ANTHONY THAYER, deceased, was formerly a highly respected resident of Yates Township, where he settled in 1867. He was born in the village of Warren, Washington Co., Vt., being the son of Aaron and Esther (Field) Thayer, who after their marriage located in Warren, Vt., where the father died in 1863. Three years afterward the mother emigrated to Illinois, and after living one year in Tazewell County removed to McLean County and settled in Yates Township, where she died July 13,1879. Of the ten children composing the parental household only two are now living: Erastus, who resides at Forest, Ill., and Emeline, the wife of Robert Hopkins, of this county.

The subject of this biography received a good common-school education and assisted in the lighter duties about the small farm on which the family resided among the Green Mountains. He was about fourteen years of age when his father died, and being the youngest of the children his mother naturally looked upon him as her future support. He accompanied her to Illinois and soon after arriving in McLean County, purchased 160 acres of land on section 19, in Yates Township, in which the mother retained a life lease. Young Anthony was industrious and soon effected numerous improvements on the new purchase, having in view the establishment of a future home for himself as well as a comfortable abiding-place for his mother. On the 20th of December, 1870, he was united in marriage with Miss Maggie Arnold, who proved his faithful and affectionate companion during his lifetime. Mr. Thayer died April 28, 1884, and is mourned as one who was a good citizen, a kind husband and father, and a useful member of the community. He was a stanch supporter of the Republican party, a believer in the Christian religion, and although never having been connected with any church society he usually worshiped with the Presbyterians. Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Thayer there were born six children, two of whom, George M. and Ella M., died in childhood. Those surviving are, Clarence E., born Feb. 3, 1872; Ida L., March 6, 1873; Frank E., July 27, 1874, and Minnie B., Jan. 2, 1883.

Mrs. Thayer is a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, and was born April 9, 1851. Her parents were John C. and Caroline Arnold, who emigrated to the United States when their daughter, Maggie, was but one year old. Mrs. T. continues to reside on the homestead purchased by her husband and which now consists of 240 acres of choice land, which she superintends in an intelligent and highly successful manner. She is a member in good standing of the Presbyterian Church, and greatly respected wherever known.

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


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