son of William and Mary Flynn, natives of Ireland, was born Nov. 7, 1811;
came to America when a child; at the early age of 13 engaged as a bar tender
in a saloon; came west in 1834, settling in Illinois; July 27, 1838 he married
Mary Spears, who bore him 13 children, 9 of whom are living. Democrat. In
1861, when our country’s flag was fired upon, he was the first in his township
to offer his services; he is a radical temperance man and a hard worker in the
cause; on the 22nd day of May, 1878, he gave a large temperance
picnic at his place, at which over 600 people assembled; he formerly was very
intemperate, but has thoroughly reformed, and is a member of temperance
organizations and the Baptist Church; he has held local offices for over 20
hears. P. O., Knoxville. P. 675
George W., physician, Galesburg. P. 675
P. O., Oneida. P. 675
Foster, James M.,
farmer, son of Zebulon and Elizabeth
(Wingate) Foster, the former a native of New York and the latter of New
Jersey, was born Jan. 2, 1808 in Hamilton Co., O.; moved to Indiana in 1814;
received a common-school education, moved to Illinois in 1830, settling in
Fulton Co. until 1833, when he moved to Knox Co.; was married June 13, 1841 to
Eliza Combs, then again to a second wife, Louisa Roads, Sept. 1848; he is the
parent of 9 children, of whom 7 are living;
was a soldier in the Black Hawk war; has been
School Director, School Trustee and Supervisor; republican. P.O., Maquon. P.
Frail, J. C.,
residence section 12, Walnut Grove Township. P.O., Altona. p. 675
Freer, E. A.,
residence Henderson. P. 675
Freeberg, Andrew C.,
farmer, son of S.T. and Nilla (Oredsson) Freeberg, natives of
Sweden, was born in Feleberga, Sweden, May 30, 1858; educated in public
schools and college in Christianstad; formerly followed bookkeeping; came to
Galesburg in 1875, and on to his farm in 1876; joined the Lutheran Church in
1875. Republican. P. O., Abingdon. P. 675
Freeman, Fred E.,
Civil War Vet-
was born in Lagrange, Lorraine Co., O.; is the son of Rev. F. R.
and Lucy (Ritta) Freeman, of New York; he was educated in the Seminary at
Norwalk, O., and studied law with W. F. Hopkins of Morris, Guernsey Co., O.;
some years since he engaged in railroad business, in which he is now employed;
during the late war he entered the army as a private in the 106th
Reg. N.Y. Inf., and was promoted to Hospital Steward of the regiment; he came
from Ohio to Illinois in 1854; was married to Annie M. Bunker; he strongly
opposed the great railroad strike of 1877, being then as now connected with
the C. B.. & Q. R. R. Republican. Member of the Baptist Church. P. O.
Galesburg. P. 675
shoemaker, Abingdon, was born in Switzerland June 29, 1826; is the son of
Casper and Anna (Nateely) Frey, of the same nativity; came to Abingdon in
1855; learned his trade when young; has served as Mayor 4 hears. Alderman,
City Treasurer and School Director; was married April 26, 1851, to Sarah Bell,
who has borne him 2 girls. Republican. P. 675
Frost, John E.,
insurance agent, Galesburg
President First National Bank, Galesburg. P 675
Fuller, C. H.,
train dispatcher C. B. & Q. R.R. Galesburg. P 675
Fulton, Robert A.,
Civil War Vet-
Son of Alexander and Catherine Fulton, natives of Pennsylvania, was
born in Indiana Co., Pa., Nov. 27, 1838; received a common school and academic
education; was engaged in mercantile business, afterward became a bookkeeper,
then farmer; served 18 months in late war in 63rd Pa. Inf.; was
married Dec. 31, 1868 to Margaret J. Campbell; they are the parents of 4
daughters; moved to Knox Co., Ill., Jan 19, 1869. Republican. In 1856 united
with Presbyterian Church; has been very successful in farming; has served as
School Trustee in Salem Township. P. O. Yates City. P. 675
Gale, W. Selden,
Gardner, B. H.,
farmer, son of William and Catharine (Holland) Gardner, of Virginia; was born
in Louisa Co., Va., July 14, 1811; had but little schooling and raised on a
farm; moved to Warren Co. in 1834, and to Knox in 1869. He opened a coal bank
in Warren Co. in 1838 from where coal was taken for miles; it was the first
bank worked in Warren Co.; was married Jan. 1835 to Jemima R. Wallace, and
again in 1864, Aug. 23 to Mary A. Deatherage; is the parent of 7 children;
joined the Christian Church in 1838; baptized by Levi Hatchet. P.O.,
Abingdon p. 675 related to Foxie married my great
ISAAC STILES PERKINS. As a
representative business man of Knox co., the subject of this sketch stands
prominent. but few men in Illinois have larger business interests under
their immediate supervision than he. He was born in Southwick, Mass., June
4, 1832; his parents, Walter and Harriet Perkins, were also natives of that
State; his early life was passed on the farm; he attended common district
schools and Southwick and Westfield Academies. Attaining his majority, he
came west to Terre Haute, Ind., where he taught school one year, after which
he took a tour through the Northwest, stopping at St. Louis, where he
engaged as a commercial traveler, which he continued for 5 years. Prior to
the outbreak of the rebellion he returned to his native State, where he
engaged as commercial traveler and continuing as such until 1863, when he
came to Jacksonville, Ill., where, until 1864, he was connected with a
hardware firm. During that year, with George W. Brown, he made an
engagement to become his general traveling and business agent, and with
whom, for a period of over 14 years, he has been engaged. For the first 5
years, Mr. P. did almost all the traveling for the manufactory, which
included the selling of the products and much of the collecting. As the
business increased, more cares, greater difficulties and closer application
became necessary, but with his intimate knowledge, judicious judgment and
unquestionable integrity, Mr. Brown found much of the burden taken from his
shoulders. Through long and weary patent litigations against infringements
upon Mr. Brown's patents, he took a prominent and successful part.
July 31, 1866, he was married to Eliza Clark, of Westfield, Mass.
She is a graduate of Massachusetts State Normal School, and a lady of high
social standing. They have only 1 child, a son, Clayton C. Perkins, born
Nov. 24, 1873. Besides his connection with the corn-planter works, he is
Director in the Second National Bank, of Galesburg; he also acts as agent
for Eastern capital. Republican.
farmer, was born in Sussex Co., NJ, September 24, 1824; his parents were
natives of that State; his opportunities for attending the district schools
were very limited; his early years were spent on a farm; came to Knox co., in
1850. He married Amelia Morgan February 07, 1850; they had 4 children, He
married Mary Ann McElrea in 1861, by whom he has had 6 children, 4 living.
Republican. Residence, St. Augustine.
retired farmer, is the son of Erastus and Louisa Everest; was born in Addison
co., Vt. May 09, 1811; he was educated in Shoreham Academy, Vt. His early life
was passed on a farm, and he devoted his attention to farming chiefly; spent
some time in the millings business. He came from Vermont to Galesburg in
1836;' has held the office of Alderman of the city for years. He married
Amanda M. Sumner, February 14, 1854, in Granville, NY. They have two
daughters. Republican. Residence, Galesburg.
tailor, Yates City, is the son of William and Sarah Symons; was born in
England December 16, 1830; had no school education; came to Illinois in 1869;
served 5 years as soldier in England. Married Elib Conroy in 1853; six
children living, four dead. Republican.
Farmer, sec 21, Ontario Township. P O, Ontario.
Tasker, William, farmer, P. O., Maquon; son of William and Mary Rooke
Tasker, natives of Ringmer, Sussex County, England; was born July 18, 1848, in
Sussex County, England. His early life passed mostly on the farm. When 15
years old he went to sea 3 years; emigrated to America, coming to Knox County,
December 14, 1866. Married Eda Moore, April 6, 1873. They are the parents of 3
Tate, J. W.
stock dealer, Bedford, Iowa
Taylor, A. B.
O, Yates City.
Taylor, James Martin, banker, ---Civil
City, son of Samuel and Mary Taylor; was born in Clarksburg, Pa. March 24,
1844. He was educated in the public schools and at College in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. In youth he learned the printer's trade; then short-hand
reporting; afterwards farmed for a series of years, and finally engaged in the
banking business in Yates City. He served in
the United States Army during the rebellion.
February 18, 1858, he married S. J. Davids, by whom he has 2 sons. He is
connected with the Presbyterian church. Republican.
Taylor, John, farmer, son of John and Anna Taylor; was born in Champaign,
Ohio. His early life was passed on the farm; received his education from the
common schools; moved to Illinois; thence to Missouri, stayed 3 years, then
move to Knox County in 1848. Married Eunice Milum in 1847. They have been the
parents of 12 children of whom 8 are now living. Democrat. He has been very
successful in farming.
Temple, John, druggist, Galesburg, ``Civil
War Vet--son of Thomas and Elizabeth Temple;
was born in Yarm Branch Station, Durham County, England, January 18, 1835. He
is self-educated from the age of 10 years; he came to America in 1855, and to
Galesburg in 1857; engaged for a short time in farming, then re-entered upon
the drug business; he enlisted April 19, 1861, as
a private in company E. 17th Regiment Illinois
Infantry; was appointed Hospital Steward May 14, and held that position till
mustered out June 07, 1864. January 30, 1867,
he married Anna Peterson. They have 4 children; 3 living.
Terry, Rufus E., farmer, son of John and Nancy H. Benson Terry, of
Greenbriar County, Virginia; was born in Chestnut Township, Knox County, Ill.,
August 20, 1848. He was educated in the common schools, and at Abingdon
college. He was brought up on a farm and continued farming from choice. June
19, 1873, he married Alma F. Halten. They have 1 boy and 1 girl. Democrat.
Terwilliger, Philip Nelson, farmer, P. O., Midway, Fulton County, Ill.;
was born in Pickaway County Ohio, June 13, 1847; parents were Abraham and
Pency Rector Terwilliger, natives of Ohio. His early life was passed on the
farm; move to Fulton County, Ill., in 1850; attended school at Hedding
College, Abingdon. Married Sosa Welch January 01, 1871. They are the parents
of 4 children, of whom 2 are living; move to Chestnut Township, Knox County,
Feb., 1871; was school director. In 1863 united with the Methodist Church, of
which he was Class-leader.
Thomas, James, farmer, was born in Guernsey County Ohio, December 19,
1824. He is the son of Enoch and Anna Dilley Thomas, the father of
Pennsylvania, the mother of New Jersey. He was educated in the common schools;
spent his early life on a farm; came from Ohio to Knox County Illinois, in
1856; has held the offices of J. P., a member of the school board and Trustee
in Victoria Township; September 14, 1847, he married Caroline Creighton, by
whom he has 7 sons and 3 daughters, 4 dead; has been connected with the
Methodist Protestant church since 1851. P.O., Abingdon.
Edwin, Civil War Vet--mechanic,
son of Edward and Laurena Kidwell Thomas, of Indiana, was born in Wayne co.,
Ind., December 08, 1843. He was educated in the common schools; learned the
wagon-maker's trade, and has followed it; in the fall of 1858 came to Wataga;
served in the U S army during the rebellion as
a member of Co B., 138th Ill. Inf.; in
September 1868, married Elvira Morrison by whom he has two children; is a
member of the M E Church. Republican.
farmer, Rio Township. P O, Rio.
Thomas, W. H.,
carriage manufacturer, Abingdon, the son of Edward and Laurena Kidwell Thomas,
of Ohio, was born in Madison, Ind., in 1842. He came to Knox co, in 1860.
settled in Abingdon in 1875; served three years at the carriage trade with
Sheldon & Harrison in Galesburg; traveled for two years before settling in
business for himself; in 1873 married Ellen Morley. Greenbacker.
Newton, --Civil War Vet--son
of Edward and Laurena Kidwell Thomas, of Indiana, was born in Wayne Co., Ind.,
May 14, 1842; learned the blacksmith trade, which vocation he has followed;
came to Knox co., Ill., in 1858; during he late war
enlisted in Co. A 9th Mo.,
but was transferred to the 59th Ill.; was married in Dec., 1869. Independent.
P O, Wataga.
Thompson, George Wallace, attorney, Galesburg, of English parentage, born
near London, Canada, August 09, 1851; educated at Upper Canada College and a
graduate of the University of Toronto, taking the degree of B A and the
University gold medal in 1874; studied law in Toronto and was admitted to
practice, 18778,m and came to Galesburg immediately and formed a partnership
with William Davis; early life passed on a farm; his parents live on a farm
near Galesburg; selected the profession from a liking for it, and to make
money and have an occupation.
Civil War Vet--farmer,
born in Indiana December 06, 1835. His father, John Thompson, born in
Pennsylvania; his mother, Catharine Thompson, was a native of Ohio. David
spent his early life on a farm, and has never had reason to engage in anything
else; was married July 02, to Catharine Richmond; they have 5 children; three
boys and two girls; when our country's flag was fired upon he showed his
devotion by enlisting, and served 3 years. Democrat. P O, Altona.
Adoniram Judson, is the son of Herbert C. and Louisa W. Hall Thomson, the
former of Virginia, his mother a native of Kentucky. He was born in Cumberland
Co., Kentucky, September 03, 1835; his parents came to Illinois when he was
about 3 years old; at the age of 14 his mother died; he soon entered a dry
goods store as clerk, remaining over 3 years; in the meantime he confessed his
faith in Christ, and was baptized by Elder Zib Brown and united with the
Christian Church at Macomb, which then had hopes of making him a preacher, and
but few preachers of the gospel have done more efficient labor than he; many
have confessed Christ under his preaching, and scores of our subscribers were
baptized by him. In 1853, he entered Abingdon Academy, and in 1858 graduated
from Abingdon College, and until 1865 was connected with the college as tutor
and Professor. In 1866 was Principal of Hiram College; he was recalled
to the chair of languages in Abingdon College; severed his connections with
he college in 1877; has served a number of times as Alderman and once as Mayor
of Abingdon; was married Jan 01, 1860 to Aldula Gertrude Price; 2 sons and 2
daughters have been born to them; 3 now living. Republican. Residence,
farmer, P O, Maquon, was born July 01, 1812, in Highland co., Ohio. Parents
were Thomas and Feba Goard Thurman, natives of Virginia. His early life was
passed on the farm; moved to Illinois in 1830, settling in Knox co., and has
been out of the county only three years' time since. December 25, 1834, was
married to Anna Hall. They are the parents of nine children, of whom seven are
living. Was first a member of the Methodist Church, but now belongs to the
Christian, which he joined in 1838 or '39. Has been School Director and
Trustee. Republican. Owns 592 acres of land.
Thurman, W. H.
farmer, son of Philip and Jane Thurman, from Virginia, was born in Highland
co., Ohio. March 27, 1822; only attended the district school a few terms. Came
to Illinois in 1841; worked the first 3 years for his board and a 3-year-old
colt; and the next summer for $9 per month. January 03,1845, he married Phebe
Jane Thurman. He has been a member of the Christian church for many years; has
been a member of the School Board of the township. Republican. P O, Yates
Tiffany, O. M.,
of Altona, is manager of a large drug and notion store, and carries on
business under the firm name of H. Tiffany, and which was established Jan. 26,
1885, succeeding John Becker, M. D., the previous owner and manager. Mr.
Tiffany, before engaged in the drug trade at Altona, had been in the same
business at Union, Hardin Co., Iowa, where he continued for seven years.
Removing, after successfully carrying on the business there, to his present
Mr. Tiffany was born in Schoharie
County, N. Y., October 11, 1854. His father, Horace Tiffany, was formerly by
occupation a farmer, but feeling himself called to the ministry, he abandoned
this work, engaging with the Methodist Episcopal denomination, in which church
he has since labored. He resides at Cornell, Livingston Co., Ill., to which
place he came in 1871. He was married while in the State of New York to Lucy
J. Teel, who was a native of that State, and who with him entered his chosen
field of work. She is yet living and is his helpful and appreciative
Our subject is the second in order
of birth in a family of seven children. At the time of his parents’ removal to
Illinois he was two years of age, and after attaining a scholastic age was
sent to the public schools of Livingston County, and after reaching years of
discretion, during which he grew to truly estimate the value of an education,
he was sent to Hedding College, Abingdon, Ill. He was 15 years old at this
time but developed beyond his age, mentally, and was of serious and dignified
He began teaching in the public
schools in this State and in Iowa, about this time. He pursued his chosen
vocation up to the time that he engaged as druggist at Union, Iowa. In
Cornell, Ill., he made the acquaintance of Miss Flora C., the daughter of
Harrison Carroll, a farmer of Livingston County. Their friendship ripened
into a wormer sentiment, and on April, 15, 1877, their marriage took place.
Her father still lives in this section of the country, in which Mrs. Tiffany
was born, receiving her education in the public schools.
of Mr. and Mrs. Tiffany has been blessed by the birth of three children, named
respectively Harry M., Nellie M. and Frederick. Mr. Tiffany is a
wide-awake and energetic member of society, and takes a keen interest in
public matters, upon which he is an able thinker. Politically he is a
Republican. P. 670
was born in Sweden, June 21, 1829; was educated in Swedish schools; chose
agricultural pursuits; came to America in 1854, settling in Bureau Co.,
Ill., remained there, however, but one year, when he came to Knox co.; was
married in March 1859, to Anna Lyburg; again in Dec 25, 1863, to Anna
Eng; is the father of 1 boy and 2 girls. Mr. Gibson lives an exemplary
Christian Life; is a member of the Baptist Church in which he now holds the
office of Clerk. PO Altona.
Linn, Prof. Albert, deceased, was born in Adams co., Ill., Feb 25, 1810; his
parents, John and Nancy Linn, were natives of Indiana; he had a collegiate
education, and was teacher and principal in the preparatory department of
Abingdon College, and for many years was professor of mathematics; he
united with the Christian Church in 1868, was baptized by Prof. Thomson.
He died March 11, 1875, in the very prime of life. His widow, Mrs. E. C.
Linn, Nee Lyon, whom he married Aug 29, 1865, resides at Abingdon. She is
a graduate of Abingdon College.
Liden, Mrs. Elizabeth, mid-wife, residence
of Galesburg. Mrs. L. has a diploma from the Royal College of Midwifery of
Stockholm, Sweden, which she received when no other kingdom was granting
such honors to women. She is a native of Sweden, born March09, 1838; was
married to Stephen S. Liden. July 04, 1861. He is a coppersmith; formerly
was Pastor of Swedish Baptist church, now Deacon; they have 2 children
living and four dead.
Lindberg, Henry, sec 23, Walnut Grove
township. P O, Altona.
Liebant, Jein, son of Jein and Katie
Liebant, natives of France. The subject of this sketch was born Sept 10,
1913, in France; has been School Director; moved to New York, then to
Illinois, in 1836; returned to France; then to St. Louis, Mo., then back
to New York, then tot this county. Mr. Liebant is well liked by his
neighbors; he lives alone on his farm in Elba Township. P O Douglas.
Lindburg, Charles H., farmer, son of Gust
and Anna Yden, Lindburg, was born in Sweden Nov 22, 1858. His parents came
to Fulton co., Ill., in 1869. He was educated in the common and high
schools of Sweden and Galva; was raised on a farm , and became a farmer
from choice. He settled in Knox co., in 1876, where he now lives. PO
Little, Albert G., mechanic and dealer in
musical merchandise, Altona; was born Sept 27, 1817, in Boscawen,
Merrimack Co., N H. His parents were Henry and Susan Little, of the State.
His education was confined to the common schools; followed farming in
early life; afterwards learned the carpenter's trade and worked at it till
1852, since which time he has been selling musical instruments. He came to
Peoria in 1836, removed to Liverpool, Fulton co., in 1839; thence to
Altona in 1866; he has held the offices of J. P. and Town Clerk. He first
married Deborah Bruck, Nov 10, 1842. by whom he had 5 children, 4 living;
married Jane Stell, Dec 05, 1850, by whom he had 10 children, 4 of whom
are living ; joined the Congregational Church in 1835.
Lomax, E. H., farmer; PO Abingdon; born in
Warren Co., Ky. Oct 15, 1815; his parents, E. H. and Rachel Hiat were
natives of South Carolina and Virginia, respectively; came to Knox co in
1842; learned the trade of wagon maker and boat-builder; was married
December 05, 1852, to Rebecca C. Ferris; member of the M. E. Church.
Lomax, William D.,
Vet---- farmer, son of John and Nancy Howard Lomax of Kentucky; was
born in Indian Point township, Knox Co., Ill., Oct 08, 1837. His parents
settled in that township in 1834. His early life was spent on the farm. He
enlisted as private in the late civil war, in
Co K, 55th Ill. Vol., in 1861, and by meritorious
conduct was promoted to the office of Captain.
He removed from the farm to Abingdon in 1866, and
served as Postmaster there until 1873, when he returned to the farm; was
married Dec. 08, 1864. and has 3 sons and 2 daughters. P O Abingdon.
Long, T. L. P O, Yates City.
Longden, William Henry, born June 19, 1827
at Haywood, Lancashire co., Eng.; attended school till 14, then placed in
a cotton mill, followed this till he came to the United states in 1850, to
Salem township. this co., 1851. Married Sept. 03, 1848 to Mary Duckworth.
They have 2 children living, 2 dead. Republican. Visited England in 1872.
P O Yates City.
Lotts, Milton, farmer, born Jan 01, 1823
in Ohio, and spent his school-boy days on the farm, under the parental
roof' his father Isaac born in Greenbriar co., and his mother was a native
of Monroe co; came to Knox co., 1837, where he has since resided; married
Miss Elizabeth Ward march 13, 1875; their family consists of 8 children. P
O Gilson, near which place he owns a find farm.
R .. conductor, son of Robert and Margaret Love, natives of England; was
born in the year of 1844, in Toronto, Canada; his childhood was passed on
the farm; came with his parents to Aurora, Ill., in his youth; started
railroading early in life, and has continued. has been a conductor on the
C B & Q for 12 years; in 1869, he married Jennie E. Displain; the union
has resulted in 1 daughter, Mary E. Mr. Love was a soldier in the late
war. Republican. Residence, Galesburg, Ill.
Lowrie, Rev. M. B. Pastor Presbyterian
Lucan, Charles, son of Henry and Anna Mary Oesterhald Lucan, natives of
Germany, born in Germany, June 17, 1836;
educated in the German language; until 14 years old he lived on a farm;
went to learn the tanner's trade, which he changed for farming, in which
he has been successful; in 1854, removed to Pennsylvania, thence to
Canton, Fulton co., Ill., living there 18 years, then moving to Knox Co.,
in 18752; September 11, 1851, was married to Phileica El Lloyd; they are
the parents of 4 children; in 1865 united with the Christian Church;
republican. P O London Mills, Fulton, Illinois.
Lundeen George, farmer, resides on section 8,
Walnut Grove township; P O, Altona.
Lynam, Richard H.,---Civil
War Vet-- farmer
son of William H., and Lovina Rice Lynam of Kentucky, was born in Pike co,
Ill., August 16, 1840; his early life was passed on a farm, and his
education obtained in the common schools; his parents came to Knox Co.,
Ill, in 1846, he served 3 years in the
late was as a member of Co G., 89th Ill Vol;
on the 3rd of October 1865, he
married Minerva A Starboard; 5 sons and 1 daughter, are of the fruit of
the union, 4 of whom are living. Greenbacker.
P O., Victoria.
born in Bauffshire, Scotland, the native place of his parents, James and Sarah
Mackintosh; educated at Merchiston Castle Academy and High School, Edinburgh,
Scotland; went to India, then came to America;
served in the late war;
was married Sept. 05, 1871, to Grace Kirk; learned the cabinet trade.
Republican. P O Altona.
farmer, born in Scotland, March, 1824. His parents, Mathew and Jane, were
natives of the lowlands of Scotland; was sent to private school in his native
country, and while yet quite young began work in the nines; was married April
17, 1846, to Miss Janet McFayden, who bore him 9 children, 4 boys and 5
girls; came to America in 1848, and settled in Knox co., and has lived here
since; has held the office of School Director and Road Commissioner of Truro
township; early in life united with the Presbyterian Church, but later joined
the Christian church, in which he has served as Deacon. Independent P O Truro.
Main, E. B.,
sec 16, Walnut Grove Township. P O Altona.
farmer and blacksmith sect 30 Ontario township. P O Ontario.
J., son of Jos. and Elizabeth Champion Mansfield. natives of Kentucky. he
was born in Crawford Co., Ind., March 16, 1828; came to Henderson township in
1860, and has been Road Commissioner and School Director in Ontario township,
where he now lives on a large farm; married Sarah A. Wilmont Feb 17, 1853;
they have 3 boys; joined the Christian Church in 1850; baptized by Elder Jno
E. Martin; Deacon for several years. Republican. P O Woodhull, Ill.
Markham, Horace L., whose parents,
Horace and Esther O., were natives of Vermont and Kentucky respectfully, was
born in Peoria co., Ill., Jan. 31, 1827; attended the common schools in
Indiana and this State. took a professional course under Dr. O'Neil at
Daublin College; practiced veterinary surgery; went o the West; encountered
many hairbreadth escapes; served in the 1st Ill.
Cav. as Asst. Quartermaster; married , in 1872, Eliz E. Martin,
which union was blessed with 3 sons. Republican P O Henderson.
Marshall, John, Salem township, P O
Farmington, Fulton Co., IL.
Martin, Oliver J., farmer, was born
in Hamilton co., O., January 24, 1842, His parents were Francis and Eliza
Jones Martin, of the same county; his early life was spent on a farm and
education confined to the common schools; came fro Ohio to Illinois in Feb,
1868, and settled in Knox co; has held the offices of Town Clerk, Collector
and School Director; March 30, 1865, he married Eliza J. Moon; they
have 2 children; he has been a member of the Christian church since 1870,
and is a Deacon. Democrat. PO Hermon.
Martin, John M., Principal of
Western Business College, Galesburg.
Mason , Martin B., farmer, son of
Jacob and Catharine Mason, the former of Pennsylvania, the latter of
Virginia. Martin B. was born in Fayette Co., Pa., May 06, 1808; was schooled
in log school house in Ohio; moved to Ohio in 1814, to Illinois in 1837;
married Mary Ann Slosson; they have 7 children; has held offices of County
Commissioner and Supervisor a number of years; is a Universalist, P O Yates
Masters, Wm M., Sparta Township, P
Mathews, Robert G., farmer, was
born in Knox Co., Ill, in 1851. His parents were John and Clara Mathews, he
of Ireland, she of Pennsylvania. He was educated in common schools chiefly;'
his life has been spent in farming and stock-raising; he is now Commissioner
of Highways. Republican. PO Douglas.
Matson, Lewis, farmer, son of
George and Catherine Olson Matson; was born in Victoria, Knox Co., Ill.,
November 25, 1852; removed to Wataga In 1869. Republican. P O Wataga.
Matteson, Asa A., Vice President
First Nat. Bank, Galesburg, IL
Matteson, C. S., harness maker,
Maxfield, William, son of Jas and
Hannah Batchler Maxfield, natives of New Hampshire, born in Maine January
10, 1814; was educated in district schools; early life passed in different
vocations; learned the trades of carpenter and cooper, and has followed
farming, which he continues; moved from Maine to Illinois July 04, 1847;
married Marah K. Maxfield; they are the parents of 5 children. Republican.
P. O., Knoxville.
May, S. W., See article on
windmills in chapter on manufactories.
May, H. H., son of Ellis May, a
descendant of John May, who came from England to Boston in 1640; was born in
Washington co., NY When he was 21 years old he joined the church, and has
been a member since. To show the drift of his genius and how his brains
drove his hands, we will name some of the many inventions that he shows by
drafts and lettered specifications on paper, although in some cases he has
beautifully working models. He says: "Some of many experiments proved
worthless tot he world but not to me, and where success even of man has
repeatedly prevented me from being the almoner of the bounties of my own
brains." according to affidavits before us of eye witnesses, he invented
in 1824 a reaper which cut rye, in Aug., 1826, at the rate of 1 acres per
hour, and casting it back upon the platform nicely with reel, like those now
in use, and was drawn by one horse, for it was mounted on the hind wheels of
lumber wagon. But since C. H. McCormick has claimed priority in this
invention, it appears to be duty to quote his own testimony to show his
mistake, and so let honor rest where honor belongs. He had applied for an
extension of his patent, and the Scientific American, Vol., 8, page 70,
says: "The testimony of C. H. Mc Cormick presented to the Board of
Extension, clearly proves that he invented and put in operation his machine
in 1831;" Hence Mr. May's successful trial of his reaper above was a 5 years
before Mr. McCormick's.
After his father
had decided not to assist his son to take out letters patent, he applied to
several of his friends for aid but got none. January 13, 1831, we find a
$500 bond not to divulge Mr. May's plans for reaping grain, signed and
sealed by Timothy Durkee. Even the signing of this bond was some months
before Mr. McCormick';s first trial of his reaper. To get help he went tot
he mercantile business in 1832, determined to take out letters patent for
his reaper as soon as he could earn enough to do so. But in 1834, he saw the
claims of C. H. McCormick to a "great invention" in grain reaping. After
reading a few lines he discovered his grain-reaper was being described; his
vision failed him so that he could not read a word. After waiting, he tried
again, and again the third time, when called his brother to read the item to
him. His found hopes being thus broken, his health declined, and he finally
concluded to sell out and move west, and go to farming. He started in March,
1836, to find a new home, which he did with the colony at Galesburg. For the
invention of steel plow we refer to Chapter XXII, In 1842 he invented a
wood-bender, now extensively used. When Mr. May read the account of the
Merrimac sinking the Cumberland, he devised a horned boat or ram; he made a
draft and specification of it, which he sent to President Lincoln, who said
he liked it the best of many devices that had been presented.
He has taken out
the following letters patent, viz'; On prairie plows May 02, 1843; old land
plows, Jan 27, 1846, foundation for railroads, Nov 26, 1850; on elevating
water without pump, Nov 14, 1865. He has 5 caveats on which patents can
issue if they are deemed worthy and 45 specifications of inventions.
McBride, William, sec 22, Lynn
Township, PO LaFayette.
McCalmont, John B. son of Henry and
Ann Wilson McCalmont, natives of Pennsylvania; was born September 07, 1807,
in Centre Co., Pa.,; he was educated in the subscription schools, and his
early life passed in a blacksmith shop; moved to Venango co., Pa., in 1818,
and to Knox in 1855; was first married May 12, 1831, to Ann Thompson, and
again on December 09, 1851, to Sophronia Stockham; he is the parent of 8
children, of whom 3 are living. Republican. Was Justice of the Peace for 15
years in Pennsylvania, and 4 years in Knox co., P O, Altona.
McClelland, Dr. M. A. County
Physician. Residence, Knoxville.
McClymont, Peter, farmer, born in
Scotland December 1816, son of Gilbert and Mary McClymont; came to
Pennsylvania in 1844, and to Knox co., in 1845; married in November 1848, to
Mrs. Margaret Miller, Parents of 6 children; member and trustee of
Presbyterian Church. Republican. P O Oneida.
McCornack, A. F. Copley township. P
McDannoels, George, farmer and
stock-raiser; is a son of Abraham and Louisa McDannoels, natives of Ohio.
George was born in Macomb, Ill., Feb 07, 1854; attended common school in
Knox co. Has been very successful in his business. Republican. PO, Eugene.
McDowell, John, farmer, son of John
and Anna Livingston McDowell, natives of Kirkudbrightshire, Scotland; he was
born in the same place October 26, 1816; his early life was passed on the
farm; emigrated to Knox co., July 26, 1839; returned to Scotland in 1843 and
married Margaret Gordon. They are the parents of 10 children, of whom 9 are
living; has been Justice of the Peace, Trustee and Supervisor of Copley
township; is a member of the Presbyterian Church, of which he is Trustee.
Republican. P. O Victoria.
McEldowney, Hezekiah, miller, St.
Augustine, is the on of Robert and Elizabeth Smith McEldowney, former of
Scotland, his mother of Virginia; he was born in Bedford Co., Pa., February
089, 1836; came to the county first in 1867; was married December 25, 1858,
to Sarah Heckman, who has borne 2 children, a girl and a boy; was
in Co C 22d Pa Cav. Democrat.
McElrea, W. C., farmer, was born in Warren
co., Ill., February 10, 1839; he is the son of Thomas and Hannah Peterson
McElrea, the former from Ireland, the latter from Pa.; his early life was
passed on a farm, and his education obtained in the district school. He has
always been a farmer, but has also operated in the mercantile business in
St. Augustine for a number of years; settled in Knox co., in 1852, in 1866,
March 01, he married Melissa Snare, who bore him four children, two of whom
are living. Republican. P O St. Augustine. Served
in the war of the Rebellion; enlisted August 27, 1861, in Co. C. 36 Ill.
McElwain, Ed. H., sec 22, Persifer
township. P O, Knoxville.
McFarland, Samuel, farmer, son of
William and Catharine Bowden McFarland, of Va.; was born in Richland co.,
March 01, 1837; was educated in the common schools and academy. From the age
of 20 to 25, he engaged in mercantile business in Hermon; the remainder of
his life he has been a farmer. He has held several offices of trust in the
township. He settled in Chestnut township early in life, where he still
resides. October 17, 1861, he married Sophronia G. Terry, by whom he has a
family of 4 girls. Republican. P. O. Hermon.
McGaan, James, is the son of
a hardy Scotch parents, whose names were William and Agnes McGaan. James was
born at Ayreshire, Scotland, March 22, 1850; attended the common schools in
his native country, and coming to America, attended the high school at
Altona; engaged in farming; served as School Director 3 years; was married,
January 01, 1874 to Miss Collinson. P O Altona.
McGirr, Mahlon, farmer, PO Douglas;
came to Knox co., in 1840, son of Thomas and Ann Wilman McGirr, the former a
native of Md, and the latter of Va.,; was born in Stark Co., Ohio, June 20,
1828; he was educated in the common schools, and his early life passed on
the farm; learned the blacksmith and carpenter trades, but changed to
farming, in which he has been successful; married Sarah L. Barbero May 12,
1853. They are the parents of 6 children. Republican. He has been School
Trustee in Maquon township, also School Director.
McGirr, T. Leslie, teacher, Maquon.
McGrath, John, farmer, son of
Patrick and Mary McGrath, natives of Carlon co., Ireland; was born in the
same place as parents, in 1826. At 16 years of age he emigrated to NY and 25
years later, to Knox co., He was married to Martha Shields February 11,
1850; they are the parents of 4 children. He has long been a member of the
Catholic Church. In political views is Democratic. P O Oneida.
McKee, Hon. Thomas, whose portrait
is in this book, is the son of Thomas and Hannah Dougherty McKee, the former
of Scotch, the latter of Irish, descent. He was born in Harrison co., Ind.,
Aug. 22, 1810; he was studious in boyhood, and well advanced when 11 years
old. His father then moved to Sangamon co., Ill., and in 1824, to Schuyler
co. On the 10th day of May 1827, when 17, he took a change of clothing tied
in a cotton handkerchief, and with an ax on his shoulder, started in search
of his own fortune, and by Nov., 1828, found himself in Knox Co., being one
of the very first settlers, where he has led an eminently useful and
successful life. He passed his early life in the woods, mauling rails and
clearing ground, and commenced farming, which business he personally carried
on for many years. He has held many official positions, among which are
Assessor, Constable, J. P., Supervisor, and from 1852 to '54 was a member of
the legislature. He was Lieutenant in the Black
Hawk war, Captain, and Major of Militia. He was married, March 04, 1832, to
Maria Rice. They are the parents of 10 girls and 3 boys all of
whom grew to be men and women save 1, and 7 live now. He is a Universalist
in religious belief, and oftentimes a Trustee of Church. He is a prominent
Democrat, and at present U. P. and Supervisor at Galesburg. As the early
part of this work is largely from nim and his experience, we refrain from
giving such matters here.
McKeighan, James, son of John and
Lillie McKeighan; was born in Ireland June 19, 1803; came to Philadelphia in
1835; remained 3 years, then came to Fulton co., Ill., December, 1838; after
being in the States 12 years, he returned to Ireland, where he was married
to Miss Elizabeth Cunningham; they had had 6 children; two are dead;
those living are Robert J., Rachel, Mary Elizabeth, and Emma; Mary is
the wife of Robert Steke. Jas been a very successful farmer. Is a member of
the Presbyterian Church at Yates City. Republican in Politics. P O Yates
McKenzie, James A., attorney,
McKiearnan, L. A., son of Joseph
and Julia Ann Smith McKiearnan, natives of Maryland, was born in Union co.,
Ky., Jan 28, 1820; reared on a farm and attended common schools; came to
Knox co., in 1848; was married to Emily Hagan in 1847; have had 3
children, 2 living; member of the Catholic Church. Democrat. P. O., St.
McMaster, W. W., physician, was
born February 23, 1819, in Highland co., Ohio. His parents were David
McMaster, formerly from Ireland, and Elisabeth Wirdlaw, of Virginia; he was
educated in common schools, and obtained his medical education in
Cincinnati, OH, where he graduated at the Eclectic Medical College. He has
been a practicing physician for 24 years. Dr. M.
enlisted in an Independent Cav. Co., at Rushville, Ill., in May, 1847, and
participated in the Mexican war, under command of Gen. Z. Taylor; he also
served in the United States army as hospital steward during the Rebellion.
Enlisted Aug 22, 1862, in the 119th Reg. Ill. Inf. He married
Susannah Hendricks October 19, 1856; they have had 2 daughters and 1
son. Has been a member of the Presbyterian Church since 1860. Republican.
McMurtry, James W., born at
Henderson, Knox Co., Ill. July 27, 1856; is the son of honest parents, who
gave him a liberal education in the public schools and Knox College; is a
farmer from choice, and in politics Independent. Married June 1875,
Nannie Henderson, one daughter being the fruit of the union. P. O.
McMurtry, James C., Physician,
Meadows, Lemuel Cibley, farmer, son
of Elijah J. and Jane Cobb Meadows, natives of Kentucky, was born in Warren
co., Ky, Dec 18, 1823; received a common school education, and passed his
early life on the farm; moved to Warren co., in 1833, and to Indian
Point township, Knox co., in 1848, married Mary R. Marshall April 13,
1848; they are the parents of 6 children; united with the Christian
Church of Abingdon in 1840, of which he has been Deacon for 20 years. He has
held nearly all the township offices, and been School Director for many
years. P O Abingdon.
Melton, George W., was born on
President Harrison's farm, Indiana, September 05, 1811; parents were David
and Catharine Phrimmer. His early life was spent on a farm, and his
educational advantages were confined to the common schools of Harrison co.,
Ind. He removed to, Ontario Township, Knox co., in May, 1834; married Mary
Ann Riley, March 26, 1836; family consists of 11 children, 8 girls and 23
boys; has been a member of the Congregational Church since 1853; has always
pursued the calling of his early choice, with satisfaction, and good
pecuniary results. Republican. P O Ontario.
Messplay, George S., residence
Metcalf Brothers, lumbermen,
Miles, Solomon S., minister, was
the son of Benjamin and Hannah Buckminister Miles, born in Washington
Co., Ohio, December 28, 1794; was educated at Ohio University, Athens;
devoted his life to the ministry in the Presbyterian Church; was pastor of
the church in Newark, Ohio, from 1821 to 1836, when he removed to Knox co.,
Ill. He married Eliza Ann Gillmore, by whom he had 10 children; a
sketch of one of them, Hon R. W., Miles, follows this. He died
October 06, 1876.
Miles, Hon. Rufus W., farmer, was
born September 22, 1822, Newark, Ohio,. He is the son of Rev Solomon S.
Miles, of Ohio, and Eliza Ann Gillmore, of Vermont. He was educated in the
common school, finishing at Knox Academy, Galesburg. His parents removed to
Knox co., Ill., in 1836. Nearly ever since attaining his majority Mr. M. Has
been called to serve the public in some official capacity. He was J. P. for
seven years, 18 years a member of the Board of Supervisors served 10 years
on the State Board of Equalization and one term in the Illinois Legislature,
and he was re-elected this fall. He married Mary Jane Bruce, by whom he has
had 7 children. Republican. P. O. Gilson. Rufus & his father and their
families are buried in the Russell Cemetery, Knox Co., IL.
Miller, Alexander W., was born
September 12, 1830, on Long Island, N Y. His parents, Vincent and Alma
Miller, were both natives of the same place. Alexander Miller is on of the
pioneers of the West, coming to Andover, Ill., as early as 1835, and settled
in Knox co., in 1843; learned the shoemaker's trade, but his health failing,
engaged in farming; was married February 16, 1851, to Miss Rebecca
Edwards; the fruits of the union has been 4 children, 3 of whom are
living. Republican. P. O. Altona.
Miller, Elnor, Salem township., P.
O. Yates City.
Miller, John M. A., son of Benjamin
Miller, of Otsego co., N Y, and Julia O Garrett Miller, of Connecticut. John
M. was born October 01, 1826, in Cortland Co., N Y, and at 10 years of age
came with his parents to Peoria co., Ill; received a collegiate education;
was married March 17, 1852, to Harriet Robinson; they had 13 children
born to them, 10 of whom are now living; united with the Christian Church
May, 1841; in 1856 joined the Baptist Church, in which he has held the
office of Deacon 9 and Trustee 19 years; is a farmer from choice; crossed
the plains to California in 1849, returning by water via Panama in 1851.
Democrat. P. O. Galva, Ill.
Miller, J. Hartshorne, physician,
Abingdon, was born in Alexandria, D. C. September 09, 1839. He is the son of
Joseph H. and Phebe Ann Miller, from Loudon co., Va. He was educated in
common and boarding schools; studied medicine, and took a course of lectures
at Ann Arbor, Mich., and a course at Homeopathic Medical College of Mo. He
served 3 years in the late Civil War as a member of Co., B of 84tIll. Inf.;
after returning, he lived in Peoria till 1868; came to Abingdon in 1870.
June 10, 1874, he married D. B. Latimer, by whom he has 2 daughters. He has
been a member of the Presbyterian Church since 1866.
Mills, C., residence, Galesburg.
Mohler, Philip, miller, Oneida; son
of Fredrick and Ann Mohler, of Rockbridge, co., Va., he was born Sept 13,
1828, in Rockford co., Va. Was brought up on a farm, and educated in the
common schools; learned the miller's trade, and has followed it. Came to
Ohio in 1832, to Indiana in 1838, and to Knox co., Ill., in 1856; was
married in 18589, January 03, and has 3 sons, and 1 daughter. Is a
Montgomery, John S., farmer born in
Knoxville, Knox co., in 1845, Parents, David and Barbara Montgomery, natives
of Ind. He received a limited education from the schools of Knox Co., his
early life passed on the farm. On April 01, 1869, he was married to Phebe
J. Kingan. A Republican.
Montgomery, Harvey, farmer, born in
Knox co., January 14, 1834; his parents were John and Margret Vaughn
Montgomery, natives of Kentucky; who came to the co., April 10, 1830,
settling in Knox township; he was educated in the district schools, and his
early life passed on the farm. Nov. 15, 1878, he married Eliza Maxwell;
they are the parents of 3 children. His father died on the old homestead
December 04, 1872. Is a Jackson Democrat. P. O. Knoxville.
Moor, Agnes, section, 36 Rio
township. P O Ontario.
Moore, J. W., P O ., Oneida.
Morse, David M., residence,
Morse, T. A., Maquon township. P.
Morse, Mrs. Sarah Her
husband , the late Dr. John M. Morse, was born Oct. 13, 1823, at Bethel,
Windsor co., Vt.; son of Calvin and Elvira (Moody) Morse. He fitted for
college in Bethel, but turned to the medical profession, and from 1846 to
1850 studied medicine under an eminent doctor, when he graduated from
Vermont Medical College; came to Galesburg in 1854, where he had an
extensive practice. On the 23, of Dec. 1875 he died, of apoplexy. His widow
resides in Galesburg.
Mosher, William Jay, son of
Samuel E. and Mary Crane Mosher, natives of Oneida co., N Y; was born in
the same co., August 08, 1841; received a common-school education, and his
early life passed on the farm. Moved to Ontario township, Knox co., where he
is now engaged in farming; married Sarah E. Wetmore, November 26, 1868, and
they are the parents of 2 children, of whom 1 is living. Republican. P. O.
Ontario. Has been School Director and Trustee.
Moshier, Timothy, capitalist,
Moshier, G. S. farmer, son of
Timothy and Sarah Garwood Moshier, the former a native of New York, his
mother of Michigan. He was born in Warren co., Ill, February 22, 1844.
Educated in common schools and Knox and Lombard colleges,
enlisted in the 1st Ill., Cav., in 1861, wounded at
Lexington, Mo. He was married to Hattie Meek February 23, 1868;
they have 4 children. Republican. P. O. Abingdon.
Mowery, Mauel, farmer, P. O.,
Maquon; son of John and Eleanor Burtnett Mowrey, natives of
Pennsylvania, was born May 16, 1831, in Knox Co., Ohio. His early life was
passed on the farm; came to Knox co., Ill., in 1840; was educated in the
common schools; married Cemitta E. Cook, March 05, 1851. They are the
parents of 8 children, of whom 6 are living; moved to Kansas in 1857;
returned to Knox co., in 1861; united with the Methodist Church in 1848, of
which he is Steward, Trustee, and Class Leader; was
a soldier in Co. F. Ill. Inf. Republican.
Mundwiler, Frederick, was born in
York co., Pa., April 16, 1807. Parents were Jacob and Anna Mundwiler,
the former a native of Switzerland and the latter of Germany. He received
his education from the German common schools; early life, served as an
apprentice in milling; learned the trade of a miller and cooper, but finally
changed to farming, which has been very satisfactory. Removed to Maryland,
then returned to Pennsylvania; moved again, going to Ohio; thence to Iowa,
and thence to Knox co; in 1832, he was married to Eliza Hammal, and
they are the parents of 13 children. He is a member of the German Baptist
Church. Democrat. P. O. Knoxville.
Munson, A. P., section 8 Walnut Grove
Township. P. O, Altona.
Murdoch, G. A. merchant, was born
in Elgin, Scotland, August 31, 1834; he embarked in the dry goods business
early in life; Left Scotland and spent two years in London, England, in the
largest dry-goods house in the world. While there he was one of two boys who
sold $50,000 worth of goods in one day. He came to New York in 1857, to
Chicago in 1858; then to Galesburg, and entered into partnership with A.
Innes. They erected the Caledonai Block, and occupied it for 10 years. Four
years ago the firm was dissolved, and he removed to the fine store he now
occupies in the Metropolitan block. He is the oldest dry-goods
merchant in the city; he is now a member of the Board of Education.
Murdock, F., banker, Oneida.
Murphy, Franklin Stephenson,
attorney, Galesburg; was born in Virginia, November 11, 1835; he is the son
of James G. and Nancy Murphy, of Virginia. After attending the commons
schools he spent some time at the Normal Institute at Woodstock, Ill; read
law 2 years; was admitted to the bar; has been City Attorney for two
different cities; was married in 1859 to Mary N. Lard. They have 2 children.
Murphy, L. H. Abingdon.
Myers, Procter F., farmer, son of
Abraham F. and Hannah Penaweight Procter, natives of Virginia; was born in
Adams co, Ohio, October 17, 1812; he received a common school education, and
his early life was spent in learning the tanner's trade; and in milling.
Enlisted in service to settle the question about the boundary line between
Michigan and Ohio, and was in the field on duty. Removed from Ohio to
Indiana; thence to Knox co; married Sarah johns December 08, 1836. They have
been the parents of 11 children of whom 8 are now living. Democrat. He held
the position of Constable and Deputy Sheriff in 1843; in Vermillion co.,
Ill. P. O., Knoxville.
Nation, Vickrey, farmer, P. O.,
Wataga; son of Isaac Nation, a native of Randolph Co., N C. He was born in
Barren co., KY., December 14, 1818. His mother was a native of Halifax co.,
Va. Came to Knox co. in the fall of 1835. His education was somewhat
limited, receiving the greater part of it in an old log school-house. in
Ind. In October, 1844, he was married to Rosanna Proe, who died in
1858. they were the parents of 7 children, of whom 4 are living. He was
again married on April 03, 1874, to Mary E. Denton. He has been very
successful in farming.
Neander, Miss N. B. P. O.
Nelson, Nels, merchant, Galesburg,
was born of Swedish parents, in Sweden, July 13, 1840. His parents were
poor. Came to America in 1856, arriving in Galesburg July 15. He worked on
farms and for the C B & Q. R. R. till 1860, when he began to learn the
cabinet trade. In 1861 enlisted in Co., C., 43d Ill. Inf.; was Sergeant, 1st
Lieutenant of Co. A., and served till November 30, 1865, when he embarked in
the grocery business; was elected City Clerk, and served three terms and
part of the fourth, and resigned; he is now serving as City Supervisor, and
member of the Board of Education. July 19, 1868, he married Sarah, Nelson,
by whom he has 1 son. Is a member and a Trustee of the 1st Lutheran Church.
Republican in politics.
Nelson, Peter S., native of
Blekinge, Sweden, born February 15, 1835; came to America in 1852; stopped
in Chicago one year; came to Galesburg in 1853; soon after went to Altona;
acted with the Republican party; was elected Justice of the Peace, School
Director and Trustee. Began, in 1855, speculating in lumber, lands and live
stock; soon accumulated considerable property. Married in 1863, Nellie G.
Gibson, who bore him 5 children; visited his native country in1868; and
again wishing to take his family abroad sailed in 1877 to the fatherland. P
Nelson, Josiah, residence Elba
township. P. O. Eugene.
New, Edward, farmer, son of
Thomas and Elizabeth New, natives of England; born in Wiltshire,
England, September 20, 1836. October 19, 1861, was married to Ann
Whitlered; emigrated to Oneida, Knox co., in 1864, For six years he has
been a member of the Methodist Church of which he is Trustee. Is a
Republican. P. O. Oneida.
Newman, George J., born in Morgan
Co., Ill, February 18, 1831. His parents were George and Sarah Godfrey
Newman, the former a native of Va., and the latter of Md. He was educated in
the country schools, and his early life was passed in town. He chose farming
but changed it and mined in Cal., where he spent 17 years; traveled over the
western country from1860 to 1875. He is now placed in quite wealthy
circumstances. Is an Independent thinker and voter. P. O. Knoxville.
Nickolson, J. H., son of
Nickolos and Mary Nickolson, of N Y and Ct., was born in NY; attended
common school; raised on a farm, and has continued at farming; has held
several township offices; came to Ill., in 1842; married Catherine
King; they have one daughter. Belongs to M. e. church; Democrat in politics.
P O Yates City.
Niles, David P., born in Columbia
co., N Y; October 20, 1824; spent his younger days on farm; came to Wataga
in 1857, where he engaged in milling, continuing in this until 1864, when he
went on the farm. His parents, Sill and Louisa Niles, were both born
in Columbia co., N Y; in politics, a Republican; married Helen C. Johnson,
July 09, 1870. P O Wataga.
Nisley, Daniel W., farmer, son of
Joseph and Mary Nisley, both of Franklin co., Pa; was born in same co.
Jan 16, 1828. His education was confined to the common schools near the farm
where his early life was passed. He came from Pa. to Knox co., Ill., a
number of years ago. March 17, 1853, he married Elizabeth N. Goff.
They have 4 sons and 1 daughter. Is Republican. P. O., Wataga.
Norval, James H., parents were Oliver and
Polly Norval, natives of N. C. He was born October 15, 1834, in Ind. His
early life was spent on a farm, and he has always followed farming; removed
to Knox co., in 1873; was married, April 05, 1874, to Argret Elizabeth
Sampson. Jan 02, 1842, united with the M. E. Church. Republican. P. O.,
Oberholtzer, Mrs. J., sec. 34, Truro
township. P. O., Eugene.
Oberholtzer, O. J., farmer, born in 1844,
Wayne co., Ohio. His parents were Joseph and Anna Oberholtzer, natives of
Germany., He passed his early life on the farm; educated in the common
schools of Illinois; married Amelia A. Smith in 1869; they have 4 children;
was a soldier in Ill 11th Ca.; has been Esquire, School Director, Assessor
and Road Overseer. Greenbacker. P. O. Elba Center.
Ogden, Job, son of the late James
Ogden, one of the pioneers of Fulton co., and a native of Kentucky,
and Sarah Babbitt Ogden, of Indiana, was born in Scott co., Ind., January
30, 1828; went to California in 1851; and worked in the mines for 10 years.
was married to Mary A. Terry in 1862; they have 5 children living, one dead;
joined the Christian Church in 1862. Democrat. P. O., St. Augustine.
Ogden, Mathew B., farmer, son of
Jonathan and Elizabeth Leonard Ogden, of Clearfield co., Pa., was born
November 05, 1827, in the same place, in a log cabin. His early life was
passed in the hills of Pennsylvania. He went to Philadelphia at the age of
16 and learned the carpenter trade, which he followed for years, but finally
turned his attention to farming, In 1850, he came to Illinois, and to Knox
co., in 1861. November 05, 1856, he married Johanna Lundquist.
Republican. P. O. Victoria.
Oldfield, Nelson, son of
Jonathan and Nancy Fidler Oldfield, the former a native of New York and
the latter of Pennsylvania, was born in Richland co., Ohio, in 1830. He was
educated in the log school-houses of Richland co., and his early life passed
on the farm; learned the trade of plastering and worked at it 29 years, then
changed to farming; enlisted in the 14th Mo. Home
Guards, wand was in service for 3 years. April 03, 1854, he
married Julia A. Spalding. Republican. P. O Farmington, Fulton Co.
Olin, E. C., Supt. of Bridges, C. B. & Q.
R. R., Galesburg.
Olmstead, Henry B., farmer, came to
Knox co., in 1857. His parents were both natives of New York, in which
State, at Schoharie, December 18, 1809, Henry B. was born. He married
Sarah Bemis in 1830, by whom he had 3 children, and again married, and
by his second wife has had 10 children. He is a member of the M. E. Church;
has been Steward and Supt., of School for 20 years. P. O. Victoria.
Olson, N. J., Galesburg.
Olson, Swan H., grocer, Galesburg,
was born in Sweden August 04, 1844. His parents were Peter and Sisly
Olson. In 1854 he came with hi8s parents to America and to Knox co. When
old enough he entered the grocery business as the calling of his choice.
October 20, 1872, he married Clara M. Burke, by whom he has 1 son. He
has been a member of the M E Church from 14 years of age; has been Trustee
and Supt. of S. School; he served 3 years in the
O'Neil, Frank, conductor, C. B. Q.
R. R., Galesburg.
Palm, Peter, Jr. farmer, P. O. Altona, son
of Peter and Carrie Olson Palm, of Sweden; was born in Rock Island, Ill.,
May 19, 1860; attended the common schools; removed to Henry co., then to
Knox co., in 1874. Is connected with the Swedish Lutheran Church.
Parker, Henry E., Constable,
Parker, Isaac A., Williamson
Professor of Greek in Lombard University, was born in South Woodstock
Windsor co., Vt. December 31, 1825. His early years was spent in the labors
of farm life with district-school education., He was characterized by a love
of study, and was in the habit of devoting to books the most of the leisure
moments which could be spared from daily labors; graduated at Dartmouth
College, Hanover, N. H. in 1853. After leaving college, he was for 5 years
Principal of Orleans Liberal Institute, an academy in Glover, Vt. In 1856 he
married Sarah A. Labaree, and has 1 daughter and 1 son. Came to
Galesburg, in 1858.
Parker, W. P., miller, son of
Samuel and Henrietta Parker, of New Jersey; was born in New Jersey, February
03, 1831. Learned the miller's trade; has been manager of a corporation
store. In 1856, he married Julia Hoycope; they have had 5 children of whom 3
are dead. Greenbacker. Was in Co. I 86th Ill. Inf.
Parkinson, John, farmer, born in
county of Cheshire, England, October 21, 1828; son of Jonathan and Ann
Pickford Parkinson. Educated in the common schools; is now a farmer. Removed
to New York in 1850, to Wataga in 1856, September 15, 1856, married to Ann
Taylor; parents of 7 children, 3 sons and 4 daughters. Republican. P. O.
Parsell, W. R., farmer, son of
Joseph and Hettie Parsell, of Ohio; was born in Peoria, Ill., in 1841. He
spent his youth on a farm, and was educated in the Elmwood High School; came
from Peoria, to Knox co., early in life. He served
in the late war, as member of the 8th Mo Regt. enlisted September 21, 1861.
November 22, 1865, he married Caroline Dixon, of Galesburg, of whom he has 3
children with. Republican. P. O., Yates City.
Patten, P. N., Galesburg.
Patterson, James, mechanic, son of
John and Sarah Patterson of Breckenridge co., Va.; was born in the same
county in 1825; he was educated in the common schools of Preble co., Ohio.,
whence his parents had removed. At the age of 20, he learned the black-smith
trade, followed it for 7 years, and changed to farming; he came to Knox co.,
in 1852. In 1847 he married Elizabeth Marshal, by whom he has had 3
children. Republican. P. O. Elmwood.
Pease, M. H., Salem township. P.
O., Yates City.
Peck, Rev. George Wesley, Ph B.
belongs to a large family of ancient and excellent extraction. He was born
February 07, 1849, in Wyoming Valley, Pa., where his parents had a
comfortable home. While he was yet a lad, his mother, a woman of
extraordinary natural endowments, experienced a sad misfortune, lost her
reason and has ever since been hopelessly ill, to the extent that best
medical aid could afford no relief. Thus deprived, the family seemed tossed
upon the waves of deep affliction; removed to Pitcher, N. Y. Life struggles
began here in earnest. The boyhood days spent by G. W. Peck in New York were
improved; he mastered all common-school branches at a very early age. In
1865, in the company with his father's family, he removed to Marcellon,
Wis.;; here he began to accumulate funds for the purpose of obtaining an
education; he began teaching at the age of 18, and earned a reputation as
instructor and disciplinarian that kept his services in good demand. After
spending 3 years in the preparatory school, and the completion of studies of
the freshman year classical course in Lawrence University, Wis., he was
elected principal of a school in Marquette, Mich. He ranked among the first
of his profession in that State. Notwithstanding liberal offers to remain a
teacher, he resolved to take a 4 years' course in Syracuse University. Every
dollar spent in the pursuit of his studies has been earned by himself at
teaching, which is unusual in this fee and easy age, when may young men
without means think that is it impossible to put themselves through college.
In every contest
of his class while in the University, for appointments on public
exhibitions, he was selected as one of the speakers, and he shared with
others at his graduation the highest honor that Syracuse University awards
being one of eight to deliver an oration upon commencement stage. While in
college he was editor of the University Herald one year, superintended for
the New York publishers the revision of Bishop Peck's "Great Republic,
" associated with his uncle, the Bishop, for four years at the
Episcopal residence, in other literary work. He was licensed to preach in
1874, and joined the Central New York Conference in 1877, being stationed
that year in Syracuse. His public ministry has been attended with great
success. When called to Hedding College, he had been unanimously
elected Professor in Cazenovia Seminary, and offered another good position
in the West. He is now the scholarly and energetic President of Hedding
College, Abingdon; his administration is both wise and efficient; he is a
member of the Central Illinois Conference of the M. E. Church.
Peterson, Harper, son of Felix and
Mary Weaver Peterson, of Virginia. Was born in Green co., Ohio., February
14, 1845; reared on farm, and attended common-schools; went to California in
1873; came to Knox co., in 1877; married Emma J. Reynolds November 22, 1877.
Republican. P. O. Knoxville.
Peterson, J. P., section 17, Walnut
Grove Township, P. O. Altona.
Phelps., Aaron. A., Sparta
Township. P. O., Wataga.
Phelps, E. Frisbie, was born June
18, 1840, in Burlington, Conn., ; his parents, Samuel and Emeline L.
Phelps were natives of Connecticut; educated at a common schools in
Connecticut, and Academy at Elmwood, Ill.;' spent 1 year in Law Department
of Chicago University, and the following year in Yale College; located at
Neosha, Mo., practiced law 5 years; came to Galesburg in 1872. conducted
Daily Register for 9 months. and then organized the Galesburg
Printing company, in connection with S. W. Grubb. Helped organize the Cov.
Mutual Benefit Association of Galesburg, and yet holds; and was elected
Secretary, which position he yet holds; was in Do
D., 132d Ill. Inf.; was Captain of Co B 4th Regt. I. N. G.
Married Emma M. Rouse September 29, 1869; has 1 child. Republican.
Phillips, E. L., physician,
Galesburg, came to Knox co., in 1856; married Mary L., daughter of John
G. Sanburn; came to Galesburg in 1865; was
First Assistant Surgeon in 91st Ill. Inf.
Phillips, William N., commission
Pierce, William H., son of
Amos and Mary Pierce, of Vermont; was born in that State in 1816;
had a good education, and has followed teaching some as well as farming; was
Postmaster from 1838 to 1840, and Postmaster at Monmouth, Warren co., under
Lincoln. Police Magistrate, Deputy Sheriff and School Commissioner several
years; came to Galesburg in 1867. Has been in public life for 30 years,
discharged his duties satisfactorily to all. Republican. Residence,
Pigsley, Prince W., merchant, St.
Augustine, son of Welcome and Thirza Clark Pigsley, father from Rhode
Island; mother, New York; came to Knox co., in 1857; married Jerusha A. Roe
February 04, 1864; has 7 children living, 2 dead;
he was in Co., E., 32d Ill. Inf.; enlisted August 28, 1861; was wounded
twice at Big River Bridge, Iron Mountain R. R. from which he has never fully
Pittard, Job, His parents were
James and Martha Pittard, of England, where he was born August 02, 1815; he
received his education in select school his native land. Job has always
followed farming, in which he has been successful; lives in Ontario
township, where he has been School Director for several terms; came
from England to Chicago in 1847, to Ontario in 1849; married Mary Thomas
January 02, 1842; 1 girl and 6 boys living; united with the M. E. Church in
1847; elected Deacon in 1876 of Congregational Church, Ontario. Republican.
P. O. Oneida.
Pittman, F. F., farmer, son of
Joseph and Catharine Lesher Pittman, was born in Fulton, Pa. He spent much
of his early life in school, and obtained quite a liberal education; he
spent some time in the drug business; he enlisted
in Co G 205th Pa, Regt. He removed from Pennsylvania to Maryland;
thence to Wisconsin, thence to Missouri, and from there to Knox co., 1868.
He was married to Alice Paterson in 1869, by whom he has 1 daughter.
Republican. P. O., Yates City.
Poe, Mrs. David A., residence,
Pool, Thomas H., farmer, Benjamin
and Nancy Pool, his parents, were of Southern birth; removed to Clark co.,
Ind. where Thomas was born August 29, 1830. When but 4 years old he came
with his parents to Henderson co., Ill., and in 1841 settled in Knox co.;
was married December 04, 1850, to Nancy McMurtry, 2 sons and 6
daughters being the fruits of the union. Democrat. P. O., Rio.
Potter, Alvin H., physician,
Maquon; is son of Sheldon and Wealthy Baldwin Potter, of New England;
was educated in common schools till 14, then at Aurora Academy, then at
Kingsville Academy, Ohio, and graduated at Michigan Central College; studied
law from 17 to 20, then taught school some; read medicine with Dr. Colton;
came to Maquon in 1850; has been Justice of the Peace, Coroner, Supervisor,
Provost Marshal; married July 05, 1847, to Thankful Fowler. She died
June 29, 1858; married June 19, 1860, Eliza J. Moore; is parent of 3
Potter, Mrs. Charlotte, sec. 19,
Salem township. P. O. Summit.
Potts, Henry H., farmer, was born
in Bradford co., Pa., September 24, 1828, He is the son of Ephraim and
Elizabeth Munn Potts, the former of New Jersey, the latter of New York;
he was educated in the district school, and until 20 years old was engaged
in lumber business, after which he went to sea 3 years, and since has been
farming/ He came to Knox co., in 1868; he has held the offices of
Commissioner of Highways, School Director, Trustee, and Clerk in the
township. June 07, 1854, he married Julia E. Wheeler. They have had 5
sons and 4 daughters, 1 dead. P. O., Elba Center.
Powell, John, son of William and
Sarah Searls Powell, was born November 03, 1796, in Herkimer co., N Y; he
went with his parents to Oneida co., N Y, when quite young, and to Knox co.,
in 1851. September 01, 1819, he married Maria Wilson, by whom he had 1 son
and 1 daughter. February 11, 1829, he married Evelina Brainard, by whom he
had 7 boys and 1 girl; 2 sons and 1 daughter dead. He died in this county.
His wife, Evelina, is still living. P. O. Oneida.
Preston, W. H., Altona.
Price, Oscar F., Attorney,
Galesburg, native of Marion co., Ohio, was born September 19, 1836. His
father, Dr. George Price, was a native of Pennsylvania and his mother,
Mary Caris Price, was born in Ohio. He received a collegiate education;
graduated at the Michigan State University; began while young to read law,
and continuing in this, was admitted to the bar about 1858, and soon after,
entered the Michigan University law school, where he graduated in 1860. He
came to Galesburg with his parents in 1840; married to Miss Sabina
Lanphere, November 26, 11862, which union has been blessed with 4
children. He has always acted with the Republican party. Held the position
of Alderman in 1870, and was chosen to serve in the General Assembly in
1871-2, which position he filled with marked ability. He has attained a high
position in his profession; has conducted some of the most important cases
ever t4ried in Knox county.
Rankin, Samuel, born in Pa., March,
1844, of wealthy parents, William and Eliza, also natives of Pa. educated at
Duff's Commercial College, and Madison Inst. Pa.; followed farming and
school-teaching; served as School Director in Henry and Knox counties, and
Assessor. Married, August, 1866, to Mary D. Henderson.
Enlisted and served on the frontier in the 1st Colored Inf.
Removed to Henry co., Ill., in 1868, and to Henderson tp., in 1875, where he
Ratekin, George W., farmer, P. O.
Galesburg; was born in Pulaski co., Ky., in 1820; came to Illinois in
childhood; his parents, Joseph and Hannah Ratekin, were natives of
Virginia; has a good education, obtained in common schools and at Richland
Institute, teaching and studying at home, and in early life made theology
his principal study; was married, in 1848, to Lydia M. Russell, 7
girls and 4 boys. Made a profession of religion in 1832, and joined the
Presbyterian Church. He is strictly temperate. Republican.
Reese, M., physician, Abingdon.
Regan, John editor of the Maquon
Times and Elmwood Messenger, Elmwood, Ill.
Reynolds, Alvah, was born at
Bedford, N Y, May 22, 1830. His parents, Enoch and Mariah Reynolds,
were natives of New York. He was educated in the common schools; chose the
occupation of farmer, learning, however, the trade of carpenter; came to
Knox co., in April, 1855, married April 10, 1859, and is the father of 6
children. 3 boys and 3 girls. Holds Republican views. Has acted as School
Director 16 years; joined the Christian Church in 1858; has been a very
successful farmer. P. O. Oneida.
Reynolds, George F., farmer, son of
Winthrop and Hannah Locke Reynolds, of New Hampshire, was born October
10, 1799, in Barrington, N. H.; he passed his early life on a farm; he came
to Knox co., in 1836, and settled on section 7, Victoria Township. Has Held
several important local offices, and has been active in school interests.
March 02, 1825, married Abigail Locke, by whom he had 3 boys and 1
girls; September 03, 1877, he married Anna E. Woodward. Has been a
member of the Congregational Church since 1832; is now Deacon. Republican.
P. O., Victoria.
Reynolds, Captain William H., farmer, Orange township, son of
Samuel and Ann Jan Reed Reynolds, the former a native of South Carolina,
and the latter of Kentucky, who came to Warren co., Ill, in 1837. He
was born in Indiana, December 29, 1829; received a country school education,
and his early life passed on the farm., Enlisted,
July 07, 1861, in 7th Ill. Cav., Co D; was promoted to 1st lieutenant, and
in 1862, to Captain; taken prisoner December 05, 1862, and exchanged in
March, 1863; was in saddle for 17 days and nights on Grierson raid was in as
many as 50 battles. Moved from Warren To Knox co. He was first
married June 24, 1855; but his first wife dying February 01, 1873; he again
married in 1874. He is the parent of 4children. Republican. In 1855,
commenced business poor, and has been very successful in life. P. O.
Rhodes, George G., farmer, is the
son of Charles W. and Jane Goodrich Rhodes of Vermont. He was born
March 10, 1838, in Richmond, Vermont; was educated in the common schools and
in an academy of that State; settled in Knox co., June, 1851. Republican. P.
Rhodes, Miron M., boot and shoe
merchant, Galesburg; born in Richmond, Chittenden co., Vermont, December 22,
1842; his parents, Charles W. and Jane Goodrich Rhodes, were natives
of the same place He was educated in the common schools and at Knox College;
removed to Illinois in 1851.He was a soldier in the 138th Ill. Regt.
Republican. Has been very successful in business.
Rice, Fantleroy, Corban and
Elizabeth Rice, his parents, were natives of Kentucky; and Fantleroy was
born in the same State, September 23, 1840; received his education in the
old log school-house; has always been a farmer. Served 3 years in the late
war; went with Sherman from Atlanta to the sea as Division Wagon Master.
Came to Knox co., in 1857; married Mrs. Eliza A. Murray, March 11, 1869.
Republican. P. O. Altona. buried in the
Rice Blue Cemetery, Henderson Twp., Knox
Richards, William B., patent
solicitor, Galesburg, was born September 27, 1829, in Smithfield, Pa; left
home at the age of 16, and prosecuted his favorite studies alone; has made
teaching a profession; has taken great interest in business education, and
has done much to better the old method of teaching. He was married in 1851,
to Louisa Morris. As a patent solicitor, he ranks foremost in the United
Richardson, James Leroy, railroad
conductor, Galesburg, son of John and Elizabeth Richardson, was bon
in Cooperstown, Otsego co., N Y, April 10, 1838. His education was obtained
in the public schools of that State; server in the U S Army during the
late War as a Sergeant in co. D 3d NY Cav; came to Illinois July 10, 1866;
is a conductor on the C. B. & Q. R. R., a position which he has held for a
number of years; married Emma M. Burke, by whom he has a son and a
Richmond, Henry, Jess and Elizabeth
Richmond are both natives of Ohio, and coming west settled in Knox co.,
where they had born to them on April 03, 1860, Henry Richmond. He was
educated in Knox College. P. O., Gilson.
Riley, H. H., born of Kentucky
parentage at Elizabethtown, Ky, August 19, 1821, in Crawford co., Ind.; came
to Knox co., in 1833; was member of light horse
cav. in 1834; married Amanda Mayo October 11, 1842; they
have one son and eight daughters; united with the M. E. Church in 1850; has
been Collector, Trustee and School Director of Rio; is a farmer from choice.
democrat. P. O., Rio.
Riordan, Andrew Jackson, farmer,
son of Thomas and Sarah Riordan, the former a native of Ireland and
the latter of America, was born in Iowa in 1856. He was educated in the
common schools of Knox co., and his early life passed on the farm; moved
from Illinois to Missouri, thence returning to Illinois; untied with the
Methodist Church in 1872; in 1877 was married to Lottie Darthy Kennedy.
P. O., Douglas.
Ritchey, Frank L., editor
Abingdon Express, son of Samuel and Nancy Ritchey, of
Kentucky, was born in 1855, in Abingdon, Ill. He was educated in the common
schools of that place. when old enough he learned the printer's trade, which
he has followed. In 1875, he started the Abingdon Express, of
which he is now editor and proprietor. Democrat.
Robbins, H. A., Galesburg.
Robbins, Levi, farmer, born in
Denmark, N. Y. September 24, 1805; came to Knox co., in 1836; was married
August 14, 1853, to Julia Fisher; have 5 sons and 3 daughters; professed
religion in 1835; is an Adventist. Republican, P. O. Wataga.
Roberson, H. L. F., teacher, St.
Augustine, is the son of Edward C. and Nancy N McCrite Roberson; was born in
Jefferson co., Ill., February 10, 1851; when young had great desire for
obtaining an education; after many hardships graduated from Kansas State
Normal School in 1875 with degree of B. E.; was married, August 24, 1876, to
Nancy Jared; have one child. Republican.
Roberts, Charles L., teacher, and
postmaster Yates City, was born in the town of Brooks, Waldo co., Me., his
parents were natives of Oxford co., Me; was educated at Quaker College,
Providence, R. I.; has spent most of his life in farming and teaching;
has held the offices of Postmaster, J. P., Town Clerk and Commissioner of
Highways for a number of years; married Caroline Metcalf, November
18, 1856, by whom he has had 5 girls and 1 son. Greenback Republican.
Roberts, Rev. Hiram P., Wataga, was
born in Thomaston, Ct., September 22, 1831; his parents were Albert and
Sally M. Roberts of Northfield, Ct.; was educated at Wilbraham Academy,
Massachusetts, and at Wesleyan University, Connecticut, where he graduated
in 1857. His life has been devoted to teaching and the ministry; has been
Principal of several High Schools; enlisted in the
U S service September 01, 1862, as First Lieut. Co E 84th Ill; was wounded
three times at the battle of Stone River; was promoted to Chaplain June 09,
1863; resigned on account of wounds March 19, 1864; returned to service May
26, 1864, as Chaplain of 137th Ill., and engaged in the battle of Memphis
August 21, 1864; after leaving the army he became a pastor of the
Presbyterian Church at Cairo, then of Congregational Church At Council
Bluffs, Ia.; served 4 years as traveling agent for the B & M Railroad;
became pastor of Congregational Church at Wataga in 18767; September, 1877,
became Principal of the schools in same place.
Robertson, Larkin, farmer, born in
South Carolina in 1802; died in Knox co., Ill. 1869; came to Knox co.
in 1836, and was therefore one of the earliest settlers; married Miss
Polly Cox in Kentucky in 1823; they have had 7 sons and 4 daughters;
joined the Baptist Church in 1832; always lived an exemplary Christian life,
and left a valuable estate on which his widow now lives; served as J. P. In
Rio township for 16 years. P O address of Mrs. Polly Robertson, Rio.
Robertson, George, sec. 21, Rio
township. P. O., Rio.
Rodgers, James T., farmer, son of
John and Eliza McMurdy Rodgers, of Ireland, was born in Peoria co.,
Ill. August 24, 1838; was reared on a farm and educated in common schools;
came to Knox co., in 1867; married May 04, 1859, has devoted his
attention to farming and dealing in stock; is a member of the Presbyterian
Church. Democrat. P. O. Farmington, Fulton co., Ill.
Rodgers, Pitt D., farmer, was born
in Norwich, New London co., Ct. July 18, 1818. He was educated in the
district schools, was brought up on a farm and has followed that vocation
through life; came to Ohio in 1845, and to Knoxville, Ill, in 1853, where he
has filled the office of Alderman several terms; in 1849, he married
Effie Ewalt, who bore him one child; in 1855 he married T. P Hibbard, by
whom he has had 4 children; is a member of the Episcopal Church. and has for
years been an officer. Res., Knoxville.
Rogers, Thomas W., dealer in
agricultural implements, seeds, coal and wood, Galesburg.
Rogers, S. W., farmer, son of
Edward and Elizabeth Rogers, the former of Maryland , the latter of
Virginia. S. W. was born in Ohio March 15, 1819; attended the common school;
came to Illinois in 1837; married Jerusha Hand; they have 5 children.
Greenbacker. P. O., Yates City.
Routh, Daniel B., farmer born
Clinton co., Ohio, May 06, 1819, he is the son of John and Jane Moon Routh.
Routh, Thomas J., son of Joseph
M. and Rutisha Morris Routh, natives of Ohio, was born in Clinton co.,
Ohio, May 06, 1847.
Rugar, Mrs. E. A., residence,
Russell, John, Sparta township. P.
Russell, Samuel, merchant, Altona,
son of George and Martha Russell, was born in Cetter Kenny co.,
Province of Ulster, Ireland, in 1805. He was educated in a private school;
came to the United States and settled in Louisville, Ky., in 1828; came to
Knox co., in 1856; has devoted his life to mercantile pursuits; had 2 sons
server over 3 years in the late war; has been a member of the Presbyterian
Church since 1831; is an Elder. Democrat.
Ryan, William A., City Clerk,
Galesburg, son of Bernard and Maria C. Ryan, born January 19, 1852, in
Detroit, Michigan Moved to Illinois in 1865; attended the common schools
until 15 years of age, then learned the trade of boiler-making, working at
it until May, 1875, then engaged in bookkeeping in Chicago and Galesburg;
was elected City Clerk on the "Citizens Ticket," April 03, 1877. Democrat.
Sanborn, David, President of Second
National Bank of Galesburg.
Sanborn, Lake W., insurance agent,
Sanders, H. M. residence,
Sanford, Patrick H., City Attorney,
Knoxville; was born in Cornwall Addison co., Vt., Nov 10, 1822. His parents
were John and Anna Peck Sanford, of same co. He was educated at Middlebury
College, Vt.,; lived on a farm till 18 years old; he chose the profession of
law and read with Judge A. Peck, of Burlington Vt. and Julius Manning. He
came to Knox co., Knoxville, in 1852; he was admitted to the bar in the
spring of 1853, and has practiced in Knox co., since. He was elected a
member of the House in the27th General Assembly of Illinois, and was chosen
a member of the Judiciary commission of the Senate in the 28th and 289th
General Assemblies, and his ability was recognized by the appointment to the
chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee. During both sessions. He also
served as County Supt. of schools 3 terms prior to 12862. In the spring of
1853 he married Jane Griffin, who died May 1863; by her he had 2
children. In Oct. 1864, he married Helen M. Peck, by whom he has had
4 children. Republican.
Sargent, Daniel B.,
Henry K. Whiting
is a prominent representative farmer, residing on section 21, in Walnut Grove
Township, and the owner of 164 acres, mostly improved land, and 57 acres of
timber. He is numbered among the most successful farmers who early came to
Illinois. He located here in 1851, and was born in Hartford, Conn., April 1,
1808. His father, Joseph, was a farmer and native of Connecticut, the family
having their origin in the United States nearly two centuries ago. Three
brothers from England were the founders of the family. The mother of the
gentleman whose name heads this sketch was Mary Goodwin, also a native of
Connecticut and of old American ancestry.
The family consisted of 11 children, Mr. Whiting
being the youngest and the only one living. The father of this large family
was born Aug. 7, 1763; the mother March 16, 1766, the children resulting from
this union being as follows: Joseph, born July 23, 1784; Mary, June 29, 1786;
Allen, July 4, 1788; Delia, Sept. 18, 1790; Sallie G., Dec. 8, 1792; Emily,
June 20, 1795; Flavia, Aug. 17, 1797; David, Aug. 4, 1799; Nathan, Sept. 1,
1801; and Eliza A., Feb 19, 1804. These men and women have all lived useful
and successful lives, their decease taking place in their native state.
Henry K. Whiting was educated in the public
schools of Hartford, Conn., and in his boyhood lived at home on his father’s
farm. He was married in his native county on the 3d of May 1835, to Miss Mary
Philleo. She was a native of Farrington, Litchfield Co., Conn., and was born
Dec. 28, 1814. Her parents were natives of New York State and Connecticut
respectively, and of French descent on the father’s side, who was a
stone-cutter by trade. Toward the latter part of his life, however, he had
taken to farming. The mother’s decease took place in Connecticut, while the
father lies buried in Rock Island, Ill. The former died at the age of 44 and
later at the advanced age of 88.
present Mrs. Whiting was one of a family of fifteen children. She is
herself the mother of five children, two now living, viz: Virginia, wife of W.
H. Ware of Walnut Grove; and DeLoss P., who married Miss Mary A Mack and is
residing on their farm near Galesburg. This marriage took place Jan. 1,
C. H. Whiting,
Civil War Vet- the second son, was born March 21, 1840, and
proceeded South to Texas before the war. Here he enlisted in defense of
the Lost Cause, and died soon after his return North. Wilbert L. was a
volunteer in the
Army of the
Republic, in the 42d Ill. Vol. Inf.,
and was killed by a gunshot from the
enemy at the battle of Resaca. He was born Nov. 30, 1845,
and enlisted in defense of the Union Aug. 10, 1861, when he was but 15 years
old. It will be seen hereinafter that this made him a veteran soldier
before he reached the age of 19 years. He then re-enlisted for the war,
receiving $400 bounty with 30 days’ furlough. This was on March 2, 1864.
He returned to his regiment and started with Sherman on his march to the sea.
This time, however, the fates ordained that he was to forfeit his young life
in defense of his country. He fell at Calhoun, Ga., May 16, 1864.
Being under age, he had never as yet cast a vote in deciding the politics of
his country, but for all that was a patriot of the first standing. His
remains lie at rest over which a monument has been erected to his memory, in
Altona Cemetery. The following is a copy of this young soldier’s
“Wilbert L. Whiting,
Civil War Vet-a private of
Capt. Walworth’s Company C, 42d Regiment of Illinois Infantry Volunteers,
was enrolled on the 10th day of August, 1861, to serve three years
or during the war, is hereby discharged from the service of the United States,
to date the 31st day of December, 1863, at Stone Mills, Tennessee,
by reason of re-enlistment as a Veteran Volunteer. Given at Chattanooga,
Tenn., the 16th day of February, 1864.”
After Mr. Whiting’s marriage he took
up his residence in West Hartford from 1835 to 1851, when the family removed
to Illinois and located on the land where they are now living. This farm had
been secured by a brother of Mrs. W. early in the history of the county and
township. Since making their home here they have as citizens rendered
valuable service to the community, their sterling worth and honesty being
noticeable throughout the vicinity. As a Republican in politics Mr. W. has
shown himself a strong supporter of the party. He and his wife are active
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Foxie's Note: My Tribute to him on the
1878 biographies Page Link above.
WEBB, engineer C., B. & Q. R. R.,
Galesburg, is the son of Isaac C. and Elizabeth (Fulkerson) Webb, the former
of Vermont, the mother of Tennessee; was born at Hillsgrove, McDonough co.,
Ill., on Feb. 23, 1846. Determined to become a locomotive engineer he left
home in 1865, came to Galesburg and obtained employment, and Feb. 2, 1869,
was promoted to engineer, which he has even since been, never losing a day,
or during these years, no person has been injured on, or by his train. He
is temperate in all things; never known to utter an oath or take a drink of
whisky. Sept. 18, 1870, he married Clara Cofer they have a son and
daughter. Joined the M. E. Church at 18; now connected with the 1st M. E.
MRS. SARAH ELIZABETH CHILD WEBB, daughter of Erastus and Rachel
(Foster) Child, and was born in Whitestown, Oneida co., N.Y., May 14, 1849.
She came to Oneida, Ill., with her parents in 1855; married Fielding B.
Webb of Bedford, Taylor co., Iowa, Nov. 29, 1877; went immediately to
her new home in Bedford, where she still resides.
Frank David Thomson
Principal of the Galesburg High School, was born one half mile west of the
Lapham bridge in Truro Township, Knox County, March 6, 1864. His parents
were Presson Wheeler and Mary S. (Lapham) Thomson. They came to Illinois in
1851, soon after their marriage, and settled in Truro Township, where Mr.
Thomson bought a sawmill on Spoon River in 1853. He also worked a farm; and
when in the later sixties the sawmill was burned, he gave his entire
attention to farming. Mr. Thomson was born in Ohio; his family was of New
England stock. One brother, David Thomson, was a general in the Civil War.
Presson Thomson was gifted with a genius for inventing; he was greatly
interested in all mechanical devices, was original in his ideas and, in his
inventions, was far ahead of his time. Thus he invented a cultivator, a
sulky and gangplow, a road scraper, a three-horse evener, a corn-planter and
checkrow with original features which are highly commended. He is also
endowed with a talent for music, and plays the violin. This musical ability
has been inherited in a remarkable degree by his five sons. Mr. Thomson
served for server terms as Supervisor from Truro Township. Mrs. Thomson has
always been entirely devoted to her family; she is a woman of rare judgment
and strong personality. Mrs. Thomson's ambition has been to see her sons
well educated, and respected men. Her father, Augustus Lapham, was of Welsh
and English parentage. He was born in Rhode Island in 1806, settled in
Marion County, Ohio, and then cam to Illinois in 1851. He was the first
Supervisor for Truro Township after Knox County adopted township
organization. He had three brothers, who, like him, were teachers; two of
them had attended Yale University.
In 1874, the Thomson's removed to Canton, Illinois, and in the following
year to Yates City, where they now live. Frank D. Thomson spent his boyhood
upon the farm. He lived an active, out-door life, and enjoyed nothing better
than a ramble in company with his dog, or a boat-ride on the Spoon. Like his
father he, too, is clever and ingenious in mechanical construction. His
mother's ambition, also, had taken possession of his mind, and he was early
conscious of the desire "to be somebody" &; as he often heard his mother
When a boy he attended the district school in Truro Township, the public
schools in Canton and Yates City. During his High School course in the last
named place, he studied under the principal-ship of Mr. W. L. Steele, now
Superintendent of the Galesburg public schools. With the assistance of his
brother, Leroy, Mr. Thomson was enabled to attend Knox College, receiving
from that institution the degree of A. B. in 1892 and that of A. M. in 1895.
When the latter degree was conferred, Mr. Thomson delivered, at the
invitation of the college, the Master's Oration. During his college course
he united with the Christian Church at Galesburg. By the advice and with the
material assistance of Mr. Albert J. Perry and Superintendent Steel, Mr.
Thomson spent two years, 1892-4, in Baltimore at the John Hopkins
University, making a special study of history, political science, economics,
and sociology. While fortunate in having had the assistance of willing
friends, Mr. Thomson, after all, owes the attainment of his education and
his successful career largely to his own industry and pluck, for he belongs
to that interesting group of young men who have a mind to help themselves
and the spirit to work their way. Appreciating the conditions of his own
advance, it has been his pleasure to assist in his turn the brothers who
have followed in his steps. Mr. Thomson's professional success has been
rapid. He had charge of the village school at Douglas for three years; of
the Yates City High School for two years, 1889-91, although he gained his
first experience in teaching, as "Master" in the district school at Arkansas
Corners, Truro Township, several years before. During the school year
1894-5, he was Principal of the Sumner School in Peoria, and then was called
to the Principal-ship of the Galesburg High School, a position that he has
held ever since.
On his coming to Galesburg the "elective system" was introduced into the
High School and his work, together with that of an efficient corps of
assistants, has been to show that this system can be effectively operated in
a High School. His idea in education has been that the school should be of
the greatest service to the greatest number, and that the "elective system,"
when properly handled, produces that result by adapting the school more
easily to the needs of individuals who need the most help. Owing largely to
the success of this plan the school has increased in number from 214 in 1895
to 495 in 1899. Mr. Thomson has been successful as an instructor and as an
executive and by both teachers and pupils is held in high esteem. For a
number of years he has been employed as a teacher in summer institutes. He
takes a just pride in the spirit of the institution in which he works.
From the 1878 History of Knox County, Illinois
published by Charles C. Chapman. [Submitted by Joan Achille.]
H. L. F. ROBERSON,
teacher, St Augustine, is the son of Edward C. and Nancy N. (McCrite)
Roberson; was born in Jefferson co., Ill., Feb 10, 1851; when young had a
great desire for obtaining an education; after many hardships graduated from
the Kansas Normal School in 1875 with degree of B. E.; was married Aug. 24,
1876, to Nancy Jared; have one child. Republican.
From the December 22, l904, Decatur County [Iowa] Journal.
W. T. ROBINSON
died at his home in Knoxville, Illinois, last Thursday night, aged 75 years.
In l872 Mr. Robinson purchased the Journal and it remained under his
management until he disposed of the paper in l885. He then went to Emporia,
Kansas, and purchased the Republican, but soon disposed of it and
subsequently became the owner of the Glenwood Opinion which he sold at the
expiration of several years. He then went to N. Carolina for the benefit of
his wife's health and later moved to Knoxville. About two months ago the
deceased visited his son, Scott, at Glenwood and was then in poor health.
Mr. Robinson was an old time printer and had been engaged continuously in
newspaper work from early manhood. He was a man of good sense and genial
disposition. While residing in Leon, he gained the good will and esteem of
all who knew him. Ralph Robinson , the veteran editor of the Newton Journal,
is a brother. The deceased is survived by a wife, an invalid, two sons and
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
From the December 22, l904, Decatur County [Iowa] Journal.
A Former Editor of the Journal Died December 8 at His Home in Knoxville,
WILLIAM TAYLOR ROBINSON
was born February l5th, l833, at Washington, Pennsylvania, and died at the
age of seventy-one years, nine months and twenty-three days, on December
8th, l904. He was married February 2lst, l86l, to Martha Sadler [the
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index lists a William T. Robinson marrying a
Martha J. B. Sadler in Knox County on February 21, 1861], at the home of
her parents, now the Allen place on the Henderson Road, l l/2 miles out of
Knoxville. The wife and four children survive him -- Frank, Flora and
Winnie, all of Knoxville, and Scott, of Glenwood, Iowa. Of a family of nine
brothers and sisters only one survives him, his brother, Ralph, of Newton
(Iowa) Journal, who was present at the funeral services.
His father died when he was so very young that no recollections of his
father were ever possessed by him. At the early age of about ten years, he
began making his own livelihood, owing to financial reverses in the family
treasury, due to business ventures of his elder brothers, but who afterwards
became very wealthy, --notably, Alexander, of Wheeling, W.Va., who was a
leading stockholder and secretary in some of the large iron works and other
industries about that city. He followed his brother, James, in an
apprenticeship at the printing trade on the Washington (Pa.) Reporter, where
he finished as a journeyman printer, being bound for a four year term to his
preceptor, a notable editor and printer of Pennsylvania. He was the third
youngest of three printer brothers, James being the eldest and John or Ralph
next. James was a partner with the famous editor, D. R. Locke, "Nasby" later
publisher of the Toledo Blade, in the Bucyrus (Ohio) Journal. His first
position after leaving Washington was on the Intelligencer in Wheeling,
where he met his afterwards partner, Zach Beatty. Later he worked in
Mansfield, and then at Cincinnati on the Commercial, going from there to
Peoria where he worked under a former acquaintance, Mr. Beatty, on the Daily
Union, then the leading paper of that city.
At the age of twenty-six, in l859, he came to Knoxville with his friend, Mr.
Beatty, now deceased and whose last years were put in as editor of the
Galesburg Republican-Register, and purchased of the late J. S. Winter, the
Knox County Republican. He remained on the Republican until l875, having for
his partner during his last years, Mr. Oscar Barnhart, whom he bought out in
l874. In July, l875, he became owner of the Decatur County Journal, at Leon,
Iowa, when after ten years of marked success in the management of that paper
he tried the newspaper business at Salina, Kansas, with no success
financially, yet there he passed a most pleasant two years and over of his
life in that fast-growing and beautiful little metropolis. After leaving the
Sunflower state he came to Glenwood, Iowa, where he had fair success as
owner and publisher of the Opinion, and enjoyed his life among the affable
people of that pleasant town.
After selling out at Glenwood he had a brief experience on the Burtonian, at
Tekama, Neb., but the populistic wave of '96 upset all prospects of success
for his Republican paper and it was disposed of to a populist company. In
l896, on account of his wife's health and others of the family being in bad
health, he journeyed to the mountainous district of North Carolina, at
Hendersonville,--a very different land and people from that in which he had
resided so many years. At Hendersonville he bought the Republican paper,
which he published very satisfactorily to all the best citizens of that
section, and while his political views were not acceptable to the
ex-confederates, yet some of most ultra former secessionists were personally
warm friends of his. After two years in the South the subject again came to
the scene of his first newspaper experience,--May, l899. The climate of the
Carolina mountains proving to be too moist for catarrhal and rheumatic
complaints, which was the affliction of his wife, and the associations in
the North were more to the liking of the entire family, owing to their
former long residence here.
In his labors, he was tireless, and unhappy when he could not be at work at
something, and during the last few years did the work of the best average
compositor in Galesburg offices, where he was accepted as a member of the
International Typographical Union, but withdrew later from active
From the December 29, l904, Decatur County [Iowa] Journal.
MARTHA SADLER ROBINSON.
The death of Mrs. W. T. Robinson occurred at her home in Knoxville,
Illinois, Monday evening, Dec. l9, l904. Though not unexpected, the news did
come as a shock to her friends in Glenwood who knew her during the time she
resided here, coming as it did so soon following the death of her husband,
which occurred Dec. 8, only eight days previous.
The maiden name of the deceased was Martha Sadler, and she was born near
Harrisburg, Penn., Jan. 2l, l837. She removed with her parents and family to
a farm near Knoxville, Ill., where her childhood days were spent. She was
married to W. T. Robinson Feb. l5, l86l [the Illinois Statewide
Marriage Index lists a William T. Robinson marrying a Martha J. B. Sadler in
Knox County on February 21, 1861], and was the mother of eight children,
four of whom survive her. She was always an active woman, taking a lively
interest in all public affairs until the dreaded rheumatism attacked her,
and this was the indirect cause of her death. In l896, the family removed to
North Carolina for the wife and mother's health, but the climate was not
beneficial and they returned to Knoxville. During most of the time since
they left Glenwood, Mrs. Robinson has been a great sufferer and a great
portion of the time has been in a wheel chair or a bed. The true character
of a person is brought out during such continued suffering and in the case
of the deceased it was no exception, for during all her illness she was
bright and cheerful and did much to make the home pleasant for her children
and for her husband, who was always active in business.
The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon at Knoxville from the family home
and her remains were laid to rest beside her husband. The children were all
present except L. S. Robinson, of this city, who was compelled to remain at
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