Early Days of Greenbush by William L. Snapp


Charles Stice.

    Charles Stice was born in North Carolina, February 11, 1795. He was a son of Andrew Stice, who was born in Germany. He was married March 9, 1815, to Patsey Whitley. She was born March 2, 1800. Mr. Stice moved from North Carolina to Kentucky; then to Madison county, Illinois. In 1833, he went to Henderson county, and in 1840 he came to Greenfield, now Greenbush, where he kept a store and the post-office, being the first postmaster in the village. He also kept hotel.

    To this first union were born the following-named children:

Sarah G., born August 18, 1817; married J. C. Jamison. She died August 8, 1879.

Andrew, born March 13, 1819; married Ruby L. Bond. He died April 12, 1848.

Nancy, born February 27, 1821; died September 9, 1843.

Tabitha, born December 31, 1822; married Hanson H. Hewett. He died February 26, 1904.

Diana and James C., were twins, born August 18, 1825.

Diana married R. M. Simmons. She died February 1, 1893. James C. died November 7, 1875.

Martha, born January 31, 1828; married Curtis Worden.

Charles, born September 27, 1829; died September 16, 1838.

George W., born July 8, 1832; married Phebe King, January 19, 1860.

She was born February 14, 1841. He died June 13, 1899.

Oscar, born January 27, 1837; never married. He died in Linn county, Missouri, February 7, 1905.

Patsey, wife of Charles Stice, died February 21, 1847.

Mr. Stice‘s second marriage was in 1851, to Mrs. Arixina Wellman. Her maiden name was Arixina Andrews. She was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, in 1825. To them were born the following-named children:

Catherine E., born November 18, 1851; married Alexander Campbell, April 25, 1872.

She died February 15, 1878.

David A., born April 2, 1854; married Myram H. King, December 25, 1879.

She was born October 30, 1854, and died October 15, 1903.

Warren M., born July 2, 1860; married Effie Wilson.

Charles Stice died April 1, 1869.

John Simmons-2 son of William.

John Simmons was born near Bowling Green, Kentucky, May 24, 1814. He was a son of George and Frances (Herrington) Simmons. He came with his parents to Morgan county, Illinois, in 1833. About two years later he came to Greenbush, in Warren county. He was married October 25, 1838, to Miss Ruth Jared. She was born April 16, 1817; and died March 23, 1902.

To John Simmons and wife the following-named children were born:

Eliza, born July 27, 1839; married James Pittman, December 25, 1855.

Andrew, born July 26, 1841; married Susan Bond. His second marriage was to Belle Traverse. He died September 11, 1900.

Louisa, born June 6, 1843; married Thomas Carr. She died November 22, 1899. Thomas Carr was born August 22, 1837, and died August 18, 1904.

Caroline, born August 24, 1846; married John F. Young. She died April 8, 1876.

Mary A., born July 30, 1848; married Francis M. Jennings, in September, 1865.

Catherine, born August 23, 1850; married W. H. Carr, December 24, 1868. He was born February 25, 1845. They reside at Roseville, Illinois.

John F., born July 21, 1853; married Sarah Simmons. His second marriage was to Alice Peterson.

Harriet, born February 6, 1855; married Riley Simmons. He was a son of James H. and Lucinda (Moulton) Simmons. They reside at Balco, Missouri.

William Riley, born May 9, 1857; married Mary Jane Day.

James Ed., born April 20, 1864; married Lucy Claycomb.

John Simmons was a hardy pioneer. Settling here in an early day, he found plenty of wild game. His greatest enjoyment was in a deer chase. He generally kept a pack of trained hounds, and with his old long rifle he rarely returned home from a hunt without one or two deer. During the spring and summer he engaged in farming; during the fall and winter he ran a horsepower threshing machine and probably did more threshing than any other man in the earlier days. In politics he was a democrat. During his last days he became a believer in the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ and died in the faith, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. M. Jennings, June 28, 1904.

Rowland Simmons

First Settler of Greenbush Township

Rowland Simmons was born in Virginia, in 1794. He removed with his parents in early life to Warren county, Kentucky. After living there several years, he moved to Morgan county, Illinois. In 1830, he moved to what is now known as Greenbush, Warren county, Illinois, and settled on section five. He was the first settler in Greenbush township. His brother James followed him in 1833, and after living in the township a short time, settled on lands now adjoining the village of Greenbush on the east, where he died, in 1873.

William Simmons, another brother, came later and located in the northeast part of the township. He afterwards moved to Galena, where he was engaged in hauling mineral ore; and later he moved to Iowa where he died. This William Simmons was the father of James Simmons, who died at the residence of his son James Edmond Simmons, on section two, September 25. 1900. William was also the father of Sarah, who married David Young.

Charles Simmons, who was also a brother of Rowland, resided in Stoddard county, Missouri, in 1845. During that year James and Rowland made him a visit and induced him to move to Illinois. His family, household goods and one sorrel mare were placed on board a boat at Cape Girardeau, and they all started for Copperas Creek, Illinois. Some place on the route the boat landed and James took the mare and rode home across the country. When he arrived, he sent some of his and Rowland’s boys to Copperas Creek after the party. So they came across the country in wagons, arriving at Greenbush, April 27, 1845. John W. Nance and family were members of this party, he having married Nancy, a daughter of Charles Simmons.

Charles Simmons was married two or three times, his last wife being Miss Levicy Boydston. He was the father of the following-named children:

James D., (sometimes called “Pumpkin-Hook Jim”) who married Clarrissa Morris After his death, she married Robert M. Snapp.

John R., who married Nancy Strain; and after her death, was married to the widow of James Taylor.

Madison, who died while in service in the Union army during the civil war.

Sarah, who married Benjamin Gray.

Mary, who married Philip Davis Hedges.

Jane, who was never married.

Joanna, who married David Edie.

Harriet, who married a Mr. Kidoo of Iowa.

Rowland Simmons, the subject of this sketch, was married to Miss Julia A. Jones. To them were born the following-named children:

William, born April 16, 1826, married Margaret Morris, in October, 1849.

She died June 15, 1873, at the age of 46 years.

Francis Marion, (better known as Tim), married a daughter of James D. Smith.

They moved to Oregon.

James H., married Lucinda Moulton. She died April 17, 1874, at the age of 43 years.

Jasper, born in 1842, was thrown from a wagon and killed November 3, 1851.

Mary, married Thomas Joiner Willard. Both died in Kansas.

Harriet, married Joshua Rhodes.

Emily, married Alexander Willard.

John W., an infant, died in 1832, and was buried in the Greenbush graveyard, it being the first grave in this yard.

Some time during the early ‘30’s, Rowland Simmons planted some apple seed with the intention of grafting the trees after they had grown to sufficient size. One of the trees, when it came to bearing, produced a large yellow apple of the fall variety. This tree sprouted and the sprouts, when dug up and set out, produced the same kind of apple. James Simmons was among the first to procure sprouts from this tree, having quite an orchard of them at one time. They are known as the “Simmons Pippin,” and are generally considered the best fall apple in this country. During the last days of Rowland Simmons, he suffered with a cancer on his face from which he died May 23, 1858. His wife Julia Ann died January 8, 1845.

Sarah Simmons, mother of Rowland Simmons, died at the residence of Rowland, December 31, 1842. She was about 90 years old.


James Simmons-brother.

James Simmons, who was a brother of Rowland Simmons, was born in 1795. Late in the fall of 1816, he moved from Green River, Warren county, Kentucky, to Madison county, Illinois. His wife and infant son (Andrew W.) came with him. They made the entire trip on horseback. He moved to Greenbush, Warren county, Illinois, in October, 1833. He first settled about one mile south of where the village is now located. He afterwards moved east of the village on land adjoining it. He was married in Kentucky to Sarah Stice. To them were born the following-named children:

    Rowland M., born November 7, 1819; married Diana Stice. She died in Missouri. He was a member of the militia and, in 1843, was elected first lieutenant and commissioned by Governor Ford under Captain W. B. Blankenship, who died in the service. R.M. Simmons was then elected captain to fill the vacancy. This was the 6th company, 2nd battalion, 84th regiment Illinois militia. John C. Bond was major; John Butler, colonel; V. H. Marshall, adjutant; John McMahill, first lieutenant; Levi Hedges, orderly sergeant. They mustered three times a year company battalion; officers’ drill, twice a year. They had three places of meeting: Greenbush, Berwick, and New Lancaster. Captain Simmons’s company was composed of 80 substantial men. He was drillmaster at officers’ drill. The regiment was called out for volunteers for the Mexican war. Wyatt B. Stapp, who was brigadier general went with the company as captain to the Mexican war.

    R.M. Simmons is an elder in the Old-School Predestination Baptist church, and has for many years devoted a great portion of his time to preaching in different localities. Andrew W., born in Kentucky, September 2, 1816; married Mary Ann Hedges, January 6, 1842. She died July 19, 1847. His second marriage was to Ascenath Brooks, March 2, 1848. She was born in Kentucky, January 7, 1825. He filled the offices of tax-collector and justice of the peace for several years in the township. He died September 12, 1887.

Alfred W., born November 5, 1821; married Sarah Moulton, August 26, 1847. She was born September 18, 1829, and died May 18, 1902.

Charles Riley, born December 24, 1825; married Martha Bair. She died December 13, 1884, at the age of 42 years.

William Jackson, born December 30, 1827; married Sarah Holeman. He died in Gentry county, Missouri, November 4, 1884.

Francis Marion, born November 10, 1823; was never married. He died at the residence of Peter Snider, his brother-in-law, in the village of Greenbush, June 24, 1891.

Martin V. B., born October 5, 1839; married Hester Cunningham. He died September 29, 1877. She died December 4, 1887, at the age of 42 years.

Nancy, born in Madison county, Illinois, February 17, 1831; married J. Woodford Ray. She died March 11, 1853.

Sarah A., born January 27, 1818; married William Hiet. She died March 25, 1863. He died March 23, 1895. at the age of 78 years.

Joanna, born October 11, 1842; married Isaac Holeman. She died August 22, 1901. He died May 20, 1901, at the age of 68 years.

Dianna, born August 2, 1835; married Peter Snider.

Arminda C., born November 14, 1837; married Benjamin F. Watt. He was born September 30, 1840, and died February 13, 1904.

James Simmons died August 21, 1873. His wife died April 8, 1855, at the age of 58 years. They were members of the Old School Predestinarian Baptist church. In polities Mr. Simmons was a democrat.

James Simmons son of "William

    James Simmons was born in Warren county, Kentucky, August 10, 1809. He was a son of William and Esther (Stice) Simmons, who were married in 1798. He was born in 1775, and died in 1865. She was born in South Carolina, in 1779, and died in 1855. To them the following-named children were born:

    Peter, Martin, Betsey, James, Charles, Sarah, Lucinda,

John, Roley, Susan, Herbert, Nancy, and William.

    James Simmons in his young days moved with his parents from Warren county, Kentucky, to Howard county, Missouri. Here they resided one year, then moved to Boone county, Missouri, where they resided about eight years; they then moved to Illinois and located in Morgan county, near Jacksonville. They afterwards moved to Warren county, Illinois, and located in the northeast part of Greenbush township. William Simmons, father of James Simmons, was engaged about one year hauling mineral ore at Galena, Illinois. He finally moved to Iowa, where he died in 1865.

    James Simmons, the subject of this sketch, was married December 18, 1839, to Melinda Jennings. She was a daughter of Aaron and Sarah Jennings, and was born in Indiana, January 27, 1821; died June 19, 1897. To James Simmons and wife the following-named children were born:

Elizabeth Eunice, born February 28, 1842; married Thomas Stockton, November 20, 1857.

Sarah E., born May 28, 1844; married William Young, September 4, 1862.

Samantha Jane, born August- 15, 1846; married John Patterson, November 19, 1863.

Nancy M., born December 12, 1848; married William H. Davis. She died June 9, 1900.

He died August 16, 1893.

William E., born November 30, 1851; died May 12, 1884.

Eliza E., born February 20, 1855; married Noah Davis.

Thomas J., born June 8, 1857; married Amy A. South, October 11, 1883. She died February 6, 1894, at the age of 29 years. His second marriage was to Victoria Miller, February 14, 1895.

Ida m., born August 22, 1860; married George Davis.

James Edmond, born August 1, 1863; married Cornelia Stice, July 8. 1885. She was born September 10, 1864, and was a daughter of David and Elizabeth (Semelroth) Stice.

James Simmons resided in Greenbush township for many years. He was a successful farmer and stock raiser. In polities he was a democrat. He died at his old home place, on section, two in Greenbush township, September 25, 1900.


    Dr. Reamer A. Saunders was born in Meigs county, Ohio, May 8, 1821. He was a son of Abraham and Sarah Saunders. In 1834 he came with his parents to Fulton county, Illinois, and settled at what is now known as Farmington. His younger days were mostly spent on the farm; at the same time he obtained such education as was afforded in the district school. After attaining the age of manhood, he attended school at Galesburg, Illinois; afterwards the Gallipolis Academy, in Ohio. In 1843, he returned to Farmington, Illinois, where he read medicine with Dr. Christie and attended a term of lectures in the University at St. Louis. In 1845, he studied medicine with Dr. Davidson, at Canton, Illinois. In February, 1846, Dr. Saunders came to Greenbush, Illinois, and bought out Dr. Isabelle who was then practicing medicine in Greenbush. Dr. Isabelle went to California and died at Santa Barbara, in 1892. Dr. Saunders and Dr. Smith then practiced together for about a year, when Dr. Smith went to Toulon, Illinois. Dr. Saunders continued his studies during the time and again attended the University at St. Louis. In 1855, he went to New York, seeking knowledge in the line of his profession. He acquired a large practice in Greenbush, and purchased land in Berwick township, where he moved in 1859.

    In 1861, he enlisted in Company E, 33rd Illinois infantry, known as the “Normal Regiment.” This regiment was composed of students and professional men. His health became impaired, and at the end of five months he was discharged for disability. He returned to the farm and remained there until 1872, when he moved to Avon, Illinois. In 1873, he visited England, Scotland, Belgium, and Holland. After returning to Avon, he conducted a drug store in connection with his practice. Dr. Saunders was married to Miss Mary A. Kirkpatrick, at Roseville, Illinois, November 19, 1846. To them were born three children:

Juliett, who died in infancy.

Sarah, (better known as Rinnie) ; married Robert F. Johnston. She died in 1879. He died in 1885.

Clara E., born February 7, 1854; now resides with her mother at Avon, Illinois.

    In politics Dr. Saunders was a republican. In religion hue was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for many years before his death, which occurred November 13, 1897, at Avon, Illinois. He was a man of correct habits, kind, sympathetic, and a willing helper to the poor and those in distressed circumstances.


    Sarah Snapp was born in Virginia, March 20, 1784. Her maiden name was Sarah McIntyre. She came with her parents to Kentucky, in 1789; and was married to George Snapp in Nicholas county, Kentucky, in 1802. He was born February 18, 1780, and died December 20, 1823. He was a son of George Snapp, who was killed by the Indians in Kentucky in an early day.

    To George Snapp and his wife Sarah were born the following-named children:

John, born in 1811; died in Kentucky, in 1823.

Maria, born in 1804; married William Booth.

 Her second marriage was to Joseph Wallace. She died in California, July 18, 1886.

Mary, born in Nicholas county, Kentucky, February 22, 1806; married William McMahill, in 1827.

 She died August 31, 1877. He died June 6, 1881.

Elizabeth, born in Nicholas county, Kentucky, February 2, 1808; married John Crawford.

Her second marriage was to Moses T. Hand, December 23, 1835.

She died August 19, 1898. Moses T. Hand died February 18, 1888.

    Franklin Greene was born in Nicholas county, Kentucky, October 18, 1812. He came to Illinois in 1833; settled in Greenbush township in 1834. He was united in marriage to Miss Adeline Morse. She was born May 6, 1816. To this union the following-named children were born:

        Maria Jane, born October 9, 1833 married John A. Butler, November 22, 1849.

        Samuel M., born May 22, 1835; married Saphronia Hanon. He died October 11, 1891.

        George L., born June 4, 1838; married Emiline Griffith.

        Albert N., born May 18, 1840; married Mrs. Matilda Nelson.

        Caroline, born June 1, 1843; married Dr. William Randall. She died May 20, 1875. He died          October 23, 1888.

        John R., born April 14, 1846; married Clara Foster. After receiving a divorce from her,

                he was married to Alma Yast, in April, 1879.

        Mary C., born December 23, 1848; died December 10, 1850.

        Ada Ann, born October 20, 1851; died November 11, 1858.

        Amanda E., born May 12, 1854; resides at Buffalo, New York, where she is engaged teaching music.

        Emma P., born February- 16, 1857; married Alphonso Waiste. They reside in Canada.

       F. G. Snapp was engaged in an early day in Greenfield, in the mercantile business; and in later years he again engaged in the same line of business, making in all three or four times that he kept store in the village. He was a farmer and resided on the southwest quarter of section five for many years. He spent a great portion of his life in raising, buying, and selling livestock. In this line he was a man of excellent judgment. He was a trader in many lines of business, and would buy and sell anything from a cook stove to a gristmill. He was also an auctioneer and did considerable business in this line in the early days. In 1870, he purchased thoroughbred Durham cattle in Kentucky and brought them to Greenbush, which proved a great benefit to the country by improving the breed of cattle then here. He also shipped in several hundred bushels of bluegrass seed from Kentucky the same year. This grass seed being sown on timber lands, grew rapidly and soon spread over adjoining lands. At this time John W. Barlow was engaged in shipping Durham cattle and bluegrass seed from Kentucky. F. G. Snapp left his farm in Greenbush township and moved to Galesburg, where he spent his last years. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, having joined that denomination in early life and- retained their membership up to the time of their death. In polities he was a republican .He died April 10, 1895. his wife died September 22, 1898. Their remains rest in the cemetery at Abingdon, Illinois.

    Ezekiel M., born in Nicholas county, Kentucky, in 1816; married Lucinda Willard, October 19, 1839. He died October 1, 1842. She died January 21, 1899. To this union one son was born- William L., born February 12, 1842. He was married December 19, 1861, to Mary E. May. She was born April 19, 1843; and died November 21, 1900. She was a daughter of William and Susan (Harrison) May.

To William L. Snapp and wife the following-named children were born:

    Alice Maud, born November 16, 1862; married Andrew B. Camp, January 18, 1883.

    Thomas, born February 23, 1864; married Mary J. Hendricks, January 5, 1889.

    Mary, born July 4, 1867; died March 21, 1869.

    William L., born August 2, 1871; married Minnie West, November 7, 1899.

    Carrie M, born August 19, 1874.

    Delos V., born August 17, 1876; married Emma Pauline Fowler, February 18, 1903.

    Russell. born March 9, 1878; married Maud D. Stokes, July 17, 1899.

    Ezekiel M., born January 28, 1880.

    Sumner, born November 25, 1881.

William L. Snapp has held the offices in the township of town clerk, tax collector, justice of the peace, notary public, and school treasurer, and is the author of this work. In religion he is a Methodist. In politics he is a democrat.

Robert M., son of George and Sarah Snapp, was born in Nicholas county. Kentucky, February 5, 1818. He was married three times. His first marriage was to Margaret A. Morse, in December, 1843. One child was born to them-Mary J. She died in infancy. Margaret, wife of R. M. Snapp, died in 1844. His second marriage was to Adaliza Morris, March 26, 1849. She died December 23, 1856. To this union the following-named children were born:

George H., born May 9, 1850; died October 13, 1872.

Alberteen, born December 24, 1852; died January 8, 1873.

Eugene, born December 24, 1852; died February 19, 1866.

William, born October 15, 1854; died July 27, 1856.

Austin, horn June 4, 1856; died September 26, 1872.

His third marriage was to Mrs. Clarrissa Simmons, October 28 1858. She was the widow of James D. Simmons and daughter of Joab and Rebecca Morris. She died December 24, 1882. To this union the following-named children were born:

Julius M., born October 29, 1859; died September 22, 1860.

Arthur L., born February 27, 1861; now lives in DeKalb county, Missouri.

Sarah F., born May 26, 1862; married David Tunks, February 2, 1883. He died in January, 1892.

She was again married in 1895, to C. Brand, and now lives near Cameron, Missouri.

Laura, born February 4, 1865; married Augustus Pence, March 15, 1885; now lives near King City, Missouri.

Emma H., born March 5, 1867; married Hugh Stanton, April 7, 1895; now lives in Union Star, Missouri.

Giles, born June 1, 1869; lives in DeKalb county, Missouri.

Eva A., born September 28, 1872; married A. B. Durbin, January 13, 1892. They live in Gentry county, Missouri.

Clara E., born December 20, 1874; married F. H. Everett. February 26, 1903; now living in St. Joe, Missouri.

Robert M. Snapp was bugler in Captain Wyatt Stapp‘s company in the Mexican war. This company was mustered in at Quincy, Illinois, August 16, 1847, and returned July 29, 1848. Mr. Snapp was a farmer by occupation. He was justice of the peace in Greenbush towvnship for many years. He was possessed of a wonderful memory, and could give more dates of circumstances and events than any other man in the country. In polities, he was a democrat. He moved to Missouri in the spring of 1872, and died there June 21, 1899.

William, son of George and Sarah Snapp, was born in Nicholas county, Kentucky, June 12, 1820. He was married to Elizabeth Hedges, June 21, 1845. To them were born the following-named children:

Nathan B., born March 13, 1847; married Nannie Evans. March 1, 1874. They now live in Utah.

Catherine, born March 27, 1848; married J. P. Reed, December 23, 1866. She died March 7, 1877.

Ezekiel M., horn October 1, 1849; lives in northern California.

James A., born March 28, 1851; married Phebe Tunks, September 13, 1874.

 She died December 24, 1876.

His second marriage was to Rebecca J. Brown, November 7, 1883.

They now reside on a farm near King City, Missouri.

    John W., born October 1, 1852; now hives in Clark county, Kansas.

Sarah A., born May 25, 1854; married Jacob W. Fry, March 17, 1875.

 They reside in southern California.

George, born February 21, 1856; married Mary Fry, November 3, 1876.

They live in DeKalb county, Missouri.

Mary, born September 1, 1857; married Jerry Renniger, in March, 1878.

They reside in DeKalb county, Missouri

William W., born July 18, 1859; married Verdie Myricks, in March, 1892.

They reside in DeKalb county, Missouri.

    Evaline, born February 28, 1862; died in 1864.

Eliza J., born September 29, 1864; married Joseph A. Fry, in 1888.

They reside in Buchanan county, Missouri.

    Elizabeth A., born June 9, 1871; married Jacob Harshbarger, in 1901.

They reside in Clark county, Kansas.

    William Snapp was a farmer by occupation. In his younger days he was engaged in burning brick, and was for a time engaged in the mercantile business. He also ran a steam sawmill company with his nephew, William L. Snapp, for several years in Greenbush. He was commissioner of highways and held other offices of trust in the township. In polities, he was a democrat. He moved to DeKalb county, Missouri, in June, 1868, where he died in August, 1883. His wife, who was five years younger than he, died in January, 1890.

    George, son of George and Sarah Snapp, was born in Nicholas county, Kentucky, September 12, 1823. He married Ann Rebecca Hicks, in 1853. She died February 12, 1875. To this union the following-named children were born:

Oscar, born May 28, 1854; died December 28, 1863.

William, born December 25, 1856; died March 10, 1864.

Adeline, born May 12, 1858; died December 25, 1863.

Elizabeth, born March 8, 1860.

Robert M., born November 19, 1861; married Josie South, February 17, 1886.

She was born June 24, 1864, and died November 12, 1897.

Charles F., horn October 15, 1863; married Mary Starr.

Lucy, born April 26, 1865; married Elijah H. South.

Anna, born January 9, 1869; married Charles C. McClurg, December 29, 1888.

Ada, born October 14, 1871; married William C. Gordon, November 21, 1894.

Catherine, born February 6, 1873.

    George Snapp has been by occupation a farmer and stockman, and was at one time engaged in the mercantile business in Greenbush, He went to California, in 1850, in a company of twenty-seven men, driving ox teams. James C. Stice was captain of this company. His mess was composed of Robert M. Snapp, R. K. Belt, James C. Stice and himself. He returned to Greenbush township, in 1852, where he has since resided, except a short time he was in DeKaib county, Missouri. His second marriage was to Ann Davis, April 10, 1876. She was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, September 29, 1839.

    Sarah (McIntyre) Snapp, the subject of this sketch. was a woman of strong constitution, used to hardships from childhood. She early learned industrious habits, which she retained through life. In religion, she was a Methodist. She died November 26, 1859.


    Simon Sailer was born in Weisenberg, Germany, December 8, 1831. He left his native country, and after a voyage of fifty days on the water arrived at New York, April 20, 1853. He went to the state of Michigan, where he remained until the spring of 1854, when he went to Indiana; in the fall he went to St. Louis, and then to New Orleans. In the spring of 1855, he walked from St. Louis, Mo., to St. Augustine, Illinois, where he went to work on the Northern Cross railroad. In the fall of 1856, he moved to Greenbush township, in Warren county, Illinois. Simon Sailer was married to Matilda Jane Kelly, March 26, 1863. She was born in Hendricks county, Indiana, July 3, 1839, and was a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Weaver) Kelly. To them the following-named children were born:

Thomas Jefferson, born April 27, 1864; married Alice Lillian Hendricks, February 4, 1890. She was born September 22, 1866.

George John, who was born August 31, 1866.

William Henry, born July 24, 1870; married Agnes May Ryan, January 20, 1892. She was born May 4, 1869.

    Simon Sailer has been a farmer and stockman by occupation; has also been extensively engaged in the coal trade, having several coal banks on his lands. He filled the office of commissioner of highways for several years in the township. He has now retired from active labor and resides at Avon, Illinois. In politics he is a democrat. In religion he and his family are members of the Catholic church.


Andrew Sailer was born in Weisenberg, Germany, November 30, 1833. He was a son of Thomas and Johannes (Heimesser) Sailer. He left Germany in 1854, and after a voyage of forty-nine days reached New York; from there he went to Michigan, where he remained about one year and a half, working on a farm at six dollars a month. He then went to St. Augustine, Illinois, and worked on a farm near by for James Martin. In 1856, he came to Greenbush township, and went to work for William Jared, near Prairie City. He afterwards worked eleven months for Israel Spurgeon. Andrew Sailer was married to Pauline Damitz, January 9, 1859. She was born in Prussia, Germany, April 14, 1837; and died at her home in Greenbush township. June 22, 1895. To them the following-named children were born:

Hannah, born January 3, 1860; married William T. Smith, in 1878. She died August 23, 1903.

Matilda, born January 27, 1862; married Charles Gayman, June 8, 1883.

Frank, born August 6, 1864; married Belle Warren, February 12, 1888.

Bertha, born September 14, 1866: married Lemuel Hiram Carroll, February 5, 1888.

He was born March 25, 1865.

Fredric, born March 20, 1868; married Ida Carroll, February 5, 1891.

She was born August 9, 1869.

        Andrew Sailer’s second marriage was to Mary Condon. She was a daughter of William and Ann (Moore) Condon, who emigrated from County Kildare, Ireland, in 1846.

        In politics Mr. Sailer votes with time democrats. In religion he and his wife are members of the Catholic church.


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