Terre Haute Twp.
Terre Haute Twp.
Oquawka Twp. Pg. 129
Alexander Anderson (deceased) was born in York county, Pennsylvania, June 5, 1817. His parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Anderson, were natives of Scotland, emigrating to America when children. Thomas Anderson was a farmer and stock-drover. He was murdered near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at a tavern. He had considerable money with him. Nothing but his coat was ever found. His wife died March 6, 1846, aged sixty-seven years, eight months and twenty-four days. In their family were five sons and one daughter. Alexander Anderson was raised on the farm in Pennsylvania. When a young man he came to Henderson county (1841), and purchased the S. E. 1/4 of Sec. 32, T. 9N., R. 5 W. This farm he improved. He was married February 22, 1844, to Harriet C. Davis, daughter of Abner and Luzy (Oaks) Davis, noticed in the county history. Mrs. Anderson was born in 1824. Mr. Anderson died February 12, 1854, aged thirty-six years, eight months and seven days. He left a wife and four children: James O., Lauretta (who died June 13, 1854, aged six years, five months and twenty-six days), Ada Ella (who died June 13, 1854, aged three years, six months and twenty-five days), and Charles A. James O. is noticed elsewhere.
James O. Anderson, sheriff of Henderson county, is a son of Alexander and Harriet (Davis) Anderson. He was born August 1, 1845, in Henderson county, Illinois. His youth was spent on the farm. His education was largely derived from public school, yet he was a student at Monmouth College during the early part of the war. He was to young for service at the outbreak, but as soon as age would allow, he could not restrain the desire to do what he could toward putting down the cruel slaughter, so enlisted May 6, 1864, in Co. A, 138th Ill. He was discharged after about four month's service. He then re-enlisted in Co. H. 28th Ill., and served till 1866. In his last term of service he aided in the capture of Mobile. He enlisted a private each time, but in his second service was promoted to sergeant, then orderly sergeant. Was commissioned second lieutenant, but the company being below the number required in order to claim commissioned officers, he could not muster as such. The war over, he returned to his home and engaged in farming till 1876, when he was elected sheriff of Henderson county, and re-elected in 1878 and 1880. Mr. Anderson was married March 6, 1867, to Rhoda B. Paul, daughter of Judge M. C. Paul, of Terre Haute, Illinois. She was born in New York, Jefferson county, October 28, 1844. Three children have been born to them: Francis M., Edwin A., and Eva M. Mr. Anderson is prominent in both oddfellowship and masonry, and a leading member of the Methodist church.
Bedford Twp. pg. 278-279
John H. Atkins was born in Elmira, New York, September 18, 1823. There he was educated, and meanwhile assisted his father. At the age twelve years he went to Pennsylvania, where he clerked in a country store for his uncle, after which he went back to New York and worked in a furniture shop, and later on the Erie canal, in the summer, and in the winter in the timber, chopping logs. He was married April 19, 1849, to Miss Abigal Dalrimple. After their marriage he moved to Steuben county, and from there to Schenectady county. Later he moved to Potter county. On the last day of October, 1854, they started for Lee county, Illinois, and in the spring of 1857 came to Henderson county. On their arrival they found the soil unbroken. There were no roads and they could take a straight course to Burlington. No houses could be seen anywhere. There were living in the neighborhood at that time David Thompson, William Van Doran and James Statts, from Ohio and Charles Edward. Mr. and Mrs. Atkins began life under the most unfavorable circumstances. They, however, went to work with a determination. They now own a fine farm and a house that cost $8,000 when built. Their children are: Sarah (wife of Mr. Frank Everett, of New Mexico), Mary Jane (deceased), and Abner D., who is residing at home. He was married to Miss Alice Biggs, of this county. Mr. Atkin's grandfather was a Scotchman, who emigrated to America at the age of eighteen. He was a soldier in the revolution, and lived to be 104 years old. Mr. Atkin's father volunteered during the revolution and was present when Gen. Ross was killed. His eldest brother enlisted as a drummer and was promoted to lieutenant. Mr. Atkins was drafted during the late war and immediately responded, leaving his family and his thriving business to vindicate upon the tented field the principles that he cherished. In the days when the expression of abolition sentiments subjected a man to social and political obliquy, he hesitated not to espouse the anti-slavery cause, and never turned his back upon the dusky fugitive that asked for succor while escaping to freedon. The fundamental principal of the republican party have received his warm support from beginning to the present time. He is a member of the masonic fraternity.