1899 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois ~ Knox County, IL
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son of Josiah and Sarah (Pettingill) Babcock, was born in Andover
NH, August 22, 1823. His paternal grandfather, who had the same
name, was born in Milton MA, July 6, 1752. His maternal grandfather
was Amos Pettingill; the time and place of his birth are unknown.
His father, who was also named Josiah, was born in Andover NH,
September 21, 1791, and his mother, Sarah Pettingill, was born in
Salisbury NH, September 21, 1797.
Josiah Babcock, the third of the same name in the line, was not reared in affluence. His early years were spent among the stern and rugged hills of his native state. His education was obtained in the common schools and in Hampden Academy, Maine. He was not broadly educated, but was thoroughly trained in those branches necessary to a practical business life. In his boyhood days he worked in the lumber camps on the Penobscot river in Maine. When only eighteen years of age, he ran a saw mill for his father. He continued in this work for five years, when he came West, reaching Peoria IL, in 1846. Here he was engaged in a wholesale house of general merchandise for Moses Pettingill. After two years of service, he bought an interest in the firm and became a junior partner. He conducted this business successfully for several years , when he sold out and came to Galesburg in 1852. His first partnership here was with Warren Willard in a store of general merchandise. He soon sold out and engaged in the hardware business with Reed and Stilson under the firm name of Reed, Babcock, and Stilson.
Mr. Babcock continued in this business, almost uninterruptedly, until the day of his death, which occurred September 1, 1897, at the age of seventy-three. He first bought Reed's and Stilson's interest and then ran the business in his own name. He then sold out to Calkins and Wilcox, which firm existed but a short time. He next took Mr. Reed as a partner under the firm name of Reed and Babcock. This co-partnership lasted until Mr. Reed's death, and then it was changed to Babcock and Pierpont. This last co-partnership continued until the retirement of Mr. Pierpont in 1893. Then Mr. Babcock continued in the business in his own name.
Mr. Babcock was prosperous in every relation of life. He started almost alone in the world and became a man of wealth. He possessed ability and was always noted for his honesty of purpose. He had no high aspiration for the honors of office, but was contented with the simplicity of home life and with the duties devolving upon him as a citizen. He took the position in the ranks of toilers working in the interest of the city, and earned the reputation of a man whose word is law and whose acts are just and right. His views were broad, charitable, and intelligent; and his life was a blessing to the community in which he lived.
Mr. Babcock always took an active interest in the prosperity and welfare of the city of his adoption. Every line of business and every project which his judgment approved received his cordial support. He encouraged the establishment of the Electric Power and Motor Company, and was a part owner and director. For thirty years, he was a director in the Second National Bank of Galesburg, and for many years its Vice President. He was always regarded as one of its most trustworthy guardians and managers.
He was a friend of education. He believed not only in the common school system but in higher institutions of learning. He was a staunch supporter of Knox College, and for many years was one of its trustees. His discretion and judgment, as a member of its Executive Committee, were appreciated and acknowledged.
Politically, Mr. Babcock was a republican, but in no sense a partisan. No man ever exercised the right of suffrage in a freer spirit than he. He voted for measures, not men. In religious faith, he was a Congregationalist and a deacon in the church for many years.
He was wedded in Hampton, Maine, November 7, 1853, to Catherine Wheeler, daughter of Willard Wheeler, who was once a sea captain. To them were born three children, Alice, wife of W. J. Pierpont, living in Crescent City, Florida; William W., and Josiah, who is engaged in the hardware business in the store building formerly occupied by his father.
Foxie's Note: Mr. & Mrs. Babcock & His family are buried in the Hope Cemetery, Galesburg Twp, Knox Co., IL. Have tombstone photos
JOHN F. BANNON; General Merchant; East Galesburg, Knox Township; born in Lowville, Lewis County, New York, September 10,. 1866; received an academic education in Lewis County, New York. His father, Patrick Bannon, was born in Ireland; his mother, Julia Carroll, was born in Lewis County, New York. December 13, 1893, Mr. Bannon was married in Altona, Knox County, Illinois, to Lottie E. Pierce; they have two sons, Raymond C., and Harold M. Mrs. Bannon's father, Mathew Pierce, was born in Lewis County, New York in 1832. He was educated in the common schools and was by occupation a farmer. He was still a young man when he came to this State and county. He was twice married, first to Mary Hobbs, who died in 1861. They had three children: Charles, Ella and Mary. Mr. Pierce's second wife was Amelia (Mix), formerly of Dutchess County, New York. They had five children: Delbert, who died in his eighteenth year; Lottie E., William E., Lorenzo; and Park A. Mr. Bannon was one of seven children: James Patrick, Edward, John F., Jennie, Nettie, and Florence. Mr. Bannon's father died June 08, 1866; his mother is still living . Mr. Bannon is a member of the I. O. O. F., Veritas Lodge, No. 478, Galesburg, Illinois, Hazle Lodge, No 378, Knights of Pythias, East Galesburg; East Galesburg Camp, No 2435, Modern Woodsman of America; and of Fraternal Tribunes of East Galesburg, No 17. He is a democrat in politics.
Barrows, Robert P., Farmer; born in New Hampshire, in February, 1833; educated in the common schools. His father, Asa Barrows, was born in Oxford County, Maine, and serve through the War of 1812. His mother, Anna Pike, was born in Granby, Vermont. His paternal grandfather, also, Asa Barrows, was a native of Maine and a Revolutionary soldier. His forefathers came from Scotland and Wales. Mr. Barrows came to Illinois in 1858, and settled in Cooke County. In 1862, he enlisted in Company E, On Hundred and Thirteenth Illinois Volunteers, and served till 1865, when he returned to Cooke County, and in 1868, moved to Iowa, where he married and settled in Buena Vista County. In 1883, he moved to Nebraska, and in 1888, to Abingdon, where he has since lived as a retired farmer, real estate dealer and speculator. He was first married May 1, 1869, at Independence, Iowa. There were two children: Grace, now Mrs. William Edmonson; and Josephine. Mr. Barros' first wife died March 02, 1897, and he was afterwards married to Mrs. Anna Grimm. In religion, Mr. Barrows is a Congregationalist. In politics, he is a republican.
BARRY JAMES, Farmer; Sparta Township; born in Limerick, Ireland. His parents were John and Mary Healy Barry of Limerick, they attained the age of ninety-three years; his grandfathers were James Barry, and Patrick. He was educated in select schools in Ireland. He was married at Edward's Homestead, Knox County, December 15, 1864, to Frances, daughter of George and Elizabeth Wayland Edwards. Their children are: john W. George Henry; Lilie C., wife of George Rockwell of Galesburg; Mary E.; Lucy I., wife of H. Welsh; Winnifred; Morris J.; Frances F. C. who died in infancy, Mr. Barry came to New York in May, 1854, at the age of nineteen and remained there for three years. He came to Knox County in the Fall of 1858, and worked by the month. He owned many horses and bought and sold farms. He remained for ninteen years on one farm in Ontario Township. In 1884, he moved to the farm of three hundred and tweny acres where he now lives; he owns in all nearly one thousand acres of land. He has been an extremelyu successful stock raiser. His success is due to his persevering industry and to the assistance and good management of his wife. In religion, Mr. is a Catholic. in Politics. he is a democrat, and has been a School Director for many years.
CAMPBELL, GEORGE HENRY; Farmer; Sparta Township; born in Wataga, September 28, 1866; his parents were Robert M and Catharine (Dolan) Campbell of Ireland. He is of Scotch descent. Mr. Campbell was married to Mary A. Tiernay, in Galva, Illinois, October 26, 1892; they have one child, George Henry, born September 8, 1894. Mrs. Campbell is the daughter of James and Mary Tiernay of Knox County. Mr. George Henry Campbell was reared a farmer, and educated in the common schools. In 1890, he located on a farm, which contains one hundred and sixty acres of choice land. Mr. Campbell became a Mason in 1887, and is a member of the Wataga Lodge, 591, A. F. And Am M. Mr. Campbell is a republican.
MAURICE JAMES CHASE, M.D., son of Benjamin Chapman and Eliza (Royce) Chase, was born in Cornish, Sullivan County, NH, March 4, 1826. His father was a farmer, and owing to conditions induced by material impressions, was born into this world bereft of two important faculties - hearing and speech. His mother's domestic feelings were unusually strong, and her tender sympathies made her efficient in the care of the sick and distressed.
The first settlement of Cornish by the Chases is quite romantic. About the year 1700, George Gifford, of Massachusetts, ceded the township to Aquilla and Priscilla Chase, ancestors of M. J. Chase. They took all their personal effects in a row-boat up the Connecticut River and took possession of the ceded grant. Formerly in this township, the Chase family was very numerous. Most of the church and town offices were held by them. It was here that Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase was born. It is here that he and many of that name can trace their common ancestry.
Maurice James Chase received a thorough and practical education in the New England public schools of his time, which fitted him to enter upon a more advanced course of study at the Kimball Union Academy - an institution of national reputation. After finishing his academic course, he commenced in 1845 the study of medicine - a profession that he had selected in very early life. He was a student of the famous Dr. Dixi Crosby, who was president of the Medical Department of Dartmouth. He attended a full course of lectures at the Medical College at Woodstock VT and two full courses also, at Dartmouth. He graduated June 17, 1850, and soon thereafter settled in South Boston MA, in the practice of his profession. Thinking that there were broader fields of usefulness and influence in the West, he came to Indiana in February, 1854, and practiced there for two years. He then removed to Macomb IL and remained there until July, 1859, when he came to Galesburg, where he has been a successful practitioner for forty years.
Dr. Chase has earned an honorable distinction in the practice of his profession. His reputation for careful and painstaking treatment is acknowledged. His clinical instruction is full and complete, and his diagnosis of thousands of cases is a proof of his erudition and ability. As a physician, his labors have been crowned with success, and much of that success is due to the sympathy which he feels and expresses for his patients. He believes that care and attention are as important as medicine.
In religious belief, he is a Universalist. His creed is the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man. He says of himself: "From my earliest recollections I have been a firm believer in prayer and communion with God, our Heavenly Father. It is a great duty and high privilege to keep and revere the first and the second great commandments of the New Testament."
Dr. Chase is a strong temperance man; nevertheless, politically, he affiliates with the republican party.
He was united in marriage to Lucy F. Crocker, March 15, 1849. There were born to them four children, two now living: Henry Maurice, born November 3, 1850, died March 5, 1854; Ella L., born December, 1853, died October, 1854; Henry Maurice, 2d, born February 9, 1860; Ella L., 2d, born March 30, 1856.
Henry M. Chase was married June 5, 1884, to Jane Ewing Phillips. They have two children: Phillips M., born April 6, 1886; and Margaret Evertson, born December 22, 1889. Ella L. Chase was married March 30, 1874, to Arthur W. Conger, who died in 1890. Three children were born to them: Lucy M., born January 22, 1875; Delia, born December 4, 1886; and Etheline, born October 4, 1888. Her second marriage was with Hon. Howard Knowles, March 4, 1896.
John Albert Chelman, Merchant; Galva, Henry County, Illinois, born in Victoria Township, Knox County, Illinois, January 22, 1855, educated in Knox College. His parents, John P. and Martha (Hayden) Chelman, were natives of Sweden. They came to the United States in 1846. They were married in Galesburg. The father lived two years in Chicago, then a short time in Canton, Illinois, and in 1850, came to Knox County when he became a prosperous farmer in Victoria Township; he died in 1877. His wife survived him ten years. There were three children: John Albert; Lottie, deceased; and Mrs. Mary A. Ericson. Mr. Chelman remained on the home farm until 1882, when he learned the jeweler's business in Galva, and conducted a jewelry store till 1885. In 1886, he bought a grocery store in Galva, which he has since conducted. He married Anna Laurie, daughter of James and Anna M. *Knight) Soles, prominent citizens of Knox County;' James Soles died March 16, 1889, at the age of seventy. Mr. and Mrs Chelman is a director in the Copper Creek Mining and Milling Company, located in Gunnison county, Colorado;' Secretary and Treasurer of the Belleview Mountain and Milling Company and Vice-President of the Rustler Milling Company of Colorado. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias and to the Modern Woodmen of America. In politics, he is a republican. He was elected Mayor of Galva in 1898. In 1896, he was delegate tot the republican state convention. He has been a member of the School Board for nine years.
GEORGE CHURCHILL "Sow a character and you reap a destiny".
The truth of this maxim finds abundant exemplification in the life and labors of George Churchill. There is scarcely a department inaugurated for the improvement of this city, or for the bettering of the condition of its people, without a trace of his handiwork. He has been "part and parcel" of the city of Galesburg and Knox College almost from their very inception, and their history would be incomplete and almost worthless without the embodiment of the life-work of Professor George Churchill.
Dr. Churchill, son of Norman and Anna (Eggleston) Churchill, was born in Herkimer County NY, April 2, 1829. His father came to Galesburg early in the Fall of 1836, and purchased a ten-acre lot on West Main Street, know as the "Churchill home." Into this "home" he moved with his family in 1839, where he lived and died, an honored citizen, September 20, 1886, at the advanced age of nearly eighty-seven years. He was the son of Reverend Jesse Churchill and was born in Hubbardton VT, November 5, 1799.
The early educational advantages of Dr. George Churchill were of the kind incident to a new country. At that time, the necessities of the family and home had to be supplied and the culture of the mind was treated more as an incidental matter. However, young George's youth was given to the study of such books as were at his command, and to the contemplation of the open book of Nature for which he had an innate fondness. He entered Knox College as a student in the Preparatory department in the first year of its history. With thorough preparation, he afterwards entered the college classes and graduated in 1851.
After graduation, there was no time afforded him for recreation or rest. His first year was spent as civil engineer on the Central Military Tract Railroad, which afterwards became part of the main line of the Burlington system.
Appreciating the inefficiency of the public schools of Galesburg and vicinity, and desiring to supplant them with a better system, he next made a trip to Europe, in order to make a most thorough inspection of the Prussian schools. For this tour, he had exceptional facilities. Letters from the Secretary of State and from other influential men were given him, and he was thus enabled to gain an accurate knowledge of the Prussian system of education. On his return to Galesburg, he addressed himself to the task of arousing public sentiment in favor of an improved school system, that should, in some measure, be comparable to the one he had been studying. No only his time and energy were lavished without stint, but his slender salary as teacher was encroached upon to secure the assistance of Honorable Henry Barnard, of Connecticut, who afterwards received the first appointment as Commissioner of Education for the United States. The co-operation of the various educational interests ultimately resulted in procuring a special charter by which the former district schools were consolidated, and the foundations of the present system, with all its essential features, were laid. The Board of Education has shown a just appreciation of Dr. Churchill's services in this direction, by naming what was called the Grammar School the "Churchill School", and by adopting, January, 14, 1896, the following resolution:
Resolved, That we tender a vote of thanks to Professor Churchill, thus expressing our high appreciation for the efforts he made in securing a higher education for the public schools of Galesburg by a special charter, which passed the Legislature in 1859; and that we extend to him an invitation to be the guest of this Board to visit our schools and see if we have come up to his expectation, both in buildings and in teaching.
Dr. Churchill has been fully appreciated by his fellow citizens, and at their hands has held many positions of honor and trust. For thirteen years, he was a member of the Board of Education. For twenty-two years, he served in the capacity of City Engineer. For two terms, he served as Alderman. For eight years, he was a member of the Board of Park Commissioners. For twenty-three years, he held a position on the Library Board, which position he held until his death, which occurred in September, 1899. Besides all these extra duties and labors, which were performed acceptably and well, and which demanded the need of praise from every citizen, he filled a Professor's Chair in Knox College for the long period of forty-four years.
Dr. Churchill was born to be useful. He was born to do good. He was born especially as an educator of youth. Nobly and grandly, he fulfilled his mission. In his instruction, he was lucid and thorough, and, whatever the subject taught, he never failed to interest. Thousands of men and women, scattered over our land, as the evening shadows fall and as their wandering thoughts revert to the scenes of their school days, will picture the stalwart form of Dr. George Churchill. They will recall with deeper affection his peculiar and interesting manner of teaching and his many quaint and always instructive speeches. They will ever regard his name and Knox College as one and inseparable.
As a citizen, Dr. Churchill was deservedly popular. He was intelligent, and amiable in disposition; honorable in purpose and character; charitable towards the unfortunate; kind and loving in all domestic relations; a friend to the poor and needy; and a lover of all that makes for righteousness and is a benefit to the human race. He was a practical and consistent man and won his way by his urbanity and vigorous common sense.
In religious faith, Dr. Churchill was a Congregationalist. When sixteen years of age, he became a member of the Old First Church. At the time of his death, September 10, 1899, he was a member of its successor, the Central Church. He served forty years as deacon; twenty-five years as Superintendent of the Sabbath School, and more than twenty-five years as leader of the choir. He was also a member of the building committee of the present church structure. He was director and President of the Mechanics' Homestead and Loan Association since its organization in 1882, the assets and disbursements of which to the present time amount to two and a half million dollars.
Dr. Churchill was thrice married. His first wife was Clara A. Hurd. To them was born one son, Milton E., now Dean of the Faculty of Illinois College, Jacksonville.
His second wife was Ada H. Hayes. Of this union, one daughter and two sons were born: Mary Hayes, who died July 7, 1863; Charles E., a lawyer in Chicago; and George B., a hardware merchant of Galesburg.
His third wife was Ellen Sanborn Watkins. One son was born to them, William David. By a former marriage, his third wife had a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Sanborn (Watkins) Wetherbee.
Frank Nelson Clark, Stockman; Orange Township; born July 15, 1864, at the Clark Homestead, Orange Township; educated in Knox County. His parents are Luther and Sarah Yeager Clark, the former from New Jersey; his grandfather was Abraham Clark. Mr. Frank N. Clark was married in Knoxville February 07, 1889, to Jennie R. daughter of John R. Wilder, of Knoxville, His father, Luther Clark, came from New Jersey to Knox County with his parents in 1843, and now owns a farm of two hundred and twenty acres. Frank N. was brought up his father's farm and became a practical farmer. when a boy ten years of age he was given charge of the swine which he bought, sold and improved according to his own good judgment which was remarkable. After clerking three winters in Knoxville, he returned to the farm, at the age of twenty-four, and became well known as the owner of "Orange Herd" of Poland China hogs. This stock is recorded; and one pig, Hadley's Model No. 35913, is valued at $3,000. Mr. Clark is a republican, and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
MERRITT M. CLARK, a patriot soldier during the Civil War, was born in Manchester, Bennington County VT, January 10, 1835. He was the youngest son of Chester and Saviah (Matteson) Clark, and was left fatherless when only eleven years of age. In 1851, he came to Galesburg with his mother, and lived here the remainder of his life.
Mr. Clark acquired the rudiments of his education in the district schools of his native State. Afterwards, he supplemented this instruction with a more thorough course of study. He matriculated in Knox College, and graduated with high honors in 1857. After graduation, he read law with the firm of Smith and Ford, and was soon admitted to practice in the courts of the State. In the Spring of 1861, a law partnership was formed with Judge A. A. Smith and E. P. Williams, which continued until 1862. Imbued with patriotic fervor, he entered the army as a commissioned officer, and served, though with impaired health, until the close of the war. His patriotism and his love for his companions in arms are shown by the following incident: A member of the law firm, in which he was once a partner, urged him to obtain a discharge from the service on account of his poor health, and with a true Roman spirit offered to take his place. He replied, that he could not ask such a favor, when his companions, suffering as much as he, could not obtain a release. Having been a partaker with them in the triumphs of battle and the shouts of victory, he could not desert them in an hour of darkness, disease, or death. With an heroic spirit and with a manly courage that did not quail in the smoke of battle, he remained at his post until victory was won.
After Mr. Clark's discharge, he returned to his home, where he remained, highly honored, until his death. Immediately, he was elected Police Magistrate, which office he filled until the Spring of 1866. He then formed a law partnership with E. P. Williams, which was dissolved in 1871 on account of Mr. Clark's ill-health. During 1871, he was elected City Attorney, which office he held for one year.
As a lawyer, Mr. Clark possessed certain eminent characteristics. He was fair and honest, and a sense of justice and equity seemed to control his actions. He was accurate and painstaking in cases at court, and his quick perceptions and versatile mind enabled him to discover the weak and strong points in trial or argument. As a soldier, he virtually gave his life to his country. Disease, contacted on the field of battle, did not quench the fire of patriotism that was burning within him, or turn him from the path of duty. His name is worthy to be enrolled on the scroll of fame with the patriots of his time. As man and citizen, he bore an unsullied character. His demeanor was pleasing, but not commanding. He was charitable in his speech and acts, and his kindly nature drew around him many friends. He lived a full life of kindness and love, and is worthy to have inscribed upon his tombstone this epitaph - an honest man.
Mr. Clark was a Congregationalist, a member of the Old First Church. His political faith was republican. He was married September 2, 1857, to Celia A. Tinker, a daughter of Rev. Charles E. and Mary (Robinson) Tinker. Rev. Charles E. Tinker was a Home Missionary about 1840.
To Mr. and Mrs. Clark were born seven children: Mary Ina, died in childhood; Luella M.; Chester M.; Charles T.; Jay C.; Willis J.; and Alice Pauline.
Clark, Salina E. Selby; Haw Creek Township; born in Maquon Township, Knox County, Illinois, June 4, 1848, on the old Selby homestead. Her parents were Philemon B. Selby of Lancaster, Ohio, and Elizabeth (Gullet) Selby. Her first marriage was with Franklin Thurman on February 15, 1866. Two children were born to them, Mrs. Florence Odell, and Mrs. Mary Kromer. Her second marriage was with Thomas A. Clark on February 12, 1874, son of Rev. William Clark of Knox County. They have four children: Mrs. Jennie Burnside; William E.; Katie; Frederick. Mr. Clark was Road Commissioner, and has been School Director for fifteen years. He is a successful farmer.
Rev. John G. Dahlberg; Altona, Walnut Grove Township, Knox County, Illinois, was born in Hvetlanda, Sweden, March 28, 1862, March 28, 1862, and came to the United States in 1880. During the years 1880-1882 he worked on farms in Montgomery and Page Counties, Iowa. In 1882, he entered Augustana College and Theological Semiary, Rock Island, Illinois, and graduated in the classical course in 1889. In the Fall of 1889 he entered the theological school of the same institution and gradutated in 1891.
Mr. Dahlberg was ordained a minister of the Luteran Church at Chicago Lake, Minnesota, pastor of the Swedish Lutheran Church of Altona, Illinois. Besides the pastor-ship of this important church, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Augustana College and Theological Seminary, and Secretary of the Board, and is also Secretary of Illinois Conference of the Augustana Synod. In 1889, he was elected a member of the Board of Home Missions of said Synod and was afterwards made Treasurer of this Board.
Mr. Dahlberg has remained with his first charge, although he has had numerous flattering calls elsewhere. In 1889 he was twice called to the principal-ship of Immanuel Academy, Minnesota. In 1893, he received a call to the chair of Swedish Language and Literature in Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. The Lutheran Church of Princeton, The Lutheran Church of New Windsor, Illinois, and Zion Lutheran Church of Rock Island have all extended calls to him to become their pastor. These invitations he has felt constrained to decline. In the Spring of 1899 he had a call to the Lutheran Church of Bertrand, Nebraska, which he declined, but later did accept a second call to the Zion Lutheran Church of Rock Island, Illinois.
Before Mr. Dahlberg was set apart to his sacred calling by ordination, he had served as pastoral supply in various places. He had also taught school and had been an instructor in Augustana College.
His first wife was Emily C. Envall, of Galesburg, who he married in November, 1891. she died November 08, 1892, leaving a son, Carl Johan Emil, now living in Galesburg.
During the year 1896 Mr. Dahlberg visited England, Germany, Holland, Denmark and Sweden. June 22, 1898, he married Miss Josephine Nelson of Altona.
DAVIDSON, PETER McL.: Contractor and builder; Galesburg; born in Scotland, where he was educated and learned his trade. He came to Galesburg, Illinois in 1882 and since 1884 has engaged in general contracting and building. He has erected several handsome residences and business blocks, among which may be mentioned the residences of Colonel Clark E. Carr, and Dr. G.E. Luster; Lescher Block and residence, the Holmes Building, Arlington Hotel, Carr Block, Board of Trade Block, Jacobi Block, and buildings in Lombard University grounds.
DAVIS, JOHN ALLEN WRIGHT: Dental surgeon; Galesburg; born in Menard County, Illinois, April 18, 1837. His father, Michael, and his grandfather, John and grandmother, J. Catherine Miller, were natives of Kentucky. His mother, Margaret, and her father, William Renshaw, were born in Tennessee; his grandmother, Elizabeth (Short) Renshaw, was born in Virginia. His early years were spent upon the farm. He attended the common schools and the Illinois State Normal School. He practiced dentistry in Mason City, Illinois, for five years, afterwards removing to Chicago. While practicing there he was elected Vice-President of the Chicago Dental Society. April 23, 1874 he was married to Hattie L. Ganett of Syracuse, New York. There are three children: Mrs. R. May Read; Howard G., D.D.S.; and Clifford E. In 1875 Dr. Davis became a resident of Galesburg. In 1881, he was elected Vice President of the Illinois State Dental Society, President of the Western Illinois Dental Society, and the Central Illinois Dental Society. In 1898, he was chosen President of the Illinois State Dental Society. He is a member of the Odd Fellows, and is a Knight Templar. In religion he is a Baptist. In politics, a republican.
Davis, John E.; Farmer; Chestnut Township; born December 07, 1866, in Indian Point Township; educated in the common schools. His father, Samuel Davis, was born in Somersetshire, England, and died in 1892; his mother, Lucy J. Bond. born in Clinton county, Ohio, is still living in Hermon. His maternal grandparents were Walter and Ellen Moon Bond; his paternal grandfather, James Davis, was born in England. August 25, 1889, Mr. Davis was married in Chestnut Township to Rosa D. Hopkins. They have had two children, Nell, born April 29, 1891, and Floy, born August 12, 1893. Mrs. Davis was born in Chestnut Township August 25, 1868, and is the daughter of Thomas and Sallie A. Booten Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins was born January 04, 1831 He was a soldier in Company M, Fourteenth Illinois Cavalry, and after serving three years, was mustered out at the close of the war. He died August 23, 1895. Mr. Davis is a republican and has been Justice of the Peace and School Director in Chestnut Township. He has been Notary Public for five years, and is a member of the Knights of Pythias, Lodge No. 334, at London Mills. He has a cottage home on a farm of eighty acres in Section 21, which is abundantly supplied with stock.
Davison, Joseph; Farmer; Henderson Township; born in Northumberland, England. January 21, 1828; educated in his native land. His father, Robert Davison, was a shoemaker and merchant in Northumberland, which is on the border of Scotland. His mother, Mary Charlton, was a native of England, as were also her parents, Joseph and Mary Charlton. Mr. Davison's paternal grandfather, John Davison, was a North-of England man; he was a Mason. His paternal grandmother was Isabella Nesbit. In 1853, Mr. Joseph Davison came to the United States and settled in Henderson, Knox County, Illinois, where he engaged in the shoe business, which he had learned in England. This he continued until about 1875, since which time he has devoted all his attention to farming. He was frugal and industrious, and added to the first forty acres which he bought adjoining Henderson, until he now owns more than four hundred acres of good land. Mr. Davison was twice married; first to Jane Armstrong in Scotland; his second marriage was to Isabella Kilgore. He has three son: Robert, Harvey C., and Irving. In politics, he is an independent. He has held local offices. He was made Mason at Hiram Lodge Number 26, and Horeb Chapter Number 4.
Dawdy, Jefferson M.; Farmer; Abingdon; born in Kentucky, January 24, 1812; educated in the common schools. His father, James Dawdy, came to Indian Point Township, Knox County, in 1846. Jefferson M. Followed in 1847, and settled on Section 17, where he farmed until 1897, when he retired and moved to Abingdon. In 1834, he married Elizabeth Amos; eight Children were born to them: James, John, Marshall, Cassie, Mary, Sarah E., Hattie E., and Bell. Mrs. Dawdy died in 1894, and since her death Mr. Dawdy has lived with his daughter, Bell, Mrs. J. W. Brown). In the early days, Mr. Dawdy was associated with Mr. Givens in the banking business. In 1865, he built a grist mill, which he conducted for some time. Mr. Dawdy is a member of the Christian Church, and was for some years a Trustee of the old South College. In politics, he is a democrat. He is one of the substantial men of Abingdon.
Dawdy, Warren; Farmer; Indian Point Township, where he was born September 29, 1847; educated in the common schools. His parents, John and Tabitha Boydstun Dawdy, were natives of Kentucky. His paternal grandfather was James Dawdy. John Dawdy came to Illinois and settled in Wood County in 1826. Later, in 1836, he came to Knox County, and died in Indian Point Township in 1875. February 01, 1872, Warren Dawdy, was married to Anna Brown in Indina Point Township. They have had two children: Clara, Now Mrs. Robinson; and Minnie. The same year, Mr. Dawdy settled on the farm where he now lives. He is one of the prominent farmers of the county. In politics, he is a democrat.
Dawson, Christopher Columbus; Farmer; Persifer Township; born August 25, 1846, in Ohio. Educated in Knox County. His parents were James and Margaret Claypole Dawson, of Ohio. Mr. Dawson was married to Filetta Corbin in 1869, in Persifer Township. Their children are Leon Lewis; Joseph Rollie; James Albert; Charles Wilbert; Mellie Alvilda; Etta May; Jasper Windfield; and Harley, and infant, deceased. Mr. Dawson's parents came to Knox County when he was eight years of age and settled on a farm, where they lived until the death of his mother. His father then sold out and went to Kansas, where he died. Mr. Dawson remained in Knox County and still lives on his farm near Dahinda. his family are at home with the exception of one son. Lewis who married and is farming elsewhere. Mr. Dawson is a democrat and has been a School Director.
Dechant, Peter; Mason, Abingdon; born November 17, 1820, in Germantown, Ohio; received a limited education in the common schools. His father, Peter Dechant, came from Germany, and was killed at the age of forty-six. At the early age of seven, young Peter Dechant began to work out, and when fifteen years of age had learned the mason's trade. He also worked in a brick-yard. In 1864, he came to Knox County and settled near Abingdon. For some years previous to his arrival in Knox county, he had been a contracting mason, which business he followed until 1889, when he retired. October 12, 1843, Mr. Dechant was married to Nancy J. Hall, in Montgomery County, Ohio. They had six sons: Jeremiah, Peter H., Chase, William P., John S., and Grant. Mrs. Dechant died in 1891; the sons are scattered and Mr. Dechant lives iwth a daughter. He has been successful, and was the originator of the hollow brick wall theory for prevention of dampness. Mr. Dechant owned a farm four miles from Abingdon, and at all times combined his trade work with that of farming. In religion, Mr. Dechant is a free thinker. In politics, he is independent, and for some years was Highway Commissioner; has always taken a keen but quiet interest in town affairs. For fifty years he has been a member of the Odd Fellows.
Derby, Frances Thomas; Farmer; Galesburg Township; born, July 10, 1822, at Andover, Vermont; educated int he common schools of Vermont. His parents, Nathan B. and Betsey Thomas Derby, and his paternal grandparents, Nathan and Nancy Thompson Derby, came from Massachusetts; his great-grandfather, Nathan Derby, was born in England. Nathan B. Derby moved from Massachusetts to Andover, Windsor County, Vermont, in 1821, and died in 1880. Mr. F. t. Derby was married in New York City, October 07, 1852, to Anna Thompson. Their children are: Frank W., William N., Eddie T., Ella, and Mary. Mr. Derby is a republican.
DEWEIN, ELMER C.: Horse-shoer; Galesburg; born September 8, 1864, in Burlington, Iowa, where he was educated. His parents were J. G. and Julia (Jacobs) Dewein, of Burlington, Iowa. Mr. Dewein was married October 1, 1884 in Burlington, Iowa to Rachel May, daughter of John N. and Indiana Missouri (Scott) Simons, born respectively in Pennsylvania and Indiana. Their children are: Myrtle L., William E., Marguerette J., and Rachel I. Mr. Dewein learned the trade of horseshoeing in Burlington, and worked there until 1889, when he came to Galesburg. In 1895, he entered into partnership with D. F. Nolan, and is carrying on an extensive and successful business at 15 West Main. Mr. Dewein is a member of the Baptist Church. He is an independent in politics. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, Modern Woodmen of America, and the Court of Honor.
Dickerson, Frank C.; Physician; Abingdon, where he was born April 20, 1868. His parents were John T. and Elvira Bates Dickerson. Professor John T. Dickinson was a native of New York, and was educated at the Wesleyan University at Middletown. He was an educator of high character, and was President of several colleges. As President of Hedding College, Abingdon, he was largely instrumental in building the north wing of the college; he died in 1886. Mrs. Dickinson, who survives him, was born in Pike County, Illinois, and educated at Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts. Frank C. Dickinson is one fo five children, was was educated at Hedding College and Iowa Wesleyan University. He is a graduate of the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College, class of 1893. He settled in Abingdon, where he has built up a good practice.
DOLL, JOHN: Carpenter; Galesburg; born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, near Wilkesbarre, April 9, 1811. His father, John, and his mother, Catherine (Sorber) Doll were born in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, as were also his grandfather and grandmother on the paternal side, John and Betsy (MacNell) Doll, and also on the maternal side, Jacob and Barbara (Hahn) Sorber. His first wife was Rosanne Sorber, of Butler County, Pennsylvania, by whom he had four children; his second wife was Elizabeth McCurdy, whom he married in Butler County, and by whom he had two children. His third wife, whom he married September 16, 1851, in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, was Adah H. Stevenson; to them were born two children. Two sons, George W., a Lieutenant in the Eleventh Illinois Cavalry, and Samuel H., a private, served through four years of the Civil War, both of whom died of diseases contracted while in the service. Of the eight children, only two are now living: Catherine E. Moore and Harriet L. Doll. In religion he is a Protestant. In politics he was first a republican and later a prohibitionist.
DRAKE, E. R.: Dry goods merchant; Galesburg, where he was born November 10, 1856. His father, Lyman C. Drake, was born at Crown Point, New York, and his mother, Lucy Ann Hyde, in Middlebury, Vermont. On the maternal side, his great-grandfather, Major Russell B. Hyde, of Hyde Park, Vermont, was born in Massachusetts; his grandfather, Jabez Perkins Hyde, was born in Vermont. Lyman C. Drake and family came to Illinois in March 1844 from Moriah, New York, and lived on a farm four miles west of Galesburg for nine years, and then moved into the city. He died in February 1886, and his wife, Lucy A. H. Drake, died in October, 1888. They had nine children, the two youngest of whom are living: E.R. and F.S. Drake. In religion, Mr. Drake is a Baptist. In politics he is a republican.
DRURY, HARLEY FRANKLIN: Grocer; Galesburg; born June 13, 1855 in Essex, Vermont, where he was educated. His parents were Jacob K. Drury of Milton, Vermont and Caroline (Bascom) Drury of Fairfax, Vermont; his grandparents were Isaac and Sallie (Herrick) Drury. Mr. Drury was married in Galesburg March 28, 1883, to Nellie, daughter of Homer and Belinda (Lane) Trask of Ohio. Their children are: Mamie (adopted), and Louise. The father of H.F. Drury was a farmer in early life, afterwards engaging in the produce commission business, and later in the manufacture of brick. He died in Vermont. Harley F. Drury, began his business career in his father’s brickyard. In 1878, he came to Galesburg, where for a year and a half he was a clerk for Lake W. Sanborn. For two years and a half, he kept books for Captain C.L. Lanstrum, and afterwards opened a grocery store on his own account. Mr. Drury is a believer in Christian Science. In politics he is a republican.
Duffey, Edward Fenwick; Farmer; Henderson Township; born in Covington, Kentucky, June 21, 1852. His father, Michael Duffey, was born in Philadelphia, October 04, 1811, he was a carpenter. In 1854, he came to Knox County and settled on Section 34 Henderson Township, owning and improving one hundred and sixty acres of land, which at his death was divided among his five children. His wife, Catharine V. McDonough, was born in New York City, and her parents, Francis and Margaret Prosser McDonough, were natives of Oreland. Francis McDonough was a soldier in the War of 1812. M. T. Duffey's parents, John and Mary Duffey, were also natives of Ireland. Mr. E. F. Duffey moved to Kendall County, Illinois, in 1872, and from there to Fayette County, Iowa, where he farmed. He was married in Seaton, to Hattie E., daughter of Richard Maitland Wade, a native of Ulster County, New York, who came to Knox County in 1855, but now lives in Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Duffey have five children; Mrs. Bertha M. Cunningham; Kathlyn M. a graduate of Galesburg High School, class of 1899; Francis A; M. Blanche; and Lawrence H. In Fayette County, Iowa, he bought eighty acres of land and farmed there for ten years. He then moved to Red Willow County, Nebraska, where he took up a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres from the government, which he traded for three hundred and twenty acres of land in Rawlins County, Kansas. In May, 1895, he returned to the old homestead in Knox County, where he now resides. Kathlyn M., his second child, taught during one school term in Nebraska, having obtained a certificate when she was sixteen years old. Mr. Duffey belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics, he is a republican, and has held the office of School Director,. and Assessor. He served as Justice of the Peace and held other offices in Nebraska.
DUVAL, WINFIELD SCOTT: Engineer; Galesburg; born April 3, 1852 in Burlington, Iowa, where he was educated. His father was Daniel Jennings Duval of Lexington, Kentucky. He was married November 19, 1884 at Oquawka, Illinois to Polly Elizabeth, daughter of Conrad D. Aschoff of Germany and Rebecca (Selders) Aschoff of Pennsylvania. At the age of thirteen, Mr. Duval became “striker” under Abner Morton, an engineer on a Mississippi River steamboat. At the age of sixteen he could manage an engine, and when eighteen years old, was given his first “permit” on the steamer Jessie. For many years he was a successful engineer on different steamboats, his last charge being the steamer Prescott on the Missouri and Kansas rivers. He was on the steamer at the docks when the tornado struck Kansas City, and his wife, who was with him, fastened the boat to the wharf. In 1888 Mr. Duval entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad as a fireman, and in a year became an engineer, which position he still holds. He came to Galesburg in 1889, where he has since resided. Mr. Duval is a member of the Baptist Church, and is a republican.
Evans, Allen T., Farmer; Knox Township; born in Knox Township August 27, 1846; educated in the common schools. The ancestry of the family was Welsh, French, German, and Scotch. Mr. Evans' Father, Willfard Evans, was a native of Virginia, while his mother, Eleanor Rambo was born in Ohio. His paternal grandparents, John and Nancy Hathorn Evans, were born in Virginia, while his maternal grandparents, were natives of Ohio, as was also Mrs. Reuben Rambo's father, Abram Haptonstall, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. August 27, 1868, Mr. Evans was married in Persifer Township to Anna E. Calwell. They have one son, Dellfard C. Dellfard C. married Mary McCrea of Knox Township; they have one son, Ray E. Mrs. Evans' father, Oliver Calwell, was a farmer, and was born in Pennsylvania December 17, 1820, where he was educated in the common schools. Mr. Calwell was married to Desire S. Manley, of Persifer Township. They had four children; Mehitabel S.; Annie E; Olive C.; and Oliver A. who died at an early age. Mr. Calwell died April 18, 1860; his widow died march 10, 1896. The ancestors of the Manley's were in the War of 1812. In Politics, Mr. Evans is a republican.
Evans, Willfard, (father of the above Evans) (deceased): Knoxville; Farmer; Born March 27, 1814, in Virginia. His parents were John Evans, born in Virginia, and Nancy Hathorn. November 17, 1845, Wilfred Evans was married to Eleanor Rambo in Knoxville; they had eight children; Allen T.; Nancy M., deceased; Alice A.,; Almeria E., deceased; Sarah C., deceased; Emma S.; Ida A., deceased; and Luella. Mrs.. Eleanor Evans father, Reuben Rambo, was born in Virginia and was well educated. He married Charity Haptonstall, in Greenbrier County, Virginia. They had nine children: Allen T.; Sarah and Rachel, Twins; Abram; Margaret, Eleanor; Malinda; Mary A; and Fannie M. The parents are deceased. In politics, Mr. Evans was a republican.
Earel, Silas R.; Farmer; Cedar Township; born in Adams County, Illinois, January 18, 1857; educated in the schools of Knox County, and Abingdon Academy. His father, Henry D. Earel, was born in Virginia in 1828, and came to Illinois and settled in Adams County; he died in 1898. His mother, Margaret Simons, was a native of Illinois. His paternal grandfather, James Earel, was born in England in 1745, came to America and settled in Maryland, removing to later to Illinois, where he died. April 24, 1875, in Abingdon, Silas R. Earel, was married to Rosa Williamson; They have seven children: Frank, Dale, Tina, Mamie, Zella, Satie, and Eva. Mr. Earel is in the religion a Congregationalist. In politics, he is a republican. in 1896, he was elected highway Commissioner and served three years.
Eastman, C. H.; Liveryman; Williamsfield, Truro Township; born in Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois, May 21, 1858, educated in Peoria. His father, C. P. W. Eastman, was born in Farmington, Strafford County, New Hampshire; his mother, Mary A. Van Pelt, in Hillsborough, Highland County, Ohio. His paternal grandparents were Nehemiah and Anstriss Woodbury Eastman: his maternal grandparents, Elisha Van Pelt and Harriet Brock were both natives of Ohio. He was married to Sarah A. Tucker, October 12, 1882, in Knoxville. Of this union there are four children: Mary Anstriss, born April 17, 1884; Charles Samuel, born March 20, 1886;Orio Herbert Clinton, born November 02, 1888. Mrs. Eastman has had excellent educational advantages and is a member of the Eastern Star, Williamsfield. Mr. Eastman is a republican, and Dep7uty Sheriff of Knox County, Village Marshall of Williamsfield and Constable of Truro Township. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., #779.
Eaves, Charles M., Conductor: Galesburg: born April 10, 1859, in Hancock County, Illinois; educated in Illinois. His parents were Thomas E. Eaves, of Adams county, Illinois, and Julia Kennedy Eaves, of New York. Mr. Eaves was married November 17, 1881, at Colchester, Illinois, to Eva Campbell. Their children are; Addie, Deceased; Ethel, Blanche, Ruth, and Helen. Mr. Eaves has been in the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad for twenty-one years, and has been a conductor for fifteen years. In religious belief Mr. Eaves is a Baptist. He is a republican, and Alderman of the Seventh Ward, to which office he was elected by the largest majority every given in that ward.
Elder, Samuel Crawford; Flour merchant: Galesburg; born March 30, 1839, in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, where he was educated. His parents were Matthew and Nancy mcConnell Elder, of Pennsylvania. Mr. Elder was married to Sarah M. Roush, in Henry County, Illinois, February 01, 1866. Their children are: Elton C.; Lelia N.; Roy, deceased; Lizzie N., deceased. Mr. Elder is a Presbyterian. In politics he is a democrat.
Ercison, Adolph W.; Machinist; Galesburg, born in 1847, in Sweden. He came to Galesburg in 1853, and learned the trade of a machinist. in 1`864, he entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, and in 1879, became assistant foreman in the machine shops: he was made general foreman in the machine shops in 1886, a position which he still holds. He was married to Kate Donaldson, in 1879; one child was born to them, Adolph Lambert.
Everett, John C.; Switch-tender; Galesburg; born in summit County, Ohio, August 28, 1849; educated in Ohio. His parents were John Everett, of Pennsylvania, and Alvira Hill Everett, of Virginia; his grandfather was John Everett, of Germany. Mr. Everett was married October 07, 1874, at Sheffield, Illinois, to Augusta Maria, daughter of Chauncey B. and Mary Rosetta Drury Fish, of Huron County, Ohio. Their children are; Rosetta Alvira, Charles Herman, Jennie May, George Calvin, Frederick James, and Shirley F4emont. When a boy. Mr. Everett came from Ohio to Bureau county and began farming. in 1865, he went to Missouri, where he remained about one year, when he returned to Illinois, and in company with his father, John E. Everett, bought a farm. For a time he was an engineer in a grist-mill at Sheffield, Bureau County, Illinois. After his marriage, Mr. Everett, moved to a farm in Iowa. He afterwards lived in Kansas for fourteen years, and tin Missouri for one year. He then came to Galesburg, where h has been switch-tender for six years for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
Edgar, Arthur J.; Farmer; Rio Township; born in Walnut Grove Township, Knox County, Il, March 14, 1866; educated in Rio Township. His parents were James B. Edgar of Sangamon County, Illinois, and Lucinda Kennedy Edgar of Knoxville, Illinois. His paternal grandparents, Samuel and Mary LeFever Edgar, were natives of Kentucky; his maternal grandparents, Andrew and Mary Sheldon Kennedy were born in New York . In religion he is a Protestant. He is a democrat. Mr. Edgar is a School Director and Collector.
Edwards, Mrs. A. E.; Farmer; Ontario Township; born December 10, 1852, in Stark County, Illinois; educated in Knox County. Her parents were George W. and Philena Green Rome. Mrs. Edwards was married to Samuel Edwards in Cambridge, Henry County, Illinois, December 09, 1868. They have ten children: John Franklin, George Nelson, Minnie M., Arthur H., Myrtle A., Ernest C., Bertha P., Samuel O., Amy M., Archie T. Mrs. Edwards is a republican.
Eiker John Calvin: Farmer; Orange Township; born January 24, 1833, in Adams County, Pennsylvania, where he was educated in the common schools. His parents were John Eiker of Carroll County, Maryland, and Charlotte Meyers Eiker of Fredericks City, Maryland; his paternal grandfather was David Eiker; his paternal great-grandfather, Abraham Eiker, a miller by trade, came from Germany and settled in Maryland; his maternal great-grandparents were Lawrence Myers, of Germany and Rebecca Horner. Mr. Eiker was married in Knoxville March 04, 1858, to Sarah Agnes Armstrong. They have six children: Calvin A.,; Edith May; Blanch M., wife of A. R. Green; Charlotte, wife of Gilbert Scott; Elmer Grant; and Roy Leander. Mr. Eiker's father drove his family overland from Pennsylvania to Knox County in 1852. He was a miller and farmer. and in 1863, removed to Decatur, Iowa, where he died at the age of eighty years. His wife died at the age of seventy-three. John C. Eiker was nineteen years old when he came to Knox County. He is a very successful and progressive farmer and owns two hundred and twenty acres of finely improved land. in 1874, he was elected President of the Farmer's Fire and Lightning Insurance Company, and during his twenty-five years of service, he has rendered valuable aid to the association. He is a member o f the Presbyterian Church. In politics, he is a republican, and has filled most of the local offices.
Ely, Boanerges was born at Cumberland Gap, Claiborne County, Tennessee, December 21, 1821. His parents, Solomon and Rachel Turner Ely, were both natives of East Tennessee. His paternal grandfather, Isaac Ely, was born in West Virginia; his grandmother, Katherine came from Germany. His great-grandfather, Isaac Ely, was born in England, and his great-grandmother, Jessie Hopper, was born in Ireland. On his mother's side the grandparents were William and Susanna Turner, born in Virginia, the latter near Richmond.
Solomon and Rachel came to Illinois in 1834, just at the closes of the Black Hawk War. and settled in what is now De Witt county where they lived on a farm, and reared a family of ten children, four of whom came to Knox County. They were devoted members of Christian Church, and died where they first located, aged sixty-nine and forty-seven years respectively. He was of a poetic turn of mind. and was accustomed to write verses upon events of the times and the affairs of the neighborhood.
Mr. Boanerges Ely came to Knox county in 1845, and settled on Section 16, Sparta Township. He first bought forty acres of timber on Section 24, and then bought eighty acres of government land at government price, and afterward bought forty acres at two dollars an acre. He now owns a farm of three hundred and fifteen acres near Wataga. He was married in Henderson Grove, November 03, 1850, to Mary M. Duval, daughter of Thomas Carter and Nancy Shumate Duval, both of whom were born in Kentucky. Mrs. Ely was one of a family of ten children. her Father settled ona farm in Warren County, Illinois, in 1835, and came to Knox county in 1836, locating at Henderson Grove in Henderson Township. In politics he was a republican. He was a member of the Christian Church. Mr. and Mrs. Ely have three children: Nancy Ann, wife of J. H. Deming; Ella J., wife of Samuel Temple; and William L., is a farmer at Mayville, Traill County, North Dakota.
Mr. Ely is a republican, and in religion a Christian. He was successful in business and is counted among the prominent and substantial citizens of Sparta Township.
Emery, John G., was born in West Jersey, Stark County, Illinois, September 24, 1839. His parents were Frederick W., born July 14, 1808, and Hannah Gaffney Emery, born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, in 1814. His father was of Scotch-English, and his mother of German descent. They went to Ashland County, Ohio, where they were married in 1834. They moved to Fulton County, Illinois, in 1835, and to Stark County in 1839, where the father died in 1846; his wife died in Galva, Henry County, in 1888.
John G. was next to the youngest in a family of five children, four sons and one daughter. His youngest brother, William E., was Killed at the battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, December 30, 1862. Another brother, David H., was wounded at the battle of Missionary Ridge in 1864. John G. worked on his mother's farm, and attended school until he was twenty-one years of age, when he went to Henry County, Illinois. He was married December 24, 1862, to Ruth A. daughter of Jacob J. and Fanny Knable Friend. She was born in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1844, and was nine years of age when her parents came to Illinois and finally settled in Henry County. Her father was a native of Maryland; he died in 1891. Her mother is living. Mr. and Mrs. Emery are the parents of seven children: William E., Fred W., Charles L., George F., Edwin A., Burtis C. and Rollin G. Charles L died in 1869, aged sixteen months. Burtis C. died March 21, 1899. Three sons are married: William E., who resides in Wisconsin, and is traveling salesman for the American Book Company; Fred W., who is in business at Morris, Illinois; and George F., who resides at Slater, Missouri, and is chief Train Dispatcher for the Chicago and Alton Railroad. Edwin A. is an electrician. Rollin G. is at home.
After his marriage, Mr. Emery lived for two years in Stark County, one year in Henry County, and two years in Elba Township, Knox County. In the Spring of 1868, they removed to Lynn Township, and settled on the northern east quarter of Section 2, which is their present home.
In Religion, Mr. and Mrs. Emery are Methodists. In politics, Mr. Emery is a republican. He cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1860. He was Supervisor for eight years, and is now serving his second term as Justice of the Peace.
Mr. Emery is a successful farmer, and a prominent and influential man in the community.
Ericson, Eric; Farmer; Victoria Township; born in Farla, Soken Lane, Helsingland, Sweden, March 02, 1836; educated in his native land. His father was John Ericson of Sweden who died at the age of eighty-six years at the home of his son, Eric; his mother was Segrid Munson. His paternal grandparents were Eric and Margaret Peterson Ericson; his paternal great-grandfather was John Ericson. The family is an old and honored one in Sweden. Mr. Ericson came to the United States with his parents in 1850, an settled in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. in 1864, he came to Knox County with his wife and settled in Victoria Township, section 10, where he bought seventy acres of land; he now owns 320 acres, besides timber land. In Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Mr. Ericson was married to Christina Bloom, February 06, 1862; they had one son, John E., born May 27, 1866. Mrs. Ericson died March 04, 1896, at the age of fifty-nine. John E. Ericson was married, January 18, 188, to Amanda, daughter of John A. Johnson, a blacksmith in Victoria; they have four children; Edna Christina, Alice Maurie, Ealr John, and Carl Magnus. Mr. Ericson is one of the best farmers in the township, and was for six years Road Commissioner. He is a member of the Swedish Methodist Episcopal church. In politics, he is a republican.
Farwell, Robert E., Farmer; Elba Township; born January 12, 1855, in Clinton county, Pennsylvania; educated in the common schools. His parents were Lemuel M. and Nancy Burney Farwell, of Clinton County, Pennsylvania. His paternal grandparents were James and Permelia Farwell of Pennsylvania; his maternal grandparents were James Burney of Scotland, and Sarah Perry Burney of Pennsylvania. Mr. Farwell was married at Galesburg, September 18, 1879, to Mary A. Eastman, who was born in Peoria, Illinois, June 12, 1860, She was the daughter of Charles P and Mary Van Pelt Eastman. Their children are: Orin W., born July 12, 1880; Lemuel M., born December 22, 1881, died July 24, 1890; Roscoe H., born April 08, 1884; Ada L. , born January 29, 1886; John A., born November 24, 1887, died March 23, 1889. Mrs. Farwell is a Methodist, and a member of the Eastern Star in Williamsfield. Mr. Farwell came to Elba Township in 1877. He has a farm of two hundred and ten acres, on Section 04, and raises stock. Mr. Farwell is a believer in the Universalist faith. In politics, he is a democrat. Mrs. Farwell's brother's biography is above ~ C H Eastman.
Famulener, Jacob; Retired farmer; Cedar Township; born April 09, 1833, in Pickaway County, Ohio. August 30, 1857, Mr. Famulener was married to Sarah J. Warren, daughter of James and Susan Warren. They had four children; Clara A., born June 18, 1858, and married February 15, 1877, to H. C. McMillan; they have six children: Willie J., Leroy R., G. Earnest, Chester W., Harley F., and Dewey Glenn; Alice J., born June 23, 1859, and married June 27, 1877, to O. F. Warren, they have one child, Eva Marie. O. F. Warren died October 19, 1881. Alice J's second marriage was with Edgar F. Brainard of Monmouth; they have one daughter, V. Hortense; Emma C. was born February 01, 1862, and married Alex P. Jones March 08, 1882, died December 18, 1897; she had one daughter, Eva M.; Elvin L., born June 09, 1867, married to Alta L. Marks, February 18, 1896; they have one son, Kenneth Marks. Mr. Famulener moved from Ohio in 1856, and after his marriage, one year later, removed to his present home. He has been a successful farmer, and a prominent, influential man. In politics, he is a republican. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Jacob is buried in the Humasten Cemetery, an infant daughter but doesn't list his wife, Sarah J. Warren Famulener.***
Famulener, William; Farmer; Cedar Township; born in Pickaway County, Ohio, December 19, 1824; educated in the common schools. His father, Jonathan Famulener, was a native of New Jersey, and his mother, Anna Long of Pennsylvania. His paternal grandfather was Jacob Famulener. William Famulener was married in Ohio in 1852. There were six children: Chauncey; James; George; John; Martha and Ada. Mr. Famulener came from Ohio, where his father and grandfather had settled at an early day. It was in 1853 that he came to Illinois, and settled in Cedar Township in 1854. His family have been prominently identified in the community. In politics, Mr. Famulener is a republican. William is also buried in the Humasten Cemetery with his wife Sarah, and Nancy Ann, Dau.,1855-1855, Nelson, Son, 1856-1858.***
Faulds, William Hill; Merchant; Douglas, Salem Township; born in Renfrew county, Scotland, December 07, 1856; educated in Glasgow. His father, John Faulds, was born or Renfrew, Scotland, and died at Kankakee in 1895. His mother, Jennett Hill Faulds, was born in Scotland; died in 1862. Her father, William Hill was born in Scotland. March 15, 1892, Mr. W. H. Faulds married, at Galesburg, Sarah, daughter of Abraham and Madgaline Warfield; she was born December 17, 1860. There was one Child. Arthur Albert, born May 24, 1893; died October 27, 1893. Mrs. Faulds died in Chicago December 1894. Her mother resides at Maquon. John Faulds located in Vermillion County, Illinois, in 1862, where he bought a tract of land and engaged in mining, continuing in the business until 1870. Mr. W. H. Faulds came from Scotland in 1866. In 1888 he started in the mercantile business with Mr. Hubbard; he is now sole owner of the business, and has a very large trade. In politics, he is a democrat, and has been deputy Postmaster at Douglas. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Faulkner, George W.; of Sparta Township, was born November 13, 1827, in Orange County, New York, and was educated in Oakland County, Michigan. His ancestral record is most interesting. His paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather was a Huguenot minister who fled from France to Scotland in the days of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. His paternal grandparents were Colonel William Faulkner, of Orange County, New York, and Ann Rogers Faulkner. Colonel William Faulkner served under General Putnam and had a find record as a soldier; he was twice wounded, and drew a pension. His maternal grandfather was James Bushfield, who was born in Ireland, and was of Scotch descent.
His parents were William J. and Isabelle Bushfield Faulkner, the former born in Orange County, New York. the latter born in New York City. William J. Faulkner was a soldier in the War of 1812, and drew a pension; he died in 1875, at the age of ninety; he was a good man and citizen. Mrs. W. J. Faulkner died February 17, 1863, aged seventy-nine. She was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. a noble Christian character and much beloved. Seven Children were born to them: William J.; deceased; Mrs. Catherine A. Sweet; Thomas B. deceased; Gardener S., deceased; Mrs. Esther E. Poyer, deceased; George W.; and Mary J. deceased.
George W. Faulkner came to Knox County with his parents in 1839, at the age of twelve. November 12 of that year they settled ten miles northwest of Galesburg, and the next spring moved to Henderson Township, and for one year rented land of Major Thomas McKee. They then moved to land in Warren County, for which they had exchanged their Michigan property. In 1848, they bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in Sparta Township, where David Niles now lives Section 19, which they subsequently sold, and bought one hundred and sixty acres of prairie land in Section 29. This they improved, and it is now one of the very best farms in the county.
Mr. Faulkner was married in Knox County March 17, 1864, to Bertha Emerson, who was a native of Norway, a member of the Congregational Church, and an exceptionally fine woman. She was educated in Galesburg and was successful school teacher, and it was while teaching at the military school that she met and married Mr. Faulkner. Mrs. Faulkner died October 21, 1872, at the age of thirty-two. They had two children, George Emerson and Kate; the latter married Mr. L. W. Peterson and they have tow children. Harry and Edith: George Emerson married Mary Rommel, daughter of Henry Rommel, deceased and they have three children, Henry G., Nellie and Janet.
After his marriage Mr. Faulkner remained on the home farm, and was in partnership with his brother, Thomas B. until 1890, when they divided the property. he has two hundred acres of good land., the result of industry, economy and careful business management. His neighbors are his best friends, a fact that speaks volumes for his character. He is a republican in politics, and is Assessor and School Director having held the latter office for twenty-five years. The Faulkner's are buried in the Wataga Cemetery. I did research a few years back for a lady on these people.***
Fay, Oscar Locke; Farmer; Ontario Township; where he was born October 25, 1855; educated in Oneida, Illinois. His parents were Norman Fay, of Vermont, and Susan Chapman Fay, of New York. He was married to Nellie B. Main in Ontario Township, March 18, 1891. He was brought up on the Fay homestead, and became a practical farmer and stockman and now has a well improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres. His father, Norman Fay, was born September 22, 1821, at Saxton's River, Vermont; his parents were John Fay, of Massachusetts, and Phoebe Locke Fay, of Rockingham, Vermont;' his grandfather was Ebenezer Locke, of New Hampshire. Mr. Norman Fay was married to Susan Chapman, in Knox County, December 25, 1853. Two children were born to them, Oscar Locke, and Sarah J. Norman Fay came to Knox county in 1850, and in 1854, bought and sold a farm, and in 1855, bought on hundred and sixty acres of land in Ontario Township where Oscar L. now lives; in April, 1891, he moved to Oneida. His wife was a daughter of Ezra and Sarah Lanphere Chapman, of Whitesboro, Oneida County, New York. When eight years old she came with her parents to Knox County. Mr. O. L. Fay is a republican, and in April, 1899, was elected to the office of Supervisor; he is a member of A. F. and A. M. Oneida Lodge, and is a charter member at Oneida. Mrs. Fay's parents portraits are on the Portraits from the Past page at this web site.
Felt. Edward A.; Drover and Farmer; Galesburg Township, where he was born February 20, 1860. His father, Charles M. Felt and his grandfather, Peter Felt, came from Massachusetts; his great-grandfather was George A. Felt. Mr. C. M. Felt came to Knox county in 1842, and located first near Cherry Grove. He had twelve children: Charles M. Seth H., Austin V., Albert, Edward A., Harry, deceased; Mary, Adaline, Clarissa, Elsie, Helen and Kate. The father died February 21, 1897. He had been Supervisor of the township for fourteen years. Mr. E. A. Felt was married to Emma G. Stringham, in Galesburg, February 24, 1881. He now lives in the homestead where his father settled in 1858. He is a republican, and was elected Town Supervisor in 1892. which office he has held to the present time. He has also been Road Commissioner, Assessor and School Director.
Felt, George A.; Farmer; Galesburg; born March 01, 1857, in cherry Grove, Warren County, Illinois (Foxie's note the book says Warren County but Cherry Grove was in Knox County and not Warren County, IL.) His father Edward A. Felt, of Ipswich, Massachusetts; his mother was Rebecca Hoover Felt, and was born in Ohio. Edward A. Felt came with his father, Peter Felt, from Massachusetts to Quincy, Illinois, in 1830; he was married at Quincy, January 20, 1850, and settled at Cherry Grove, afterward removing to Galesburg Township, where he died May 10, 1884, leaving three sons and two daughters; George A., born March 01, 1857, W. W., born January 05, 1865, Harry E. born June 12, 1872; Rosanna and Alta, now deceased. George A. Felt was educated in the common schools, and in Knox College. In politics, he is a republican. He is member of the Congregational Church. He married, in Ontario Township, March 15, 18888, Virginia E. daughter of Ralph Voris, of Oneida, Illinois. Two children were born to them: Edward and Winifred I. Mrs. Felt died November 16, 1892, since which time Mr. Felt has resided with his mother in Galesburg.
Ferguson, Andrew J, Farmer; Orange Township, where he was born April 25, 1836; educated in the district schools. His father, James Ferguson, was from Barren County, Kentucky, while his mother, Martha Maxey, came from Buckingham County, Virginia. His paternal grandmother was a native of Ireland, while his grandfather, Ferguson, was from Scotland. His maternal grandmother's maiden name was Wodfin, and both she and his grandfather, Maxey, were natives of Virginia. December 25, 1867, Mr. Ferguson married Victoria Woodmansee in Knox County; they have had three children, James A., George L., and Bessie L. In Politics, Mr. Ferguson is a democrat.
Ferguson, James A., son of above Andrew Ferguson; Farmer; Orange Township; born August 23, 1869; educated in the common schools. His father, Andrew J. Ferguson and his grandfather, James Ferguson, came from Kentucky to Orange Township about 1836. Mr. Ferguson was married to Minnie Mather, daughter of Richard Mather, at Galesburg, February 03, 1893. They have one child, Edith. Mr. Ferguson is a democrat.
Gaddis, Jacob; Farmer; Orange Township; born June 09, 1837, in Orange Township; educated in the common schools. His parents were James Gaddis of Pennsylvania, and Margaret Sunderland Gaddis of New Jersey. He was married to Luella L. Kennedy in Knoxville, Illinois, December 24, 1857; their children are: John H., Charles W., Henry, Frank E., Emma J., Mrs. M. Pink; Clara B., Mrs. Albert Turner, Mary, Mrs. Robert Haines; Martha , Mrs. Harvey Redd; Ora, and two deceased. James Gaddis was a farmer and came to Orange Township in 1836; he died in 1874, leaving two sons; Thomas and Jacob. After his marriage, Mr. Jacob Gaddis came to the farm he now occupies, and soon became a prominent farmer of the township. He is a democrat, and was Highway Commissioner for sometime, and School Director for fifteen years.
Finley, Joseph Alexander; Farmer; Ontario Township; born in Delaware County, Ohio, March 26, 1839. His father, Joseph Finley, was born in Highland County, Ohio, in 1807, and after the death of his wife, came with his family, in 1843, to Illinois, where he settled on Section 21, Ontario Township, where he farmed until his death in 1865, at the age of fifty-eight. His mother, Jane, died in Delaware County, Ohio, in 1841. His paternal grandfather, Joseph Finley, was of Scotch descent, and was born in Pennsylvania, and his maternal grandfather, John Ferris, was born in West Virginia. Mr. Finley was educated in Illinois. April 23, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, First Illinois Cavalry, furnishing his own hose and equipments. At the battle of Lexington, Missouri, after a gallant fight, he and his regiment were captured and paroled, September 20, 1821. When the regiment reorganized in December, he joined it and served until his honorable discharge in July , 1862. After his return to Knox County he resumed grain and stock farming, and is to-da7y one of the foremost farmers of Ontario township. He was married to Mary E. Cox in Knox County, November 05, 1868. They have five children: Gertrude Louisa, wife of W L. Allen; Georgia Elizabeth; Joseph Orton; Clyde Alexander and Lucy Beatrice, who are students in Knox College, the former being a well known athlete. The parents of Mrs. Finley, Joseph Levi and Elizabeth Cogging Cox, were an old an honored English family who came to America in 1853, bringing with them their daughter, Mary, who was born in Somersetshire, February 18, 1846. They settled in Ontario Township, Knox County, where the mother died, leaving three daughters, Mrs. Finley, Lucy A., and Sarah G. Cox. Mr. Finley is a member of the Congregational Church. In politics, he is a republican.
Fisher, Joseph, son of David and Jane Morris Fisher, was born May 27, 1831, in Somersetshire, England. His parents were of English birth, and came to Summit County, Ohio, when Joseph was three years old. In 1838, the family removed to Mercer County, Illinois, and in 1841 they settled in Clover Township, Henry ?County, where the father ran a saw mill. After the death of his father, and his burial in Andover Cemetery, which occurred in January, 1844, Joseph and his mother came to Knox County, settling first in Sparta Township, but later purchased a farm of eighty acres oi9n Ontario Township, where the mother died, aged seventy-four years.
Joseph Fisher was educated in the common schools of Ohio and Illinois. He was married October 20, 1852, to Emily, daughter of Woodford Fisher, of Kentucky, who was an old settler of Knox County. She died November 15, 1888. aged fifty-four years, leaving an adopted daughter, Nellie.
Mr. Fisher was again married, October 30, 1890, in Knox County, to Elizabeth, daughter of Vile and Jane Kember Pittard, who came from England to Chicago in 1854, and in 1855 r3emoved to Knox County, where they died in Ontario Township.
Mr. Fisher and his wife own eighty and one hundred and sixty acres of land, respectively, in tracts adjoining each other, making a fine farm of two hundred and forty acres. He has been a farmer all his life. He is a republican and has held several local offices. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher attend the Ontario Congregational Church, of which Mrs. Fisher is a member.
Fleming, Mrs. Emily A.; Oneida, Ontario Township; born in Licking County, Ohio, October 18, 1815; educated in Ohio. She was married to James M. Fleming in Muskingum county, Ohio, March 10, 1836, Their three children are: Susan Mary, born December 30, 1847, who afterwards married T. J. Barnes; Emily A., born January 18, 1850, married to Fulton N. Scott, and died September 01, 1876; and Clay, who died September 15, 1853. Ira J., son of Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Scott, is in Denver, Colorado. Mrs. Fleming's parents William Wells, and Susan Bigelow, were from Connecticut, and were married March 23, 1814. Mr. Wells died May 08, 1823, aged thirty-three years old, His wife died in Ohio when over eighty years old. Mrs. Fleming went to live with Rev Solomon S. Miles and his wife, Ann Eliza Gilmore, who was a minister of the Presbyterian but changed to the Congregational Church. They came to Knox County and settled on a farm near Gilson, where they died, and their son Rufus inherited the farm. Mrs. Fleming was about twelve years old when she went to live with them in Newark, Ohio. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Fleming settled upon her father's farm of six hundred and eighty acres of land in Ontario Township. They moved to Oneida in 1856. Mr. Fleming died in 1867. Mr. Fleming was a republican; he was a great temperance man, and a well informed, intelligent citizen. Mrs. Fleming is charitable and kind-hearted and enjoys the good-will and respect of all who know her.
Foltz, Frederick P., is the son of Christian and Hannah Kieffer Foltz, and was born November 15, 1830, near Strathburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
The family is of German and French-Huguenot ancestry. His paternal great-grandfather was Frederick Foltx, who emigrated from Toterdam on the ship Tyger, George Johnson, master, November 19, 1771, and settled near Myerstown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. His grandfather, also named Frederick, moved to Letterkenny Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, in 1798. He had nine children, seven sons and two daughters, of whom Christian, the father of Frederick P., was the sixth. His great-great-grandfather, on the maternal side, was Abraham Kieffer, a French-Huguenot, who came to America in 1750. He had three sons and two daughters. His son, Dewalt, had seven sons and two daughters, the youngest son, Christina, being F. P. Foltz' grandfather.
The Foltz and Kieffer families come of excellent stock, and in France, Germany, and America, have been noted for their intelligence, enterprise, thrift, and usefulness. Many of the Kieffers were, and still are, prominent in church and State as teachers and ministers. Ex-Governor Beaver, a distinguished officer in the Civil War, and at present a member of the Superior Court, is a grandson of Catherine Kieffer. Ex-Speaker and General Kieffer, of Ohio, came from the Maryland branch of this family. Some of the most eminent divines in Maryland and Pennsylvania are named Kieffer, and include Dr. J. Spangler Kieffer, of Hagerstown, Maryland; Dr. Harry Kieffer, of Easton, Pennsylvania; and Professor J. B. Kieffer, of Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Foltz's brothers, Daniel, Cyrus, and Martin L., served in the Civil War, southwestern army, and Christian C. was Captain of an emergency company. His brother, George, was a successful contractor and builder. Another brother, Moses A., of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, has been, for many years, editor and proprietor of "Public Opinion." He is an influential republican, has been a member of the legislature, and was appointed by President McKinley, Postmaster of Chambersburg.
Mr. Foltz was educated, and learned the carpenter's trade in Pennsylvania, which occupation he engaged in until his removal West. He was married in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, October 08, 1855, to Melinda C., daughter of George and Susan Jacobs. She was born in Waynesboro, December 07, 1833. In 1857, Mr. Foltz moved with his family to a farm in Kansas, but owing to the disturbed condition of that part of the country, he returned to Pennsylvania and worked at his trade until the close of the war. He then made a second trip to Kansas, which, like the first, proved disappointing, and he located at Abingdon, Illinois, where he has for many years been a leading citizen of the town and county. He has taken a conspicuous part in all matters pertaining to the advancement of Abingdon, and was prominently concerned in securing the construction of what is now the Iowa Central Railroad, of which he was a director; he also acted as collector for the company for sometime, in which capacity he was very successful. He was among the first to erect modern brick business blocks in the city of Abingdon, and built and owned the Foltz Opera House. He is the owner of much valuable property in the city. He was pioneer in the introducing and manufacture of tile for drainage purposes, and was a member of the first manufacturing company formed for that purpose. He is now a stock holder in the Abingdon Paving Brick and Tile Company. Mr. Foltz is a druggist, and has been in the business since 1865. He is the discoverer and manufacturer of a valuable antiseptic germ-destroyer and pain alleviator called "Presto," which has proved a boon to suffering humanity.
Mr. and Mrs. Foltz are the parents of seven children: Louise Belle, born at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Jennie Augusta, born in Shawnee County, Kansas; Frederick Luther, born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and died in Kansas, April 18, 1864; Linnie M., born in Abingdon; and Lillie M. and Helen D. Twins born in Abingdon. Lillie M. died September 15, 1870. The family are connected with the Congregational church.
In politics, Mr. Foltz is a republican; he has been Alderman of the city of Abingdon several terms. He is highly esteemed by his fellow townsmen.
Foster, Thomas J. was born in Indiana, April 03, 1822, and was educated in the schools of Madison County, Ohio. His parents, Joshua and Sarah Silver Foster, were natives of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Foster was married in Knox County, Illinois, July 13, 1851, to Sarah Harriet Blakeslee, daughter of Sala and Lydia B. Pierce Blakeslee. Mr. Blakeslee came from Connecticut, and Mrs. Blakeslee from New Hampshire. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Foster: Mary, deceased; Lydia, Rebecca Ann, James D. deceased; Elizabeth, Lucy L. deceased, Martha, Benjamin F., Joshua c., Ollie and Sala B.
After residing three and a half years in Fulton County, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. Foster removed to Knox County, and bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in Maquon Township, where Mr. Foster died May 28, 1882, and where Mrs. Foster still resides. Politically, Mr. Foster was a democrat. He was an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he was also a master Mason, and a member of the Masonic lodge at Maquon, Illinois.
Mrs. Foster came with her parents to Illinois in 1835, when she was one year of age. They came by way of the Mississippi River, landing at Oquawka, in Henderson, and settled on a farm a half mile from Uniontown.
Fredericks, Gustav Eric, son of Charles and Inga Charlotte Fredericks, was born October 23, 1852, in the Province of Ostergotland, Sweden. His parents were both born in Sweden, his father in Ostergotland. He came with his parents to this country, reaching Knox county, Illinois, July 17, 1857. They lived tow years in Galesburg, and then moved to Soperville, Henderson Township, where they resided on a Timber farm from 1859 to 1867, when they removed to Log City, remaining there until 1870, then they removed to Ontario Township, where they bought a farm on one hundred and sixty acres for $13,000. In 1878, the parents removed to Altona, Walnut Grove Township. Gustav E. Bought the farm on Section 11, adjoining the old homestead, in 1896, where he now resides. The father was a very successful farmer, and owned five hundred and twenty acres of land. He lives in Altona, aged eighty-two years, respected and honored by all ho know him. His wife died January 11, 1892, aged seventy-four years.
Gustav E. Fredericks was married in Ontario Township, February 26, 1876, to Ida Matilda Walgreen, daughter of Nels P. and Johanna Walgreen, who were prominent among the farmers of that vicinity. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Fredericks were: Mrs. Clara A. Swanson, Mollie Co. Co, Fanny C., Jennie, Emma R., Minnie, Henrietta, Hilda C., Clarence N.; Herbert A., and Carl E., both deceased.
Mr. Fredericks has been one oft he most progressive farmers in the county. He bought the first self-binder, and the first traction engine in Ontario Township. He is considered one of the best threshers of grain in that part of the country, having been engaged in the business since he was fourteen years of age. He has threshed the grain on some of the farms in his neighborhood for twenty-seven years, and has made a careful study of all kinds of arm implements and machinery.
Politically, Mr. Fredericks is a republican. and has been Road Commissioner twelve years. In religious believes he is a Lutheran , and has been a trustee of the Lutheran Church at Altona.
Fulmer, Frank, Farmer; Cedar Township; born March 06, 1869, in Cedar Township; educated in the common schools of Kansas. His father, David, and his grandfather, Daniel, came from Pennsylvania in 1863, and settled at Old Henderson, where they were farmers. When Frank was six years old they went West, but at the age of nineteen he returned and settled in Knox County, August 12, 1891, hew was married to Emma J. Stegall, in Abingdon; She is a daughter of Frederick Stegall. Mrs. Fulmer owns the forty acres that her father first "entered " in 1850. Mr. and Mrs. Fulmer have two children, Lovina Elinor, and Francis Mania. Mr. Fulmer is a prominent farmer. He is a republican.
Funk, David H.; Contactor and Builder; Knoxville; born in Pennsylvania, April 23, 1854. His parents, John and Mary A. Moyer Funk, were married in Pennsylvania, September 11, 1849. They had eight children: Sara E., David H., Louis Calvin, Melinda H., Molly J., Emma, Fannie L., and Ida R., ; Mary A died in 1868, and John in 1891. David H. Funk was educated in Pennsylvania. He married Georgia E. Missen in Peoria, April 22, 1883. There were five children: Harry W., who died in his first year; Jessie M.; E. Lillian; G. Doris; and Mable F. Mr. Funk is a Presbyterian.
Gale, James; Farmer; Truro Township; born in Columbia County, New York, July 04, 1823; educated in Columbia County, New York. His father, Nehemiah, and his mother Susan Lyon Gale, were natives of Columbia county. His paternal grandfather was also named Nehemiah; his maternal grandfather was Thomas Lyon. February 01, 1851, he married, in Renseelaer County, New York, Lucinda Caroline Record, born April 22, 1833, daughter of John and Esther Hoke Record. Of this union there were fourteen children: Nehemiah C., Born April 20, 1852; John B., born August 29, 1853; Ambrose R., born March 07, 1855; Emma J., born June 07, 1857; Emma J., born June 07, 18i57; Eugene H., born February 28, 1859; Mariette and Antoinette, Born May 31, 1861; Elvina E., born August 15, 1863; Laurilla S., born May 22, 1865; Armena C., born October 13, 1867; Lovina J. born April 17, 1870; Caroline L., born November 26, 1872; James A., born January 06, 1874; and Anthony W., born November 30, 1876. Nehemiah married Merlind Cadwell; John married Pamelia Wolf; Ambrose married Clara Grate; Emma married Cyrus Wolf; Eugene married Phidelia Smith; Mariette married Forest Rowlim; Antoinette is at home; Elvira married Charles Morsman; Laurilla married Ezra Wolf; Armena married Robert Pierce; Lovina married Dr. E. v. d. Morris; Caroline, James and Anthony are at home. Mr. and Mrs. Gale are a hale and hearty couple. Mrs. Gales' mother is now living in Kansas. Mr. Gale came to Chillicothe in 1853, to Truro Township in 1858, and settled on Section 12, where by hard work he has become the owner of one hundred and eighty acres of land. In earlier life. he traveled through the south and east. He was by trade a mason. In religion, he is a Baptist. In politics, he is a green-backer.
Gardner, Alfred; Farmer; Persifer Township; born July 18, 1839, in Ohio, educated in Knox County, Illinois. His father, Alfred Gardner, was born in New York State; his mother, Jane Collins Gardner, was a native of Ohio; his grandfather, Caleb Gardner. was born in the state of New York; his grandmother's name was Lydia Thurston; his maternal grandfather, John Collins, was a native of Virginia, and his maternal grandmother, Beca Ennas, was also a native of Virginia. The Gardner family came from Ohio to Knox County when Alfred was three months old, and settled on a farm in Persifer Township. In 1862, Mr. Gardner enlisted in Company H. One hundred and Second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving till the close of the war. He was with Sherman's army and took part in all the battles in which the regiment was engaged. He endured many hardships, and his health was impaired that he has never fully recovered; he draws a pension. Mr. Gardner was married to Sarah E. Lorance, November 03, 1855, in Iowa. Thirteen children have been born to them: Alfred, Isaac H., Eliza Jane, and Jacob H., deceased; Sherman; Martha H.; Charlie; Albert; Mary; Benjamin; Leonard; Verner; and Lorance. Mr. Gardner is a Protestant. In politics, He is a republican.
Gardt, Henry is a native of Germany, and was born in Zornheim, June 16, 1852. His father was Peter Gardt, whose Occupation was that of a wagon and carriage maker. His mother was Agnes Knuxman. His grandfather participated in teh early French wars. His paternal uncle has held the office of Burgomaster of Zornheim for thirty years.
Herny Gardt received a thorough common school education in Germany, where superior training of the mind is the rule, not the exception. He became well instructed in those branches which especially fitted him for the active business of life. In 1868, when only a youth of sixteen years, he came to Galesburg, where he has resided ever since. He first found employment with Charles Brechwald in the liquor business, where he remained for eleven years. Frolich and L. Nirdlinger in the same business, which firm still continues. In 1888,m this company purchased the Union Hotel at Galesburg, making it by their excellent management one of the best hotels in the State. It has a fine reputation far and wide, and became a pleasant resort, especially for traveling men. In the Spring of 1899, they rented the hotel of George J. Mills. All this time they were engaged in the wholesale liquor business, and have made a financial success in all their transactions.
In 1890, they organized a joint stock company and built the Auditorium, which was put, and is still, under the management of Mr. Gardt.
Mr. Gardt has always shown himself as a public spirited man. The various industries and improvements of the city of his adoption he has always favored, and has given liberally of his means. He is kind in disposition, agreeable in manners, and has the ability to establish friendly relations towards his associates. He served, with credit, as Alderman, the citizens of his ward in 1884-5, being elected on the republican ticket. For a term of two years, he held the office of Park Commissioner. The two public enterprises to which he has given special attention are the founding of the Auditorium and the establishment of the Williams Race Track. he is a member of several secret societies, among which are the following: Masons, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Royal Arcanum, and the Shrine of Medinah (Chicago.)
He has traveled quite extensively in this country, visiting many States. In 1897, he made a tour of Europe, sojourning for a time in the land of his birth. In politics, he is an active republican, working always for his party's success.
Mr. Gardt was married May 18, 1876, to Barbara Glaeser. To these parents have been born three children. Two are deceased and one boy is living, Chauncey.
Garrison, Arwine; Farmer and Liveryman; Yates City, Salem Township; born January 10, 1868, in Clinton, Ohio; educated at Blanchester, Ohio. His parents, James and Susanna, were natives of Ohio, the former of Clinton county, where he now lives, the latter of Brown County. James' father, Arwine, was a native of New Jersey, Susanna Garrison's parents were Peter and Nancy Rude, the latter born in Cincinnati, the former near that city. July 08, 1889, Mr. Garrison married Rosabell Girton in Westborough, Ohio, where she was born June 11, 1870; she was the daughter of John and Edith Girton. Her father died in 1889; her mother is still living at Westborough. She is a member of the Methodist church. Mr. Garrison was brought up on a farm, and started in the Livery business February 27, 1894. In politics, he is a democrat.
Goold, Sylvester S.; Farmer; Yates City, born June 06, 1855, in Salem Township. His father, William, and his grandfather Sylvester F., were born in Rutland Vermont. His mother, Mary E. Corbin was born in Ohio; her parents were William and Mary E. McGinnis Corbin who were born in Virginia. November 14, 1875. Mr. Goold was married, in Yates City, to Mary E. Knable, who was born in Salem Township May 06, 1852; She was the daughter of John E. and Mary N. Clark Knable, both of whom are now dead. Nine Children were born to them. C. C., Born October 26, 1876, Evart, born December 23, 1878, died January 10, 1879, J. W. Rosco, born July 15, 1881; Lottie B., born March 14, 1883; Edison R., born June 28, 1855 Sydney S., born March 28, 1887; Mary L., born September 07, 1889; Carrie M, born August 23, 1890; and Susie M., born May 12, 1893. Mrs. Goold taught school for several terms in Salem Township. She died November 02, 1897. Mr. Goold owns about sixty-seven acres of land. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, Lodge No 3102, Yates City. In Politics, he is a republican.
Garwood, Jonathan C., Farmer and Stock-raiser; Galesburg Township; born in 1826 in Ohio, educated in the common schools of Michigan. His parents were William Garwood of Ohio and Mary Thatcher Garwood of Kentucky. He was married in Knoxville, Illinois, October, 1852, to Mary Churchill, duaghter of Lewis and Mary Churchill Weeks, who came to Galesburg in 1841. She was born May 13, 1832, Sheldon, New York. Two children were born these parents, Mamie E., and Martha who died at the age of six years. In politics Mr. Garwood is a republican.
George, John W.; Farmer; Galesburg Township; born August 19, 1836, in Ohio, where he was educated in the common schools. His parents were Thomas George of Ohio, and Mary Gorsuch of Maryland; his paternal grandparents were Presbyterians from Ireland; his maternal grandparents were Norman and Kiturah Gorsuch of Maryland. Mr. George was married March 09, 1862, in Hancock County, Illinois, to Mary E. younger, who was a native of Ohio. Their children are; Charles C., John E., Minnie D., Lulu B., Mary Blanche, and Florence. In politics, he is a republican and has held various township offices.
Gum, Charles D. Farmer; Galesburg Township, where he was born September 12, 1866, and where he received his education in the common schools. His father, Jacob D. Gum was born in Sangamon County, Illinois; his mother, Minerva Montgomery Gum, was born in Spencer County, Indiana. His paternal grandparents, John B. and Cassander Dills Gum were natives of Kentucky. Mr. Gum was married March 18, 1891, to Ellen Eckland, in Knoxville, Illinois. They have three children; Edwin, Bessie, and Grace. Mr. Gum is a republican.
Griffith, Morris; Farmer; Galesburg Township; born February 17, 1836, in Fayette County, Pennsylvania; educated in the common schools. He was married to Elizabeth harmony, at Knoxville, Illinois, December 27, 1859, They have six children: Herbert R., William E., Arthur A., F4rankM., Etta O., Mrs. George C. Hutson, Jr., and Jessie A. Mr. Griffith was the son of Able Griffith, who came fro Ohio to Knox County in 1852. He settled in Cedar Township and followed for many years the occupation of farming; he died in 1875, leaving five sons and three daughters: John, William, George, Howard M., Morris, Anna E., Mary E., and Frances Belle. In 1859, Mr. Griffith built a house on a part of a tract of land purchased by his father in Galesburg Township where he still follows his chosen occupation of farming. In religion, Mr. Griffith is a Presbyterian. In politics. he is a republican, and was Highway Commissioner for seven years, and has held the office of School Director.
GESLER, EDWARD R.: Florist; Galesburg; born April 29, 1868 at Macomb, Illinois, where he was educated. His parents were Gabriel Gesler, of Germany, and Martha (Riley) Gesler of Ohio. He was married to Elinda Winslow August 13, 1891 at Macomb, Illinois. Their children are: Gable Aurelia, Florence Martha, Clara May, and Ross Winslow. Mr. Gesler is a Congregationalist.
GIBSON, LEWIS L.: Farmer; Galesburg; born March 16, 1833, at Blekinge, Sweden. His parents, Lars and Ingrid (Nelson) Jhonson, were born in Sweden, the former dying two months before the birth of Lewis L. In the Fall of 1834, Ingrid Nelson was married to Thomas Jepson. Mr. L.L. Gibson had one brother, Pehr, and one sister, Peruella; he had three half-brothers, Nels, John, and Mathias, and two half-sisters, Celia and Nellie. Mr. Gibson came to Galesburg December 26, 1853, and began to work on a farm for George W. Ferris. He afterwards rented a farm in Galesburg Township. Later he was in the coal and wood business in Galesburg for fifteen years. Mr. Gibson has always taken a deep interest in the temperance cause. He is Secretary of the Galesburg Commercial Union. In religion, he is a Lutheran. He is independent in politics.
GILLETT, FREEMAN D.: Engineer; Galesburg; born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, October 23, 1856; educated in Ohio. His parents were Orlando M. and Amanda (Blackford) Gillett of Ashtabula County, Ohio; his paternal grandparents were William and Huldah (Wade) Gillett of Connecticut; his maternal grandparents, Martin and Hulda (Webb) Blackford, came from Ashtabula County. Mr. Gillett was married to Emma Lundgren in Galesburg, September 23, 1895; they have an adopted daughter, Aura. Mr. Gillett came from Michigan to Knox County in 1881, and began as fireman for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Two years later he began work in the machine shops. He afterwards resumed his position as fireman and has been running an engine since the noted “Q” strike in 1889. He is engineer of the fast mail train East and of the fast passenger train West. Mr. Gillett is a member of the Odd Fellows, Galesburg. In religion, he is a Methodist. He is a republican.
GOTTSCHALL, NELS J.: Baker and Confectioner; Galesburg; Born January 22, 1864, in Sweden; educated in Sweden and Galesburg. His parents were J. S. and Hannah (Trulson) Gottschall of Sweden. He was married to Christena M. Jacobson, in Galesburg, June 14, 1892. They have two children: Newton Tenny and Ethel Hannah Catherine. He is a member of the Swedish Mission. In politics he is a republican.
GRAHAM, JOHN M.: Conductor; Galesburg; born March 25, 1840 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His father was James M. Graham of Harrisburg; his grandfather, John M. Graham and his great-grandfather, George Graham, were natives of Scotland. He was educated in the Harrisburg academy. He was married in Galesburg, October 5, 1868, to Mary E., daughter of E. S. Hopkins. They have one son, George A., who is a music teacher and leader of an orchestra. Mr. Graham was employed in 1858 by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company for six years, as a telegraph operator. He came to Galesburg in 1864 where he was employed in the offices of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad for ten years. He has been a conductor for twenty-five years. In politics he is a republican.
GRIFFITH, HARRY H.: Galesburg; born in Seneca County, New York, March 14, 1849. His father, Harry H. was born in New York, and his mother, Margaret, in England. Mr. Griffith was educated in the common schools. He was married September 24, 1872 at Galesburg, to Anna M. Zeigler. There are five children: Nellie Blythe, John Herbert, Henry H., Myrtle Bell, and Emma Lyle. Mr. Griffith came to Galesburg in 1867, and has been in business here for twenty-five years. He was Alderman of the city of Galesburg for six years. In religion he is a Baptist. In politics a republican.
GRISWOLD, DANIEL JUDSON: Dentist; Galesburg; born September 29, 1865 in Jasper County, Indiana. His parents were Ames Anthony Griswold, born in Vermont, March 9, 1825, and Elizabeth (Adams) Griswold, born in Jasper County, Indiana September 2, 1840. His grandfather came from England and was among the early settlers of Vermont. Ames A. Griswold went to California in 1852, and returned to Indiana about 1858, where he was married January 1, 1859. He came to Illinois abt 1860, and settled on a farm near Springfield, where he remained about two years. He then removed to Indiana, where he lived for three years, returning to Illinois in the Spring of 1866, settling in Marshall County. He retired from business and now resides at Washburn, Woodford County, Illinois. In 1885 Daniel J. Griswold graduated from the Washburn High School, at Washburn, Woodford County. He then taught school for two years—1885 to 1887. From 1887 to 1891 he attended Knox College, Galesburg, and in 1894 he graduated from the Philadelphia Dental College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then returned to Galesburg and entered into partnership with Dr. F.W. Wolf under the firm name of Wolf and Griswold; their offices are in the Holmes Building; they have an extensive city and country practice. Dr. Griswold is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Veritas Lodge, No. 478; Knights of Pythias, College City Lodge; Beta Theta Pi Fraternity of Knox College, and the Soangetaha Club. He is a member of the Baptist Church. In politics he is a republican. Dr. Griswold was married September 12, 1899 to Grace Agnes, daughter of Dr. J.A. Ballard of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
GRUBB, SAMUEL W.: Publisher; Galesburg; born August 19, 1832, at Washington, District of Columbia; educated in the common schools. His father, Samuel, was born in Shepherdsontown, Virginia (now West Virginia); his mother, Ellen Wilson, at Snow Hill, Maryland, November 28, 1867. Mr. S.W. Grubb was married at Atlanta, Georgia to Jane A. Wright. There is one child living—James Wilson Grubb. Mr. Grubb commenced work in a printing office in 1843. He came to Galesburg in 1872 and has been manager of Galesburg Printing Company, publishers of the Republican-Register, since December 1872. In religion he is an Episcopalian. He is a republican.
GUCKER, WALTER: Galesburg; born March 5, 1854, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; educated in Mattoon, Illinois. His parents were Franklin and Elizabeth (Kimmell) Gucker, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania; his paternal grandparents were also natives of Pennsylvania; his maternal grandparents, Jacob and Mary Kimmell, came from Germany. Mr. Gucker was married to Anna Hillagass, May 4, 1880 at Mattoon, Illinois. They have one child, Ehrma. Mr. Gucker is a republican.
Gullett, Joshua; Farmer and blacksmith; Persifer Township; born June 12, 1823, in Putnam County, Indiana; educated in Indiana and North Carolina. His parents were Joshua Gullett, from Delaware, and Barbara Housh Gullett from Germany; his paternal grandparents were Joshua Gullett, of Ireland, and Elizabeth Barnes Gullett, of Nantucket, Massachusetts; His maternal grandparents were Adam and Becka Housh, of Germany. Mr. Gullett was married to Deliah Upton, in North Carolina in 1849. Their Children are William, deceased; Barbarian; and Mary Marlish, deceased. The grandfather of Mr. Gullett fought in the Revolution. His parents were married in Indiana and came to Illinois in 1839; the father died in 1880. Mr. Gullett retained part of the homestead, and has increased its area by purchase. He is a blacksmith by trade, and has a shop on his farm. He is one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Persifer Township. Mr. Gullett is a democrat.
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