JEREMIAH WHITCOMB, a well-to-do and prosperous farmer residing on section 22, Old Town Township, is an offspring of Francis and Jane (Evans) Whitcomb, natives of New Hampshire and Ohio respectively. When about thirty years of age the father, in company with a brother, went to New York State, whence the father came to Illinois in 1817, and settled in Vermilion County. For over forty years he heard of none of his relatives.

Jane (Evans) Whitcomb was a daughter of William Evans, one of the early settlers of Bloomington, this county. The parents of our subject were united in marriage in Vermilion County, this State, and made settlement there, and in that county the father was engaged in the manufacture of salt. Subsequently he embarked in the milling business, and still later in life followed the occupation of a farmer.

In 1849 the parents moved to McLean County, and settled in Old Town Township, where the father continued at his chosen vocation. He lived to attain the advanced age of eighty-six years, and she departed this life when in her seventy-eighth year, both dying in Old Town Township.

The parental household of our subject included seven children who lived to attain the age of maturity, and Jeremiah was the fifth in order of birth. He was born in Vermilion County, Ill., Jan. 10, 1839, and was ten years of age when he accompanied his parents to this county, and since that time has been a resident of Old Town Township. His education was received in the common schools of this county, and his years thus far in life have been devoted almost exclusively to agricultural pursuits. He is at present the owner of 233 acres of valuable land, and is meeting with success in the prosecution of his vocation.

Mr. Whitcomb was married in Old Town Township to Miss Lucinda Rodman, Feb. 27, 1862. She is the daughter of John and Mary J. (Grey) Rodman (see sketch of John Rodman), and was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, March 27, 1843. Their union has been blest by the birth of the following children: Sylvia, Lillie A., May, William A., Mary F. and Alma E. May is the wife of M. Adams, and they are living in Downs Township.

Mr. Whitcomb has held the office of Supervisor two years, Justice of the Peace eight years, Township Clerk two years, Township Treasurer four years, and School Trustee for several years, and is at present Township Treasurer. In politics he is Republican. Mrs. Whitcomb religiously holds fellowship with the Methodist Protestant Church.

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), 292. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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