MAGDALENA M. STUCKEY, widow of Christian Stuckey, is living on a fine farm on section 5, Danvers Township, where she is surrounded by all the comforts of life, and enjoying the respect of a large circle of friends. Mrs. S. was born in Baden, Germany, Sept. 18, 1827, being the daughter of Michael and Magdalena (King) Miller. Her father was born in 1795, and her mother in 1800, in Germany, and they were married in 1825. Nine years later they emigrated to America, landing in New Orleans. Thence they went into Butler County, Ohio, where Michael Miller prosecuted farming on rented land until 1851. He then came to Illinois, and purchased eighty acres of land in Dry Grove Township, this county. To this he soon afterward added 120 acres, and this, with its improvements, constituted a permanent and comfortable homestead, where he spent the remainder of his days, his death occurring in 1873. The mother died in the fall of 1882. Their nine children were Christian, Magdalena, Jacob, Michael, John, Fannie, Catherine, Elizabeth and Joseph. Fannie, Elizabeth and Kate are deceased. The parents were members of the Omish Mennonite Church, in which the father labored as a minister for a period of twenty years.

Mrs. Stuckey was reared by her parents, and was united in marriage with Christian Stuckey, Oct. 27, 1850, in Butler County, Ohio. Mr. S. was a farmer by occupation, and directly after marriage they came to this county and located on rented land near Danvers. After a few years Mr. S. entered forty acres, and provided a house into which he moved his family. He was prospered, in his farming and business transactions, and in time added to his first purchase, so that at the time of his death he left his family with a fine estate of 179 acres, under a good state of cultivation and supplied with modern improvements. His death occurred in Eureka Springs, Ark., whither he had gone for his health, and his remains were laid to rest in Park Lane Cemetery in Danvers. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Jonathan Schmoker, of Indiana, and Rev. Sears, of Danvers. Mr. Stuckey was a kind and indulgent father and husband. His family were greatly attached to him, and his death was to them an irreparable loss. When he started for Eureka Springs it was the hope of himself and his friends that the change would be beneficial. He remained about three months, but during the last week, however, he began to fail and his wife was sent for. He died a few days after her arrival, and a devoted wife and five children are left to mourn their loss. The latter were Joseph, Catherine, Mary, Daniel, Samuel and Josephine. Joseph died when about three years of age. Mr. Stuckey was a stanch Republican in politics, and a member of the Omish Mennonite Church.

When Mr. and Mrs. Stuckey took possession of the present homestead it was in a wild and unimproved condition, and its cultivation involved much labor and perseverance. The residence is a tasteful and substantial structure, and there is a good barn with all necessary out-buildings. Mrs. S. has proved an excellent manager, and is carrying on the farm after the methods adopted and established by her husband. Her two sons, Daniel and Samuel, are still at home with their mother; the former was married, Sept. 30, 1884, to Miss Ella Pancake, of Danvers Township, and they have one son eighteen months old. Her daughter. Mary, became the wife of John Schertz, and lives in this county; she has four children, two sons and two daughters.

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


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