JACOB STOREY, an enterprising young farmer of Padua Township, where he is also successfully engaged in stock-raising,
owns and occupies eighty acres of valuable land on section 2, and operates another eighty acres on section 1. He
became a resident of this county in 1866. He is of English birth and parentage, being the son of Thomas Storey,
who was a farmer by occupation and spent his entire life in his native England. Jacob was born Nov. 8, 1849, and
was a little lad of five years when his father died. His mother afterward emigrated to the United States with her
eight children, and located first in Delaware. They only lived a year there, however, then started for the West
and coming into this State settled first in Peoria County, where the mother died in September, 1859.
After the death of his mother our subject went to live with his guardian in Peoria County, with whom he remained a few years, and then started out to make his own way in the world. When but eighteen years of age, he enlisted as a soldier in Co. I, 146th Ill. Vol. Inf., in 1864. He served eleven months, not being in any active engagement. After returning from the army, he was employed as a farm laborer until his marriage, which occurred in Arrowsmith Township, this county, May 2, 1871. His wife, who was formerly Miss Isabella Maurice, was born and reared in Ohio, and came to Illinois with her parents when a child, remaining in this county until her marriage. Of this union there have been born two children William A. and Charles E. Mr. Storey is a solid Republican, and bids fair to become one of the prominent farmers and citizens of McLean County. His energy and industry are surely deserving of entire success.
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), 455.