W. J. N. Moyers, judge of Franklin County Court, was born in this county January 9, 1848, the son of Jacob N. and Nancy (Humphrey) Moyers, natives respectively of Kentucky and Illinois. Our subject was reared and educated in his native county, and taught school a few years. In 1871 he began the
study of law under Judge Parks, of DuQuoin, and was admitted to practice in Kansas in 1873. In 1876 he was elected State's attorney for this county, which position he filled four years. He continued his practice until 1886, when he was elected county judge. He has always been a Republican, and as such elected to his various positions notwithstanding the fact of the county being Democratic. He is a self-made man. His father died when he was but eight years old, and left his mother and the family for him to support. He served the last year of the war in Company I, Sixth Illinois Cavalry. March 7, 1871, he married Cordelia E. Kirkpatrick, of this county. They have two sons and four daughters. He lives on his farm one and a quarter miles west of Benton. He is a Knight of Honor and an Odd Fellow, and one of the county's best citizens.