JOHN RYAN, a farmer by calling, and the owner of 163 acres of valuable land on section I, Towanda Township,
where he resides, is meeting with signal success in the conducting of his vocation. Mr. Ryan is the son of John
and Margaret (Curboy) Ryan, natives of Ireland. They had nine children and John was the second in order of birth.
He was born on the Emerald Isle in 1824. When twenty-five years of age, in 1849, he emigrated to this country,
and taking up his home in Kane County, Ill., continued to reside there for two years. In 1851 he came to this county,
and settling in Bloomington was there variously occupied until 1878. During that year he removed to Blue Mound
Township, and subsequently to Towanda Township, where he has made his home until the present time.
While a resident of Bloomington, Mr. Ryan was a portion of his time engaged as an employee of the C. & A. R.R. Since leaving Bloomington he has devoted his time exclusively to farming. He is now the owner of 163 acres of land, all of which is under an advanced state of cultivation, and on which he has erected good and substantial improvements. Mr. Ryan was married, in Bloomington, Ill., June 9, 1856, to Miss Julia, daughter of William and Mary (Fitzgerald) Dwyer, natives of Ireland. Her parents had eleven children, and Mrs. Ryan was the fifth in order of birth. She first saw the light in the Land of the Shamrock, March 24, 1835.
The union of Mr. and Mrs. Ryan has been productive of the birth of five children—Margaret, John, Edward, Matthew and Mary A. Margaret is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Ryan, as well as their children, are members of the Catholic Church. In politics he is a Democrat. The mother of our subject departed this life in her native land, and the father died at Bloomington, this State. In addition to the fine farm which is the property of our subject, he is also the owner of considerable city property in Bloomington. He is a self-made man, and what he has of this world's goods he has accumulated through his own energy and good judgment, and not as the recipient of any legacy whatsoever.
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), 673. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.