MRS. SARAH SLOANE. This lady is the widow of Ezra Sloane, and occupies the homestead which her husband established
in 1854, in Danvers Township. Ezra Sloane was a native of Maryland and was born Oct. 18, 1816. He departed this
life in the above named township on the 5th of November, 1884. Mr. Sloane received his early education in his native
State, and remained there until twenty years old. He then removed westward to Pickaway County, Ohio, where in due
time he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Davidson, their wedding taking place in March, 1840.
Mrs. Sarah (Davidson) Sloane was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, Sept. 26, 1816, where she spent the days of her childhood and youth. After her marriage to Ezra Sloane and the birth of four children they emigrated to Illinois. Mr. S. purchased eighty acres of land in Danvers Township, this county, and in his subsequent farming and business transactions was greatly prospered. As time passed on he added to his acreage, and at the time of his death was the owner of 320 acres of finely cultivated land, with residence, barns and out-buildings, of tasteful and substantial character. Mr. Sloane, after the war, took no part in politics, although he was well read and informed, and liberal in his political and religious views. He was a prominent and useful citizen, and contributed his full share toward the building up of the various interests of this section.
Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Sloane there were born four children, of whom one died unnamed and another, a daughter, Jane, died at the age of two years and five months; Magdalene, now Mrs. David R. Harris, lives in Danvers Township, and has two children—P. Eugenie and N. Maud; George N. was the youngest of the family, and was born May 16, 1852. He married Miss Julia A. Smith, Feb. 15, 1877; his wife was born in Tazewell County. Aug. 1, 1855, and is the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Haybarger) Smith, natives respectively of Maryland and Illinois. Her parents were of German parentage, and are now among the wealthy families of Tazewell County. Mr. George Sloane is now largely engaged in the breeding of Shorthorn cattle, of which he has a herd numbering sixty-three fine animals. He also operates in draft horses, of which he has some fine specimens. He is one of the promising citizens of this section, has held the offices of School Director and Deacon of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of which he has been a member for twenty years, and with which his wife and mother are also connected. He is Republican in politics, and thoroughly interested in everything tending to the welfare of his community. He is the father of one child, Edwin, born Nov. 30, 1882.
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), 530. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.