JOHN SHAVER, of Blue Mound Township, is a native of the Prairie State, born in Fulton County, Aug. 12, 1850.
His parents were George and Margaret (Mcllhaney) Shaver, natives of Huntingdon County, Pa., where they were married
and settled for a time, but later emigrated to this State. They made the journey overland with team, and took up
their abode in Fulton County, where they passed the remainder of their lives. George Shaver was a farmer by occupation,
and the parental household included nine children, four sons and five daughters, as follows: Henrietta, Winfield,
Mary C., Permelia, Anna, John, Melville, Samuel, and Maggie; Henrietta, Winfield and Melville are deceased.
The subject of our sketch was reared to farming pursuits and lived at home with his parents until twenty-three years of age. In the spring of 1874 he started out for himself, and coming into this county rented a tract of land in Blue Mound Township, which he operated for about five years. He was prospered in his farming and business transactions and at the expiration of this time purchased eighty acres of land. This, however, he sold, and purchased eighty-three acres on section 4, which constitutes his present homestead. He has a comfortable dwelling, a good barn and all other necessary outhouses, and is carrying on his peaceful occupation with fair success.
The marriage of Mr. Shaver occurred in Lexington Township, this county, Nov. 28, 1878, the maiden of his choice being Miss Sarah, daughter of James and Luany (Evans) Woodard, natives of Indiana. They emigrated from Morgan County, that State, to McLean County, Ill., in about 1862, settling in Lexington Township, where they still reside. Their five children, three sons and two daughters, are Anna, Sarah, Pierce, Wesley and Alexander; Pierce is deceased. Mrs. Shaver was the second in order of birth. She was born in Morgan County, Ind., Dec. 23, 18.58, and remained with her parents until her marriage. She is a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and our subject, politically, affiliates with the Republican party.
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), 601. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.