PHINEAS M. STUBBLEFIELD, a prominent farmer, stock-raiser, and breeder of Norman horses, is a highly respected resident of Funk's Grove Township, and a member of the family so widely and favorably known throughout this section. He owns and occupies a beautiful home on section 9, the family residence being situated on a rise of ground and commanding an extensive view of the surrounding country.

Mr. Stubblefield was born in Funk's Grove Township, Oct. 25, 1851, and is the third son of John and Elisannah (Houser) Stubblefield (see sketch.) He attended the district schools, and remained under the home roof until twenty years of age. Then, wishing to further pursue his studies he entered Wesleyan University [ed., Illinois Wesleyan University], and continued four years, improving the opportunity thus offered and acquiring a store of useful knowledge. He then returned home and assisted his father in the labors of the farm until his marriage, when he located with his young wife upon his present homestead. This contains 160 acres, all enclosed and under a good state of cultivation. The buildings are shapely and substantial, and kept in good repair, and everything about the place denotes the intelligent and progressive farmer.

Mr. Stubblefield was married on the 27th of February, 1879, to Miss Mattie B. Willerton, who was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, March 24, 1854. Her father, Christopher Willerton, also a native of England, was reared there to farming pursuits, where he was also married and lived until 1857. Then, accompanied by his wife and three children, he emigrated to America, settling first in Oswego, N. Y., until 1865, and then came to McLean County, Ill. He now owns a good farm in Danvers Township, and is still engaged in agricultural pursuits. His wife, before her marriage, was Miss Harriet Baldwick, a native of his own country. Mr. and Mrs. Stubblefield have no children. They are members in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically our subject is Republican, and socially belongs to McLean Lodge No. 469, A. F. & A. M.

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


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