Portrait and Biographical Album of Knox County, Illinois
Joseph Clesson, one of Knox County's respected
citizens and well to do farmers, residing on section 26, Elba Township, was born
in Deerfield, Mass., Sept. 7, 1818. Mr. Clesson is a son of Joseph and Mehitable
(Stebbins) Clesson, natives of Massachusetts. The parents came to Shelby County,
this State, away back in 1837, and there lived until their death. Their children
were nine in number, and Joseph was the second in order of birth.
Joseph Clesson came to this State with his
parents and lived with them in Shelby County, until his removal to Peoria
County. He resided in the latter county two years, when he moved here, and in
the spring of 1855 made settlement in Elba Township, on the place where is at
present residing. His life has been devoted to agricultural pursuits, and he is
at present the owner of 80 acres of good and productive land, on which he has
erected a comfortable residence, and in the prosecution of his most independent
of all callings is meeting with success.
Mr. Clesson was married in Shelby County, this
State, in 1839, to Miss Mary Humphrey. She bore him one child - Mary - who died
when two years of age. Mr. Clesson's wife died in this [Shelby]
county, and in 1843 he formed a second matrimonial alliance with Miss
Elizabeth Humphrey, sister of his former wife, and a native of Ohio. Of the
latter union, four children have been born, named Melvina J., Barbara A., Nancy
E. and Joseph H.; the latter is deceased. Melvina is the wife of Samuel
Patterson, a farmer of Elba Township; Barbara A. married Joseph J. Matthews, who
is engaged in farming in Salem Township; Nancy became Mrs. Albertus S. Codding
and resides in Victoria Township.
Mrs. Clesson died in Peoria County, Feb. 1, 1853,
and our subject was again married in Lowell, Mass., March 25, 1855, to
Carr, a native of Deering, N. H., and born Feb. 22, 1815.
Mr. and Mrs. Clesson have an adopted son - Melva W. Clesson. Our subject has
held some of the minor offices of his county, and in politics is a Democrat. He
and his wife are believers in the tenets of the Universalist Church.