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C. J. W. McNEMAR, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 4; P. 0. Lexington; born in Hardy (now Grant) Co., W. Va., May 12, 1836, where he resided until the fall of 1857; then removed to Illinois, locating in McLean Co. at Lexington ; came to his present home in January, 1859; was engaged in farming in Gridley Township from 1863 to 1866; owns 270 acres of land in Money Creek and Gridley Townships. Married, in 1861, Miss Mary E. Pirtle, who was born in Indiana ; her father's family removed to Ilinois in 1849; they have had eight children, seren of whom are living-Osceola, Estella, Hattie A., Ida E., Noah B., Eva and Christian E. ; lost one-John T., died April 5, 1877. Mr. Thomas J. Pirtle was born in Kentucky March 22, 1812; afterward removed to Owen Co., Ind., where he was married in 1837 to Miss Elizabeth McNaught, who was born in Owen Co., Ind., March 1, 1818. In the spring of 1849, the family removed to Illinois, locating on the farm where his widow, Mrs. Pirtle, now resides ; her husband died in 1865 ; they had seven children, five of whom are living—Sarah C. (wife of A. Ogden), Mary E. (wife of C. J. W. McNemar), Ezra S., James B. and Thomas M.
CHARLES M. MOUTS, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 30; P. 0. Towanda; born in Chanpaign Co., Ohio, Feb. 10, 1832, where he resided until 1852, then removed to Logan Co., Ohio. In 1854, he came to Illinois, but returned to Ohio, where he remained until the spring of 1856, then located in Towanda, this county, where he engaged in the boot and shoe business, and the following year removed to the farm where he now resides. Owns 195 acres of land in Money Creek Township. Served as Constable two years, School Director nine years. Was appointed Deputy Sheriff in fall of 1879. Married, in September, 1857, Miss Adaline Busic, who born in McLean Co. Her father, Nathaniel Busic, was one of the early settlers of McLean Co. Nine children by this union, seven of whom are living-Mary A., Francis N., Ida D., Charles E., Bunyan C., Bertie and Sarah G.; lost two-Lincoln A. was born May 6, 1865, died Aug. 13, 1873; James W., was born May 25, 1871, died Aug. 21, 1872. Mr. M. is a member of the Money Creek U. B. Church,
BENJAMIN OGDEN, deceased. Mr. Ogden was born in Ohio Feb. 7, 1803; he removed from Fayette Co., Ohio, to Illinois, in the fall of 1830, locating in what is now Money Creek Township, this county. In 1824, he was married to Miss Sarah Stretch, who was born in Pennsylvania July 18, 1806. They had a family of ten children, five of whom are livingMaria, wife of Dr. E. McAferty; Amanda, widow of J. McAferty ; Margaret, wife of W. Haworth; Elizabeth, wife of John W. Stover. They have lost five children, most of whom died in childhood. Mr. Ogden's death occurred Sept. 27, 1873.
JESSE OGDEN, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 33 ; P. 0. Towanda ; born in Money Creek Township July 26, 1834, his father, Benjamin Ogden, a native of the State of Ohio, having settled in the township in October, 1830. The subject of this sketch now resides on the farm his father bonght soon after he came to the State, and near the old homestead owns about 700 acres of land in Money Creek Township. Served as Supervisor two terms, Assessor two terms and has held other minor offices.
CHALMERS RAYBURN, teacher and farmer, Sec. 35 ; P. O. Towanda; born in Madison Co., Ohio March 26, 1848, but removed in early childhood with his father's family to Illinois, locating at Bloomington in the fall of 1851. The following March the family removed to Money Creek Township, where the subject of this sketch remained, working on his father's farm until 18 years of age. In 1866, he entered the State Normal University, at Bloomington, and graduated at that institution in 1872; since the above date, he has followed teaching in McLean and other counties in this State, and for a time was engaged in teaching in Iowa. He owns eighty acres of farm lands in Money Creek Township. In 1874, he was married to Miss Bell Hutton, who was born in Indiana. They have one child-James Q.
MERLE H. RAYBURN, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 35; P. O. Towanda ; born in Madison Co., Ohio, Jan. 22, 1845, where he resided until 1851, removing to Illinois in the fall of that year, stopping at Bloomington until the spring of 1852, then located in Money Creek Township. He served as Town Clerk one year. Enlisted in the 145th I. V. I., in 1864; mustered out in the fall of the same year. Married, in 1872, Miss Emma Overman, who was born in Fulton Co., Iil.; two children by this union-Merle I. and David Q. Mr. R. owns eighty acres of farm lands in Money Creek Township.
JOHN W. STOVER, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 34; P. O. Towanda ; born in Pickaway Co., Ohio, May 15, 1833, where he resided until his removal to Illinois in about 1852, when he located in Money Creek Township, this county. Married, in 1857, Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin Ogden, wbo was one of the early settlers in that township, locating there as early as the fall of 1830. Mrs. Stover was born in Money Creek Township. They have four children living-Sarah, Cora, Etta and Benjamin W.; lost two-Ida, and one who died in infancy. Mr, S. owns 277 acres of farm lands in Money Creek Township.
ENOS A. TRIMMER, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 17; P. 0. Towanda ; born in Money Creek Township, this county, Oct. 13, 1856. His father, Jesse Trimmer, came to this county in the summer of 1826. Mr. Trimmer now resides on the old home place, and his farm consists 565 acres of land, valued at $17,000. A sketch of his father will be found in the Lexington Towoship list of biographies, and, in the history of Money Creek Township, further mention in connection with settlement of the township.
JOHN F. TRIMMER, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 20; P. O. Towanda ; born in Money Creek Township Jan. 17, 1844, his father, Jesse Trimmer, having settled in the township in 1826; owns 785 acres of farm lands in Money Creek and Gridley Townships. Enlisted in Co. C, 94th Illinois Infantry, in January, 1864; transferred to the 37th Illinois Infantry in August, 1865; mustered out in May, 1866. During his term of service, he was in the following battles : Fort Morgan, and other engagements in the vicinity of Mobile, Ala. Married, in 1870, Miss Priscilla C. Surface, who was born in Illinois. Four children by this union-Artie G., Daisy D., Willie W. Mr. Trimmer owns what is known as the Thomas Mill, located on Sec. 20, Money Creek Township. He has recently put in one run of stone, and is now prepared to manufacture meal and feed for stock.
BLUE MOUND TOWNSHIP. JEHU ALLEN, farmer, Sec. 31; P. 0. Holder. The subject of this memoir was born in Shenandoah Co., Va., Nov. 15, 1804. There he resided until his parents' removal to Belmont Co., Ohio, which was in 1811. His parents were among the first settlers of that portion of Ohio. His union with Mary A. Garretson occurred in Flushing, Belmont Co., Ohio, April 2, 1835. She was born in Adams Co., Penn., Sopt. 5, 1808. She is a daughter of Amos and Mary Gar
Her mother's maiden name was Mary Talbott. They were married according to the rites of the Friends' Society, and have been exemplary members of the same all their lives, as have been all their children. From the union of John Allen and Mary A. Garretson there were five children, four of whom are now living, viz., Mary, Rebecca, Alcinda and Edward W. All the children are married and living in the county except Edward W., who lives in Lincoln, Neb. Mr. Allen has been a resident of Blue Mound Township since 1865; owns seventy acres of land, all under a good state of cultivation.
ROBERT BARR, farmer and stock-raiser; P. 0. Selma ; Presbyterian ; Republican; one of the early settlers ; born in Allegheny Co., Penn., Nov. 9, 1831. He removed with his parents, when quite young, to Cass Co., Ind., where he was raised to farm labor. In 1856, he came to Lexington Township, McLean Co., where he lived one year, then one year in Knox Co., and, in the spring of 1858, located upon his present place, where he purchased eighty acres, to which he added, in 1864, by purchase, eighty acres more, making a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, with good buildings. He has resided upon his present place for a period of upward of twenty-one years, and is, consequently one of the oldest continuous residents of the township. He was married Aug. 16, 1860, to Nancy Williams. She was born in Ohio April 5, 1840. They have two children by this union, viz., Sarah E., born July 13, 1862; and Marietta, born May 4, 1867.
GEORGE W. BINGHAM, farmer, Sec. 32; P. 0. Holder. The subject of this sketch was born in Johnston Co., N. Y., March 22, 1832; his parents came to Lake Co., III., in 1834, where they lived until 1855, at which time they came to McLean Co. and located in Padua Township, where they have since resided. Mr. Bingham's father was a native of Connecticut, and his mother of New York; the father died Feb. 21, 1879; the mother is still living, and is possession of all her faculties. The subject of this sketch has been a resident of McLean Co. twentyfour years, and of Blue Mound Township three years. Owns forty acres of nicely-improved land, which he has made by his economy and industry. He was united in marriage with Hannah J. Berlell May 5, 1875; served three years in the war of the rebellion ; was in Co. D, 94th I. V. I., and served with distinction until his discharge.
E. C. BLISS, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 7; P. 0. Towanda ; one of the old settlers of McLean Co. ; Congregationalist; Republican ; born in Bristol Co., Mass., Nov. 27, 1822. At the age of 22 years, he learned and worked at the carpenter trade until 1846, when he went to Havana, Cuba, and worked at his trade in the car-shops some eight months; in 1851, he came to Jacksonville, Morgan Co., N., and worked at his trade for ten years ; in 1861, he came to Blue Mound Township, and, in 1864, he purchased 160 acres of wild land, which he has since improved, and where he has since lived. His marriage with Lucy A. Harmon was celebrated in St. Louis April 20, 1852; she was born in Suffield, Conn., June 13, 18:30; they were the parents of three children, of whom two are now living-Herbert E., born May 30, 1854, and Leonard H., May 4, 1865, and who weighed 210 pounds at 14 years of age, and is considered the largest boy of his age in the county. While in Cuba, Mr. Bliss became so impressed with the evil effects of slavery, that, upon his return home, he affiliated with the Abolitionists until he witnessed the extinction of slavery in this country, since which time he has labored for the success of the Republican party,
JOSHUA BROWN, farmer and dealer in live stock, Sec. 31 ; P. (). Holder. The subject of this sketch was born in Lancaster Co., Penn.. Aug. 10. 1810, where he resided until 1830, at which time he came with his parents to Tazewell Co., II. ; there he remained until his removal to McLean Co., which occurred in the fall of 1866 ; on first coming to the county, he located in the city of Normal, and engaged in the lumber trade, in which business he continued until his removal to Blue Mound Township, which was in 1874. Mr. Brown is one of the large farmers and stock-raisers in Central Illinois ; owns 460 acres of land in Blue Mound Township, 320 acres in Anchor Township, a nicely-improved property in the city of Normal, and tracts of land in Marion Co., III., and in Missouri and California ; he also owns “ The Old Home Farm" (440 acres) in Tazewell Co., which is one of the best improved farms in that county; he has made, for most part, what he now has, by close attention to business, combined with industry and economy. His marringe with Hannah A. Russell was celebrated in 1832; from this union there were two children-William and Marshall. Mrs. Brown died in the spring of 1855. Mr. Brown was united in marriage with his present wife Feb. 28, 1876; her maiden name was Julia A. Cook, and she was born in Lancaster Co., Penn., Oct. 5, 1821 ; there are four children from this marriage-Allen, Wilner, Charles and Susan. Mr. Brown is a consistent member of the Friends' Society, as are all his family.
GRIFFITH E. COALE, farmer, Sec. 31; P. 0. Holder. The subject of this sketch was born in Huntington Co., Ind., June 15, 1848, where he lived until 1867, at which time he came to Blue Mound Township, McLean Co., Ill., where he has since resided. His father (Benjamin Coale) was born in Chester Co., Penn., Aug 17, 1821, and his mother in the city of Philadelphia, July 16, 1826; her maiden name was Elizabeth H. Edwards; their marriage occurred July 29, 1846 ; from this union there were six children, five of whom are now living-Mary, Griffith E. (the subject of this sketch), Vincent M., Joseph W. and Rebecca J.; the name of the one deceased was Robert H. The subject of this sketch was united in marriage with Mary E. Moore Dec. 15, 1869. Mr. Coale owns a nicely-improved farm of 120 acres, which he has made by his own exertions.
A. H. CONGER, farmer, stock-raiser and shipper, Sec. 18; P. O. Towanda; one of the old settlers of Blue Mound Township. Baptist; Republican. Born in Licking Co., Ohio, March 19, 1830. In 185.), he emigrated to McLean Co., III., and was employed as farm laborer until 1859, when he rented land one year, and, in 1860, purchased eighty acres of his present place, locating upon the same the following year. Upon the 28th of April, 1861, he was united in marriage with Ellen J. White: she was born in Tippecanoe Co., Ind., Oct. 12, 1839; they have six children now living, having lost two by death ; the living are Clara A., Charlie C., Cora A., Bertice H., Pearl F. and Blanche E. Upon the marriage of Mr. Conger, he worked by the month to obtain means to put up his house, which was 12x16, in which he lived four years. Mr. Conger came to this county with a capital not to exceed $50; he now owns 195 acres, which he has improved by his own hard labor, with good farm buildings, all of which he has accumulated by his own exertions. In 1876, he engaged in the agricultural trade, in Towanda, since which time he has been engaged in buying and shipping stock to the Chicago market. Mr. Conger is now Town Collector of Blue Mound Township. Mrs. Conger is a daughter of George C. White, one of the old settlers of the county, and whose sketch appears in this work.
JOHN 0. B. CRIST, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 35; P. 0. Ellsworth. The subject of this sketch was born in Brown Co., Ohio, March 22, 1835, and removed with his parents to Tazewell Co., III., in 1845, where he remained till 1849, at which time he came to Danvers Township, where he lived until four years ago. His father kept a hotel in Tremont, Tazewell Co., in an early day, he was a native of Ohio; his mother, who is now living in Danvers, was born in New York ; there were eight children in his father's family, most of whom are now living in McLean Co. His union with Clarinda Johnson was celebrated March 1, 1860; she was born in Monroe Co., Va,, May 25, 1837; from this union there are four children, viz. : Cora, born May 2, 1862 ; Franklin, burn Feb. 7. 1864; Lilly, born Oct. 5, 1866, and Mattie, born Sept. 2, 1875. Mr. Crist owns 160 acres of nicely-improved land, all of which is under a good state of cultivation.
JESSE DRULEY, farmer and dealer in live-stock; P. 0. Normal. The subject of this sketch was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, Jan. 9, 1809, and, in 1815, when but a child, came with his parents to what is now known as Wayne Co., Ind; his mother is still living in Wayne Co., on the place they first improved when they came to Indiana. The father had been a soldier in the war of 1812; had assisted in the organization of Wayne and adjoining counties, and was a very prominent and influential man in his life-time; he died in 1874, at the advanced age of 92 years. The subject of this sketch came to Atlanta, Logan Co.. III., Oct. 20, 1857, without any means whatever to support a family of eleven persons; he not only managed to support his family, but, by hard work and economy, succeeded in accumulating considerable property. His removal to McLean Co. occurred in 1866, where he has since resided. His residence is on North Lynden street, and it is one of the best improved properties in the city. He also owns 85 acres in Normal Township, and a nicely-improved farm of 210 acres in Blue Mound Township. His union with Jane Garth wait occurred Nov. 18, 1830; she was born in Elizabethtown, N. J., Dec. 24, 1811; from this union there were eleven children, eight of whom are now living, viz., Mary J., William M., Emma J., Edwin P., Mary A, Rufus A., Amanda E. and Albert A. On Nov. 18, 1880, they purpose celebrating their golden wedding, when they expect about two hundred friends and relatives to be with them.
JAMES F. GOLDEN, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 26; P. (). Ellsworth; one of the old settlers of Blue Mound Township; was born in Madison Co., Ky., April 4, 1837; he has been a resident of Blue Mound Township for most part since 1857; his parents are both dead, the father dying in 1855, and the mother in 1865. In his father's family there were eleven children, three of whom are now living in McLean Co. He was united in marriage with Mary Spawr Oct. 9, 1864; she was born in McLean Co., III., Feb. 6, 1839; from this union there are six children, viz. : Lizzie J., born Aug. 26, 1865 ; Alta R., born July 24, 1867; Gilbert F., born March 31, 1870; Lulu B., born June 30, 1872; John F., born Sept. 24, 1876 ; and Edna E., born Sept. 18,1878. Mr. Golden owns 120 acres of nicely.improved land in Blue Mound Township, and 240 acres in Marion Co., Kan.. located on Section 26, Town 17, Range 4 east of Third Principal Meridian ; all this Mr. Golden has made by hard work and economy.
HAMILTON GREEN, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 7; P. O. Towanda ; one of the old settlers of Blue Mound Township. Methodist ; Republican. Born in Herkimer Co., N. Y., Jan. 4, 1829. He emigrated to McLean Co. in the spring of 1856, purchased his present place of 160 acres in July of the same year, and located upon the same the following September, at which time there were only fifty-two acres broken, and which he has brought from its wild prairie condition to its present high state of cultivation by his own hard labor; there were no roads at that time, and to go to any point a direct line would be taken, with no fence to obstruct the way ; they first rented an unfinished house, in which they lived until they erected what is now a part of their present residence, which was 16x24 feet. The early settlers, like the ancient Israelites, experienced no trouble in worshiping God, and the first prayer-meeting of the district was held in Mr. Green's house, and in this house Mrs. Green taught the first school of the district, her scholars coming from three districts and two townships, and for several years singing-schools were also taught in the same house. His marriage with Elizabeth C. Ludwig was celebrated in 1855 ; she was born in Northumberland Co., Penn., Oct. 15, 1831, and was raised in Orleans Co., N. Y.; they are the parents of four children-Gertrude, born July 12, 1857; Williain F., Aug. 2, 1861; Thomas, May 2, 1864; John H., Aug. 30, 1869. Mr. Green has been Town Clerk four years, Town Trustee six years, and has held other petty offices.
C. HOPT, farmer, Sec. 15: P. O. Towanda ; born in Wurtemberg, Germany, Jan. 28, 1830 ; in the fall of 1856, he came to America, and spent the winter in New York; in the spring of 1867, he came to Logan Co., M., where he was employed as farm laborer seven years, and followed farming five years upon rented land ; in 1869, he located upon his present place, where he has 160 acres, all under a good state of improvement, wbich he has accumulated by his own hard labor, energy and industry, in which he has been nobly assisted by his amiable wife, to whom he was united in marriage in 1865; her maiden name was Anna A. Alpter ; she was a native of Prussia : they have five children-Peter, Charlie, Sophia. Annie and Johnny.
CHARLES E. KRAUSE, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 29 ; P. O. Bloomington. The subject of this sketch was born in Prussia May 4, 1844, and came to the United States when a boy 10 years of age; resided in Bloomington until 1860, at which time he moved to Towanda Township, where he remained for a period of ten years ; he was a soldier in the war of the rehellion, and served one year; was in Co. A, 150th I. V. I.; enlisted in 1864, and was discharged in 1865. He has been a resident of Blue Mound Township nine years ; owns 160 acres of nicelyimproved land. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Fletcher Dec. 24, 1867; from this union there were six children, four of whom are now living-Ida A., born Nov. 3, 1870 ; Charles F., June 25, 1872; Mary, Aug. 16, 1874 ; and Reinhold, July 29, 1878; the names of those deceased were Elizabeth E., born Sept. 1, 1868, and died Oct. 12, 1873; and Emil, born Feb. 9, 1877, and died March 1, 1877. Mrs. Krause was born in Hampshire, Eng., Dec. 28, 1850 ; her father, John Fletcher, is one of the large land-holders of Blue Mound Township.
THOMAS H. NEW TON, farmer, Sec. 11; P 0). Selma ; one of the oldest settlers; born in Hancock Co., Ill., Feb 16, 1813; he was brought up to farm labor until August, 1862, when he enlisted in the 94th I. V. I., and went forward to battle for the Union; he served in the campaign of Missouri and Arkansas, siege and capture of Vicksburg and Yazoo City ; they then went to Brownsville, Tex., and, in August, 1864, returned to New Orleans, from thence to Baton Rouge, La., where he was detailed in the Quartermaster's Department, and, in October, joined his regiment at Ft. Morgan, Mobile Bay: he was engaged in the capture of Spanish Fort, and, in June, 1865, he was forwarded to Galveston, Tex.; mustered out of service in July, and received his discharge in August, 1865, having served in the Union army for three years, and was never off duty after the first two months of his enlistment; he has since followed farming, with the exception of two years labor in Bloomington ; in 1869, he purchased his present place of eighty acres, where he has since lived. He was married Feb. 18, 1869, to Eliza Smith; she was born in Indiana ; they have two children-William W. and Gracie. Mr. Newton is a Republican, and votes as he fought; he is the second son of W. H. Newton, who is one of the early settlers of this township; he was born in Trigg Co., Ky., Jan. 23, 1818; he came to Illinois in 1833, and to McLean Co. in 1844 ; in 1857, he came to Blue Mound Township and purchased 160 acres upon Sec. 11, where he has since lived; he assisted in the organization of the township ; voted at the first town meeting, and has voted at every town meeting since. He married Martha E. Routt May 26, 1840; she was born in Kentucky May 22, 18:22; they have six childrenJohn H., Thomas, Richard, Mary, Olive and Mattie.
MILTON K. SMITH, farmer, Sec. 30; P. 0. Holder. The subject of this sketch is the son of Nathan and Rebecca L. Smith; the father was born in Loudoun Co., Va., and his mother in Belmont Co., Ohio; her maiden name was Pickering; they came to Indiana in an early day, and settled in Henry Co.; after living there a time, they removed to Wayne Co.; there, on the 18th of August, 1835, the subject of this sketch was born. He was united in marriage with Mary G. Allen April 15, 1857; she is a daughter of Jehu and Mary A. Allen, whose sketch appears in this work ; from this union there were five children-Alva C., Edgar J., Elizabeth A., Nathan F. and Jehu W. Mr. Smith and his wife are members of the Friends' Society, as were their parents. He owns forty acres of nicely improved land, which he has made by his economy and industry.
REV. JOHN S. STAGNER, Christian minister, Sec. 27; P. 0. Ellsworth. The subject of this sketch was born in Madison Co., Ky., March 1, 1829, where he resided until his removal to McLean Co., which was Oct. 19, 1852; he has been a resident of Blue Mound Township since March 1, 1855, and is one of its oldest living settlers. He was united in marriage with Julia A. Golden April 10, 1848; she was born in Madison Co., Ky., March 25, 1829, and died Nov. 10, 1873 ; from this union there are ten children-John F., born March 1, 1849 ; Nancy C., June 20, 1851; Mildred G.. June 21, 1853 ; Thomas R., April 2, 1857 ; Lytle W., Jan. 5, 1859; Ida A., July 16, 1860; Pattie L., Dec. 18, 1863; Allie J., Dec. 17, 1865; Benjamin F., Feb. 18, 1867; and Evalena, Aug. 7, 1870. Mr. Stagner has been a minister of the Christian Church eighteen years, and a member since 1854; he has held the offices of Commissioner of Highways and School Trustee; owns 210 acres of land in Blue Mound Township, and 240 acres in Marion Co., Kan., all of which he has obtained by his economy and industry.
SAMUEL A. STOOPS, farmer and manufacturer of all kinds of drain tile, Sec. 32; P. O. Padua. The subject of this sketch was born in Fayette Co., Ky., April 22, 1831: came, with his parents, to Marion Co., Ind., when a child, where he lived until 1850, at which time, he removed to Fulton Co., II., and engaged in the wagon manufacture, in which business he continued for about twelve years ; in 1866, he sold his interest in the wagon-shop and bought a farm in the same county; did not keep the farm he bought in Fulton Co. but a short time before he sold it and came to McLean Co., III.; this was in 1867, and he has been a resident of Blue Mound Township ever since. He owns 160 acres of land, upon which are two beautiful resi" dences; he is also senior partner in a large drain-tile manufactory; from this manufactory come the best tiles in Central Illinois ; it was started about a year ago, and they now find it quite difficult to manufacture sufficiently fast to meet the demand ; this is owing to the superior quality of tile they manufacture; it is located on the L., B. & M. R. R , Padua, McLean Co., Ill. Mr. Stoops had no means to commence with, and he owes his success in life to his close attention to business, combined with economy and industry. Mr. Stoops' father was born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1787, and died in Marion Co., Ind., in 1854; his mother's maiden name was Rosanna Kephart; she was born in Maryland in 1802; she is still living, and is in possession of all her faculties. The union of Samuel A. Stoops and Eleanor Clanin was celebrated Sept. 21, 1854; she was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, April 9, 1834; from this union there are five children-Artha A., born June 22, 1856; Laselle, born Sept. 19, 1858; Elma A., born Aug. 31, 1862 ; Theodore, born Sept. 17, 1867, and Amy J., born July 5, 1871.
MATTHIAS SUTTER, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 19; P. O. Holder. The subject of this sketch was born in Baden, Germany, Sept. 7, 1821, where he lived until 1854, at which time be came to the United States ; lived in Albany, N. Y., for a short time previous to his removal to McLean Co., which occurred in 1855; he lived in Bloomington for twelve years, and was engaged in working for the Chicago & Alton R. R. He has been a resident of Blue Mound Township since the spring of 1868; owns 140 acres of well-improved land, which he has made by hard work and economy. He was united in marriage with Louisa Balshewel Feb. 2, 1856 ; they have six living children-Samuel, Joseph, Henry, Addie, William and Frank; they have lost three children by the remorseless hand of death-Louisa, Mary and a babe, not named. Mr. Sutter and his family take a great interest in books and papers, and are among the most intelligent of their people in the county.
JAMES M. VINCENT, farmer, Sec. 30; P. 0. Holder; one of the old settlers of Blue Mound Township ; was born in Hampshire, England, Nov. 14, 1825; came to the United States July 6, 1854; at the time of his coming to the United States, he was a single man, and for quite a num. ber of years traveled in different parts of the United States and Canada, until, in the fall of 1856, he came to Bloomington, Ill., where he has since resided. On the 11th of April, 1858, he was united in marriage with Maria Ward ; from this union there are six children, all of whom are living-Henry, Frank, William, Richard, James and John. Mr. Vincent has held a number of offices of profit and trust in the county, and is one of the influential men of the township in which he lives ; owns 120 acres of land, all of which is under a good state of cultivation, which he has obtained by hard work and economy.
ADAM WEBER, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 20; P. O Padua. The subject of this sketch was born in Prussia, July 8, 1826, where he lived until 1854, at which time he came to the United States, and settled in Muscatine Co., Iowa, where he lived five years; he then returned to Prussia, where he married his present wife ; her maiden name being Anna M. Baker; they came to the United States in the fall of 1859, and, in the spring of 1860, came io Blue Mound Township, where he has since resided ; they have eleven children, viz., Francis, John A., Mary,