There is probably no place in the wide world where a man can so readily Wrest from the soil a handsome competency and put himself m a financial condition to retire from active labor, as within the bounds of the rich Prairie State. Throughout its confines, north and south, east and west, we may find thousands of farms who have, by hard toil and enterprise, secured a degree of wealth which allows them to rest during their later years, and among these we are pleased to mention the still active and enterprising gentleman whose name we have given above.
Rodney Adkins, who resides on section 6, Lovington Township, Moultrie County, dates his residence in this county from 1865, and in Illinois from 1852. He was born in Ross County, Ohio, August 24, 1825, being a son of Staunton and Anna (Timmons) Adkins, natives of Maryland. This excellent couple have removed from their native State to Ross County previous to their marriage. Mr. Adkins at the date of that event being thirty years old, and his young bride but fifteen. Subsequent to their marriage they removed to Pickaway County, in the same State, and there settled on a farm. Mrs. Anna Adkins became the mother of thirteen children, and died at the age of forty, but her husband survived and reached the very extreme age of ninety-one years. The subject of this sketch was the fourth in this large family of the parental household, and received his early training upon a farm and through the active exercise and healthful manner of life incident to agriculture, he gained a sturdy and healthful young manhood. He was married in Pickaway County, Ohio, March 18, 1847, his bride being Lovena Eskridge, daughter of George and Sabrina (Bryder) Eskridge, early pioneers of Pickaway County and natives of the little State of Delaware. Their daughter, Lovena, was born in Pickaway County in May, 1824. The removal of our subject to Illinois was made in 1852 with three teams. This was a long, wearisome journey, but was taken leisurely, the party camping out at night and picnicing along the road. The principal expense which had to be incurred was the payment of toll at the toll-gates. Upon reaching the Prairie State, Mr. Adkins located in Cumberland County, and became the owner of two hundred and forty-six acres of land within two miles of Toledo, the county-seat. For this he paid at the rate of $9 per acre and upon it he proceeded to make good improvements, and had it in excellent condition before the exigencies of the Civil War called him from his home and fireside.
Mr. Adkins enlisted in the service of his country in August, 1861, and was mustered into service in Company A, Fifth Illinois Cavalry, which regiment was ordered to the Southwest, and saw service in Arkansas. He was taken prisoner near Helena, that State, in October, 1862, and while under guard of six men, a captain of a company of guerillas, who also laid claim to being a Methodist Episcopal preacher, made up, and without leave or license shot him in the arm. This ball, which he still carries, so disabled him as to cause him to be honorably discharged in February, 1863. Our subject returned to Cumberland County, and in the fall of 1864 sold his land at $10 an acre and proceeded to prospect in various parts of the State, spending one season farming in Ford County before coming to Moultrie County. Here he purchased eighty acres of his present farm, which was then but little improved but was considered of more than ordinary value, and even then commanded $30 per acre. He now owns over one thousand acres of land, seven hundred and fifty of which are in one body. He has erected a pleasant home, excellent barns and other good outbuildings. Most of his prosperity may be attributed to his thorough, systematic and intelligent stock-farming, together with his dealings in live stock.
To Mr. and Mrs. Adkins have been born three children, and they have been so favored as to retain these children in life until now they are mature, and are taking their places in the world, being fitted to shine as members of society and to be truly an honor to their worthy parents. They are by name - William S., Mary E., (wife of Henry Layman), and Luranna, who resides at home. For four years past Mr. Adkins has rented his farm and now lives a retired life. He is a staunch Republican in his political belief, and deems it the duty of every patriot to exercise the right of suffrage with which he is endowed by the laws of his land. He takes an intelligent interest in political movements, but has never held office, as he has preferred to devote his energies to his private business. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois. . . ." Published by Biographical Publishing Co., 1891, tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Samuel S. Anderson
A beautiful farm on section 19, Lovington Township is the home of Mr. Anderson and his interesting family. His estate consists of one hundred and twenty acres all under cultivation, supplied with a complete set of farm buildings and fittingly adorned with trees and shrub s. The perfect tillage of the broad fields, the good arrangement of the buildings and the appearance of home comfort which is manifest, make the farm one of the most attractive seen by a passing traveler. Mr. Anderson gives his attention to general farming in which he is more than ordinarily successful.
Mr. Anderson was born in Licking County, Ohio, March 10, 1834, and is the son of William Elizabeth (McKibben) Anderson, natives of Washington County, Pa. The parents first settled in Washington County removing thence to Licking County, Ohio, where the father died in 1840. The mother survived many years, coming West to Moultrie County and dying in the village of Lovington August 3, 1885. They had a family of ten children, of whom our subject was the seventh in order of birth. He was reared to manhood in his native place, receiving the advantages of a good common-school education and assisting his widowed mother in the maintenance of the family.
In September, 1856, Mr. Anderson removed from the Buckeye State to Illinois, locating in Moultrie County and entering upon farming operations. He had been reared upon a farm and having natural aptitude for agriculture, naturally chose it for his life work. He has been successful in his chosen avocation and has received in every enterprise the cheerful co-operation of his wife with whom he was united in marriage in Lovington Township, June 9, 1859. Mrs. Anderson bore the maiden name of Phebe Bushfield and is a daughter of the late George and Mary (McKeever) Bushfield. She was born in Perry County, Ohio, in January, 1841, and accompanied her parents to this county. Her refinement and culture win for her warm friends wherever she is known, while her hospitality and kindliness of heart are well known.
Whitley Township was the first home of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson after their marriage and there they remained two years, improving their farm and becoming known as good neighbors and estimable citizens. Their nest home was in Lovington Township where they have since resided, and where, as above state, he has become the owner of one hundred and twenty acres of fine land. His estate with its commodious residence and substantial out-buildings shows what may be accomplished by unceasing perseverance and good business management. He may, in the truest sense of the word, be called a self-made man, for when he started out for himself he had no capital save good health and untiring energy. Now his finely improved farm stands as a lasting monument of his efforts.
Politically Mr. Anderson is a Democrat although in voting for local elections he is independent and always casts his ballot for the candidate whom he thinks will best represent the people. Mrs. Anderson is a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a believer in and supporter of the doctrines of Christianity. He possesses in a full degree those sterling traits of character which mark a good man and a worthy citizen, who is always true to himself and to others, and conscientiously discharges every duty that devolves upon him. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891]
E. T. Bail
Among the most active and useful citizens of Sullivan are a class of men who now are able to employ their energies more directly in the line of public improvements than they could in the days when they were more heavily burdened with work. These are the retired farmers who having gained wealth and insured their last days in comfort and competence, have withdrawn from active work and given themselves and their faithful companions the luxury of rest and ease in their declining days. Mr. Bail, whose name appears at the head of this sketch left his farm in East Nelson Township in 1890. To that tract of land he had come in 1852 and there he grew to manhood, married and began farming. He now owns three hundred and sixty acres of as fine land as is to be found in Moultrie County and it is all under cultivation. He placed upon it a fine set of farm buildings and has made it his home from that day until he retired from service.
Our subject was born in Pike County, Ohio, November 19, 1842, his father being Joseph Bail, a native of Virginia, and son of a Welshman who died in the Old Dominion. Joseph was still quite a young man when he came to Ohio and was married in Pike County to Miss Elizabeth Divens, a native of Pennsylvania of Dutch stock. She had come when a child with her parents to Ohio and there grew to womanhood. In 1852 the Bail family came to Illinois traveling by team and wagon and camping out on the road. They were four weeks on the way, and reaching East Nelson Township took up a farm there. It was on this farm they made their home and there Joseph Bail died in November 1864, having reached the age of seventy-one years. He was a Republican in his political views and Methodist Episcopal in his church connections. His bereaved widow who is now eighty-eight years old, is yet as efficient as many ladies at sixty and makes her home with her son, our subject. She is a great reader, very intelligent and active and an earnest and conscientious Christian, being still counted as one of the pillars in the Methodist Episcopal Church.
E. T. Bail is one of his mother's thirteen children who lived to be grown, and eight are yet living. All through his early and mature years he devoted himself untiringly and persistently to his labors as a farmer. He was married to Bliss Elizabeth Wiley, who was born near Leroy, McLean County, Ill., July 12, 1848. She is a daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Brean) Wiley who were born of Protestant stock in the North of Ireland. They were married in their native island and came soon afterward to the United States, settling in Vermilion County, Ill., before coming to McLean County and afterward, in 1849, to Moultrie County. There they took and improved a new farm and there lived and died. Mr. Wiley passed away at the age of seventy years and his wife was taken from him when she was only forty years old. They were Protestants in their religion as are all of that sturdy class who come from the North of Ireland. The children who have come to Mr. and Mrs. Bail are Albert S., who died when a little child; Anthony L., who is soon to be admitted to the bar and who was educated in the law school at Valparaiso, Ind. and at DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind. He is a hard student and is fitting himself liberally for success in his profession. The next is Florence, who is the wife of J. D. Goddard, a farmer in East Nelson Township, and Lulu L., who is at home. Both Mr. Bail and his son are earnest and ardent Republicans in their political views and it is their aim to stand by the party which stood by the administration during the Civil War. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois. . . ." Published by Biographical Publishing Co., 1891, tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Judge Joseph Baker
Many of the representative men of Moultrie County make their home in Sullivan and among them there is probably no one who is more thoroughly known or has a more general acquaintance through the county than the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch. He is one of the pioneers of this region and for many years was a general farmer, stock-breeder and a buyer and seller of live stock. During the war he served the county as Associate Judge and has always been prominent in public affairs. He owns more than seven hundred acres lying within the limits of the city and his handsome home is located in the Northeastern part of the corporation. His farm of four hundred and seven acres adjoins the city and it is all either under the plow or in use as pasture land, being well stocked with the best grades of animals and being considered one of the best farms in the county. His other fine farm of two hundred and ninety-one and one-half acres, in another part of Sullivan Township is entirely in pasture, and is well watered by the Okaw River.
Mr. Baker has lived near the city of Sullivan since 1848 and began work here as a laborer for Dr. William Kellar in order to pay a bill which he owed the doctor for professional services. He was then a poor man and has gained his handsome property by his own efforts and enterprise. He was born October 29, 1828, at the old Bland Homestead, on Sand Creek, Shelby County. His father, John A. Baker, a native of North Carolina, was a son of Joseph Baker who came to Kentucky while his son John A. was still a boy and settled in Allen County near Paducah and after some years (about 1826) the family removed to Shelby County, Ill., coming overland with teams and camping out along the way, being accompanied by the families of Mr. Wigger and Mr. Ledbetter. The first location of this party was on Sand Creek, and the Baker family finally settled upon the Bland Homestead and began life as pioneers, and there where they first settled near Windsor, the wife of Joseph Baker died after she had spent a long and useful life. Her husband survived for a few years and died at the age of seventy-six. He had served in the Black Hawk War and enjoyed recounting his experience on the field of battle. They were members of the Christian Church and friends of Dr. Campbell and Mr. Stone. Joseph Baker was a Democrat in his political views and at an early date he was made Justice of the Peace in Shelby County.
John A. Baker, the father of our subject, was reared in Kentucky and there married Elizabeth Dillon who was born in the South and came of Irish stock. To them were born two children - Francis H. and Sarah F., who had their nativity in the Southern part of Illinois, before John and his wife came to Shelby County, and after coming here other children were added to their number. John Baker began as a poor man and turned the virgin prairie into a productive farm. He and his faithful wife were members of the Christian Church and universally beloved for their Christian faith and devotion. They died in old age, at Four Mile Grove. Of their eleven children seven are still living. Our subject had not yet reached his majority when he came to this county, and here he was first married to Mary J. Brown who was born in Kentucky but reared here. She died while they were sojourning in Texas, leaving two children, John H. whose biography appears on another page of the Record and William A. now deceased. Mr. Baker married for his second wife Mrs. Nancy Kearney nee Duncan, a native of Indiana and the widow of Dr. Kearney by whom she had three sons - William A., Thomas H. and Amos T. By Mr. Baker she had two daughters - Sarah E. and Elizabeth A., the former being now Mrs. A. E. D. Scott of Fresno, Cal., and the latter, Mrs. David E. Dix, living in the same place. Mrs. Nancy Baker, the mother of these children died in Moultrie County in l864, being then in the prime of life. The third marriage of Judge Baker united him with Miss Mary C. Miller who was born in Ohio and came to Illinois with her parents, Henry and Harriet Miller, who are both now deceased. They had given to their daughter a superior education and her natural abilities supplemented by the excellent training which she received have fitted her to shine in the social circles of Sullivan and have given her a broad influence with all who know her. She is the mother of four children, namely: Lucy May, a teacher in the public schools; Delia, a milliner; Rosa, a teacher and Zion F., all of whom are at home with their parents. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..." Published by Biographical Publishing Co., 1891, tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
George W. Ballard
When the country was convulsed with the war spirit and commercial as well as domestic life was shaken to its very center by the chances that hung upon numbers of the respective armies and the comparative military genius of the leaders, so that foreign nations looked on the struggle with the greatest interest and closest attention, he of whom we write sought peace and solitude in the newness of the Prairie State, hoping to do his part for the Union by supplying the forces with the products of his labor. Now located on section 5, of Jonathan Creek Township, Moultrie County, he of whom we write settled in this county in 1860. He is a Virginian by birth and education, being born in Fauquier County, Va., September 16, 1834. His parents were Jonathan and Mary Ann (Dawson) Ballard.
Our subject's father was by occupation a millwright and was engaged in the exercise of his calling in his native State, Virginia, where his decease took place at which time our subject was but a child. The mother lived for some years longer, but she too died in Virginia. Thirteen children were left to feel the bereavement of a double orphanage, of whom our subject was the seventh in order of birth. He was reared on the home farm and resided in Virginia until 1860, when he came to Illinois and rented land in Moultrie County. Three years later he purchased forty acres of prairie land on section 4, of Jonathan Creek Township, and he has since been a resident here. That his efforts have not been in vain during these years that have elapsed since his settlement in this State, is proven by the fact that he is now the owner of three hundred and seventy-four acres of land, and besides the acquisition of this handsome property has spent large sums in the erection of a good class of buildings upon his place. The year prior to Mr. Ballard's coming to this State, was made memorable to him by his marriage in Virginia to Phoebe Martin, a daughter of Isaac and Florinda (Wood) Martin. The lady was born in Harrison County, Va., April 19, 1838. Mr. and Mrs. Ballard have had thirteen children, although eleven are at the present time all who are surviving. They are John, Edward, Montville, Dora, Florence, Lucy, Martha, Harlow, Ira, Ida and Blanche. Dora is the wife of Moses Dickson; Florence is the wife of William Kinney; Lucy married William Matthews; and Martha was united to Edward Enterline. This large and interesting family has grown to manhood and womanhood and have taken responsible positions in social and commercial life. The sons are sturdy, independent young men, filled with a vitality and energy that are bound to bring them to the fore in their business relations. Politically he of whom we write is a Democrat, admiring the doctrines and platform of that party and the leaders thereof, and finding in it more admirable principles than in any other political body. He has been Road Commissioner for twelve years and in this position has accomplished much for the township, making the thoroughfares not only passable, but keeping them in such good condition as redounds greatly to the credit not only of our subject personally, but to the county that elects him.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
George W. Barger
A cursory glance at the biographical sketch of our subject will show that he is one who, buffeted by the adverse winds of circumstances and being has overcome them all, guiding his life barge safely through the deep waves and sandy shallows, and anchoring it safely in a placid harbor. For what is life beside this? Do not heroes of battle, of invention, literature, the sciences and arts, all work in order that they may enjoy peacefully? So has our subject, and though comparatively a young man he has already attained a position in the township in which he lives that promises not only security and comfort for the present, but advancement for the future.
He of whom we write is the Superintendent in charge of the Moultrie County Poor Farm, an humble position, it is true, but one in which there are opportunities for showing the natural kindness and tenderness and sympathy that the Master has commanded in caring for his "little ones". He is now serving his fourth year in this position, and has filled it to the entire satisfaction of the community at large. The property is located on section 4, of Sullivan Township, and comprises one hundred sixty acres of land. The county also owns forty acres of timber land. Upon the farm is a good, two story, brick structure, which serves as a home for some twelve to twenty inmates, men, women and children who perhaps were born to better things; who have made their fight by which some one else will be benefited, and now, incapacitated for caring for themselves, the county takes care of its children, granting them a resting place and plenty of substantial nourishment. The original of our sketch was born in Perry County, December 8, 1850, and is a son of George and Lydia (Davison) Barger. Our subject was but a boy when his parents died, leaving as the issue of that marriage, two children, himself and Lydia M. now Mrs. Huff, of Evansville, Ind. Both parents had been previously married, the father having had ten children by his former marriage, and the mother, three children, the latter bearing the name of Salmon. He of whom we write was reared in the family of a half brother. Charles Barger, in Perry County, Ill., and was early taught the duties of a farmer. On October 10, 1870, Mr. Barger was united in marriage to Elizabeth J. Marshall, a daughter of William and Mary Marshall, who was born in Perry County, Ind. April 25, 1853. She was only an infant when left motherless, being the youngest of a family of twelve children. She lived at home until her marriage.
In 1872, the original of our sketch came to this State passing one winter in Shelby County, thence went to Cowley County, Kan., where he purchased eighty acres of land near Arkansas City, remaining there two years, during which time he experienced all the hardships caused by the grasshopper plague. In 1873, all the crops were destroyed in the space of a few hours, by the scourge which Moses brought into Egypt, and which has found its repetition so many times in Western; American agricultural history. Mr. Barger returned to Shelby County in 1874 and renting land in Penn Township, for five years engaged in farming. In 1879 he came to Moultrie County and has since resided near Sullivan. In 1887, he was appointed Superintendent of the Poor Farm and took possession of the place in March, 1888. Under his able management, the Poor Farm is about self supporting. Our subject and his wife are the parents of five children, who are Bertie, Chester K, James A, Artemas Victor and Lela. Politically he of whom we write is an adherent of the Republican party by his vote and influence doing all he can to propagate and strengthen Republican doctrines. In his religious predeliction [sic] he is a Baptist, while socially he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is the owner of eighty acres of land, located in this county.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
John R. Bean
Among the Representative men of Jonathan Creek Township, Moultrie County, who are prominent in business, farming social and church circles, we are pleased to mention the name which appears at the head of this paragraph. Although still a young man Mr. Bean has proved himself in every sense of the popular word a 'hustler'. He is aggressive in his methods of conducting business and has in him enough "go-ahead-ativeness" to stock two or three ordinary farms. His beautiful farm, finely equipped with fences and all buildings necessary for the successful prosecution of work, gives abundant testimony to his thoroughness and success.
James Bean, the father of our subject, was born in Monroe County, Ind., and the mother Elizabeth (Collins) Bean, who was a native of Tennessee, died in Moultrie County, in September, 1880. They first settled in Monroe County, Ind. and resided there until 1860, when they came to Moultrie County, and made a permanent settlement in Sullivan Township. They had seven children of whom our subject was next to the youngest in age and he was born in Monroe County, Ind., Sept. 24, 1854. He was consequently about six yours old when his parents left Indiana and moved to Illinois and it was in Moultrie County that he grew to the vigorous and active manhood which we have recognize. James Bean removed to Kansas in 1887, and for two years resided in Clay County. Men who have had in their youth every educational advantage, whose parents have been able to give to them a college and university training can hardly appreciate the feelings of a man who has had to struggle single-handed to attain his intelligent knowledge of letters and of the world which every ambitious man craves. To those who have thus educated themselves great credit is due and the accomplishment of their laudable desire should receive its just need of praise. The educational advantages offered to John R. Bean were extremely limited and he may well be called a self-made man. This young man resided under the parental roof up to the age of fifteen years, when he began life for himself by working for two years in a sawmill and afterward being employed at farm labor. Farming has been his chief business in life and to do it he has devoted unceasing effort. He was married in Moultrie County March 6, 1877, his wife being Miss Nancy Drew, who was born in this county January 5, 1851. This respected couple have been called upon to lay one child in the grave - Frankie C. who died in infancy. The three bright and promising children who are still with their parents are Ida A., Walter C. and Edna M.
Every enterprise which concerns the industrial and social progress of Moultrie County finds an efficient and active promoter in Mr. Bean, and he is one of the five incorporators of the Moultrie County Board of Agriculture. He is a stockholder in this institution and for seven years he has belonged on its Board of Directors. He has also held the office of School Treasurer, and with his noble wife is an active member of the Christian Church. He possesses a beautiful farm of one hundred and twenty-eight acres, upon which he has erected excellent farm buildings and where he has made other substantial improvements. Every movement which has for its object the welfare of the farming community is of importance in his eyes and he is prominently identified with the Farmers' Mutual Benefit Association. In politics he is a Republican and he has been Chairman of the Jonathan Creek Township Republican Committee for six years. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Peter S. Boggs, M. D.
Belonging to a family that is noted for the patriarchal years to which its members attain, our subject has proved to be no exception to the rule, for he has already passed the mile-post of four score years, and is yet hale and vigorous. His life, which has been equally divided between attention to his profession, which was that of dentistry, and during his later years, to farming, has always been so balanced as to leave a development and maturity of mind and body unimpeded or unobstructed by ulterior considerations. He is now a resident of a good farm located on section 25, in Lovington Township, Moultrie County, and so genial and kindly disposed is he toward all human beings, as to have gained the love as well as respect of those with whom he has dealings, and they hope for him many years still of health and happiness.
Peter Boggs' father was Alexander Boggs, who died a victim of the cholera in Germantown, Ind. His mother was Magdelaine Schaffer, who died in Milton, Ind., at the age of one hundred and six years, lacking a few days. The father was of English descent, and the mother of German ancestry. After setting up housekeeping, they were the center of quite a brood of children. Nine little ones grew up under their kind and protecting care, and of these the Doctor was one of the oldest members. He was born in Lancaster County, Pa., October 2, 1809, and he spent the early part of his life in Mt. Joy, being engaged in the acquisition of knowledge and the fitting of himself for collegiate work. When about sixteen years of age he went to Philadelphia for the purpose of studying dentistry. He was so fortunate as to be able to gain Dr. Samuel S. Fitch as a preceptor, and of him he learned the profession to which we should all be so grateful for relieving us of pain, but one which is regarded with fear and trembling by the majority of people. On finishing his course of dental study under Dr. Fitch, who pronounced him competent and an expert practitioner he returned to his native State where he lived until 1833 and then removed to Ohio, where he practiced dentistry in all of the larger towns, of the State. Thence he went to Indiana, in the winter of 1842-43, and was there also an itinerant practitioner of dentistry, pursuing his calling in all the large towns in the State. In 1855 Dr. Boggs came to Illinois and settled on section 25, of Lovington Township. He continued the practice of his profession for several years and indeed has always been ready and willing to alleviate a pain by the use of his forceps. He is the owner of one hundred and twenty acres of land in this place, which he has cultivated up to 1891, when he gave over the active proprietorship of his farm to a tenant, and is now determined that the remainder of his life shall be devoted to the less arduous work of watching the ways and means of others as they conduct the necessary work of the farm. Our subject was first married in Baltimore to a lady whose maiden name was Alice H. Pennell, a beautiful woman who enriched and sweetened his domestic life, and who offered an encouraging word for every discouragement he met in business transactions. Her ancestors came to this country with William Penn. She bore him three children whose names are respectively Mary A., Joseph P., and Lizzie S. Mary and Lizzie are both deceased. Mrs. Boggs died in Lovington Township in the summer of 1858, and three years after Mr. Boggs was again married in Decatur, Ill., in August 1861, to Miss Louisa Gehret, who was born in Center County, Pa., August 20, 1832. By her he became the father of three children, whose names are Walter L., Carrie F., and Edith A. In his political preferences our subject is and always has been a Democrat, feeling that the principles of the old party which were framed and formed by some of the best and wisest men that the nation has ever produced, cannot have so greatly changed as to have degenerated to any great degree. Dr. Boggs is a strictly temperate man and has never smoked or used tobacco in any form.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
John P. Brabham
Living the life of a retired farmer in the pretty village of Lovington, Moultrie County, where he has a neat and attractive home, our subject has reached that period of life at which he may be pardoned if he exults in his good birth and parentage. In truth he was well born and a native of the State that boasts so many men who have attained great fame as statesmen and orators. Almost contemporary with Jefferson, Lee, Harrison and many others of the men who have enriched the historical pages of their State by valiant word and deed, John P. Brabham, early grew with a keen appreciation of oratory and statesmanship, for did he not in his earliest infancy breathe in the very atmosphere that created orators?
Our subject's father was John Brabham, who was born in Loudoun County, Virginia. After their marriage they settled in Loudoun County and remained there for a long time. In 1835 they determined to strike out in a new direction and removed to Morgan County, Ohio, where they lived for some two or three years. They next removed to Washington County, Ohio, where the decease of both occurred. It is not remarkable that they did not accumulate much wealth for they had fourteen little mouths to feed. However, as time passed the little ones grew to manhood and womanhood, becoming independent and a source of material help and comfort to the parents. It is a somewhat remarkable fact, that of this large family all reached maturity and had families of their own. The first break in the home circle was caused by the death of the youngest child, a daughter, who left two children. Our subject was the fourth child in order of birth, first opening his eyes in Loudoun County, Va., his natal day being on the 14th of April, 1818. With his father and family he went to Ohio when seventeen years of age and continued under the home roof until his marriage, which event took place December 23, 1840, in Washington County, Ohio, his bride being Miss Doshe E. Webster, a daughter of John and Mary (Burries) Webster, the former of whom died in Hardin County, Ohio. After the death of her husband, who was accidentally killed by the discharge of a rifle, Mrs. Webster returned to Washington County and there remained until his death. She had eight children of whom Mrs. Brabham was the third. Her birth took place in Morgan County, Ohio, July 24, 1824.
After the marriage of the original of our sketch and his wife the young couple settled in Washington County, Ohio, and there continued to live until 1867, when he sold out his farm and came to this State and county, settling in Lowe Township on section 17. On that place they continued to live until May, 1889, when he rented his farm and removed to Lovington, of which he has since been a resident. When a young man our subject learned the cooper's trade which he carried on in connection with farming while he lived in Ohio, but since coming to the Prairie State he has devoted his whole attention to agricultural affairs. Mr. Brabham is the owner of two hundred and forty acres, all of which is well improved. The soil, which is of the best quality, has for years been well tilled and the buildings upon the place are substantial and good. Mr. and Mrs. Brabham are the parents of five children: Diantha C. was the first married to John Rigg, in Ohio, in 1864, and of that union three children were born - Vesta, Norton M. and Arthur E. For a number of years she made her home with her parents until in June, 1884, when she again married, becoming the wife of James Jones, and two children have come to bless this union, Walter and Wilda (twins), the latter dying at the age of two years. Her two sons by her first marriage still reside with their grandparents and brighten the homes and the lives of the worthy couple. Of the remaining children of Mr. and Mrs. Brabham the following is recorded: Walter H. died when sixteen years of age, just as the golden gate of manhood was opening before him and the prospects within its portal seemed so fair; Francis M. married Miss Rebecca Deeter; Leondias died when a lad of eleven years; David G. married Miss Hattie Dougherty.
In political affairs Mr. Brabham has taken a fairly active interest and is a Republican by preference. He has held the office of Justice of the Peace for a long time and has also been School Trustee and School Director. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and have been so connected since 1842. Nearly a half-century of church experience and social relationship is theirs, and they have followed the changes which have taken place in the customs of their church with interest and attention. Our subject has filled various offices in the church, and has been local preacher for years, also Superintendent of the Sunday-school, Deacon and Class-Leader. His wife has been a constant and faithful companion in all his good words and works, and is a woman of beautiful Christian character, whose amiability of disposition, gentleness and kindly spirit, have ever been an example of good to those around her. Mr. Brabham was a lay delegate to the Methodist Episcopal Conference held in Bloomington in September, 1891, and always strives in whatever position placed to advance the cause of religion so dear to his heart. A lithographic portrait of Mr. Brabham accompanies this sketch. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois. . . ." Published by Biographical Publishing Co., 1891, tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
John E. Bradley
Among the many who are gaining a maintenance as farmers in Lovington Township, is the gentleman whose name introduces these paragraphs and whose portrait is presented on the opposite page. He is the owner and operator of a fine farm of eighty acres on section 12. By honest industry, good judgment and unwavering perseverance, he has won prosperity, and what is far better, a reputation as a man of honor and uprightness. The spirit he has shown in worldly affairs, affords a lesson to others who begin life without capital, while the influence of his consistent life is felt far and near. Mr. Bradley is an honored representative of a patriotic and industrious family. His grandfather, John Bradley, served seven years as a brave soldier in the Revolutionary War, while his father, John Bradley, was one of the founders of the old Free Soil party. The latter, a native of Chester County, Pa.. married Elizabeth Evans, a native of the same place as himself, and there they dwelt for some years after their marriage. Later they removed to Trumbull County, Ohio, where the faithful wife and mother died December 1, 1833. After her decease the father came as far West as Illinois, where, in Lovington Township, Moultrie County, he closed his eyes to the scenes of earth February 21, 1872.
Of the six children in the family circle our subject was the fifth, and he was born in Chester County, Pa., December 18, 1829. He was a child of four years when his parents came to Trumbull County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood, in the meantime acquiring as thorough an education as was afforded by the schools of the vicinity. He remained on a farm in Trumbull County until the spring of 1850, when he came to Moultrie County, Ill., and settled in Lovington Township, of which he has since been a resident.
Mr. Bradley was first married, December 18, 1856, to Mary S., daughter of Oren Dunscomb, who died in Trumbull County, Ohio. Mrs. Bradley was born in Trumbull County, and bore her husband one child, a son, Charlie H., who married Miss Mary E. Weatherly and now lives in Sullivan. The wife and mother passed from earth August 18, 1866. Mr. Bradley was again married, in Pickaway County, Ohio, January 19, 1871, choosing as his wife Miss Martha A. Hayes. This estimable lady, the daughter of Jesse and Betsey (Hurst) Hayes, was born in Pickaway County, September 27, 1836, and under the careful instruction of her parents and teachers, grew to a refined womanhood. Her happy marriage with Mr. Bradley has been blest by the birth of three children - John F., Mary E. and Alfred C.
Since the organization of the Republican party, Mr. Bradley has been prominent in its ranks, and has served the people in various official capacities. He is greatly interested in educational matters, and for twenty-five years has served efficiently as School Director. He has also been Highway Commissioner and held the minor offices of the township. But we would be doing great injustice to Mr. Bradley's career, were we to omit especial mention of his army record. On August 4, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Illinois Infantry, as a musician. He served in the ranks until he was promoted to be Corporal and later Sergeant. The entire term of his service was three years, and during that time he participated in many engagements, among the most important being the siege of Vicksburg and the battles of Little Rock, and Clarendon, Ark. After an honorable service he was mustered out at Pine Bluff, Ark., and returned home to resume the pursuits of peace.
While serving his country, Mr. Bradley received a severe sunstroke which has been a source of great affliction to him up to the present time. As might naturally be expected he belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic, being a prominent member of Lovington Post, No. 354. Socially he is a member of the Masonic fraternity. In religious work he takes an active part, having been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1853, and his wife also holds membership in the same church. As one of the valiant soldiers to whom we owe the preservation of the Union, and as a capable farmer we are pleased to represent him in this volume.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Curtis W. Brown
The center of a great grain producing country, the commercial populace abounds in middlemen who deal exclusively in the chief products of the State. Our subject, Mr. Brown, is one of these operators, being a large grain dealer, buying from the farmers and finding a market in the eastern metropolitan cities. He has displayed such quickness of perception, knowledge of the resources of the country and influences upon the trade, that he has gained the confidence of both factions or classes of people with whom he deals. The farmers know that in selling to him, they get a reasonable price, and eastern buyers and elevator owners are aware that the grains they get of him are the best that the country produces, and are willing to make concessions in his favor.
Like most of the inhabitants of the Central and Western States even yet, our subject is of Eastern parentage, and also of birth. His father was Job Brown, a native of New Jersey. His mother was Phoebe Williams, who was probably born in New York. They first settled in New Jersey where they continued to reside for five years. He was a carpenter by trade and was constantly so employed in his early home. They removed from New Jersey to Ohio, and settled in Butler county, where they remained about two years, and then settled in Johnson County, Ind., in the village of Edinburg. There they lived for nine years and then came to Illinois early in 1860 and settled in Clay County, where they remained until their decease.
Our subject is one of eight children, the family comprising five sons and three daughters. Of these, he of whom we write was the eldest, having been born in New Jersey, August 18, 1842. He made his home with his parents until he was about twenty years old, coming with them to this State early in the '60s, and with the exception of the time spent in the war, he has ever since here made his home, early engaging in business for himself and acquiring business ways and knowledge.
When that terrible period in our country's history began, at the firing of the first gun of Ft. Sumter, Mr. Brown responded to the call for volunteers and enlisted in the army in 1862, joining Company C, of the Ninety-eighth Illinois Regiment. He served until the close of the war, seeing much hard fighting and a great deal of both good and bad on both sides. He took part in the battles of Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, and was through the siege of Atlanta, Ga., at the battle of Selma, Ala., at Montgomery and Macon, Ga. He was so fortunate as throughout his service to have escaped sickness and bore the hardships of army life with fortitude and an admirable spirit that made the best of all discomforts that could not be remedied. He received his discharge at Springfield, this State, after which he returned to Clay County, Ill., and engaged in farming, remaining there from 1869 until the fall of 1872, when he came to Moultrie County.
Upon settling in this county, the gentleman of whom we write engaged in farming and stock-raising, his residence and place of business being in Dora Township. He was thus occupied for nearly seven years, when he removed to Lovington Township, and has here resided for two years, during which time he was engaged in farming. The next change was made to the village of Lovington, and here he has been engaged in active commercial business. He has sold agricultural implements and dealt largely in stock, the grain business, however, occupying the greater portion of his time and attention.
Curtis W. Brown left the bachelor ranks when in Clay County, Ill., and February 3, 1866, was united in marriage to Miss Minerva Price, who was a native of the same county in which their marriage was solemnized. Mrs. Brown is an admirable lady and has been a true helpmate and companion to her husband. The rearing of her family has not left her a great deal of time for social pleasures, for she had the care as well as maternal duties, of ten children. Their names are as follows: Elma, Mollie, Guy, James, Inis, Charles, Albert, Emma, Ida and William. Most of the children are sturdy and original young people, with a strong vital energy, and having ideas of their own regarding their individual and personal rights.
Politically, our subject casts his vote with the Republican party, having great faith in the leaders and executives that in the wisdom of the party have been placed at the head of the nation. That his fellow-townsmen have reposed the greatest confidence in his judgment and intelligence and ability as a manager, is evidenced by the fact that he has been appointed to many local offices in the gift of the township. While in Clay County, for two years he held the office of collector, and also served as School Director and Highway Commissioner. Since coming to Lovington Township he has filled most acceptably the chair of Supervisor for a space of one year, and has also been a member of the Village Board. In his social relations he is a member of the Masonic fraternity and also belongs to the Lovington Post of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Brown is a public spirited and generous man and has always shown himself ready in any time of emergency either for the country at large, or the locality in which he resides, to become an active and responsible party in the upholding of the principles right and justice. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
It has with too many been the belief that if a man is once a farmer he must always continue to be a drudge, and that his working days would only end with his call to the grave but many are finding that this is not so, and that by hard work, enterprise and thrift in their early days and through the strong period of middle life they may so arrange their affairs as to take comfort during their declining years. This has been the case with the retired farmer whose name appears at the head of this writing, and whose residence in Moultrie County, dates from 1855.
Mr. Bushart was born in Perry County, Ohio, November 15, 1822, his worthy and respected parents being Jacob and Magdalena (Croomrine) Bushart, both of them natives of Pennsylvania. They resided on a farm in Perry County, Ohio, for some years after their son John came to Illinois, when they followed him and made their home with this son, until the death of the father at the age of nearly ninety years, and that of the mother at the age of eighty-two.
The seven children of this excellent couple were our subject; William, who was a soldier in the On Hundred and Sixteenth Illinois Infantry, and was mortally wounded at the battle of Vicksburg; Samuel, who is a farmer in Moultrie County; Elizabeth, who married Charles Tharp and resides in Allen county, Ohio; Sarah J., who married Joseph Smutz and lives at Cerro Gordo, Ill.; Jacob, who was a soldier in an Ohio Regiment and was killed at Murfreesboro and Eliza, who married John Goetz, of Moultrie County.
The subject of this sketch is the oldest of the family, and was reared upon the farm, his school days being very limited. When quite young he engaged as a farm hand, working by the month, and early struck out for himself. When twenty-two years he resolved to establish a home of his own and took to himself a wife in the person of Catherine Patterson, daughter of Alexander Patterson. She was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, where Mr. Bushart was residing at the time of their marriage, his parents having removed to that county when he was but a boy. After marriage he worked at farming with the exception of three years when he was in other business.
In 1855 John Bushart came to the Prairie State, and as he was still a poor man and unable to purchase a farm, he rented land and worked as best he could. About two years after coming to Moultrie County, he had accumulated some money and purchased forty acres of raw land, going in debt for a part of it. He worked hard to pay off this indebtedness, and before he had completed the payment, he purchased more. By great exertion and due economy he succeeded in his endeavors. He continued farming until the fall of 1889, when he retired from active life, being then the owner of four hundred and fifty-nine acres of land, upon which he had placed good improvements, and in which he has laid over fifteen miles of tiling. In 1887 he purchased fourteen acres of land in Bethany, on which he erected one of the handsomest and most comfortable homes to be found in Moultrie County. This is situated in grounds which have been adorned and beautified, and here he and his interesting wife find a happy home. While on the farm, Mr. Bushart paid considerable attention to stock-raising, and also bought and sold live stock. All but one of the seven children of this family are still in life and health. They are as follows: Mary E.; Eli, who died at the age of thirteen years; George W., a farmer in Missouri; John J., Sarah J., Laura, the wife of N. B. Allison, of Mattoon, Ill.; and Tunis V., who married Lydia Hagerman.
The political belief of Mr. Bushart is in accordance with the declaration of the Republican party, in the prosperity of which he feels great interest. Before removing to Bethany he resided in Dora Township, and while there held various local offices, which he always filled conscientiously and with benefit to the community. He is a man of deep religious convictions, and has long been a member of the Christian Church. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
One of the best characteristics of a true gentleman is gentleness and kindness to the beings that are dependent upon him for care and protection. Especially is this true when dumb brutes are the objects of the care. He of whom we write is a lover of horses with all which that beautiful word implies as to tenderness and protective care of the objects of his affections. While he breeds upon his fine farm of two hundred acres located on section 27, of Lovington Township, Moultrie County, some very fine horses, he is not satisfied with this alone, but so cultivates the bet traits in the horses under his care that they are almost human in their understanding of the sympathy of the higher animal. Our subject is a son of Nathan Cheever, a physician who was born in Delaware County, Ohio, April 13, 1818. Our subject's mother was Mary Ann Hubbard in her maiden days and she was a native of Pickaway County, Ohio, where she was born April 16, 1828. They were married in the last named county and State, September 22, 1842, and settled in Franklin County of the same State, where they resided over three years, from there removing to Waterloo, Fayette County, Ohio, where they made their home for eleven years, during which time the father was engaged in the practice of his profession. From that place they removed to Jefferson County, Iowa, where Nathan Cheever entered eight hundred acres of land and purchased eighty acres of improved land, upon which they settled. During the time that they remained in Jefferson County, he was engaged in the practice of his profession which he continued until 1857, when the family removed to this county, and settled in Lovington, where the old gentleman continued to practice until 1875, then he retired from active professional life. He continued to reside in Lovington until his death which occurred November 23, 1884. The maternal grandparents of him of whom we write were Jacob and Hester Ann Asher, both of whom were natives of Ohio, the former passing away in Pickaway County, Ohio, and the latter dying in this county and State. The parents of Byron Cheever saw grow up about them six children and of this family our subject was the only son. He was born in Fayette County, Ohio, September 22, 1848, and was almost nine years old when his parents came to Lovington where he grew to manhood. The young man was educated in the common schools of the district in which he lived. Like most boys, he was brimming with mischief, but managed to acquire the branches that were most valuable to him in a business life and his mind continued to develop until he became a well-educated and cultured gentleman.
The original of our sketch continued to make his home with his father until he was twenty-two years of age. At this time he was married, his wedding being celebrated October 20, 1870, and his bride being Miss Eliza V. Nichols, a daughter of James H. and Hester (Wingate) Nichols, the former probably being a native of Maryland, and the latter of Delaware. Mrs. Cheever's parents were married in Delaware and made their first home in Maryland, the father being engaged in the occupation of carpentry. They came to this county and State in 1862, and settled in Lovington, where he followed his trade and resided until the time of his deceased. The mother passed away from this life January 27, 1863. The father died May 14, 1869. They had five children and of these Mrs. Cheever was the youngest. She was born in Caroline County, Md., March 16, 1850. After marriage our subject and wife settled in Lovington and for the first year thereafter he was engaged in farming, and then engaged in the mercantile business for a period of seven years, after which time he devoted himself to the grain business, in which he dealt extensively, buying and shipping to the Metropolitan markets. He also was the proprietor of the hotel known as the Central House, continuing in the charge of this for two years. He then removed to his farm just north of Lovington, to the cultivation and improvement of which he has since devoted himself. His farm is devoted mostly to breeding purposes and some of the finest horses that are raised in the county, may be seen here.
Mr. and Mrs. Cheever are the parents of six children whose names are as follows: Will L., Herbert E., Frank B. Lillie E., Henry O. and Adah F., all of whom are bright and interesting young people, promising to be the comfort and solace of their parents' declining years. Mr. Cheever has always taken an active interest in political affairs the Republican party being the object of his faith and devotion and receiving from him his influence and vote. He has occupied a number of the local offices, having filled the office of Justice of the Peace since the spring of 1890, and having also satisfactorily discharged the duties of many other township offices. Socially our subject is a member of the Masonic fraternity and also belong to the Modern Woodmen of America. He is, besides, a member of the Knights of Pythias. He of whom we write is at the present time just approaching the best and most mature portion of his life and the fine business qualifications that he possesses, insure for him the privilege of enjoying all the comforts that good financial position insure. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Located in the fertile valley of Jonathan Creek, is a farm of four hundred acres, located on section 15, of the township which takes its name from the water supply. Picturesque and beautiful are the meadows, pasture, orchard and wood lot of the farm, and happy should be the owner of so fine a place. The fortunate man who is possessor of this land, is he whose name is at the head of this sketch. He settled in the county in the fall, November 26, 1858, and since that time, has here made his residence, applying his time and attention to the upbuilding and cultivation not only of his own possessions, but also to the improvement and the elevation in tone, of the whole community.
Abia Chipps was born in Harrison County, W. Va., June 8, 1852, and is a son of Asa W. and Melvina E. (Duvall) Chipps, natives respectively of Morgan and Harrison Counties, W. Va. They were married in their native State, in 1851. The family came to this county in 1858, and purchased eighty acres of raw land. This is now beautified and made valuable by a line walnut grove which was planted by our subject. The mother of the family died April 1, 1863. She had six children, of whom four lived to be grown. They are Abia, Kate, Addie and Jefferson E. Kate is now the widow of John Landers; Addie is the wife of R. D. Curd, and resides in Des Moines, Iowa; Jefferson E. operates a farm of his own.
Our subject's father was a second time married, this union being with Mrs. Mary S. Adams nee Barton, and in 1877, he removed with his family to Columbia, Mo., remaining there for fourteen years and then returned to this county. By her previous marriage, Mrs. Chipps, Sr., was the mother of one son, whose name was James Williams. Politically the father was a Democrat, and held local office.
Our subject was reared on a farm and educated at the Academy of Mount Zion, Ill. A thoughtful young man, fond of study and of original research, he developed a liking for pedagogic work, and engaged for some time in teaching, in which he continued even two years after his marriage, which was solemnized January 1, 1877, his bride being Miss America E. Lilly, who was born in this county. After marriage our subject purchased eighty acres of land, and this amount with its proceeds, he so carefully husbanded, that he is now the owner of four hundred acres of land. He is engaged in the business of stock raising, which he finds very profitable, bringing much of his stock to the metropolitan markets. Our subject and his wife are the parents of seven children, whose names are as follows: Hallie, Willis; Clifford, who is deceased; Raymond, Earl, Alta and Paul. Politically our subject is a member of the Democratic party. He has been Supervisor of the township for five terms, and has held various minor local offices. Socially he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois. . . ." Published by Biographical Publishing Co., 1891, tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
A man who has taken an active part in the upbuilding of his township and has given to it an example in the way of patient industry, speculative investigation, and great attention to the minutia of agricultural work, Mr. Clore, of whom here we shall attempt to give a sketch, has well earned the rest from active labor that he now enjoys. He now from the richness of his own experience, can advise and instruct the young men who are coming up and following in his footsteps, and while they, in the light of new and practical sciences applied to the common act of farming, can give him many new lines of thought, he, in return can pass opinion upon the feasibility of their investigations in the light of actual experience.
Mr. Clore is one of the oldest settlers in Moultrie County, and his friends hope for him still many years of agreeable existence, and as he belongs to a long lived family, doubtless their wish will be gratified. His parents were Benjamin and Ann (Christopher) Clore, both of whom were natives of Virginia. There they were married and removed to Kentucky at a very early day, settling in what was then Jefferson County, but since divided, and that part of the county in which they lived is now called Oldham County. There both parents died, the father being ninety-four years of age, and the mother about eighty. They had eleven children, all of whom lived to be grown. Our subject was one of the youngest members of the flock and he was born in what is now Oldham County, Ky., November 27, 1810, so that the patriarchal snows may now be seen upon his reverend and venerable head.
Our subject was reared on a farm in his native county and there he grew to manhood and continued to live until he came to this county and State in 1833, and settled on section 28, of Lovington Township, a short distance west from where the village of Lovington now stands, and covering a portion of the present site of the town, he having sold four acres of his farm for the use of the village. Thus he has lived to see spring up around him, families and children's families, with the newcomers that are inevitably attracted to a place with a vigorous growth, and one having such local advantages as has Lovington. Just previous to coming to this State, the original of our sketch was married in Oldham County, Ky., July 28, 1833, to one of the Kentucky women who are so notable for beauty and housewifely skill. The lady's name was Ann E. Hardin. Her parents were Jonathan and Lucy (Wilhoite) Harden. Their decease occurred in her native county and State and at an advanced age. Mrs. Clore's natal day was October 20, 1813. A little brood of children soon gathered around the family hearth and board. They were seven in number and were by name: Lucy A., John H., William S., Mary E., James W., Zachary T. and Susan E. The eldest daughter became the wife of Stanton Adkins, while the eldest son is engaged in farming in Missouri. William S. was a soldier in the One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Illinois Regiment and died at Pine Bluff, October 20, 1864, while in the discharge of his duty; Mary E. married Jacob Jones; James W. is a farmer in Moultrie County; Zachary T. resides in Lovington, and for a further history of his life see sketch in another part of this volume; Susan E. became the wife of Sissel Boggs, and died in Bement, Ill.; her death was the result of burns. While sweeping her dress caught fire and, running across the street before help could be brought, was so severely burned that she died from the effects, February, 1872.
Mrs. Ann E. Clore, our subject's wife died March 8, 1877. She was an admirable Christian character, performing her duties about the domestic realm so conscientiously and sweetly, never impatient or fretful, that her example in itself did much to convince a careless person of the beauty of Christian life. A tender, loving wife, a devoted mother and a good neighbor, her ear was ever ready and her heart sympathetic to the troubles or interests of others. She was a devoted member of the Christian Church and had been so since fifteen years of age.
During the war, Mr. Clore was President of the Union League in Moultrie County, and he is proud of the fact that since the organization of the Republican party. He has been one of its most loyal and staunch supporters. In his church relation, he has been a member and communicant of the Christian Church since he was twenty-three years old. Personally, in his younger days our subject was a man of great physical strength, and of well proportioned, though Herculean mold. When but fourteen years of age he gathered twenty-two barrels of apples in a single day, jumping from the outreaching branches of one tree to those of another; the trunks of the trees were forty feet apart. When sixteen years old, he was able to stand in a half bushel basket and shoulder three bushels of wheat, and when thirteen years old he made a full hand in the harvest field for eleven days. In these days, few men outside of trained athletes, could perform such feats. Mr. Clore's experience has not been devoid of adventure and incident, although he has devoted his life to the peaceful pursuit of bucolic labor. The romance and tragedy, however, that is nearest and dearest to him, is not the subject for general reading, nor for prying eyes to look into. Every man has his secrets that go down into the grave with him, and that are only read in the bright white light of the other world.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
W. G. Cochran
Hon. W. G. Cochran, Speaker of the house during the Thirty-ninth session of the General Assembly, is well known not only in Sullivan but throughout Southern Illinois as a leading attorney and an influential citizen. He has resided in Moultrie County since he was four years old, although his residence in Sullivan permanently dates only from April 1891. He was formerly located in Lovington and vicinity, where he won laurels in his profession and as a politician. His advent as a student of the law began under Judge Miner in 1877, and May 23, 1879 he was admitted to practice at the bar. Since that date he has been progressing constantly and is regarded as one of the stanchest Republicans in the county. In 1888 Mr. Cochran was nominated by the Republican party for Representative and was successfully run on the minority ticket. After his election to the State Legislature he felt the embarrassment of being compelled to enter the Legislative halls without knowing the State Executive or any of the State officers, or even a member of either branch of the Legislature. But he was possessed of a genial disposition and frank, open manners which soon won him the confidence of all with whom he came in contact and the respect of every member of the law-making body of the State. When it became necessary to elect a Speaker of the House an old soldier was looked for, and among that class Mr. Cochran was entered in the race with Judge Cooly, the well-known "heavy weight" of Knox County. On the third ballot Mr. Cochran won the race. It is well known that he filled this place of trust with great success and to the satisfaction of the members of both parties. While a Republican he looked closely to the interests of his constituents and made many friends who rejoiced in his election to the Speakership. On his return home he was nominated by his party for Senator and polled more votes than his party ticket, which is much in the minority. While in the Legislature he served as a member of the Judicial Committee and was Chairman of the Municipal Committee. Not without a struggle, however, did Mr. Cochran attain to success in this life. He was reared in this county, having no advantages for a schooling and working on the home farm. At the age of seventeen the war broke out, and at this youthful age he sought an opportunity to enter in the defense of his country early in 1861, but was refused admission by the Captain of the company where he made application. About one year later he succeeded in securing a place in the ranks as a private of Company A, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Illinois Infantry. The regiment was composed of young men who possessed the fighting qualities of veterans. Their presence was soon felt in the South and they did service at the siege of Vicksburg. They also participated in the battles of Clarendon, Little Rock, and went on an expedition to Red River to meet Gen. Banks. They afterward continued their march through Arkansas and as they went along did good service in frightening the enemy out of the country and suppressing the sharpshooters. Young Cochran stood his army life nobly and endured many hardships, but he was always prepared for duty and did his part without flinching. He was promoted to be Sergeant, and at the expiration of three years was mustered out at Pine Bluff, Ark., and honorably discharged from the service at Springfield. Ill., in August, 1865. Although he had seen a great deal of hard fighting he had fortunately escaped uninjured and had never seen the inside of a prison or hospital. He had just attained to his majority before his term of enlistment expired, and to illustrate the progress he has since made it may be said that when he entered the service his enlistment papers bear only his mark, as he could not write at that time. For several years after the close of the war Mr. Cochran was engaged in farming pursuit near Lovington, but his heart was meanwhile with his hooks and he later followed his natural bent, the study of law. He has a brilliant, daring eloquence which with his sparkling wit makes him an attractive speaker. At the beginning of an address he is cool and calm, but gradually warms to the subject. In politics he is intensely Republican, but his personal friendships and influence extend to all parties. He is a member of the Masonic order and has been honored with some of their highest offices, having membership with Blue Lodge, No. 288, and Chapter No. 171, at Lovington. He has served several terms as Master and has also been chosen High Priest. He is a Knight Templar in the Commandery at Sullivan. In church and Sunday-school he is an active worker, having been a faithful Christian since the late war. His membership is in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and since 1868 he has preached when called upon to do so, and has been heard expounding the Scriptures in almost every place of meeting in the county. In Lovington he was a member of the Sunday-school for twenty-seven years and was Superintendent for fifteen years of the time. The birth of the Hon. Mr. Cochran occurred near Frankford, Ohio, the oldest town in the State, located in Ross County, November 3, 1844. He came of comparatively poor but highly respectable parentage, his ancestors being people of steady habits and moral character. His father, Andrew Cochran, was a native of Pennsylvania and a son of another Andrew Cochran, born in the same State. It appears that the family had lived in the Keystone State for many years and came of a mixed stock, strongly adhering to the Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry. The elder Andrew Cochran grew to manhood upon a farm and was married to Miss Margaret Hewitt, whose love he had won by his heroism. The Hewitt family was once trying to cross a swollen river and all seemed destined to be drowned in the rapidly flowing stream, but young Cochran showed his natural bravery and rushed to the rescue. By heroic effort he saved the life of two of the daughters, the remaining members of the family having already been borne down the rushing river. A marriage to one of the daughters soon followed and proved a happy union. The brave young Cochran and his wife began life poor in this world's goods but labored together for some years in their first home. Desiring to better their condition they resolved to go to the wilds of what was then the new country of Ohio. At an early day they settled in Ross County and there opened up a new home in the woods where they died at a ripe old age. They were Christians and reared an honorable family. The son Andrew was only a small boy when his parents started out in Ross County and there he grew to a stalwart manhood. He married into a good family, his wife, Jane Foster, being one of a pair of twins. The other twin is now Mrs. Isabell Gregory, and survives at the age of eighty-five years, being quite active and hearty. After their six children had been born to Andrew Cochran, Jr., and his good wife, they decided to follow the example of their ancestors and locate in a new country. In 1849 they gathered together their worldly goods, and with wagons and teams started for Illinois, camping by the way and the father and sons sleeping at night under the canopy of the heavens. After a somewhat long and tedious journey they landed at their destination and pitched their tents not far from Lovington, where the father secured a small farm. There the father and mother lived and labored until their death. The good wife and mother passed away in November, 188l, and had reached a good old age, having been born in 1806. The father who was born in 1808 survived until January 5, 1889, and passed from earth on the same day that his son was to start for the State capital to accept his office of trust as the representative of the people of Shelby County. He had been a life-long Democrat and cast his only Republican vote when he gave his suffrage to his son W. G., who had grown up a Republican in his political faith. Andrew Cochran was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church but in the absence of that church here, joined the Methodist Church. Of the six children our subject was next to the youngest. Two of the daughters are now deceased. The survivors are Isabell, wife of William C. Foster, of Decatur; Charles, a farmer on the old Cochran homestead; Andrew W., a farmer in this county; and our subject. The wife of our subject bore the maiden name of Charlota Keyes and was born in Ohio, her parents being Virginians. The father, James Keyes, was a farmer and died in Loveland, at a good old age. Mrs. Cochran was reared and educated principally in Sullivan County and has made a good wife to her worthy husband, to whom she has borne six children. Prudence is deceased. The survivors are-Oscar, a successful teacher in this county; Grace M., a graduate of Lovington High School; Archie B., Arthur G., and Laura C., all of whom are under the parental roof and are bright, intelligent children.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
William G. Covey
William G. Covey, editor and proprietor of the Moultrie County News, has had that paper under his control since December 15, 1887. It is a six-column quarto and a spicy weekly, issued at Sullivan, Ill. Mr. Covey succeeded J. H. Dunscomb in the management of this paper, which had its origin December 10, 1884, under the management of Messrs. Hollings worth & Green, being the successor of the Sullivan Journal which had a checkered experience. The gentlemen just named entitled their sheet the Sullivan News until December 25, 1886, when it became full-fledged as the Moultrie County News, having in the meantime become the property of Mr. Dunscomb, who changed its political color from Independent to Republican, the position which it now holds. The News has a good circulation and a large advertising patronage and it is having an admirable success under the hand of Mr. Covey, who was a novitiate in the newspaper business when he took it in charge. He had formerly been an agriculturist in Coles County for some ten years and also taught for about three years in the public schools of the county. He came to Illinois in March, 1875, and taught for one year in Douglas County before settling in Coles County. Our subject was born in Brattleboro, Vt., November 6, 1852. His Welsh ancestors were early settlers in Vermont during the Colonial days and the family was prominently indentified [sic] with the early history of that State. For generations the old stock was content to remain among the Green Mountains, but during the present half century the younger members of the family became imbued with the Western fever and have scattered west of the Alleghanies. Most of the family who remained in Vermont are adherents of the Baptist Church.
Clark Covey, the father of our subject, was born and grew to manhood in Somerset, in the Green Mountain State, and after reaching his majority was married at Brattleboro to Lestina A. Farr, a native of the adjoining State of New Hampshire. She came of an old and highly respected New Hampshire family who had for generations farmed in Chesterfield. The early wedded home of this couple was in Brattleboro, where Mr. Covey conducted a meat market and later farmed for a while before coming to Illinois, in 1855. They settled in Bloomington, McLean County, and during the winter the wife and mother was stricken with typhoid fever and died in the prime of life. Her remains were subsequently taken back to New Hampshire and laid in the old cemetery at Chesterfield. She was a Universalist in religion. The husband and father then returned to the old home in the East and some time later contracted a second marriage, being then united with Mrs. Mary J. Cook, nee Layborn, a native of Pennsylvania who became the mother of two children, Cora L. and Walter E. Cora died at the age of three years and Walter is residing in Nebraska where he teaches vocal and instrumental music.
The mother of these children died in Vermont at the age of thirty-six years, leaving besides these just mentioned, two children by her previous marriage. At the time of her death Mr. Clark Covey was a soldier in the Civil War and the then acting Governor of Vermont, Mr. Holbrook, requested the Secretary of War to grant Mr. Covey a furlough that he might come home and look after the interests of the six little children who were left without anyone to care for them, and on this account he was also ultimately granted a discharge from service. While in service he had acted as cook for Gen. Stoughton.
Mr. Covey was some few years later married in Vermont to Harriet A. Stowe, a native of Massachusetts, but within a year he died after a short sickness, succumbing to an attack of diphtheria. He was a member of the Missionary Baptists Church and in politics allied himself with the Republican party. His youngest daughter was born some five months after his death. This child Lillian by name, was separated from the family and for eighteen years her whereabouts was [sic] not known, but the subject of this sketch, through information given him by a local biographical writer was recently able to locate her in Massachusetts. She had in the meantime become the wife of Edward Green, now of Leominster. Mass.
Our subject is the first born of the two children granted to his mother, his brother Arthur, being foreman in a large tape factory in Worcester, Mass., and having taken to wife Miss Lenora Lawrence. William G. Covey was well and carefully educated in his native State and Massachusetts, being granted an academic education, thus preparing him for the profession of a teacher, which he followed for five years in the East. He was married after coming West in Cole County, Ill., to Miss Emma R. Martin, who was born in that County August 20, 1852. She became a teacher before her marriage and bears a high reputation as a cultured and intelligent woman. She is the daughter of John and Martha (Cassady) Martin, natives of Kentucky who came to Illinois with their respective parents when quite young and were married in Edgar County where they were early settlers. They afterward did pioneer work in Lafayette Township, Coles County. In that home all of their children were born and there the father died in January, 1875, having completed his threescore and ten years. He was a pillar in the old-school Baptist Church and a man who was honest from principle and the love of right. His widow, who still survives, is a member of the same church and resides at the old homestead in Coles County. Mrs. Covey, the wife of our subject, had an excellent training and education and was ably fitted for the responsible position of wife and mother. Of the six children who have crowned the union of this couple, two have passed to the other world-Lillian B. and Lettie Lee-both of whom passed away while young. Those who still remain under the parental roof are Iva S., Walter S., Jessie B. and Hazel G. Mr. Covey while in Coles County was for some time in the office of Township Clerk. He is a sound Republican in politics and is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and is also an Odd Fellow.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
A. S. Creech
Sullivan counts among its active business men, not only those in the mercantile line and men who cater to the physical needs of the citizens, but those who have also built up lines of business which provide for the higher nature. Art and music are having their full share of attention in this flourishing city and it is well supplied with marts of beauty and luxury.
The successful photographer and jeweler whose name appears at the head of this writing, is finding such success in his business that he has been encouraged to build for himself a place of business and dwelling, both of which are complete in all departments. His fine stock of jewelry is on the ground floor and the second story contains his well arranged and commodious photograph gallery. He has acquired his knowledge in both branches of his art by determined application and perseverance and for four years has carried on both lines of endeavor, independently of others. This young man applies himself closely to business and is a practical workman in both arts. To no one but himself can credit be given for his success, as his natural talents in the mechanical line have been fully exercised and developed by his efforts to gain the front rank in his line of work. He is a natural mechanic and learned the trade in that line which he followed for a few years in his earlier life. Our subject has been a resident of this county since 1871 and is a native of Indiana, where he was born in Owen County May 31, 1854. He is the son of Tennessee parents, his father, Christopher C. Creech, being a man who had come when young with his parents to Owen County, and had there grown to manhood and carried on the double avocation of farmer and mechanic. He married Miss Amanda C. Evans, who had come to Owen County with her parents at an early day. After marriage this wedded couple remained near the home of their parents until the spring of 1871, when they came to this State and made their first settlement in Coles County and in the fall of the same year removed to Moultrie County. Here the father lived and followed his trade till death called him hence, his demise occurring at Oak, Neb., in March, 1891, when he had reached the age of fifty-five years. His widow is now residing in Bethany and at the age of fifty-seven years is a useful member of society and active in the good work of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as was also her husband. Mr. Creech is the eldest in a family of seven sons and one daughter, all but two of whom are living. Our subject is the only one of the family now residing in Sullivan. He was married first at Bethany, Moultrie County, to Miss Martha Robertson, who was born and reared in Moultrie County and after becoming the mother of one son, James C., died at her home in Sullivan in 1884. This promising son survived his mother but died recently when nearly fifteen years old, his demise bringing great grief, not only to his father, but to all who knew him. A. S. Creech was a second time married, being united in this county to Miss Flora Hoggett, who was born, reared and educated in this county, and is highly respected among all her acquaintances for her intelligence, her affability and her capabilities as a housewife. No children have come to brighten her home and she turns her activities in the direction of church work, being a member of the Christian Church and a helper in every good work. The declarations of the Democratic party embody the political ideas of Mr. Creech, but he is no politician as he prefers to devote his energies to business and does not care to be one of those who manage public affairs.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Charles W. Croudson
A traveler through the farming lands of Moultrie County will be pleased to observe the large number of well-improved farms and the numerous evidences of prosperity. In East Nelson Township an estate of eighty acres, which is admirably adapted for both farming and stock-raising, is owned and operated by the young gentleman above names. A visitor here will see everything that is necessary in the way of farm buildings, machinery and all the modern appliances of agriculture. During his residence here Mr. Croudson has effected many improvements upon the farm and by a proper rotation of crops has brought the soil to a high degree of fertility, so that it is fittingly classed among the best farms of the township. A view of this place appears on another page.
Douglas County, Ill., was the native place of Mr. Croudson and his eves first opened to the light July 28, 1862. He was the only son in the family circle and has two sisters, Sarah M., now the wife of J. W. Bailey, and Lida J., who is still at home. The parents, William and Lucinda (Lawrence) Croudson, were natives of England and Ohio, respectively, and passed the greater part of their lives in Douglas County, this State, where they both died. They were people of steady habits and high principles, doing as they would be done by in the various relations they sustained toward others, and the record of their lives is unblemished and worthy of emulation.
The education of our subject was gleaned from the schools in the vicinity of the parental home, and his youth was passed in mingled work and play, his study developing the powers of his mind, while his recreation and boyhood sports developed a stalwart physique. Having been reared to farming pursuits, when the time came for him to chose a calling in life, he naturally selected agriculture and in his chosen a vocation he has been more than ordinarily successful. Although still quite young he is very comfortably situated and the future undoubtedly contains many honors for him. He takes an active part in political affairs and is a Democrat in his views, believing the principles of that party are best calculated for the national welfare. He is greatly interested in educational affairs and has held the office of School Director, during which time he materially advanced the cause of education in the community.
A very important event in the life of our subject was his marriage February 14, 1886, in Moultrie County, Ill., to Miss Margaret, the daughter of William and Sarah Wiley. Mrs. Croudson was born in this county, where she has passed her entire life and where her parents still reside. She has a cultivated mind, a sympathizing heart and adds thereto the housewifely knowledge which is necessary for all who make their homes attractive and comfortable. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Croudson one child has been born, a daughter, Osa, whose birth occurred March 22, 1890. As a farmer, Mr. Croudson is enterprising and industrious, well informed regarding things connected with his work and ranks high among his fellow-citizens. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
David M. Crowder
To be the son of worthy parents is a matter both for honorable pride and devout thankfulness, and he who can make this boast does well to carry still further the honorable standing of the family by making good his claim to be worthy of such parents. The father of our subject, the late Robert Crowder, was born in Buncombe County, N.C., July 17, 1807, and his mother, who bore the maiden name of Barbara Prater, was born in Greene County, Tenn., April 15, 1807. The first two years of their married life was spent in East Tennessee, upon a farm, after which they moved to Indiana and settling in Jennings County remained there about two years and then emigrated to Missouri, where they settled near Boonville, and lived there for one year.
Robert Crowder brought his family to Illinois in January, 1838, and settled in what is now Marrowbone Township, Moultrie County, where they continued to live until called hence by death. Our subject is the eldest of their ten children and his birth occurred in Eastern Tennessee, November 18, 1828, so that he was thus about nine years old when he came with his father to what is now Moultrie County, where he grew to manhood and has made his home from that day to this. Under the parental roof this young man made his home until that important event took place which was celebrated in Marrowbone Township, August 30, 1848, when he was united in marriage with Susan E. Mitchell, daughter of George and Jane W. Mitchell, who were of southern birth but became early settlers in Moultrie County, Ill. Mrs. Susan E. Crowder was born in Tennessee, July 9, 1831. The family home of this wedded couple has been ever since their wedding day upon section 15, Marrowbone Township, with the exception of one year which they spent in Bethany. Farming has been Mr. Crowder's pursuit through life and in it he has been successful, which success may be attributed to two reasons. In the first place he has been thoroughly intelligent, energetic and enterprising, and in the second place he has had a richly productive farm such as is to be found only in the Prairie State. His tract of two hundred and fifteen acres has been excellently improved and upon it will be found all the conveniences and appurtenances which belong to a first-class farm.
Mr. and Mrs. Crowder rejoice in the possession of seven children, namely: Sarah J., who is the wife of William H. Hoskins; Margaret A., who married F. T. Scheer; Mary A., now Mrs. Joel A. Yeakel; Barbara E., who was the wife of W. F. Logan, and died April 3, 1890; Dora S., married J. E. Scheer; and two sons who died in infancy. The principles of the Republican party command the respect and allegiance of our subject and although he is not an office-seeker he is earnestly devoted to the prosperity of his party and works for its supremacy. Both he and his excellent wife are earnest and devoted members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
A biography of David M. Crowder would be incomplete did it not include a fuller resume than we have already given of the life of the parents whose honorable record in his dearest possession. It was in the fall of 1828 that Robert Crowder removed to Indiana, and after first settling in Ripley County, Ind., removed as we have said, to Jennings County, where he settled in New Marion. In the fall of 1836 he removed, as has been stated, to Missouri, and there remained until January, 1838, when he came to Moultrie County, Ill. His wife, whose maiden name was Barbara Prater, brought him ten children, namely: David M., William A., Sarah J., Thomas H., Mary S. Robert S., James H., Andrew W., John A. and Marshall M. Robert enlisted in Company E, Twenty-first Regiment of Illinois Infantry, taking rank as First Sergeant, and was killed in the battle of Chickamauga, in September, 1863; Andrew W. was a member of Company B, Forty-first Illinois Infantry, and was killed during the siege of Vicksburg, in June, 1863, when about sixteen years old. The brave and noble record of thee loyal sons of a loyal father awaken a sympathetic response in every patriotic heart, and the memory of these brave boys is cherished by their brothers and sisters and handed down to their posterity for they believe that "Brave hearts are more than coronets And simple faith than Norman blood".
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church was the body with which Robert and Barbara Crowder were connected, and in its service and communion they found both comfort and opportunity for Christian work. Their genuine Christian charity and uprightness mark them as worthy both of trust and emulation, and their influence will not die out for many generations to come. Robert Crowder passed from earth September 22, 1877, and his bereaved widow survived him until January 25, 1890, when she too made her transit to a better world. The handsome property which Robert Crowder left to his children is but a small portion of the precious heritage which they have received from him and their venerated mother. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Rev. James H. Crowder
The peculiar characteristics of social and industrial life in Marrowbone Township, Moultrie County, have been largely shaped by the note-worthy family one of whose honored representatives is the gentleman whose name appears at the opening of this sketch. Their influence, which is broad and aggressive, is felt in every department of life and is ever exerted to promote all movements looking to the upbuilding of the township. The honored parents of our subject are spoken of more at length in a sketch of Mr. D. M. Crowder, which appears elsewhere in this volume. The reverend gentleman of whom we write is the seventh in order of age in a family of ten and was born in Marrowbone Township, Moultrie County, but then Shelby County, March 4, 1842. Here he received his early training both upon the farm and in the district school, and afterward attended Mt. Zion Academy, being for two years under the valuable tutorship of Dr. A. J. McGlumphy. His father's farm remained his home until the occurrence of a most important event in the life of the young man - his marriage, which took place in Taylorville, this State, August 13, 1862. He had taught in the meantime two winters and one summer in Marrowbone Township and then enlisted in the service of his country July 31, 1862, joining Company A, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Illinois Infantry, in which he served until August 1, 1865.
The wedded pair, so soon called to part by the exigencies of war, bade each other farewell and the young private marched away under his country's flag. He was soon promoted to a Sergeantcy [sic] and was detailed as private secretary and confidential messenger to Gen. Nathan Kimball in command of Second Division, Sixteenth Army Corps. He took part in the siege of Vicksburg and at the battle of Satarcia June 6, 1862, he suffered from sunstroke. He also took part in the Arkansas expedition, the capture of Little Rock and the battles of Clarendon and Saline. In all of this experience he proved himself a valiant soldier, a loyal and devoted friend of the Union and an officer upon whom reliance might safely be placed. "When the cruel war was over" the soldier returned to his wife and home in Marrowbone Township and resumed farming and stock-raising, in which he was engaged exclusively until 1873, when he took upon himself the vows of a Christian minister. He first settled in Casner, Macon County, and later at Elwin, in the same county. After one year there he spent a year at Locust Grove, Shelby County, and a year at Pleasant Grove Logan County, after which he returned to Casner for a year and was at Shiloh, DeWitt County, for three years. He was then located in Springfield, Ill., for two years, and for two years at Oakland, Macon County, of which church he is the present pastor. During ten years of this period of his ministry he continued to reside upon his farm, which is a fine tract of five hundred acres, upon which he has erected a beautiful home and excellent farm buildings.
The maiden name of Mrs. Crowder was Maggie A. Wear, and she is a daughter of J. M. and Jemima Wear, now deceased. She was born in Fayette County, Ill., October 11, 1845, and was given by her parents the best available opportunities for an education. As a wife and mother she is faithful and judicious, as a neighbor is warmly appreciated and as minister's wife is a true helper in the work of the Lord. She has seven children, namely: Ora J., the wife of Thomas Stables; Effie B., now Mrs. T. N. Hunt; Robert M., who married Miss Lilla K. Wellman; Della and Earl. One child died in infancy and a little daughter, Kattie J., was taken from her loving parents when he had reached the age of seven years.
The Rev. Mr. Crowder has been a successful minister of the United Brethren Church, and under his preaching, which has been of an evangelistic nature, he has reason to believe that as many as fifteen hundred souls have found the way of life. He is a member of Post No. 176, G. a. R., and has been Chaplain of his post and a delegate to the State Encampment. In this connection he conceived the idea of organizing all the posts in the county, and as the result of his movement Moultrie County is thus organized. He is not only a devout Christian but a broad-seeing and earnest man of public spirit, who is ever ready to sacrifice his personal ambition for the welfare of the community. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
John A. Crowder
John A. Crowder lives on section 15, Marrowbone Township, Moultrie County, and is a son of Robert and Barbara (Prather) Crowder. He was born in Marrowbone Township, November 11, 1847. He received his early training on the home farm and in the common schools, and in May, 1864, when in his seventeenth year, and weighing one hundred and nine pounds, he enlisted in the late war and was mustered out with Company I, One Hundred and Forty-third Illinois Infantry, October, 1864, on account of expiration of time, he having enlisted for three months. In January, 1865, he reenlisted in Company A, and served until September. In the spring of 1867 he was united in the holy bonds of wedlock to Miss Emily E. Kennedy, a daughter of James C. Kennedy, who was born in this county. He then settled on a farm on section 14, where he resided for five years. He then purchased a portion of his present farm and settled on the same. His wife died November 15, 1888, leaving nine children-Artie L., Oscar W., Leora A., John R. C., Emily Edith, Athol S., Ida M., James G. and Cora M. August 8, 1889, Mr. Crowder was married a second time to Viola A. Roberts, daughter of Thomas A. and Louisa G. Roberts, of Whitley Township. They have had one child, who is deceased. Mr. Crowder owns two hundred and seventy-seven acres of land, on which he has very fine improvements. His politics are with the Republicans. He has held many local offices, in which he not only did credit to himself but his party. Religiously he is a consistent member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and socially is a member of the Odd Fellows' society and the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Crowder is interested in stock-raising and is a dealer in live stock. He is now giving a good deal of attention to horse-flesh, and has a number of imported horses on his farm.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Marshall M. Crowder
Many families ae notable only for some one distinguished member, whose reputation is far superior to that of his brothers and kinsmen, who must ever be content to shine in reflected glory, but in the family which is represented by the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch, it is hard to select one member who is pre-eminent above the others, as the reputation of every one as energetic, enterprising men and public-spirited citizens is acknowledged by all in this section of the country. Our subject is the youngest in a family of ten children all of whom are worthy representatives of an excellent family. The parents, who had the honor to bring into the world and rear such valuable citizens, are spoken of more at length in the biographical sketch of David M. Crowder. He of whom we write was born in Marrowbone Township, March 12, 1851, and was reared to manhood on his father's farm, receiving his education first in the district schools and afterward attending Mount Zion Academy for two terms. After this he taught school for six months in Moultrie County but with that exception remained under the parental roof until his marriage. That interesting event took place in Sullivan Township, May 22, 1870, the bride being Miss Lydia S. Shockey, who was born in Zanesville, Ind. She received careful training and an excellent education and was thus admirably fitted for her future work as wife and mother. Three children called her mother, viz: Olive B. (the wife of Chesley W. Kennedy), Walter R. and Florence L. Mrs. Lydia Crowder died in Marrowbone Township, November 6, 1886, and her memory is revered by all who knew her as a true-hearted woman and faithful and devoted Christian.
The second marriage of Marshall Crowder took place in Dalton City, Ill., August 17, 1887, he being then united with Miss Mollie E. Black, a native of Mount Zion Township, Macon County, Ill. She was there born May 26, 1867, and reared to womanhood receiving the best educational advantages which her parents could command. She, as well as her husband are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where they are highly esteemed for their true Christian character and their intelligent promotion of all movements for the betterment of the community. Our subject has always been engaged in farming pursuits, although for one year he was employed as clerk in a store in Bethany. For many years he was a member of the Glee Club of that village and musical matters always command his sympathetic approval and encouragement. The platform of the Republican party expresses his views in regard to political policy and principles and he is an ardent worker for the prosperity of that party. Two hundred acres are comprised within the limits of Mr. Crowder's farm and upon this tract he has erected excellent and commodious farm buildings and a home which is an ornament to the township. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Thomas H. Crowder
Perhaps there is no family in Marrowbone Township whose various members are more prominent in social, political, agricultural and religious circles than that represented by the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this writing. Such a circle is broadly and thoroughly influential in upbuilding the material interests as well as the social and moral characteristics of a neighborhood. A more complete history of the parents of our subject will be found in the sketch of David M. Crowder, which appears upon another page of the Record.
In a family of ten children our subject is the fourth in order of age, and was born in Jennings County, Ind., March 31, 1835. He was about three years old when his parents came to what is now Moultrie County, Ill., and his life to manhood was spent upon his father's farm in what is now known as Marrowbone Township. He resided at home until his marriage, which event took place in Sullivan, October 11, 1855.
The lady who became Mrs. Thomas H. Crowder bore the maiden name of Mary McCord is a daughter of John and Elizabeth McCord, who died in Marrowbone Township. She was born in Jennings County, Ind., December 18, 1834. Her two children are John r. (who married first is Dora Hampton and subsequent to her death was united with Miss Katie Mott) and a daughter, Mary E., who is the wife of F. D. Henneigh. Mrs. Mary Crowder had but a short experience of married life, as she died at her home in Marrowbone Township, March 15, 1860, leaving a wide circle of friends to mourn her loss. The second marriage of Mr. Crowder took place in Marrowbone Township, June 20, 1860, his bride being Miss Louvina Bosley, who was born in Shelby County, this State, February 1, 1837. Seven children have crowned this union - Sarah B., who died when young; William E., who married Miss Nellie Jordan; Mattie M., the wife of W. H. Logan; Andrew who died in childhood; Armilda R. Viola G. and Thomas H., Jr.
Farming and stock-raising in Marrowbone Township have fully employed the energies and enterprise of our subject and he has employed the wise plans and shown the absorbing attention in business which have brought success. Upon his farm he has erected an excellent set of buildings suitable for carrying on the work and sheltering his stock, and he is the owner of between four hundred and five hundred acres of excellent land. His well known reputation as a judicious and intelligent gentleman has led his fellow-citizens to twice elect him to the office of Supervisor of Marrowbone Township. He is considered a leader in the republican ranks and takes an active part in local politics. For more than twenty years he has been an Elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in which his wife is also a member and where they are esteemed as conscientious and devoted helpers in every good work.
The introduction of short-horn cattle in this section of the country may justly be credited to this enterprising gentleman, and he is in the possession of the only full set of American Herd Books in Shelby and Moultrie Counties. He also makes a specialty of South Down stock as well as carriage, coach and draft horses. He takes a great interest in every phase of the subject pertaining to fine stock and is thoroughly informed in regard to this matter being considered the fountain head of information on the subject. The beautiful buildings upon his farm and his delightful residence, a view of which appears on another page, speak forth their own praise of the systematic, conscientious and cultured gentleman whose estate they crown. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
John D. Daugherty
It would be difficult to find among the farming community of Moultrie County a man who wields greater influence or has greater personal popularity than the gentleman whose name introduces this sketch. His life has been spent in the peaceful pursuance of his calling of a farmer and in a share of the local public affairs. His homestead upon section 14, East Nelson Township, ranks among the best in the community, while the entire amount of land owned and operated by Mr. Daugherty in this township comprises three hundred and twenty-eight acres. He is also interested in land in Whitley Township and is in various ways closely identified with the development of this section.
Virginia claims Mr. Daugherty as one of her children, and in Shenandoah County he was born January 10, 1823. Amid scenes which have been made memorable in the history of our country, he grew to a stalwart manhood, aiding in the farm work at home and attending the village school in the intervals of harvesting. At the age of thirty he left the Old Dominion and proceeding Westward as far as Illinois, settled in Coles County, where he remained one year. The year 1854 found him in Moultrie County establishing himself as a farmer in East Nelson Township. He soon became prominent in local affairs and was well known as a man of honor and integrity. Mr. Daugherty has made Moultrie County his home since his first arrival here, with the exception of a few years spent in Coles County during the late war. For many years he had the companionship of a most estimable woman, who was true to the interests of husband and children, and a good neighbor and friend. She bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Waggoner and was born in Moultrie County. Her union with our subject, which was solemnized in Whitley Township, this county, was blessed by the birth of three children. George R., who died in infancy, Anna E. and an infant who died unnamed.
The wife and mother passed from earth in November, 1889, at her home in East Nelson Township. She was a member of the Baptist Church and conscientious in all the relations of life, ever working for the good of others and living in her life the principles of the "Golden Rule." Their daughter, Miss Anna, is now a refined and intelligent young lady, upon whom, in his declining years, the father leans for support and advice. She is judicious in the management of household affairs and possesses good judgment. A good business woman, practical and thorough in her work, she is also intellectual, and in social circles is an ever welcome guest. Believing that the principles of the Democratic party are best adapted for the promotion of the common good, Mr. Daugherty uniformly casts his ballot for the candidates pledged to its support. He has held the minor offices of the township and served as Highway Commissioner for six years, doing much to advance the interests of the community in this way and serving with credit to himself and his constituents. Religiously he is a member of the Baptist Church and is respected for the strength of his character and the industry he has shown in worldly affairs. His labors have gained for him a competency sufficient to insure him against want and enable him to gratify all reasonable desires.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Charles W. Dick
Among the prominent agriculturists of Lowe Township, Moultrie County, who had their birth across the seas but who have brought to their adopted country the valuable characteristics which belong to the men of their native land is the resident on section 8, whose name appears at the head of this sketch. His parents, Charles and Fredericka (Hinnak) Dick, were born in Germany and spent their days in their native land. Our subject was the only child by this marriage and was born in Zeitz, Germany, December 18, 1825.
After receiving the ordinary education provided for the German youth, our subject upon reaching manhood learned the trade of a weaver and became a journeyman, working at his trade in various parts of the country. He emigrated from Germany to America in 1854, landing in New York in September of that year. Traveling West he came to Columbus, Ohio, where he found employment in Pickaway County, Ohio, busying himself at farm labor at the wages of $8 per month, working for such wages two years.
The marriage of our subject took place in Pickaway County, Ohio, June 10, 1856, his bride being Miss Anna R. Herrman who was born in Shwelewalte, Germany, December 19, 1832. Her parents were Gottlieb and Eva R. (Schnyder) Herrmann, both of German birth and who died in the old country. Mrs. Dick came to America in 1855, making her home in Pickaway County and lived there and in Madison county, Ohio, until 1862, when they came to Illinois and settled in Moultrie County. They tried various parts of Moultrie County, living for two years in Lovington Township then in Lowe Township where they have since been residents. Mr. and Mrs. Dick have been the happy parents of seven children, two of whom they were called upon to resign to the Good Shepherd. Those still living are: Henry L. who married Dora Kokendoffer; John W.; Samuel who married Hattie Morrow; Sarah M., wife of James A. Hook, and Louisa A. who is an accomplished lady and school teacher. Since coming to America this gentleman has devoted himself entirely to agricultural pursuits as he found this more profitable upon our fertile soil than the pursuit of his trade. He owns one hundred and sixty acres and has made excellent improvements upon his farm. He has filled and filled well some of the local offices in the township and is highly respected not only by his neighbors but by all with whom he came in official relations. Mr. and Mrs. Dick are members of the German Baptist Church, and in their religious connections are highly honored for their true Christian lives and earnest helpfulness in every good cause. Mr. Dick is a public-spirited man and an earnest promoter of every movement looking to the progress of Lowe Township and Moultrie County. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
John Dixon, Sr.
The owner of the fine farm located on section 1, of Lovington Township, Moultrie County, is of Southern parentage, his father being Jacob Dixon, who was born in North Carolina, and his mother Ann Murry (Miller) Dixon, was born in Virginia, the State that is so noted for pretty girls, statesmen and good cooking. Soon after marriage they settled in Ross County, Ohio, where our subject's father died; the mother survived and came to Moultrie County, where she finally passed away at the residence of our subject. They were the parents of ten children, of whom our subject was the third in order of birth. The original of our sketch was born in Ross County, Ohio, August 11, 1819. There he grew to manhood and was employed as were most of the young farmers of his age and day. His boyhood years were marked by his application to school duties and learning the routine of farm work. On reaching manhood he was married to Lydia Ray. Their nuptials were solemnized November 11, 1844. The lady was born in Ohio, November 15, 1822. They were the parents of nine children whose names are as follows,-Jacob, Mahala, Mary, Rachael I., Charity, Moses, Lydia E., John R. and Nancy E. Of these Mahala and Charity are deceased. Mrs. Lydia Dixon died in Lovington Township, July 18, 1874. John Dixon was married the second time in Ross County, Ohio, April 8, 1877, to Mrs. Margaret (Henson) Springer. Her parents were Henry and Sarah (Murry) Henson; they died in Ohio. By her first marriage she became the wife of Alanson Springer, who died in Jackson County, Ohio. By that union she became the mother of eight children, whose names are respectively-Louisa, Sarah, Drusilla, Pleasant, Wheelen, Titus, Hester J. and Lydia. Mrs. Margaret Dixon was born in Ross County, Ohio, March 27, 1817. Our subject in his young manhood worked in a saw and grist mill, and in a felling and cording mill, which he followed until he was thirty years old, beginning this work at the early age of twelve years. Since that time, that is, at the age of thirty, he has followed farming and finds the peaceful serenity of this life to be more suited to his temperament than the business in which he was engaged in his youth. He is the owner of three hundred and fourteen acres of good farm land upon which he had placed good improvements having expended large sums of money in the erection of buildings, conveyance of water, drainage, fencing, etc. He also owns eighty acres in Buffalo County, Neb.
Our subject is a follower of the Democratic party believing thoroughly in the superiority of principle and executive power as exerted by that form of government. He has filled the office of Highway Commissioner most successfully in the township. Mrs. Dixon has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since fifteen years of age. Her husband is liberal in his religious belief. His first wife was a member of the Christian Church from the time she was sixteen years of age until her death. Mr. Dixon's advent into this State and county was made in March 1863, and the following February he settled on the farm where he now lives. He has somewhat dropped the active proprietorship of the place, and lives a semi-retired life, leaving the management of the place to one of his sons. All of Mr. Dixon's children who are surviving, have homes and families of their own, and are honored and respected members of the communities in which they live. Jacob Dixon married Orilda Fred, who died May, 1891. Mahala died when only about twenty-three years of age, at a time when life is so full of promise. Mary is the wife of Sylvester Arganbright. Rachael married F. O. Davis. Charity died when a young lady twenty-two years old. Moses was united to Miss Dora Ballard. Lydia E. is the wife of Harmon Hoffman. John R. is still in the bachelor ranks. Nancy E, is the wife of J. S. Fred; Louisa is the wife of Joseph Sigler; Sarah married Ambrose Davis. Drusilla was united to Samuel Mulvany. Pleasant married Caroline Leach. Wheelen made mistress of the domestic affairs of his household Elizabeth Steward. Titus married Nancy Sinclair. Hester J. and Lydia are deceased.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Jeremiah D. Donovan, M. D.
After years spent in attendance upon invalids whose physical weakness is as diversified in nature as their degrees of mental capacity, and whose ills are the result of ignorance, carelessness or heredity, all of which are equally inexcusable in the light of a higher understanding, it must be refreshing to turn from the imperfections of human nature to the unstunted and perfect growth of nature, pure and simple. This relief does our subject experience after there has been a strain upon his sympathies as well as his professional skill, and he feels grateful as he turns from the village streets into his own sweet and modest abode, surrounded by a pleasant velvety green lawn and flowers whose brightness of color and varied perfection of form are an inspiration to his higher nature.
Our subject is a Kentuckian by parentage and birth and inherits the Southern warmth of nature, and a certain loyalty that is found among Kentuckians more than among people of other States. His father, James Donovan, was born in Mercer County, Ky., as was his mother, Elizabeth Carey. The aged couple are still spared and reside in their native State and county, where the father has been engaged in farming all his life. Our subject is one of two children born to his parents. His advent into the world was made in Mercer County, Ky., December 7, 1836. He was reared to manhood on his father's place, enjoying such educational and social advantages as that favored portion of Kentucky offered. For five years after reaching his majority he was engaged in teaching in his native county, although in 1860 he began the study of medicine, and in 1868 he graduated at the University at Louisville, Ky. Dr. Donovan commenced the practice of his profession at Johnsonville, Anderson County, Ky., and continued there for two years, when he determined to remove to his native village, Cornishville, in Mercer County, where he enjoyed a good and paying practice. During these years he was attaining a reputation in the healing art such as only actual experience can give. He remained in his native town from 1863 until 1881, when he removed to Antioch in Washington County, Ky., and there stayed for two years, then he made the radical change from his native State to Illinois, settling Lovington, but at that time only remained here about eight months, removing to LaPlace, in Piatt County, where he was engaged in the practice of his profession for about the same length of time. He then returned to Moultrie County, locating in Lake City where he enjoyed a good practice for three years, until August, 1888, he returned to Lovington.
Personally, our subject has a strong physical and mesmeric power that is greatly in his favor in the sick room. A bright smile and a cheery good morning goes as far with his patients as a bottle of medicine with many others who have less dynamic force. He here enjoys a good practice and has been appointed to the State Board of medical examinations for pensions. He is called into consultation with the best physicians in the county, and his judgment and knowledge of disease is accurate. He eschews fine spun theories and bases the majority of his deductions upon common sense reasoning. The original of our sketch was first married in Johnsonville, Anderson County, Ky. His bride was Miss Amanda Driskell, a native of the same county with himself. That union was blessed by the advent of one child, a son, whose name is James, and who is now a successful farmer in Mercer County, Ky. Mrs. Amanda Donovan died in her native State and county.
Dr. Donovan was again married in Mercer County, Ky., to Miss Narcissus Driskell, a sister of his first wife. By this marriage they became the parents of eleven children, whose names are respectively, Elizabeth, John, Josiah, Jefferson, Hershel, Lora, Paston, William, Samuel, Roscoe and Lloyd. Two of these children died in infancy. The others have grown up and promise to take responsible and honorable positions in society. Politically the Doctor is a Republican, and although he has not remained in any one place long enough to thoroughly identify himself with its local political life, he is of course interested in local government. Socially he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in his relations with his patients or society at large, his manner is characterized by a courtesy and affability such as is seldom found outside of the Southern States.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Jacob H. Dumond
Although an American by birth, education and association, of which fact he is proud, our subject is of French parentage and ancestry, and all his business dealing have been carried on with a dash and vivacity for which his ancestors have always been noted. Now, at the zenith of his career, he is a farmer and stock-dealer residing in Lovington, Moultrie County, but his interests have been so large and varied for the past twenty-five years, and his exploits in commercial fields have brought such sudden and rich returns that one hesitates to set him down as a farmer. His name is one that is most frequently met with in the environs of Paris.
Our subject's father was William Dumond, who was of French parentage. His mother was Martha Hosel who was born in Steuben County, N.Y. There they were married and settled on a farm, whence they came to Edgar County, this State, in 1840, where they lived until their decease. The father passed away September 24, 1850. The mother's decease occurred in June, 1884. He was a farmer by occupation and brought up his sons to a thorough knowledge of agricultural work. They had six children, three sons and three daughters and of these our subject was the eldest. He was born in Steuben County, N.Y., March 18, 1835, and came to this State with his parents in June, 1840. Here he grew to manhood, being reared on his father's farm, and although educational advantages were of the best, he managed to acquire a good and practical education. He lived at home with his mother until he became of age, early shouldering the responsibilities and cares of the family as his father had died when the son was but fifteen years of age.
After leaving home, our subject was engaged in a saw and grist mill in Oakland, Coles County, for a period of four years, whence he went to Vermilion County laid low many thousands of the monarchs of the forest that had only to be drawn to a convenient place to be sawed into timber. Borrowing the money with which to carry out his plans, he erected a sawmill in a central location and began the work of transforming the logs into merchantable shape. Although he got the very small amount of sixty-five cents per hundred for his work, he paid the amount loaned him and had remaining quite a handsome interest. He continued there about two years, when he traded his interest in the machinery for one hundred and twenty acres of land near Oakland, Cole County, and upon this he settled, engaging in farming. There he remained for three years, at the end of which time he traded his farm for one hundred and sixty acres in Moultrie County without seeing it. Besides this he received $300 in cash, and this Mr. Dumond considered one of the best trades he has ever made. The land was located in Lowe Township, to which place our subject removed and continued to live until the spring of 1886, when he retired from active farming and came to Lovington, where he has since resided. He is now the owner of eight hundred and five acres, seven hundred and sixty of which are in one body.
When quite a young man Mr. Dumond took upon himself the responsibilities of married life, taking as his wife Elizabeth Kerns. Their nuptials were celebrated in Oakland Coles County, this State, November 18, 1859. Mrs. Dumond was a native probably of Pennsylvania, although Ohio may have been her birthplace, as her parents lived there when she was very young. This marriage was blessed by the advent of three children, whose names are: Hattie A., the wife of Thomas Randolph, of White County, this State; Henry P. is a farmer in Lowe Township and Kulista died in infancy. Mrs. Elizabeth Dumond's death occurred in Lowe Township June 16, 1869. She was an admirable woman, her chief interest being centered in her home and family.
Our subject's second marriage was to Mrs. Elizabeth Hunsinger, the widow of Simon Hunsinger, who was born in White County, Ill. By her first marriage she was the mother of two children - Mary and Willie, deceased. By her union with Mr. Dumond she became the mother of one child - Arabella. Mrs. Dumond was a member of the Baptist Church and a most estimable woman. She died July 15, 1885.
The parental grandparents of our subject were William V. and Eliza Dumond, both natives of France. The maternal grandparents were Jacob and Sarah Housel, natives of New York State. Jacob Housel was one of the settlers in Edgar County and locaters of the old State road which runs from Springfield to the State line, and joining with the road going on to Indianapolis. He located many of the early settlers of Edgar County, this State. To Mr. Housel is due the credit of being one of the promoters of the old Terre Haute and Alton Railroad, now known as the "Big Four," running at the present time from Indianapolis to St. Louis, and in his efforts ad zeal for the success of this road he so involved himself financially that he lost all his property, but during the years that have since elapsed he recovered to a great extent his financial standing.
The original of our sketch is a man whose natural abilities and pleasing presence have pushed him to the front in local public life. He has filled the office of Supervisor of Lowe Township upwards of seven years, and for several years was Chairman of the Town Board. Mr. Dumond has taken an active part in political affairs, being a devoted and enthusiastic adherent of the Democratic party. Socially he is a member of the Masonic fraternity and has held many of the chairs in that society. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Mrs. Catherine Eberhardt
Nothing is more grateful to the feelings of the biographer than to find a demand made upon his pen for a sketch of an ideal woman - one whose sound judgment and true heart have carried her unswervingly through the devious paths of life and whose beautiful Christian character has shown out through the darkness of life's trials and temptations and has ever proved a beacon to warn the unwary and to comfort those in sorrow. Such a life we find our duty to record in speaking of the lady whose name appear at the head of this paragraph. Our subject was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, January 31, 1832. Her father, George Geiger, was born there in 1797 her mother, Katherina (Hild) Geiger, having her nativity in 1805. They married and settled in Germany and there they spent their entire lives. They became the parents of four children of whom Mrs. Eberhardt was the eldest and she remained at home until she reached her twentieth year and received as thorough an education as her parents were able to command for her. They brought her up in the faith and practice of the Christian religion and sought for her those blest possessions of a cultured heart and min. This young woman when only twenty years old left her home and friends in the Old Country and emigrated to America. This departure was trying indeed to one of so war a nature, and the homesickness with which she was afflicted lasted for many sand and weary months. She never saw her parents again, as it was not practicable for her to return to them and they did not feel brave enough to leave their native land and cross the ocean.
While living in Philadelphia, Catherine Geiger was employed as a domestic for somewhat less than two years, after which she came West and while in St. Louis, Mo., met and married Jacob Eberhardt, her wedding day being March 4, 1854. This young man was a native of Switzerland, where he was born in 1825 and after his marriage with our subject he removed to Sangamon County, Ill., and there made his home. After four years' residence there they removed to Marion County, Ill., and resided there for nine years and in the spring of 1867 came to Moultrie County and settled in Lowe Township where Mr. Eberhardt died June 15, 1870. Eight children have blest this union, namely: John, Bertha, Jacob, Anna, George (who died at the age of nineteen), Emma, Charlie, who died when sixteen years old, and Lucinda, the last dying in early childhood. Mrs. Eberhardt has continued to live in Lowe Township, and she owns two hundred acres of fine land upon which she has placed good improvements. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, an earnest and active Christian and a lady of such genial nature as to win every heart. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
John R. Eden
Hon. John R. Eden, who resides in Sullivan, was born on the banks of the Licking River, eight miles from Owingsville, Bath County, Ky., February 1, 1826. His father, John Paul Eden, was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1796, and Jeremiah Eden, the grandfather was a native of England, who came when a young man to America and settled in Maryland. From that State he removed to Kentucky about the year 1800, and became a farmer in Bath County. There he bought a tract of timber land, which he cleared and turned into a rich and productive farm, making it his home until death called him away. The father of our subject was reared and married in Bath County, and resided there until 1831, when with his wife and four children he removed to Indiana. The removal was made with teams, and the far-famed prairie schooners, in which were all their household goods. Traveling by slow stages and camping by the way, the family reached Indiana and settled in Rush County. Having entered a tract of Government land, they built a cabin in the wilderness and commenced to clear a farm. The maiden name of the mother of our subject was Catherine Can, and she was born in Kentucky in the year 1800, being the daughter of Joseph Can. In 1835 she was left a widow with six children to care for and she had a hard struggle to maintain them and keep them together. In 1852 she removed from Indiana to Illinois, and spent her last years here with a son Joseph, dying in 1870.
The subject of our sketch commenced when very young to assist upon the farm where his services were much needed. In his younger days there were no railroads, and Cincinnati was the nearest market and depot for supplies. The products of the farm formed the principal living of the family, and the mother made all the cloth which was used in the family, carding, spinning and weaving the raw material into the needed fabrics. The first school which Mr. Eden attended, was in a cabin built of round logs. The chimney was made of sticks and clay, and the fireplace occupied nearly one end of the building. The only window was produced by a log being taken out through nearly the entire length of the building, and it had no covering of glass, but in cold weather greased paper was used to cover the aperture to keep out the wind. The benches were made of puncheon with wooden pins for legs. Holes were bored in the logs under the window, and pegs supported a smooth puncheon which served as a writing desk for the older scholars. He was very studious, making the most of the opportunities afforded him and at the age of eighteen commenced teaching, receiving the usual salary of $20 a month and his board. He taught during the fall and winter for seven years, occupying the remainder of the year in farming, and using every fragment of time not otherwise absorbed, to study law.
In 1852 Mr. Eden came to Illinois, traveling by railroad to Terre Haute, Ind., and thence by stage to Selbyville, and a few days later was admitted to the bar and commenced practice. He practiced there until the fall of 1853, when he came to Sullivan and since that time has made this place the main field of his work except when absent upon official duty. A happy and congenial matrimonial alliance was made by our subject in 1856, when he chose as his wife Roxanna Meeker, a native of Bennington Township, Delaware (now Morrow) County, Ohio. This lady is a daughter of Ambrose and Hannah (Hartwell) Meeker, and a sister of the Hon. Jonathan Meeker. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Eden comprises of five living children, namely: Emma, Rose, Walter, Belle and Blanche. Rose is now Mrs. J. Martin, of whom a sketch will be found elsewhere in this volume.
Ex-Congressman Eden has always espoused the political views which had their ablest advocate in the author of the Declaration of Independence, and he cast his first vote for Lewis Cass. Ever since he came here he has been a prominent man in his district, as his natural abilities and well cultured mind have given him a commanding influence. In 1856 he was elected States Attorney for the Seventh Judicial District, which office he filled for four years. He represented the Seventh District in the Thirty-eighth Congress, being elected thereto in 1862. This was followed by his re-election, and service in the Forty-third, Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth and Forty-ninth Congresses. During this long period the boundaries, and numbers of the Congregational Districts were changed, and he represented the following counties: Moultrie, Macon, Piatt, Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Vermillion, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Shelby, Jasper, Crawford, Lawrence, Fayette, Montgomery and Macoupin. The most important committees of which this honorable gentleman was a member during the various sessions, were as follows: During the Thirty-eighth Congress the Committee on Accounts and Revolutionary Pensions; in the Forty-third the Committee on Claims and the Freeman Affairs; in the Forty-fourth he was Chairman of the Committee on War Complaints, and a member of the one appointed to investigate the Presidential election; during the next Congress he was again Chairman of the same Committee, and during the Forty-ninth he belonged to the Committee on the Judiciary and Revision of Laws. In 1868 he was a Democratic candidate for Governor of Illinois. In every sphere of life, either professional or as a public servant, the Hon. John R. Eden has proved himself well-equipped and able to meet the serious emergencies which come before a man of affairs. As an attorney he has been successful in his practice, and has built up an extensive clientage, and as a member of Congress he worked honestly and honorably for the prosperity of the entire country and the interests of his constituents. A portrait of the Hon. Mr. Eden accompanies this biographical notice. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois. . . ." Published by Biographical Publishing Co., 1891, tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Joseph E. Eden
Joseph E. Eden, proprietor of the Eden House, of Sullivan, Moultrie County, is numbered among the honored pioneers of the county. Only seven of those living in Sullivan at the time of his arrival are still residents of that place. Probably no man in the community is more widely or favorably known than our subject, who was born in Bath County, Ky., September 10, 1820. His father, John P. Eden, was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1796, and the grandfather, Jeremiah Eden, was a native of England. When a young man he crossed the Atlantic probably locating in Maryland, where he wedded a lady of German descent. After living for a time in that State, they removed to Bath County, Ky., where they spent the remainder of their lives. Both were members of the Methodist Church. The father of our subject was a young lad when his parents removed to Kentucky where he grew to manhood and married Catherine Cann, a native of Bath County, where her parents were early settlers. Their union was celebrated in 1818, and upon a farm in that locality they resided until 1831, when they removed to Rush County, Ind., locating three miles from Rushville. Mr. Eden procured land upon which he made some improvements and died at his home in Indiana in 1835. He was a sound Democrat in politics and twice voted for Andrew Jackson. His wife survived him some years and died at the home of our subject in 1870, at the age of seventy years. In religious belief she was a Presbyterian. The family numbered six children, of whom Joseph E., John, whose sketch is given elsewhere, Mrs. Moore, of Bruce, Ill., and Mrs. Sampson, of Sullivan are yet living.
Our subject was only fifteen years of age when his father died and being one of the older children of the family much care and labor devolved upon him. He proved the main support of his widowed mother and the faithfulness with which he attended to his duties merits the highest praise. His school privileges were necessarily limited but he would gather hickory bark to make a torch light and during the long winter evenings would read such books as he could get hold of until at length he had acquired a good practical knowledge. The only school which he attended was a log cabin furnished with puncheon floor and slab seats, but so well did he prepare himself that for ten years he was a successful teacher in Rush County, Ind. During that time Mr. Eden met and married Miss Matilda M. Bussell, who was born two miles from Rushville, Ind., in 1828, and is a daughter of Col. William S. and Maria (Ward) Russell, who were natives of Kentucky. With their respective families her parents went to Indiana during childhood. Mr. Bussell served as a Colonel in the Black Hawk War and in Indiana occupied the office of County Sheriff. His business was that of a merchant and dealer in live-stock. In 1834, he started for Georgia, with a large drove of horses and while in that State died of spasmodic colic. He was then less than forty years of age. He was a man of commanding presence, fine-looking and his appearance commanded respect. He also served as Colonel in the State Militia. His wife survived him many years and died at the advanced age of eighty-four, in Jasper County, Ind. She was a second time married, becoming the wife of Dr. Knox, who died at the home of our subject.
Mrs. Eden remained with her mother until her marriage, which was celebrated May 14, 1846. By their union have been born four children: William, who wedded Belle Alexander and resides in Fresno, Cal.; Susie, wife of Dr. O. C. Link, a successful physician of Lincoln, Neb., who was formerly Superintendent of the Insane Hospital at Yankton, S. Dak.; J. F., a leading liveryman of Sullivan, who wedded Josie Smizer; and E. B., who married Elizabeth Beverage. He resides in Sullivan and is engaged in the insurance and real-estate business.
In the line of his trade, Joseph Eden has become widely known. He began operations in the hotel business in 1864, and was very successful in his undertaking until 1880, when he suffered quite a loss by fire. However, on the site of the old hotel he erected a new one, which was completed in 1883, and on the 3d of November of that year was opened to the public. It is situated on the southwest corner of the square and is a three-story brick with basement, containing forty sleeping rooms, besides parlors, three sample rooms, commodious kitchen, dining-room, etc. The house is well arranged and is furnished with all modern conveniences for the comfort and entertainment of guests. Mr. Eden exerts himself to make his patrons feel at home and the hotel well deserves its popularity. In connection he also had a large and fine livery which was burned on the 8th of August, 1879, just one year after it was completed. We thus see that he had met with reverses but with characteristic energy he set to work to retrieve his losses. Altogether his career has been most prosperous. Previous to his embarking in the hotel business he established a general store immediately after his arrival March 7, 1853, and for twenty years engaged in merchandising. In the meantime he purchased land and followed farming and stock-raising for fifteen years. His property was near the city and he still owns a portion of it.
Mr. Eden has lived to see almost the entire development of the county and has done much for its interests. At the time of his arrival there were only about four hundred voters in the county and the work of progress seemed scarcely begun. He held the office of Postmaster of Sullivan under Presidents Pierce and Buchanan, being first appointed in 1853 and was superseded when the Republican party came into power. He was also Justice of the Peace for four years and soon afterward was elected County Judge, filling the office for a similar period. During that time the old county court house was burned and the present structure erected. Judge Eden was the prime mover in securing the sale of the swamp lands, with which funds the new court house was built and sufficient left to purchase the present poor farm of two hundred acres. In this purchase he met with much opposition, as many wished to use the money for school purposes, but he persevered and the poor farm has proved a valuable acquisition, now self-sustaining and a credit to the county. When the agricultural society of the county was organized in 1857, Mr. Eden became connected with it and for more than twenty years has been its President, holding that position at the present time. On the organization of the Building and Loan Association in 1887, he became its highest official and is yet its President. In politics he is one of the staunchest advocates of the Democracy and is a leader of his party in this portion of the State. He has been an honored delegate to the State and county conventions and for several years has been Chairman of the County Central Committee. For thirty-seven years he has been an Odd Fellow and for twenty-four years has been a member of the Grand Lodge of the State. He is one of the charter members of the third lodge of Royal Templars in the State, located at Sullivan. We thus see how prominent Judge Eden has been in public affairs. His genial, kindly manner has won him many friends who esteem him highly for his sterling worth. The active part which he has taken in the upbuilding of the county entitles him to mention among its founders and best citizens and it is with pleasure that we present this sketch to the readers of the Record. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois. . . ." Published by Biographical Publishing Co., 1891, tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
William Elder, now a retired banker, living in Sullivan, was engaged in business here from 1870 until 1885, during which time his bank was known as the Farmer's and Merchants' Bank, but it was operated by our subject as a private bank, and is now run in the same way by Mr. William Steele. William Elder came to this county in the fall of 1834, and has since made his home in what is now Moultrie County, with the exception of four years when he resided in Dallas County, Iowa. After coming here he took an interest in agriculture and improved three or four farms, taking them as raw Government land in their prairie state and transforming them into finely cultivated estates.
Our subject came to this county from Morgan County, where he had lived with his parents for a short time only. He was born in Jefferson County, Tenn., May 17, 1824, his father being of Tennessee birth and coming of Southern stock. The Judge in his early days was a farmer, and while pursuing that calling was united in marriage with Miss Didana French, a native of North Carolina, who had her early education in Tennessee. After marriage James Elder and his wife lived for some years in Jefferson County, Tenn., and in the spring of 1833 they set out for Illinois, coming according to the fashion of that day, with teams and wagons overland, cooking their meals by the roadside and camping out at night. They made their first settlement at what is the present site of Waverly, Morgan County, where they remained for some eighteen months, after which they journeyed on to this section, where they secured and improved a new farm in East Nelson Township, Moultrie County. After a short time James Elder established a store in that part of the county and was one of the first merchants in this county and his trade extended throughout almost every township, few of the pioneer families of the county failing to be included in his list of customers. In the fall of 1845 he sold out his store and coming to Sullivan, built an hotel on the present site of the Eden House and also put up a store on an opposite corner. His executive abilities were now severely taxed, as while carrying on the store and hotel he was also cultivating a farm. He finally closed out his business interests in the town and or a while devoted himself exclusively to agriculture. The first bank which Sullivan ever saw was the Elder Bank which was established by Judge James Elder in 1868, and which is perpetuated in the present existing bank. He operated this until 1870 when, upon January 6 he passed away, being then well along in years, as he was born in December, 1803. He had served the county for a number of years as County Judge and has represented this district in the State Legislature for some years. He was a prominent man in the county for years, and highly respected in the Republican party, to which he attached himself after abandoning the old Whig party of his early days. His excellent wife survived him for several years, dying in 1882, having reached the limit of three-score years and ten. Throughout all her long and godly life she has been a member, and a consistent one, of the Baptist Church of which her husband had also been a member during his earlier years, although later in life he identified himself with the Methodist Episcopal Church.
He of whom we write is the eldest surviving member of the children of his parents. One sister of his, Mrs. Dr. Lewis lives in Texas; another sister, Mary, is the wife of W. P. Corbin, a furniture dealer in Sullivan. The lady to whom Mr. Elder was united in marriage bore the name of Louisa Ewing and she was born in White County, Ill., May 11, 1828. Her father, Judge R. R. Ewing was reared in Kentucky although a Tennessean by birth, and came to White County, Ill., where early in the '20s he married Miss Elizabeth Culberson, after which he removed to Logan county and afterward to Moultrie county. He was for years Judge of both Moultrie and Logan Counties and for many years held the office of Justice of the Peace. He was a leading man in that vicinity during the early days. He had been a merchant and farmer for years and came to Sullivan in its pioneer days, in fact before the organization of the county.
Judge Ewing was a Representative in the Legislature of Illinois and served his constituents well. He was from early manhood prominent in the Republican ranks and also a leading member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, filling the office of Class-Leader for many years and preaching as a local minister on this circuit and in the county for many years. Many funerals in all parts of this county have demanded his services, and he was a leading man in every way. He was born in 1801, and died June 8, 1875, being full of years and honors. His widow still survives, and now in her eighty-fourth year makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Bristow.
The wife of our subject is one of the five surviving members of her parents' family. Three of her brothers were soldiers in the War of the Rebellion and all lived to see the old flag triumphant and to return to their homes, two of them having since died. Mrs. Elder is a bright and very intelligent lady and is prominent in Sullivan church and social circles. Mr. Elder has filled most of the church offices and is now Trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a Republican in his political views and a stanch advocate of the principles and policy of the party which placed "Old Abe" in the Presidential chair. He has met with some financial reverses but has never allowed a misfortune to place him where he could not hold up his head as an honest business man who is determined to deal with his fellow-citizens on the basis of integrity.
The two children of our subject were Belinda Estella, a bright and beautiful daughter who died at the age of sixteen years, and James W., who is at present the Mayor of Sullivan and a stock-buyer in business. He is a highly respected and prominent citizen of this city and is united in marriage with a lovely and intelligent companion who bore the maiden name of Julietta Newcome, and whose early home was in Mattoon, Ill. Nine children have been born to them, two of whom, Louisa and James, have passed on to the care of the Good shepherd above. Those who are living are: William W., Arthur, Degratia, Belinda, Loanna, Lavina and Richard. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Illinois gave freely of her wealth and of her men to the defense of the Union when the call came from President Lincoln for troops to suppress the War of the Rebellion. All over her broad prairies you may now find men living in quiet retirement upon whose breasts may be seen the modest decoration of the Grand Army of the Republic, or who, perhaps unbadged, still keep in their hearts the memory of their days and nights upon the battlefield and upon the march. Such will ever find cordial recognition and a hearty approval from every patriotic man or woman at Arthur, Moultrie County, who name we have placed at the head of this paragraph.
Mr. Ellars settled in Lowe Township in the spring of 1868, and at that time purchased two hundred and forty acres of land on section 24, where there were but few improvements. Madison County Ohio, had been his birthplace, October 18, 1842, and the excellent couple who gave him his birth and training were Benjamin and Priscilla (Harrison) Ellars. The family came to Illinois in 1852, settling upon a tract of unbroken prairie in what was then known as Coles County, but which is now included in Douglas County. At that date settlers were few in that section, but deer were abundant and could be seen grazing upon the prairie as plentifully as the cattle of today. There the father of our subject improved three hundred and twenty acres of rich prairie soil and remained for two years. In 1854 he decided to prospect about a little more before settling for a permanent home, and started for Iowa, traveling overland with his team. The first night of his journey he stopped at Monticello, Ill., and as he was taking a loaded gun from a wagon it was accidentally discharged and the shot penetrated his lungs. This accident cripple him so that he gave up his journey and finding that he was unable to do farm work he sold his land and undertook the management of small country store. He then purchased a store in Bourbon, which he carried on for a number of years until his health was sufficiently recovered for him again to undertake agricultural pursuits. He resided in Missouri from 1870 to 1881, after which he returned to Illinois and died in Douglas County in 1882, at the age of sixty-seven years. His faithful wife, who was the mother of ten children, had been taken from his side by death some years previous to his demise.
He of whom we write was eight years old when the family settled in Illinois and the Prairie State has been his home from that day to this. In 1861 he entered the service of his country, enlisting in Company F, Second Illinois Cavalry, and did brave service for two years and six months. When his term of service expired in the Second Cavalry he re-enlisted, and was then commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Fourth United Stated Cavalry, with which he fought until December, 1864, when he resigned and went home. He returned to Douglas County, and since the war has devoted himself to farming and dealing in livestock, carrying on this double avocation with such success that he now owns eight hundred and eighty acres of excellent land, and is looked upon as one of our prosperous farmers. Since January, 1875, he has made his residence in the village of Arthur.
A happy wedded life began for our subject in January, 1867, when he was married to Harriet P. Reeder, a daughter of John A. and Mary Reeder. This lady was born in Ohio, 1843, and there received an excellent education as well as practical training in home duties, both of which have fitted her to be what she now is, not only a leader in social circles, but a capable and notable housewife, a faithful wife and a judicious mother. One son only has blest this marriage, namely: Orla L., who has established a home for himself, having taken as his bride Miss May Crumbar. The declarations of the Republican party embody very fully the political belief of Mr. Ellars, and he consistently casts his vote for the candidates of that party. He is not in any sense a politician or a wire-puller, but believes it to be the duty of every citizen to speak his mind through the ballot in regard to all matters of public interest. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Among the German-American citizens who have contributed so largely to the development of Moultrie County and have been so prominently connected with its progress, conspicuous mention belongs to Mr. Erhardt who owns and operates a fine farm on section 10, Lowe Township. A worthy representative of the class of farmers upon whom the prosperity of the world depends, he is pursuing his chosen avocation with energy and skill. In every movement that is likely to advance the material or moral welfare of the citizens, he is ever ready to bear what part he can, and he and his estimable wife are ever to be relied on when there is need of neighborly service or friendly advice.
Mr. Erhardt is the son of the late George Erhardt, a native of Germany, who was married in his native land to Barbara Erhardt, who was of the same name but no relative. In 1854 the parents emigrated to America and directly after landing came to St. Louis, Mo., whence, after a residence of one year, they removed to Sangamon County, Ill. Several years afterward they came to Douglas County, where the father died in 1872. The mother survived him many years and passed from earth in Moultrie County in 1886. Our subject, who was the youngest among five children, was born in Germany, November 28, 1850. He was only about four years old when he was brought by his parents to this country, of which he has ever since been a resident.
After passing the early years of his life in Sangamon County, Ill., and gaining the rudiments of an education in its district schools, Mr. Erhardt accompanied his parents to Douglas County. There he was married June 11, 1874, to Miss Catherine E. Hoover, daughter of Benjamin and Nancy Hoover. Mr. Hoover resides in Arthur, Ill. He and his wife were the parents of nine children, Mrs. Erhardt being the third, and she was born in Pennsylvania December 26, 1851. After their marriage our subject and his wife located in Douglas County where they lived until 1881.
Upon coming to Moultrie County in 1881 Mr. Erhardt located on section 10, Lowe Township, where he now owns one hundred and twenty acres of good land. Having followed farming pursuits from his youth he has acquired a thorough practical knowledge of all its departments and has become known as one of the most enterprising successful farmers of the vicinity. He is a firm believer in the principles of the Democratic party and supports its candidates with his ballot and influence. He has held the offices of Highway Commissioner and School Director and has done efficient service for the public in both capacities. He and his wife are both active members of the Christian Church, in which he has held the office of Elder. They are the parents of four children, Benjamin, George, Freddie and Alfred. George and Alfred are deceased. The surviving children are receiving excellent educations and bid fair to hold responsible positions in life. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
George Ferre, the leading business man of Dalton City, Moultrie County, located in this town in April, 1872, which date is identical with the founding of Dalton City. He is the proprietor of two flourishing stores in one of which he carries a general stock and in the other hardware. He was born in Perry, Pike County, Ill., January 6, 1845, being the son of Lucian and Ann (Ayars) Ferre, the former a native of Canada and the latter of England. The paternal grandfather of our subject, Daniel Ferre, was a native of Springfield, Mass, but passed the last years of his life in Canada and thus the father of our subject had his nativity in that dominion. There Lucian Ferre grew to manhood and was married. He had taken the trade of a black smith and concluded that in the newer regions of Illinois would be the best place to carry on his trade. He therefore migrated here, becoming an early settler in Pike County, locating at Perry, where he engaged in the manufacture of plows. In that early day Illinois possessed but one short line of railway, that from Naples to Jacksonville, therefore he was compelled to journey in primitive fashion to the new home, coming in a wagon except when crossing the lake. In September, 1856, he determined to give up the plow business and devote himself to agricultural pursuits, removing to Macon County, and settling on a farm in the vicinity of the city of Macon. There he lived until death called him hence in 1875, his age being sixty-four years. His faithful and beloved wife had preceded him to the spirit world, three months previous to his demise, having passed away at the age of sixty-five. They had a family of five children, namely: Louisa, who married H. H. Brengelman of Perry, Pike County. Ill.; William H. who died in January, 1875, leaving a family of two children: George, our subject; Sarah, who married J. H. Gibson of Macon, Ill.; Emily A. who resides at Perry. The father of this family was a man of ability and succeeded in accumulating a handsome property, and the later years of himself and wife were prosperous and comfortable ones. They were held in high esteem by the people with whom they made their home and were active in church work, he being a Deacon in the Baptist Church of Moweaqua. The boyhood of our subject was passed in Perry and later on the farm in Macon County, where he received thorough instruction and practice in the duties of farm life and took his schooling in the district schools. This education was further supplemented by a course of study at Shurtleff College, Upper Alton, Ill. He pursued farming until some twenty-five years of age and then came to Dalton City and entered upon the business of buying and selling grain, and in the fall of 1872 purchased an interest in a general store, and as a member of the firm of Webb & Ferre, carried on business for five years, after which he became the sole proprietor and in 1887 added a hardware store to the list of his enterprises. His success has been marked and he is rapidly accumulating a handsome property. He now owns seven acres of land near Dalton, one hundred and sixty in Shelby County, Ill., one hundred and sixty in Macon County, Ill., and one hundred and sixty in Kansas.
A happy and congenial marriage was contracted November 17, 1875, between George Ferre and Eleanor Dalton, daughter of James Dalton. This lady was born in the North of England and as her mother died when she was quite a small child she was placed under the care of her uncle, Thomas Dalton, in whose honor Dalton City is named and was bought [sic] by him to the United States, and reared and educated under his fostering care. The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Ferre, Daisy L., Mabel and Guy. They are being carefully and judiciously reared and educated and are being conscientiously instructed by their parents in the Christian faith. For nine years Mr. Ferre was Postmaster at Dalton. In politics he is a stanch and sturdy Republican and is also identified with the Knights of Honor.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Henry C. Fisher
HENRY C. FISHER, an influential farmer residing in Lowe Township, Moultrie County, was born in Loami Township, Sangamon County, Ill., January 31, 1846. He is the son of John B. and Nancy D. (Webb) Fisher, natives of Kentucky, who were married in Harrison County, that State. At an early day they removed to Illinois and settled in Sangamon County, where they reared a large family of children, eleven of whom lived to attain to maturity. At the breaking out of the Civil War the father enlisted in an Illinois regiment and served until the government had no further need of his services. Being honorably discharged he returned to his home and resumed operations on his farm, where his death occurred after a long and useful life.
Henry C., of this sketch, was reared to maturity on a fam and received a practical education in the common schools. Until he was married he spent his time under the paternal roof, with the exception of four years spent in different places. A very important event in his life and the source of great happiness to him, was his marriage March 14, 1877, in Douglas County, Ill., to Miss Mary Alice Reeder. This estimable lady was born in that place July 10, 1857, and is the daughter of John and Mary (Harter) Reeder, also natives of Douglas County. Mr. and Mrs. Reeder were natives of Ohio, and reared a family of eleven children, Mrs. Fisher being the eighth.
The first home of our subject after his marriage was in Loami Township, Sangamon County, whence after a residence of one year he removed to Christian County, Ill., and sojourned there for one year. Next we find him in Piatt County for two years and then in Douglas County for six years and finally in the spring of 1887 he settled in Lowe Township, this county, and he has been so well satisfied with his purchase here that he has decided to make it his permanent home. He owns eighty acres on section 17, and is also the owner of one-half section of land in Iowa. His farm buildings are first-class, while modern machinery and improvements are all to be found here. Five children have come to bless the congenial union of Mr. and Mrs. Fisher, named as follows: John E., Minnie M., Lulu, May Olive, and Willie. As a School Director, Mr. Fisher, has aided in bringing about the present efficiency of the neighboring schools and in his present position of Clerk of the School Board he is spoken well of for his capability in that position. He is identified with the Republican party and never fails to cast his vote and exert his influence for the principles in which he believes. As a neighbor he is cordial and friendly, in domestic life affectionate, and in his business relations to be relied upon. He is therefore regarded with respect and has many warm personal friends. He and his amiable wife are active members of the Christian Church. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Lester C. Fleming
Every traveler who passes along the highway is led to admire the farm buildings of Mr. Fleming on section 29, East Nelson Township. These are still new enough to have retained their pristine freshness and the impression made by their attractive appearance is reinforced by a thorough examination of their convenient and commodious arrangement. This farmer appreciates fully the true economy of being saved from the wear and tear which are incident to a poor home, illy-arranged barns, leaky sheds and tumble-down fences, and he has provided generously for both his family and his stock. Isaac Fleming, who was the father of Lester, was born in Cumberland County, Md., in 1818, and married Miss Kittie A. Hilton, who was born in the same county in 1817. Their early married life was spent in Knox County, Ohio, and they came thence to Moultrie County, Ill., in 1864, settling in East Nelson Township which has continued to be the family home with the exception of three years spent in Whitley Township. The father passed from this life in 1888 on the 27th of October, but the mother still survives. Of their family our subject was the seventh in order of age and was born in Knox County, Ohio, June 28, 1848.
Lester C. Fleming came with his parents to Illinois and resided under the parental roof until his marriage, which took place in 1874 in Moultrie County, his bride being Miss Mary B. Mathers, who bore to him one child, James I. Mrs. Mary B. Fleming did not long remain to enjoy her home, but died in September, 1877 in East Nelson Township. The second wife of our subject bore the maiden name of Anna B. Mallory and she also became the mother of one child, Hattie A., and died December 18, 1886. Some time subsequent to this sad event Mr. Fleming was married in Charleston, Ill., to Rosa Maxedon, who now presides over his pleasant home.
For six years Mr. Fleming was engaged in operating a sawmill but aside from that and also during most of that time he gave his attention to farming which has been his chief business through life, as he thoroughly cultivates his eighty acres of land. In the spring of 1890 he became the Supervisor of East Nelson Township and so well did he serve his constituents and transact the business of his county that he received his re-election to the same office in the spring of 1891. As School Director he has worked conscientiously to advance the schools of East Nelson Township and they are year by year rising to a higher plane. The platform of the Democratic party receives his hearty endorsement and in general intelligence he keeps abreast with the march of events and the world's history. Elsewhere in this volume appears a view of the home where Mr. Fleming and his family are comfortably domiciled. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois. . . ." Published by Biographical Publishing Co., 1891, tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Our subject is of Irish parentage and from both sides of the family inherits the wit and humor as well as the quick and nervous vital force of the Irish people. His father was John Foster and his mother was Eleanor (Morrow) Foster, both from Ireland, and at an early day, removing to Moultrie County, this State, where they settled in Lovington Township. The father of the family expired on his farm in the township. The mother passed away later, while in the town. They had eleven children, of whom our subject was the tenth in order of birth. Ross County, Ohio, was the place where Andrew Foster was born September 24, 1816. He was about four years old when his parents removed to Pickaway County, Ohio, and there he grew to manhood and there continued to live until 1844, when he came to Moultrie County with his wife and one child and settled in Lovington Township. His marriage took place in Ross County, Ohio, March 2, 1842, and he was united to Lucinda Cochran, who was a native of the county in which she was married. She bore him four children, whose names are as follows: John A., who married Adelia Bicknell and died in Lovington, this State; the other children are Elizabeth E.; Sarah J.; Milton C.; Elizabeth E. is the wife of Henry H. Dawson; Sarah J. was married to James Gregory; while Milton C. was united to Miss E. Bicknell. Mrs. Lucinda Foster died in Lovington October 1, 1854.
The original of our sketch was again married in Sullivan, this State, October 28, 1858, to Sarah J. Lewis, nee Hubbard. She was born in Pickaway County, September 21, 1831. Six children were the result of this marriage. Their names are as follows: George E., Alva E., Charles G., Urah S. and Frank H.; George E. married Amanda Binkley; Alva E. was united to Miss Lizzie Gailey; Charles G. was united to Miss Allie Souther; Frank H. married Miss Olive Boggs; the other son, Eddie, died when only eight months old. He of whom we write lived on his farm in this county until about 1852 or 1853, when he came to Lovington, where he has since been a resident. He is the owner of five hundred and two acres of good, arable land, upon which he has laid out many improvements. In politics he is an adherent of the Democratic party, its breadth of platform, free trade theories, suiting his ideas of a Republican form of government. His wife, who is personally a most affable lady, with an unusual ability, has ever been her husband's encourager and helper in his work. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and all good words and works find a sure lodging in her sympathetic and motherly nature. Our subject's father, John Foster, died in August, 1852, at the age of eighty-eight years. His wife, Mrs. Eleanor Foster, died in August 1852, at the same age her husband had attained when his decease took place. They were kindly and gentle old people, who had fulfilled their mission in life conscientiously and well. They bequeathed to their children principles of honor and rectitude that have followed them through life and have been of great advantage to them in a business way. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
The original of this sketch is now enjoying the well earned rest from the hard labor and responsibility to which he has for years been subjected. He is now living in retirement from farm work in Lovington and here gives himself up to the enjoyment of things in life, which, although he has appreciated hitherto, he has been obliged to deprive himself of because of lack of time and mental freshness to thoroughly enjoy. The life of a farmer, especially one who has the charge of a good deal of stock, is one in which every hour of the day has its duties; from the earliest dawn when the kine and calves, the horses and pigs and other domestic animals are each calling in their own peculiar language for breakfast and care, until the night, when it is important that each dumb brute should be safely housed and protected, there is something to look after, something to plan and much to execute. A farm is a small dominion and the farmer is the petty monarch of all he surveys, and it will yield him well and prolifically in proportion as he studies its needs and requirements.
Our subject is of Irish-American parentage. His father, John Frantz, was born in Somerset County, Pa., and his mother, whose maiden name was Rachael McMahon, was a native of Ireland. After marriage they settled in Somerset County, Pa., where they remained a short time and thence removed to Perry County, Ohio, where they resided a good many years, and early in the 1860's came to Moultrie County, here living until death claimed them for its own. Both passed away at the residence of our subject in Lovington. They had nine children and of these our subject was the fourth in order of birth. He was born in Perry County, Ohio, January 23, 1830, and there he grew to manhood, remaining under the parental roof until 1851, when he came to Moultrie County and soon after engaged in farming in Dora Township, where he continued to live until March, 1885. At the date above named, Mr. Frantz rented his farm and came to the village of Lovington where he has since been a resident. His chief occupation has been farming and he has devoted himself to this calling with a gratifying degree of success. He is now the owner of two hundred acres of land in Dora Township which is well improved and bears evidence of thorough and intelligent cultivation on the part of its owner. He of whom we write was married in Lovington Township, March 19, 1854. His bride was Catherine E. Peniwell, a daughter of John D. and Isabella (Podman) Peniwell. The former was born in Delaware and the latter was a native of Ireland. After marriage they settled in Pickaway County, Ohio, where the wife and mother died. Mr. Peniwell then came to Moultrie County, this State, in 1851, and settled in Lovington Township and later removed to Dora Township, where he resided until his death.
Nine children grew up about their parents and of these Mrs. Frantz was the fourth in order of birth. She was born in Ohio, June 7, 1825. Mrs. Frantz is an intelligent and amiable woman who has ever been the loving helpmate and sympathetic companion in all that interests her husband. She is the mother of four children whose names are respectively: Isabella, Rachael E., and Mary V. and one other child, the eldest, who died in infancy. Of these, Isabella is the wife of Reuben Landers. She died in Lovington Township, October 1888. Rachael E. died when only two years of age. Mary V. is the wife of T. D. Wilt. The gentleman of whom we write has taken an active interest in political affairs for many years past, being a follower and adherent of the Republican party. He has held several offices in the gift of the township in which he lives, having been Collector, School Director, and Highway Commissioner, all of which posts he has held to the satisfaction of his constituents. Mr. Frantz is a gentleman whose high business capabilities render him fit for any position that might be required of him for the good of the township and the advantage of the people. He is a thoughtful, intelligent man, an honorable gentleman and a scholar.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Capt. John Andrew Freeland
To be descended from an honorable ancestry and to trace one's lineage from men and women of past generations who lived noble lives and served their country and their God is a just subject for pride and self-congratulation. And such a record is his whose name appears at the head of this paragraph.
Capt. Freeland, who resides upon section 17, Marrowbone Township, Moultrie County, is the son of the late John J. Freeland, who was born in Orange County, N. C., upon New Year's day, 1798. John Freeland, the father of John J., was born in the same county in 1762, and his father, James (the great-grandfather of our subject) first saw the light within twenty miles of Londonderry, Ireland, in 1730. The father of this ancestor, whose name is unknown, is said to be one of the Huguenot refugees who fled from Pickardy, France, and settled near Londonderry, Ireland. The persecutions of those days sent out from their native homes hundreds of valuable citizens whose worth was not appreciated by the government under which they lived, but those lives in foreign lands proved the seed-corn from which sprang religious and political liberty. James Freeland, the great-grandfather of our subject, came about the year 1725 from Ireland and settled on the Schuylkill River, in Germantown, which was afterward the site of a notable conflict and is now probably the most elegant suburb of Philadelphia. After the Revolutionary War he removed to North Carolina where his son, James, made a matrimonial alliance with Sally, daughter of Gov. Dinwiddie who was Governor of Virginia under the British Crown. The great-grandfather of our subject took a very active part in all important movements and was one of the prominent men of that day. His last days were spent in Alamance County, N. C. where he died at the age of eighty-five.
John Freeland, the grandfather of our subject, was born, as before stated, in 1762, and was Deputy sheriff at an early age under his father, ad like him was an active and prominent man. He passed the last years of his honorable career upon his plantation in Orange County, N. C., where he, like his father, reached the advanced age of eighty-five years. He was an independent soldier in the Revolutionary War and carried on "bushwhacking" against the British.
John J. Freeland, the father of our subject, resided in North Carolina and was the proprietor of a plantation and numerous slaves and was also engaged in the mercantile business. The Governor of the State appointed him Judge of the county court, besides which he held other important positions. He was prominently identified with the Masonic order and for many years was Master of the lodge and attained the Thirty-second degree of Masonry. In his religious life he carried out the principles of his Huguenot ancestry. The new West attracted the attention of John J Freeland and he emigrated hither and settled at Freeland's Point which was named for his brother James. It was in 1856 that he came to this State with his wife and the younger members of the family and here he engaged in farming passed the remainder of his days, dying in July, 1877, at Freeland Point, Marrowbone Township.
The mother of our subject, whose maiden name was Mary Craige, was born in Orange County, N.C., June 6, 1801, her parents being col. David and Retty (Burroughs) Craige, who were natives of the same county where they spent all their days. Eleven children were born to John J. and Mary Freeland. These five sons and six daughters are Charles J. who is a physician at Rogers, Ark.; Betty, is the wife of Dr. S. D. Schoolfield of Macomb, Miss.; Catherine a resident of Moultrie County; Caroline, who was the wife of J. B. Knight, and died in Marrowbone Township about the year 1875; Francis M., died in infancy; Capt. William J. of whom we will speak more at length; Mary, is the wife of Rev. Clark Loudoun of Pierre, S. Dak.; Thomas J., of Dalton City, whose biographical sketch will be found elsewhere in this volume; Sarah J., who resides in Moultrie county; Capt. John Andrew and Emma T., who is the wife of James A. Roney, a grain-dealer of Decatur, Ill.
Capt. William J. Freeland, the brother of our subject, was an officer in the Confederate army where he played an important part, as he commanded the provost guards of Whitney's division of the army, and at the request of Gen. Whiting, the right wing of the Union Army at the first battle of Bull Run was attacked by him and captured the battery known as Old Betsey. He was mortally wounded and captured at Fair Oaks and dying at Fortress Monroe, was buried there with Masonic honors. Before the breaking out of the war he was filling the position of General Superintendent of the North Carolina Central Railroad.
John Andrew, who was next to the youngest in this large family, was born in Orange County, N. C., October 31, 1839, and his early life was spent there until he came to Moultrie County, Ill., with his father in 1856. He was living at home when the war broke out and at once enlisted under the Union flag, May 1, 1861, being one of the first volunteers in Moultrie County. He became a member of Company E, Twenty-first Illinois Regiment which was afterward known as Grant's Regiment and to whom was given the honor in 1891 of unveiling the magnificent equestrian statue of that hero which has been erected in Lincoln Park, Chicago. The young man was mustered into the United States service at Springfield, Ill., June 28, 1861, receiving the commission of Second Lieutenant. He served in that capacity until November 20th of the same year when he was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant and received further promotion February 17, 1863, when he was given the commission of Captain. This position he held until July 5, 1864, when he was honorably discharged and mustered out of service at Chattanooga, Tenn.
Our young hero was in the battle of Frederickstown, Mo., which was the first Union victory during the Civil War and remembers being an eye witness to the death of the rebel Gen. Lowe, who was instantly killed in that engagement. For several weeks he was engaged with others in driving the rebel General, Jeff Thompson, known as the "Swamp Fox," across the White River into Arkansas. He took part in the siege of Corinth and saw the smoke of battle at Perryville, Knob Gap, Stone River, Liberty Gap and Chickamauga. For seventeen days and nights he was under fire on Johnston's retreat from Kingston to Marietta, Ga. After being mustered out of the service Capt. Freeland returned to the peaceful engagement of agriculture, devoting himself assiduously to farming and dealing in stock. Previous to the breaking out of the war he had been married in Moultrie County, his wedding day being February 5, 1861, and his bride Miss Elvira Roney, a native of this county, who bore to him two children - Alice, who died when about five years old and William, who was snatched from the arms of his parents when a babe of five months. The mother of these children passed to the other world April 30, 1866. Our subject was again married in Moultrie County, July 4, 1867, to Miss Lyda J. Langton, who was born in Lewiston Pa., August 13, 1845. They have had eight children: William C., John H., Joseph L., Ella B., May, Maude, Harry L. and Homer. May died when she was fourteen months old. The family resided in Marrowbone Township until 1874, when the removed to Sullivan and here the Captain undertook the study of law, being with Eden & Clark for two years and being admitted to the bar in Kansas in 1877. In the spring of that year he removed to Kinsley, Edwards County, Kan., and practiced law there for two years, during which time he was elected County Judge for one term and in 1879 returned to Illinois and again made his home in Marrowbone Township, since which time he has paid his almost undivided attention to farming and raising fine horses and cattle.
Upon his fine farm of two hundred and sixty acres Capt. Freeland has made valuable improvements and within his hospitable home he and his lovely and intelligent companion are ever ready to extend gracious welcome to every friend who seeks their door. One who visits this household can but feel that he is the guest of a true gentleman and a genuine gentlewoman and those who know the public-spirited course which the Captain always pursues in regard to affairs of public import, are assured that he is a disinterested citizen of his county. He is prominently identified with the Washington Alexander Post, No. 176, G. A. R. and has repeatedly been commander of the post and has been President of the Regimental Association of Grant's old regiment. He is a Royal Arch Mason and in politics is Republican and formerly took an active party in political affairs. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Thomas J. Freeland
Thomas J. Freeland, a dealer in grain, located in Dalton City, Moultrie County, came here in 1871, and was the first man to engage in business in the place. He shipped the first grain and the first cattle from that station, and has since continued in this line of business here, thus constituting himself the pioneer and the oldest business man in Dalton. He was born in Orange County, N. C., June 29, 1838, his honored parents being John J and Mary B. (Craig) Freeland, both of whom were natives of North Carolina. James Freeland, an uncle of our subject, came to Illinois in 1835 and settled in what has since been known as Freeland's Point. To that place he was followed in 1856 by the parents of our subject, and there they undertook the business of farming, and made it their permanent home until death called them to another and better world, which call came to the father in July, 1877. All but one of the eleven children of John J. and Mary B. Freeland grew to reach their majority, and are named as follows: Charles J., who is a member of the medical profession, and resides at Rogers, Ark.; Elizabeth C., married Dr. S. D. Schoolfield and makes her home at Macomb, Miss.; Catherine J. resides in Moultrie County; Carolina married J. B. Knight, and died in Moultrie County; William J. was Major in the Sixth North Carolina Infantry, and was mortally wounded at Fair Oaks, dying at Fortress Monroe; Mary A., who married the Rev. Clark Louden, a Presbyterian clergyman of Pierre, S. Dak.; Thomas J., our subject; Sarah J., who resides in Moultrie County; John A., who was Captain in the Twenty-first Illinois Infantry, and now resides in Moultrie County; Emma T., wife of J. A. Roney, of Decatur.
The father of our subject was a Whig in his political views, and while living in North Carolina was Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Orange County, and Mayor of the town of Hillsboro, where he engaged in the mercantile business, and was a slaveholder. He was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, which in those days and that latitude was not considered inconsistent with holding in bondage his fellow-creatures. After coming to Illinois he became a Republican, and ever stood by the political doctrines of that party.
Our subject had very good school advantages in his native State, and came with the family to Illinois in 1856. In 1862 he raised a company of volunteers to fight for the old flag, but being taken sick, was unable to accompany this company to the seat of war. Later he enlisted as a recruit, and was assigned to Company C, Fifty-ninth Illinois Infantry, under the command of Gen. Henderson. He served until November, 1865, and was present and took part in the battles of Franklin and Nashville, but most of the time was detailed in the field hospital department. After the war this young man engaged in farming and trading in Moultrie County until he established his present business, and was associated with Mr. J. A. Roney as partner for some ten years, after which he undertook business alone. He has been successful in his efforts, and is accumulating a handsome property, as he now owns ninety acres of land, besides some excellent property in Dalton and Decatur. He was married in 1875 to Cora S. Dickey, daughter of J. W. and Nancy Dickey. This lady was born in Marshall, Ill., where she received her early education and training, and she has become the mother of one child, John F. Like the father, our subject has become devotedly attached to the Republican party, and although he usually gives all his time to private business, he took time during the early days of Dalton to serve the village as the first President of the Village Board. He is identified with the Knights Templar, and is a prominent and useful member of the Presbyterian Church. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
Barnabas W. Fulton
BARNABAS W. FULTON, a well-known and influential citizen of Moultrie County, bears a prominent part in various local affairs. He has an established reputation as a good farmer, and an upright man, and were it for no other reason save his valiant services as a soldier in the late war he would deserve representation in this volume. In agricultural affairs he has been very especially successful and is now the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of as fine land as is to be found in the county. This goodly tract is located on section 5, Lowe Township, and is well developed and is supplied with a full line of farm buildings.
The parents of our subject were among the earliest settlers of Moultrie County, coming here in 1832 shortly after their marriage in Kentucky. Both were natives of Kentucky and bore the names of John B. and Amy (Hagden) Fulton. Upon their arrival in this county they located in Jonathan Creek Township, where they improved a tract of wild land and passed their remaining years. During the first years of their residence here they endured all the hardships of pioneer life, but by unflagging perseverance and indomitable energy they conquered adversity and in their declining years were surrounded by the comforts for which they had labored so arduously in earlier life. All who love their country and are interested in its development, will hold in reverence the names of John B. Fulton and his good wife.
The sixth in a family of eight children, our subject was born in Jonathan Creek Township, this county, April 19, 1840. His earliest recollections are of the scenes of frontier life and he has not only been an interested witness of the growth of this section, but has contributed his quota to its progress. He deserves especial mention not only as a pioneer but also as a brave defender of the Union. He was in his early manhood when the war broke out and all the enthusiasm and patriotism of his nature were fired in behalf of the Government. Accordingly he enlisted in August, 1862, in Company C, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Illinois Infantry, and served until the close of the war. When the Government had no further need of his services he returned to Jonathan Creek Township and resumed farming, to which he has ever since devoted his attention. He was married in that township in November, 1868, to Elizabeth Maston, a native of Coles County, Ill., and their union was blest by the birth of two children - William, who died when one and one-half years old, and Barnabas, who is still under the parental roof. The wife and mother passed from earth at her home in Jonathan Creek Township, October 28, 1873.
The cozy home of Mr. Fulton is presided over by a lady of intelligence and refinement, whose maiden name was Sarah Maston and who was born in Jonathan Creek Township, September 12, 1854. Her parents were James and Mary (Campbell) Maston, the former of whom died in this township. The marriage of our subject and his estimable wife was solemnized March 23, 1874, and the congenial union has been blest by the birth of one child - a son - Isaac W. Mr. Fulton continued to reside in Jonathan Creek Township until 1875, when he came to Lowe Township and on section 5, of which he has since been a resident. Politically Mr. Fulton is a Democrat, believing that the principles of that party are best calculated to advance the interest of the nation. Socially he and his wife are highly esteemed for their hospitality and many noble attributes of heart and mind. The attention of the reader is invited to a view of the commodious residence and other prominent buildings on the farm of Mr. Fulton. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]
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