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in 1870, from which he graduated in the spring of 1875; he has since engaged in farming, in partnership with his father, during the summer, and school-teaching during the fall and winter. Hlis marriage with Harriet Claycomb was celebrated Feb. 3, 1876; she was born in Warren Co., N., Dec. 23, 1848; they have one child by this union-Nannie Mer, born Aug. 16, 1877.

GEORGE W. BUCKLES, farmer and stock-dealer ; P. 0. Le Roy. The subject of this sketch is among the oldest settlers now living who was born in McLean Co.; his birth occurred Feb. 14, 1834, in what is now Empire Township; he was the oldest son of Peter and Jane (Rutledge) Buckles, who were among the early settlers, locating in Empire Township, McLean Co., about the year 1828 or 1829. Peter Buckles was born in Tennessee, Dec. 10, 1809; the maiden name of his wife was Jane Rutledge; she was born in Kentucky, in November, 1814; they were united in marriage May 10, 1833, and located upon Sec. 29, Empire Township, where they passed the remainder of their days; they were the parents of ten children, six of whom are now living, the oldest being George W., born Feb. 14, 1834 ; Thomas J., born April 16, 1836 ; Robert, born in 1840; Andrew J., born April 7, 1844 (his sketch appears in this work); Martha (now Mrs. Davis Ross, lives near Shirley), Emma D. (now Mrs. William Gay, Empire Township); Mrs. Buckles died Nov. 2, 1868; Mr. Buckles died April 21, 1871. The subject of this sketch remained upon the farm until May 22, 1856, when he was united in marriage with Mary Bishop; she was born in McLean Co., July 18, 1838; she was the daughter of William G. Bishop, who was born in Tennessee, in 1785, and located in Money Creek Township about 1835, where he was appointed the first Postmaster, which office he held for eighteen years ; he died April 13, 1862; Mrs. Bishop's maiden name was Jane Briggs ; she was born in South Carolina, Jan. 30, 1796, and now lives in Money Creek Township. The children of George W. and Mary (Bishop) Buckles were nine in number-Harriet, born March 21, 1857; Rebecca J., born Dec. 3, 1858; William Robert, born March 17, 1860; Peter D., born July 25, 1862, died Sep. 4, 1864; Clarrissa A., born Nov. 20, 1863, died Aug. 29, 1864; Olive w.. born Nov. 15, 1865, died March 17, 1867 ; Thornton A., born Feb. 25, 1868; Laura E., born Nov. 10, 1871, died Oct. 3, 1872, and Nolan A , born Nov. 9, 1878.

ANDREW J. BUCKLES, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Le Roy ; born in McLean Co., II., April 7. 1844; he was the youngest son of Peter and Jane (Rutledge) Buckles, who located in Empire Township, McLean Co. about the year 1828 or 1829 ; Peter Buckles was born in Tennessee, Dec. 10, 1809; the maiden name of Mrs. Buckles was Jane Rutledge ; she was born in Kentucky, in November, 1814 ; married May 10, 1833, and lived in Sec. 29, until her decease ; Mrs. Buckles died Nov. 2, 1868; Mr. Buckles died April 21, 1871; their children were ten in number, of whom six are now living-George W., born Feb. 14, 1834 ; Thomas J., born April 16. 1836; Robert, born in 1840; Andrew J., born April 7, 1844 ; Martha (now Mrs. Davis Ross), and Emma D. (now Mrs. William Gay.) The subject of this sketch has always lived upon the old place where he was born, and where he is now engaged in farming, his farm being located about one mile south of Le Roy, where he has about one hundred acres under fence and culti. vation. His marriage with Angeline Watt was celebrated Oct. 3, 1867 ; she was born in De Witt Co., II., Oct. 5, 1849; they have two children, now living, by this union-Frank P., born Nov. 24, 1872; Ada B., Aug. 10, 1876. Mrs. Buckles was the daughter of P. P. Watt, who was born and raised in De Witt Co., Ill., and located in McLean Co. in 1865; where he lived until his decease, which occurred March 26, 1876 ; Mrs. Watt died in Logan Co., in October, 1853.

S. F. BARNUM, lumber and grain merchant and miller, Le Roy, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Canton, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., Aug. 11, 1824 ; when he was 10 years of age, his parents moved to Erie Co., N. Y., and in the year 1847, came to Defiance, Defiance Co., Ohio; after the death of his father, his mother, in the spring of 1864, moved to Bloomington; she now resides with her son, Mr. Barnum, in Le Roy. The subject of this sketch remained, however, in the State of New York, and from the age of 14 up to the age of 23 was employed in woolen-mills in Erie Co., which employment he was compelled to give up on account of ill health, turning bis attention to farming. In 1856, he came to Le Roy, and engaged in farming, returning the same fall to New York State, and during the year 1857 filled the position of book-keeper in the wholesale produce and commission house of Irving Kester, in Buffalo. In the fall of 1858, he formed a copartnership with Henry Case in the general merchandise business, in Eden Valley, Erie Co., N. Y., and having continued in the same for two and onehalf years, sold out his interest, and in the year 1861 again turned his attention to farming, continuing at such up to 1865, when he came to Bloomington, and was engaged as a book-keeper in the house of Bruner & Whitmer up to the year 1870, when he moved to Le Roy and started the lumber business. in connection with Mr. Bruner, to which was afterward added that of coal and grain. In 1872, having purchased the “ Empire Flouring Mill,” they took in also as a partner Joseph Keenan ; in 1876, they purchased the interest of Mr. Bruner, and have continued up to the present time as the firm of Barnum & Keenan. Before Mr. Barnum's removal to Le Roy, he held the office of Justice of the Peace for twelve years in Erie Co., N. Y. He has been married twice, his first wife being Miss Clarinda Bunting, of Eden, Erie Co., N. Y.; married in 1844; she died in 1862; they had three children, two living - Matilda M. and Henry I., and one dead, Henry. He married his present wife, Miss Adeline E. Patterson, in the fall of 1865; they have two children-Percy D. and George P.

ZACHARIAH CHICK, wagon-maker, Le Roy; born in Dimington, Somersetshire, England, June 6, 1826 ; at 14 years of age, he was apprenticed for six years to learn the wagon-maker's trade; after completing the same, he worked in his native town a short time, when he went to the Channel Islands and worked upon the Island of Jersey upward of one year, when he volunteered as carpenter and shipped from Portsmouth upon the British flag-ship Penelope, going to the south west coast of Africa, where he remained about fifteen months, making the coast at Sierra Leone. Cape Palmas, Island Fernando Po and the adjacent islands, among which were ihe Cape de Verde and Canary Islands; after returning to England, he received his discharge and worked at his trade until he emigrated to America, landing in Quebec, Canada, May 9, 1851 : remaining in Canada two months, he came to Chiaago, and worked at carpentering until fall; he then went to Griggsville, Pike Co.; worked as journeyman during the winter, and the following spring started a wagon shop of his own, which he continued two and a half years ; upon Oct. 3, 1854, he started for England, and arrived at Liverpool upon the 16th of November fol. lowing. He was married Dec. 16, 1854, in Barrington, to Caroline Bond; she was born in Barrington, Somersetshire, England, Dec. 3, 1826; she was the daughter of Thomas Bond, of Barrington, Somersetshire, England, a prominent contractor and builder; Mr. Chick was a son of John Chick, who was born in Somersetshire, England, April 23, 1787, and who also was a prominent contractor and builder at the time of his death. In the spring of 1855, Mr. Chick again sailed from England with his wife, landing in New York, April 16; coming West, he worked at the agricultural machine shops at Ottawa, fifteen months, and, in June, 1856, he removed to West Township, McLean Co., where he followed farming for five years; in the spring of 1862, he located in Le Roy, and engaged at his trade, which business he has since successfully followed; the children of Zachariah and Caroline (Bond) Chick are Thomas Z., born fug. 28, 1857; John Bond, April 29, 1860; Sarah Bond, Jan. 17, 1862, and Caroline, June 26, 1864.

GEORGE M. CONRAD, farmer and stock-raiser ; P. 0. Le Roy; the subject of this sketch was born in Henry Co., Ind., July 27, 1840; he was the son of Adam and Hannah (Maples) Conrad; his father was born in Hardy Co., Va., Nov. 30, 1796 ; he located in Indiana in 1839, and at Twin Grove, McLean Co., III., in 1864, where he lived until his decease, which occurred Nov. 30, 1873, aged 77 years; he lies buried in the beautiful cemetery at Twin Grove; Mrs. Conrad was born in Lewis Co., Ky , Oct. 9, 1803; she now lives with the subject of this sketch, who has erected a residence her especial benefit upon his place near his own, and although now in the 76th year of her age, she is in possession of all her faculties and daily attends to her own housebold duties, which afford to her much happiness; G. M. Conrad came West with his parents and was engaged in partnership with his father until 1866, when he entered the law office of Judge Tipton, at Bloomington, where he read law one year, and, in 1867, he engaged in the grocery trade at Bloomington, under the firm name of Hardisty & Conrad, which firm was dissolved in 1868; in 1869, he removed upon his present place, where he has 121 acres of land under cultivation, upon which he has good farm buildings. He was united in marriage with Matilda Sexton, Feb. 15, 1869; she was born in Fond du Lac Co., Wis., June 24, 1848; they were the parents of two children, of which one died in infancy; the living, Lola E., was born April 15, 1878.

CHARLES COPE, farmer, Sec. 23; P. 0. Le Roy; one of the old settlers ; born in Frederick Co., Va., Oct. 21, 1813; he emigrated with his parents when quite young, and located in Marion Co. until about 34 years of age, the last twelve years of which he was engaged in buying cattle and driving them across the Alleghany Mountains to Lancaster, where he could dispose of them; in 1847, he came to Illinois and located in Empire Township, McLean Co., at which date he purchased eighty acres of his present place, and, in 1849, purchased 400 acres, upon which he then settled, and where he has since continued to live; he now owns 640 acres, upon which he has good farm buildings. His marriage with Mary E. Crumbaugh was celebrated Jan. 28, 1847; she was born in Kentucky, Oct. 3, 1827; she was the daughter of Daniel and Martha (Robinson ) Crumbaugh, who emigrated from Kentucky to Sangamon Co., Ill., in 1828, and located in Empire Township, McLean Co., 11., in 1830; Mrs. Crumbaugh died June, 4, 1857, leaving ten children; Mr. ('rumbaugh died May 19, 1874; the children of Mr. and Mrs. Cope were twelve in number, of which five are deceased; the living are—John J., born June 19, 1819; William, Nov. 30, 1854; Francis M., July 25, 1857; Eleazer H., Nov. 3, 1860; George L., Dee. 28. 1862; Mary E., Jan. 12, 1866; Ann M. R. C., Sept. 22, 1869. Mr. ('ope has been School Director for eighteen years ; is a life-long Democrat, having cast his first vote for Andrew Jack. son, and has voted the Democratic ticket for forty-five years. His limited school education was obtained in a log schoolhouse with log benches and mud fire-place; of the deceased children, four died in infancy; one, Isabel J., was born Aug. 13, 1852, married George W. Simpson, and died Sept. 19, 1876, leaving one child - Mary F.

JAMES H. L. CRUMBAUGH, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 7; P. O. Le Roy; one of the pioneers of MeLenn Co.; born in Henderson Co., Ky., May 1, 1826 ; he emigrated with his father Henry Crumbaugh to Illinois in 1828. and first located in Sangamon Co. for two years, when they removed to what is now Empire Township, McLean Co., in 1830; Henry Crumbaugh was born April 26, 1789, in Frederick Co., Md.; he died Oct. 22, 1877, in McLean Co., I.; his widow still survives him, and lives upon the old place; her maiden name was Sarah Baldock. The subject of this sketch remained with his father and engaged in farming and stock-raising unul 27 years of age, the last ten years of which he was in partnership with his father in the above business, as well as buying and driving cattle to Chicago; he removed upon his present pluce in 1857, where he purchased 210 acres, where he has since lived, and to which he has since added by purchase, until now he owns 950 acres, all of which is under fence and cultivation. His marriage with Amanda M. Buck was celebrated Sept. 28, 1851; she was born Feb. 10, 1828 ; three children were the fruit of this union-Laura E., born Aug. 26, 1852; Edith, May 31, 1856, and Hiram H., June 29, 1861; Mr. Crumbaugh has frequently made trips to Chicago with oxen and horses, loading up with grain and provisions, and back with salt, leather, etc.; he hauled the lumber for his present buildings from Bloomington in 1865 and 1867.

DANIEL T. CRUMBAUGH, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Le Roy ; born in McLean Co., Ill., Jan. 24, 1832. His father, Daniel Crumbaugh, was born Dec. 7, 1791, Frederick Co., Md.; he came to Ohio in 1812, then to Scott Co., Ky.; he served in the army in 1813, and was engaged against the British and Indians; he emigrated to Sangamon Co., III., in 1828, and, in 1830, located in what is now Empire Township, McLean Co., where he lived until his decease, which occurred May 19, 1874. His first wife was Susan Winters, of Scott Co, Ky., with whom he was united in marriage in 1816; she died, and for his second wife he married Martha M. Robinson, of North Carolina ; she died June 4, 1857. Daniel T. Crumbaugh was raised upon the farm until 21 years of age, when he, with another brother, purchased 160 acres of land, which they worked in partnership until Oct. 17, 1859. when he was united in marriage to Margaret Willey. She was born Sept. 29, 1840, in McLean Co.; she died Aug. 31, 1864, leaving three children, viz.: David, born Oct. 5, 1860; Martha M., Aug. 5. 1862 ; and Daniel T., June 15, 1864. His marriage with Laura A. Stine was celebrated Nov. 22, 1869. She was born in Monroe Co., Ind., May 8, 1845. Two children were the fruit of this union, one of which is deceased. The one living is James Wilmer, born Oct. 12, 1875. Mrs. C. was daughter of Elias and Mary Siine, who emigrated from Indiana and located in McLean Co., Ill., in 1848. Mr. Stine died in 1853. Mrs. Stine now lives with Mrs. Crumbaugh. Of township and school offices, Mr. Crumbaugh has had his full share ; in politics, is a Democrat, but has never run for office.

JOHN E. CRUMBAUGH, farmer and stock -raiser, Sec. 14; P. 0. Le Roy ; born in McLean Co., II., Aug. 3, 1837. His father, Henry Crumbaugh, was born April 26, 1789, in Frederick Co., Md. In 1810, he removed to Kentucky, where he lived several years, and, in 1828, he located in Sangamon Co., III., living there until March, 1830, when he located in McLean Co. and followed farming until his decease, which occurred Oct. 22, 1877. He was married in April, 1820, to Sarah Baldock, who survives him, and is now living with the youngest son upon the place first settled upon in 1830. John E. Crumbaugh was brought up on the farm until 27 years of age—the last four years receiving one-third of the crops. He first removed upon his present place in 1864, living one year, when the next three years upon the farm of James Pemberton, and, in 1869, purchased 105 acres, and located upon his present place, where he has since lived. He now owns 295 acres upon his home farm, and has good farm buildings. His marriage with Margaret Pemberton was celebrated Dec. 29, 1859. They had three children by this union, viz.: Simeon H., born June 30, 1861, died June 10, 1864 ; Martha E., July 17, 1867; Cory May, May 18, 1873.

GEORGE W. DAVIS, farmer and stock-raiser; P. (). Le Roy; born in Wood Co , W. Va., Aug. 11, 1829; he emigrated with his parents when 6 years of age, and located in Champaign Co., Ohio, where he engaged in farming until 26 years of age, when he purchased the home farm, upon which he engaged in farming and stock-raising until 1869, when he emigrated to Illinois and located upon Sec. 7, Empire Township, McLean Co., and purchased 100 acres of land, upon which he has since lived. His marriage with Maria Benedict was celebrated March 15, 1854 ; she was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Aug. 30, 1834 : they have seven children by this unionElias M., born Dec. 9, 1854 ; Jeremiah F., Nov. 18, 1856 ; Angeline M., Oct. 9, 1858; Sarah L., Dec. 6, 1861; George H., June 4, 1864 ; Mary J., Sept. 6, 1866; Samuel E., Nov. 8, 1870. The father of Mr. Davis died Nov. 8. 1861, 79 years of age ; his mother died at the age of 74; both died in Champaign Co., Ohio. Mrs. Davis father died in Champaign Co., Ohio, March 8, 1859. Her mother is now 80 years of age, and lives in the above county.

HENRY C. DICKERSON, retired farmer; P. 0. Le Roy ; one of the early pioneers of McLean Co.; born in Hamilton Co., Ill., Aug. 30, 1825 ; his father, Michael Dickerson, located in McLean Co. in 1829, where he died in 1835 ; at 21 years of age, Henry C. entered 40 acres of land, and paid for the same with money which he had earned at $5 per month; two years later, he bought 80 more, and a few years later found him the owner of the old homestead and other land to the amount of upward of 700 acres in this county, and 900 acres of land in different parts of Kansas; he has settled on his three married children $9,000. Although not a member of any church, he contributes liberally to their support, having donated some $600 toward the erection of the M. E. Church in Le Roy. He built the Empire Mill and Elevator, one of the best mills in the county, at a cost of upward of $25,000; he has had his full share of misfortunes, having lost by security debis $15,000, and, in April, 1877, his residence, which he had erected at a cost of $7,500, with $1,500 worth of furniture, was destroyed by fire, upon which there was an insurance of $2,500 ; during the summer of the same year, he lost nearly $3,000 by the Phønix Bank

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at Bloomington, aside from which he has lost largely in smaller amounts. Although Mr. Dickerson has been resident of McLean Co. for a half of a century, he has traveled largely in the Western States and Territories. His marriage with Leodicy Maxwell was celebrated Det. 27, 1850 ; she was born in McLean Co. July 16, 1830; they have five children-Elizabeth J., Corelia, Adelaide, Rose L. and Belle. Mr. D. has driven ox-teams to Chicago with grain, loading back with goods, the trips being from twelve to fifteen days; hus also driven hogs to the same market, and cattle and horses to Milwaukee.

C. P. DICKERSON, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Le Roy; born in what is now Randolph Township, McLean Co., III., June 26, 1827; he is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, living settler now living who was born in this county; his father, Michael Dickerson, was one of the first settlers of McLean Co., where he died Feb. 10, 1836. Calep B. Dickerson lived upon the farm with his mother until 22 years of age, after which he rented land and followed farming until 1851, when he purchased 100 acres of land upon his present place, where he has since lived : he now owns 140 acres, with good farm buildings. He married Tabitha Buckles April 3, 1851; they have twelve children by this union, viz.: William E., born March 18, 1852; Mary J., June 19, 1854 ; Adaline, June 22, 1856; Franklin, July 8, 1858 (deceased); Henry D., Dec. 8, 1800 (deceased); James A., June 20, 1862 ; Wesley A., Nov. 23, 1864; Maranda Ellen, May 27, 1866; Charles, March 21, 1868; George, June 31, 1872; Tilden and Matilda A., twins, born June 18, 1876. Mrs. Dickerson was the daughter of Abram Buckles, who was born in Virginia June 28, 1800; he emigrated with his father and located in White Co., Ill., in 1810. In 1819. he married Mary Williams, and, in 1832, he located at Buckles' Grove, McLean Co., where he died May 17, 1878. Mrs. Buckles died Dec. 19, 1876.

ELIADA DICKINSON, retired farmer ; P. O. Le Roy ; born in Hartford Co., Conn., Sept. 1, 1810; he was raised to farm labor until 21 years of age, when he went to Bristol, Conn., and worked at the foundry business six years, when he emigrated to Illinois and located in Griggs. ville, Pike Co., in June, 1836; here he entered 400 acres of land, upon which he lived until 1859, when, selling his farm, he engaged in the merchandise trade at Perry four years, selling out in 1863, and purchasing 220 acres of land in Sangamon Co., upon which he lived two years; in the summer of 1865, he purchased 240 acres of land in West Township, McLean Co., which he deeded to his son, and afterward purchased 200 acres, upon which he lived until 1876, when he moved to Le Roy, and, in 1878, he purchased his present place, which contains twenty acres, one-half of which is within the corporation, and where he has since lived. Mr. Dickinson first voted for Jackson for President; he supported the Democratic party many years, joining ihe Republican party upon its organization, since which time he has been an ardent supporter of the same; of township and school offices he has had his full share, and held the office of Justice of the Peace, while in West Township, five years. His marriage with Lois B. Fancher was celebrated Nov. 24, 1833 ; she was born in Bristol, Conn., Sept. 29, 1812 ; she died in Sangamon Co., Ill., Nov. 10, 1864, leaving three children—Sarah Ann, born Dec. 10, 1839; David Monroe, Oct. 29, 1842, and Mary Thalia, July 5, 1847.

WILLIAM H. DOOLEY, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 2; P. O. Le Roy ; born in Clark Co., Ky., Aug. 15, 1834 ; his father, William Dooley, emigrated from Kentucky in the fall of 18.11, living in Bloomington until the spring of 1852, when he purchased 1,500 acres of land in Old Town Township, upon which he located and followed farming and stock-raising until his decease, which occurred June 7, 1869 ; his widow is now living in the same township. The subject of this sketch remained with his father until 20 years of age, when he was united in marriage, Oct. 12, 1854, to Eliza J. Noggle; she was born in Ohio, May 7, 1835, (her parents emigrated from Ohio and located in McLean Co. in 1850); eleven children were the fruit of this union-John J., born Aug. 18, 1855, died Oct. 28, 1858; Alice C., born May 26, 1857, died March 22, 1874; Lillie M., born Sept. 10, 1860; Milton H., born Feb. 21, 1862; George E., born March 9, 1864; Mary A., born Nov. 1, 1866, died Sept. 4, 1872; Frank R., born July 26, 1868, died May 18, 1869; Damaris M., born April 11, 1870; Obadiah M., born Nov. 14, 1871; Hattie, born Aug. 12, 1875, and Lida B., born Nov. 4, 1877. Mr. Dooley moved upon his present place May 1, 1876; he has 920 acres in his farm upon which he has good buildings, his house being built during the summer of 1873, at an expense of upward of $7,000, and is considered by many, as the best farm house in the county; he is extensively engaged in raising, feeding and shipping stock, of which he ships his hogs mostly to Indianapolis, and cattle to Chic he feeds from 125 to 130 head of cattle, and from 200 to 300 hogs, about 30 horses and some sheep.

JOHN DUNLAP, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Le Roy; one of the early pioneers of McLean Co.; born in White Co., Ill., April 21, 1827; his father, Moses Dunlap, emigrated from Tennessee to White Co., at a very early day, where he lived until about the year 1828, when he emigrated north and located at Blooming Grove, and entered land joining the old home of Judge McClenn; living here about five years, they went to Arkansas, but returned and entered land in Empire Township, McLean Co., in 1834, upon which he lived until his decease, which occurred May 6, 1858. Mrs. Dunlap died June 23, 1863. The subject of this sketch emigrated with his parents to McLean Co. in 1828, and, with them, located upon Sec. 2, Empire Township, in 1834, where he has since lived with the exception of seven years, in which he was engaged in farming in Marshall Co., Iowa, and Cherokee Co., Kan. Mr. Dunlap is an industrious, hard-working man, a good business manager, and much respected in the township in which he lives; he has accumulated a good property, and raised a family of ten children, having lost three by death; the living are-Henry, Josephine, Rosella, Moses, James, Stephen, William, Lucinda C., Margaret A. and Eliza. His brother James was one of the first white children born in McLean Co., being born in Blooming Grove, April 1, 1829; he never married, but made his home with his brother John until his decease, which occurred May 29, 1878.

P. C. ESKEW, farmer; P. O. Le Roy; born in Patrick Co., Va., where he was raised upon a farm until 18 years of age, when he emigrated to Illinois and located in McLean Co., November, 1834; he entered his first land, eighty acres, at Long Point Timber in 1837, upon which he erected a log house, and, in 1839, sold his claim with improvements ; he then engaged as farm laborer until 1841, when he followed farming for himself until 1846, at which time he entered eighty acres of land at Buckles' Grove, and, in 1852, entered eighty acres more adjoining, and afterward added twenty acres of timber, upon which he lived until 1877, when he rented his farm and removed to Le Roy, where he now lives. He married, April, 1837, Julia Troxel; she died Aug. 18, 1838, leaving one child— Leona, born Aug. 14, 1838, now Mrs. Oliver Harding, living in Empire Township. He married for his second wife, Sarah Johnson, Oct. 7, 1841 ; she died June 11, 1876; nine children were the fruit of this union-Catherine, born Aug. 27, 1843, (married Alexander Free.) she died in Kansas, May 1, 1876 ; James M., born Sept. 16, 1845, farming in Empire Township ; Louisa, born June 1, 1847, died March 6. 1864; Ellen, born June 13, 1851, (married John Allen,) she died May 20, 1875, in Kansas ; Matilda, born June 9, 1849, now Mrs. Jonas Arnold, of Downs Township; Martha A., Oct. 1, 1853; Mary, born Oct. 4, 1856, (married F. Phillips.) died April 6, 1876, in Downs Township ; Paran, June 16, 1860, died in January, 1861. and William A., born March 10, 1862. His marriage with Mrs. Harriet P. Dickerson, was celebrated Feb. 13, 1877; she was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, March 20, 1828 ; she was a daughter of Jacob Karr, who emigrated from Ohio, and located in Empire Township in 1839, where he lived until his decease in 1840; her first marriage with Robert F. Dickerson, was celebrated Jan. 1, 1845; he was born in Hamilton Co., III., Oct. 30, 1823; he emigrated West with his parents in 1825, and located in McLean Co., where he lived until his decease, which occurred Oct. 16, 1875; eleven children were the fruit of this union, viz. : Merritt M., born Oct. 27, 1845, now mercbant of Monticello, Piatt Co.; James L., born July 4, 1847, now farming in Fayette Co., Iowa; Martha, born Feb. 20, 1849, now Mrs. George Pray ; Emma E., boru Nov. 16, 1850, now Mrs. F. Molesworth; Owen L., born Nov. 15, 1852, died in infancy; Clara, born Sept. 11, 1854 ; Mary, born March 27,1857, died in infancy; Ida May, born March 25, 1859, now Mrs. John Pogue, of Texas ; Robert F., born Sept. 25, 1861; Mary S., Sept. 24, 1863, and Harriet R., Oct. 11, 1866; of the above, four are now living at home. Mr. Eskew is a strong temperance man; has been a life-long Democrat; was never an aspirant for office, though often being urged to allow himself to run for office he always refused. Of township and school offices, he has had his share, having been Commissioner several years, School Director sixteen years, and Town Collector, of Downs Township, one year, and now holds the office of Road Commissioner in Empire Township.

T. D. FISHER, M. D., Le Roy: (whose portrait has a place in this work), was born in Ligonier, Westmoreland Co., Penn., Oct. 1, 1826; his father Abel was of Quaker origin, and was born in Pennsylvania, June 3, 1788, and died March 19, 1876 ; his mother, whose maiden name was Hannah Stewart, was of Scotch descent, born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., and died June 29, 1840. Dr. Fisher lived at home until he was 21 years of age, and received his early education at the “ Ligonier Academy ;” in the year 1848, he read medicine under Dr. T. Richardson, of Pleasant Unity, Penn., and, in 1850, attended his first course of lectures at Cleveland, Ohio, in the Medical Department of the Western Reserve Medical College ; in May, 1853, he commenced the practice of medicine in Le Roy, and having attended the Rush Medical College, of Chicago, during the session of 1856–57, graduated from that institution, and has ever since continued the practice of medicine in Le Roy, and has built up a large and lucrative practice. He was President of the McLean County Medical Society in the year 1876, and was also a member of the Illinois State Medical Society. He married Miss Henrietta Lisenbey, of De Witt Co., Ill., in the year 1853. Dr. Fisher may appropriately be cailed a self-made man," being eminently a man of self-reliance; having accumulated the means by which to obtain a medical education by teaching school. He has always been a strictly temperate man, using neither tobacco, whisky or any intoxicating liquors.

M. R. GALUSHA, hardware merchant, firm of Beeney & Galusha, dealers in hardware, stoves, tinware, agricultural implements, farm machinery, etc.. Le Roy; born in Madison, Jefferson Co., Ind., Nov. 22, 1844, where he attended school until 12 years of age; he then worked upon the farm in summer and attended school in winter until 16 years of age when he ran upon the Ohio River one year as cabin-boy. In the spring of 1864, he enlisted in the army until the close of the war and was mustered out of service in the spring of 1865; he served in the army of the Tennessee, under Gen. Thomas, and was in several engagements, the heaviest being the battle of Nashville, on Dec, 28, 29 and 30, 1864, where the rebels, under Gen. Hood, were defeated with great loss in killed, wounded and prisoners. He remained in Nashville during the winter, and until he received his discharge, when he returned to Indiana, and in the fall of 1865

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