, and they yield to their owner a handsome income.
The marriage of James W. Quinn and Miss Elizabeth S. Dozier took place on the 8th of November, 1849. Mrs. Quinn is a native of the same State and county as her husband, and was born Aug. 20, 1833. Her parents were Yetman and Susan (Moberty) Dozier, of Madison County, Ky. Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Q. there have been born three children: Nancy J. became the wife of Fayette Barclay, and lives in Dale Township; Leonard F. married Salley Park, of Irvine, Ky., and lives on section 34, Dale Township; Sidney is at home. Mr. and Mrs. Q. and all their children are connected by membership with the Christian Church, and politically our subject uniformly votes the Democratic ticket.
Mr. Quinn is one of the substantial and reliable business men of this county, and has assisted materially in the development of its resources and in the march of civilization and progress. The homestead is one of the finest in the county and invariably attracts the eye of the traveler through this section by its air of comfort on all sides. The residence, within and without, is tastefully finished and furnished, and the barns and out-buildings possess all the conveniences for the storing of grain and the shelter of stock. Everything about the place is in good order and all operations are carried on in a systematic manner, which denotes the exercise of wise judgment and ample means.
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), 466. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.