Winnebago County, Illinois
Carey, Edmund - came to Illinois from Crawford County, Ohio. His first appearance is in the Marriage Records of Illinois to 1850. He married Delilah Bartlett October 27, 1840, in Ogle County, Buffalo Township. He and Delilah lived for several years in Rockton Township in Winnebago County. They had the following children:
Sarah, Oct 12, 1841; Parmelia, Nov 10,1843; Daniel B. Apr 8, 1845; Thomas Jefferson, Aug 27, 1847; Lucretia, Mar 29, 1850; Esther, Jan 29, 1852; Charles W. July 8, 1854; Kate M. Mar 4, 1856; Susan B. Dec 30, 1857; George E. Feb 25, 1864.
The above birth dates are consistent with census records. Daniel's death is reported in 1864. I presume he died in Winnebago County, although he may have died elsewhere in the war.
Between 1864 and 1868 Edmund moved with the remaining children to Shelby County Missouri. He married Sarah Clutter and had several more children. He died in 1882. The marriage record to Sarah and a record of his purchase of a farm are recorded in Shelby County. [Sources of information: Census records, Illinois Marriage Records - extracted by Jordan Dodd, located in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah; familysearch.org (with errors); marriage record to Sarah and a record of his purchase of a farm are recorded in Shelby County.; Submitted by Elton Carey, BorisSnaggle@aol.com]
CASTLE, John W.
One of the wide-awake and enterprising young farmers residing on section 34, Cherry Valley Township, Winnebago County, has spent almost his entire life in this community. He is a representative of one of the pioneer families. His parents, John and Elizabeth (Rockingham) Castle, were both natives of England, and when young came to this country. They were married in Troy, N. Y., about 1848, and started at once for the West, traveling by rail to Chicago, and thence by team to Rockford. Mr. Castle rented a small farm near the city, and for some time worked by the day. He afterward removed to Shirland, and purchased sixty acres of land, upon which he built a house and began the improvement of a farm. After six years he sold out and went to Ogle County, where he operated a farm on shares for some time, after which he purchased an eighty-acre farm. Its boundaries he later extended until it comprised two hundred and fifty-five acres of good land, supplied with all the necessary buildings, and under a high state of cultivation. At length, he rented his farm in the autumn of 1889, and is now living a retired life in Monroe Center.
Our subject was the fourth child and second son in a family which numbered three sons and four daughters. They are as follows: Alice E., wife of John Blake, of De Kalb County; Mary Ann, wife of John Butterworth, of Boone County; George H., who resides in Ogle County; John W., of this sketch; Sarah Hannah, wife of John McLarty, who operates a farm adjoining the old homestead; Phoebe C, wife of William Fisher, of Cherry Valley Township; and Eber R., who is engaged in agricultural pursuits in Story County, Iowa. There are also eighteen grandchildren.
John W. Castle, whose name heads this record was reared amid the wild scenes of frontier life in the usual manner of farmer lads. On attaining his majority, he chose as a companion and helpmate on life's journey Miss Mary Janet McDonald, of Beloit, Wis., daughter of Thomas and Mary A. (Gayton) McDonald. Her father was a volunteer in the late war, and died in the hospital at Fortress Monroe, W. Va., on the 1st of April, 1864, leaving a wife and three children, all of whom survive him. The union of our subject and his wife was celebrated on the 3d of March, 1885. They began their domestic life upon their present farm, and have one of the pleasant homes in the neighborhood. It is brightened by the presence of a little daughter, Bessie May, who was born May 30, 1888. Mrs. Castle is a member of the Methodist Church. Mr. Castle is a Republican in politics, and a valued citizen who gives his support and co-operation to every interest calculated to benefit the community and promote the general welfare. [Portrait and Biographical Record of Winnebago and Boone Counties, IL. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Co., 1892]
THE LATE W.A. CROWLEY-- A Winnebago County Pioneer -- His Life and Character
W.A. Crowley died suddenly at his home in Gava, Ida Co., Iowa, July 28, aged almost 74. He was born at Mt. Holly(?), Vt., Jan. 14, 1819; moved to Illinois when 18 years of age, lured by the great opportunities to obtain homes in the fertile valley of the beautiful Rock river. He took a claim and afterwards purchased of Uncle Sam a tract of land that made a beautiful farm and home in what became Howard township, Winnebago county, afterwards Durand township. The hardships and privations with malaria undermined his constitution, so that he was ever after a man of feeble health. He was married, Feb. 8, 1841, to Eliza Ann Campbell, eldest daughter of Newman Campbell, one of the first settlers of Winnebago county, who survives him, as also their seven children, all of whom are happily married and well settled in life, nearly all their families being active in church and social work. After a few years on his first farm he sold it and engaged in mercantile business at Elton. When the railroad was built to Pecatonica he and Dr. Joseph Hemmenway erected a building and started the first general store in that new town. They made a financial success of the business and laid the foundations of the comfortable fortunes they left at their decease.
W.A. Crowley, feeling that the confinement was telling on his health, sold his interest and moved to Fayette county, Iowa, and bought quite a quantity of cheap land. Land advanced rapidly and he soon sold out at a profit an returned to Illinois and re-purchased his first farm and home, having other interests which he had left in Illinois. He alternated between farm and town as his interests and the education of his children demanded, being almost always interested in some branch of mercantile business, and planning to give his children good practical educations. Being desirous to help each of his children to get a good large farm, he sold out his real estate in Illinois and removed to Ida county, Iowa, and each of the children, with his help, have secured form 280 acres to 720 of fine land in Ida, Cherokee, Sac, Calhoun, Pocahontas, and Webster counties, and all have their lands well improved and most of them are in some branch of mercantile business, directed and assisted to a greater of less extent by their father up to the time of his death. He left an individual estate of about $50,000 to be divided by will equally among his heirs. He became connected soon after his arrival from the east, in Illinois, with the first M.E. church and class, organized by the patriarch and pioneer preacher, Rev. Pillsbury in the west part of Winnebago county. He was always a consistent Christian, zealous Methodist and faithful worker. He contributed with liberal hand to the erection of ten church edifices, which stand as monuments to the memory of him and other good men that had respect for the service of the Master. He was a man of Puritanical integrity, and if he made an enemy it was generally by a Spartan-like criticism of unworthy acts. [Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, 11 Aug 1892]
CURTIS, John P.
John P. CURTIS, dealer in old iron, rags, etc., is doing business at No. 214 North Madison Street, and he also has a large vinegar manufactory, on Kishwaukee Street, just outside the city limits. He owns valuable property on this street, and a good, comfortable home. He gives his entire thought and attention to his business enterprises, and is a man of character and energy. Mr. CURTIS was born in Winchester [Cheshire County], NH, in 1835, being a descendant of New England stock. His father, Bradbery CURTIS, died in his native county and State when 52 years of age, and was a farmer and lumberman by occupation. His wife, who recently died, lived in Sunderland [Bennington County], VT, her maiden name being Harriet CODDING. Her father served in the War of the Revolution. She has been a worthy member of the Methodist Church all her life. John P. CURTIS, the eldest of nine children, seven of whom are living, is the only one of the family to locate in IL. He first left the parental roof to enter NY State, and remained in Cambridge, Washington County, NY, for 18 years. In 1882 he came to Rockford [Winnebago County, IL], established his present business, and has succeeded beyond his most sanguine expectations, keeping as many as 12 or 14 wagons on the road all the time. He was married near Cambridge, NY, to Miss Julia A. COOK, who was born and reared in Washington County. The father, Isaac COOK, a farmer, passed his entire life in that county, but the mother, after his death, came West and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. CURTIS, in the spring of 1891, when nearly 90 years of age. Mr. and Mrs. CURTIS are well and favorably known to the people of Rockford, and Mrs. CURTIS is prominently identified with the Methodist church. In politics Mr. CURTIS is a Republican. Their children, five in number, are: A. B., who is the cider maker for the manufactory, married Miss Lillie CLARK, and they reside with our subject; John F., is doing business for a KY tobacco house as a commercial traveler; Ida, married DeForest SWEET, a tinker dealer of Des Moines [Polk County], IA; Rowne Belle, is the wife of William SMITH, a junk dealer of Cedar Rapids [Linn County], IA, who like the members of the CURTIS family, is a very successful business man; and S. Dexter, who is at home and at present in business with his father. [Portrait and Biographical Record, Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois, 1892. - Submitted by Sharon Pike]
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