JOHN W. STOVER, one of the large landowners of McLean County, and one of her most successful and progressive farmers, is pleasantly located on his fine farm on section 33, Money Creek Township, where he is meeting with far more than ordinary success in the prosecution of his vocation. Mr. Stover was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, May 15, 1833. He was reared to farm labor, and received but a limited education in his early youth, which he, however, supplemented by a practical one in later years. He lived in his native county until about 1852, when he emigrated to Illinois and took up his residence in this county. For about five years he worked out by the month, the major portion of the time in Money Creek Township. Mr. Stover has always followed agricultural pursuits, and is a self-made man in every respect the word implies. In 1857 he settled in Money Creek Township, and has made that his home until the present time. He is now the owner of 600 acres of valuable and productive land, and the major portion of it is under an advanced state of cultivation.

John W. Stover and Miss Elizabeth Ogden were united in marriage in Bloomington, Ill., Aug. 20, 1857. She is the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Stretch) Ogden, natives of Ohio and Pennsylvania respectively. Ten children were born to the parents, and Mrs. Stover was the seventh in order of birth. She first saw light in Money Creek Township, Jan. 16, 1839, and lived with her parents until her marriage. Of her union with Mr. Stover six children have been born, and named Benjamin W., Sarah A., Cora, Etta M., Ida B., who died when about two years of age, and one who died in infancy. Benjamin married Miss Fannie Heller, and they are living in Money Creek Township and have two children—May E., and an infant unnamed; Sarah is the wife of Ward B. Jones, and they are living in Towanda Township; Cora and Etta are living at home. Mr. Stover has held the office of School Director of his township for many years. Socially he is a member of the I. O. O. F. , and in politics is a stanch Republican.

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), 619. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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