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he came West and located in Downs Township, McLean Co., II., where he followed farming until the fall of 1877, when he sold out and, in the spring of 1877, removed to Le Roy and asso. ciated with William H. Beeney in the above business, which he has since followed.
His marriage with Emma Karr was celebrated Oct. 3, 1869; she was born in Empire Township, McLean Co., II., Nov. 14, 1850. They have two children by this union-Harry, born May 3, 1870), Jes. sie, Aug. 22, 1875. Mrs. Galusha was daughter of Jesse Karr, one of the early pioneers of McLean Co. He emigrated from Ohio and located in this county in 1835. Mr. Galusha was the son of Hiram Galusha, who emigrated from Vermont, and located in Jefferson Co., Ind., prerious to 1840, where he engaged in manufacturing tobacco until his decease, which occurred in 1852.
DANIEL GILMORE, farmer: P. 0. Le Roy ; born in Derry, Rockingham Co., N. H., April 5, 1807, where he attended school and followed farming and coopering until 22 years of age, when he made a trip around the world in the sailing ship Clay, which voyage consumed nearly two and a half years. In 1832, he emigrated South and located in Pope Co., Ark., upon the Arkansas River; here entered and purchased 1,000 acres of land, upon which he farmed and raised cotton, the latter being his chief product; he then put up machinery for making cotton warp, which he manufactured largely and for which he found a ready market. He was also engaged largely in the general merchandise trade. The above pursuits he followed until after the breaking out of the rebellion, when he, being a strong Union man, was obliged to leave, by wnich he lost some $15,000; he came North in 1864, and located in Le Roy, McLean Co., I., and engaged in farming, which business he has since followed. He married, Sept. 22, 1836, to Maria Scott; she died Jan. 2, 1839. He married, for his second wife, Mary Jane Menefee, Dec. 22, 1842; she died March 14, 1848, leaving two children-Martha and Daniel, Jr. He married, for his third wife Mary J. Nease, June 30, 1850; she died May 24, 1861, leaving three children-Alice. Hiram N. and William Sampson. His marriage with Mrs. Catharine Watson was celebrated Sept. 9, 1869: she has two children by her first husband, Levi L. Watson ; her children are Hattie A., now Mrs. 0. P. Joseph, and Jennie V., who remains at home. Mr. Gilmore was an old-line Whig until the organization of the Republican party, since which time he has been an active member of the
THOMAS D. GILMORE, farmer, Sec. 3 ; P. O. Le Roy ; born in Warren Co., near Bowling Green, Ky., Nov. 18, 1814. He attended school a limited time, until 12 years of age; he then went into the blacksmith-shop of his father, learned and worked at the trade until 22 years of age, when he emigrated to Illinois and located on the spot where he now lives in the fall of 1836. He drove his team of oxen all the way from Kentucky, bringing with him his wife and two children and all of his property, which consisted of two yoke of oxen and wagon, one horse, saddle and bridle, his blacksmith tools, a few household goods and $4 in cash-the latter he invested in pork, obtaining one hundred pounds. He then put up a log cabin with puncheon floor, clapboard door, with wooden hinges ; a raccoon bedstead, with one leg, in which poles were inserted, the other ends being fastened in holes made in the side and end logs of the house ; boards were laid across from the side rail and upon one of the side logs of the house, when the rude structure was complete. He made stools, which were used for chairs, and a clapboard table. Having completed his house and manufactured the above furniture, he set up his forge, his skill as a blacksmith soon became known, work poured in upon him, and he was kept constantly at work, his custom extending as far as Farmer City, Cheney and Randolph Groves. He would labor from 4 A. M. until 9 or 10 at night, and then attend to his chores. He had the misfortune to lose his shop by fire, and, the year after he settled here, his leg was broken by a tree falling upon him, which confined him to the house for four months. He first entered 40 acres of land, and has since added by purchases until he owns 155 acres, upon which he has lived since 1836, with the exception of a short time while on a visit to Kentucky He followed his trade here, with the exception of eight years in which he was engaged at his trade in Le Roy, until 1855, since which time he has given his attention to his farm. His father, Andrew H. Gilmore, was born in North Carolina, and emigrated to Kentucky when quite young, where he lived until he emigrated to Illinois in 1857, where he purchased land and built a house but a few rods from his son, in which he lived until his decease, which occurred Oct. 17, 1870, at the ripe old age of 98 years. Thomas D. Gilmore and Matilda Savage were married in Kentucky Jan. 2, 1834. Three children were the fruit of this union-Martha Frances, born Nov. 21, 1834, now Mrs. James W. Wright, of Le Roy; Mary M., May 1, 1836, died Aug. 15, 1863 ; and Joseph P., June 5, 1838, now living in Oregon. Mrs. Gilmore died Oct. 5, 1839. Mr. Gilmore married Mary J. Brannaman Dec. 11, 1840. She was born in Augusta Co., Va., Feb. 11, 1821. Six chil. dren were the fruit of this union-Andrew D., born March 2, 1842, died in infancy; Ira F.. Nov. 10, 1-43, lives in Padua Township; Lucinda M., Jan. 14, 1850. now Mrs. R. C. Charleston, living in Kansas ; Kentucky (., Feb. 9, 1855, now Mrs. F. Hendricks, of Padua Township; Elizabeth A., July 24, 1859; Augusta M., Sept. 16, 1862. Mrs. Gilmore was daughter of David qand Mary (Hulderman) Brannaman, who emigrated from Virginia and located in Padua Township in 1836. Mr. B. died in the fall of 1846. Mrs. B. died in the spring of 1870.
E. E. GREENMAN, retired merchant and farmer; P. O. Le Roy; one of the early pioneers of McLean Co.; born in Washington Co., Ohio, Jan. 23, 1816. His grandfather, Jeremiah Greenman, was a Lieutenant Colonel in the army during the revolutionary struggle, and was a warm
friend and associate of Gen. Washington. At the close of the war, he located in Washington Co., Ohio, where he died about the year 1827. His father, John Greenman, emigrated to Illinois with his family and located in the southeast part of Blooming Grove, Aug. 29, 1829. He taught school during the following winter, and, during the summer, clerked for James Allin, of Bloomington, while his sons raised a crop of corn upon eighteen acres of land rented of William Dimmit, upon land now completely covered by buildings, being located between the Court House and the Illinois Central Railroad. He entered his first and Feb. 2, 1830, being the west half of the southwest quarter of Sec. 4, and upon which now stands a part of the city oť Bloomington, the whole tract being now improved by business and dwelling houses. His first house he built upon what is now West Washington street, where he lived until the spring of 1831, when he with his family removed to De Witt Co., engaged in farming during the summer, and died in the fall of the same year. The subject of this sketch, with the family, returned to Bloomington, and, the following year, raised a crop at Old Town, when he learned and worked at the carpenter's trade in Bloomington nearly two years, after which he went to Dixon's Ferry, Lee Co., where he assisted settlers in laying claims and erecting houses for six months, then to Plattville, Wis., where lie followed his trade, selling goods and mining two years. Returning to Bloomington, he worked at his trade for one year, when he went to Iowa, and the next two years was engaged building a mill, farming and working at his trade. In the spring of 1842, he again returned to Bloomington and was engaged one year in peddling goods through the country with a one-horse buggy. In the spring of 1843, he was associated with S. D. Baker, now a prominent merchant of Bloomington, and engaged in the general merchandise trade at Le Roy, which business he successfully followed until 1858, when he retired from active business until 1865, at which date he engaged in the grocery trade, which he followed until 1869, when, on account of ill health, he retired from active business. In 1873, he was elected Township Treasurer, which office he has since held. When Mr. Greenman located at Blooming Grove, there were only thirty-seven families there. They have nearly all passed away, there now being two or three living, of which Mr. G. is the oldest of the first settlers at Bloomington. His marriage with Martha A Pearce was celebrated Feb. 14, 1848. She was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Feb. 27, 1831. She died July 14, 1864, leaving three children now living, having lost five by death. The living are—Mary B., born Oct. 18, 1853, now Mrs. Scott Crumbaugh ; John E., Sept. 6, 1855 ; and Charles E., March 1, 1861.
0. S. HARDING, farmer and stock-raiser; Sec. 4, Town 21 ; P. O. Le Roy; born in Henry Co., Ind., Dec. 12, 1826; his father, Saul Harding, was a native of Kentucky, and, with his parents was driven to Ohio by the Indians at a very early day; they then removed to Indiana, and were among the first settlers of the State, living in Rush, Wayne and Henry Counties, emigrating from the latter county in 1841, to Wapello Co., Iowa. The subject of this sketch remained with his father, farming, until 21 years of age, after which he engaged in farming for Jiimself until April 6, 1850, when he started by team overland to California, taking the Oregon route, crossing the Rocky Mountains at South Pass, and arriving at Placerville July 26, having been nearly four months upon the trip. He engaged in mining in the vicinity of Placerville, until November following, when he went to San Francisco and embarked upon a sailing vessel for home. He was landed upon the coast of Guatemala, from which place he packed across the country upon mules to New Granada, thence via San Carlos, down the San Juan River to the coast of the Caribbean Sea, thence to the Isthmus of Darien, from which point they sailed to New Orleans, where they arrived after a tedious and perilous voyage. He then returned to Jefferson Co., Iowa, and engaged in farming and stock-raising until 1867, when he returned to Illinois, and located in Empire Township, where he has since lived. He owns upwards of 200 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. He married Leona Eskew, Jan. 15, 1857; she was born in De Witt Co., III., Aug. 14, 1838 ; eight children were the fruit of this union-Paran H. T., born Dec. 20, 1857; Julia H., born Dec. 11, 1859; William H., born March 6, 1862 ; Rufus A. J., born Jan. 22. 1864; Nimrod, born May 31, 1868; (loey E., born Aug. 29, 1871 ; Mary E., born Jan. 5, 1874 ; Dolly May, born Feb. 3. 1877. Mrs. Harding is the oldest child of P. C. Eskew, one of the early settlers of McLean Co., and whose biography appears in this work.
EDWARD HEALEA, farmer : P. O Empire. The subject of this sketch was born in Harrison Co.. Ohio, May 1, 1829; he was raised upon the farm of his father, until 19 years of age, when, in 1848, he rented land and engaged in farming until 1856, when, with four horses and a Pitt's thresher, he started West, continuing his journey until he arrived in Empire Township, where, aiter setting up his machine and threshing a few bushels, he disposed of the same and one team of horses, driving the others back to Ohio, and the following summer again brought a thresher to Empire Township, which he sold after using one season, and, in the spring of 1858, he removed with his family to McLean Co., where, after putting in his crop upon rented land, he ordered a threshing machine from Ohio, following threshing during the season for sixteen years; he still owns this machine and now declares it to be as good as new. Mr. Healea cons tinued to live upon rented land until 1868, when he removed upon his present place, which he had purchased in 1865, and which he has since brought from its wild prairie condition to a high state of cultivation. He owns 160 acres upon his home farm, upon which he has expended a large amount of skillful labor, as the pleasing surroundings of his dwelling will at once show. In front of his residence he has planted a large number of useful and ornamental trees of buik native and foreign growth, and his familiarity with the names and nature of each of the many different kinds will show the careful study he has given to the same. He does not confine bis farming to the raising of corn and grain. His grape vines may be counted by the hundred fle also raises a large amount of raspberries, cherries. peaches and apples, with which his neighbors are liberally and gratuitously supplied. He has for the past three years been engaged in ship. ping hay to New Orleans and the Eastern markets, the same being the production of his own farm. He is also largely engaged in buying corn for J. 0. Peckham & Co., Providence, R. i., having purchased upwards of 12,000 bushels during the present season. His marriage with Ainy Tilton was celebrated Feh. 19, 1848 ; she was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, Sept. 24, 1829; three children were the fruit of this union-George G., born Nov. 29, 1849; John, born June 18, 1851, and William, born Nov. 6, 1861. They also have an adopted daughter, Mary Healea, born Dec. 17, 1866.
LINDLEY HEFLING, farmer, Sec. 2. Town 21 ; P. 0. Empire. The birthplace of this gentleman was in Harrison Co., Ohio, Feb. 5, 1826. His father, Fielding Hefling, died when ilie subject of this sketch, was but 10 years of age, leaving six children, of which Lindley was the second son,
and upon him and his elder brother fell the care and labor of supporting the family, which duty they nobly performed until each member was old enough to provide for himself. In his youth, he had the advantage of three months' schooling during the year; by close application to his studies and devoting his spare time to the same, he was able to obtain a fair education, and at the age of 17 years engaged in school-teaching, which occupation he fol. lowed in connection with farming, until upwards of 21 years of age, when he was united in marringe Aug. 20, 1848 to Elizabeth Gardner ; she was born in Harrison Co., Ohio, Oct. 20. 1927; he then rented land upon which he farmed for six years, when he removed to Illinois in 18.15 ; he first located four miles from Bloomington for eighteen months ; he then removed to Old Town Timber, where he rented land four years, when he purchased forty acres upon which he lived until 1865, when he then sold out and purchased his present place of eighty acres, where he has since lived. The children of Lindley and Elizabeth Hefling were nine in number, of which four died in infancy : the living are—Sarah, born Aug. 26, 1849, now Mrs. Albert White, De Witt Co.; Anna M., born Feb. 18, 1851: now Mrs. Ross Arrowsmith, of Padua Township; Ada, born June 18, 1853, now Mrs. John Healea, De Witt Co.; Freeman D., born July 7, 1860; Lulu, born Sept. 14, 1867. Mr. H. has taken a deep interest in the cause of religion and education. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for a period of twenty-five years; Mrs. H. having been a member previously. Township and school offices have been his in plenty, having filled the office of School Director many years in Ohio and Hlinois ; was the first Town Clerk of Old Town Township, and two years Collector, and two years Collector in Empire Township, and Assistant Collector for two years, and other petty offices. He is a strong temperance man, which he carries into local politics, measuring to a certain extent the capacity of the can. didate which he supports by his temperance principles.
D. 0. HOWARD, farmer; P. 0. Le Roy ; born in Henrietta, Monroe Co., N. Y., Sept 2, 1821 ; he was the third son of Eleazer Howard, who was born in Windham Co., Conn., Aug. 20, 1793; he located in Ohio in 1840, ard in 1851 located in McLean Co., II., where he lived until his decease, which occurred March 17, 1872, in the 79th year of his age. He was married to Matilda Wood, in Connecticut, Feb. 1, 1815. Mrs. Howard was a native of Windham Co., Conn.; she was born Feb. 17, 1792 and died March 1, 1878. The subject of this sketch followed farming and milling with his father and younger brother until the emigration of the father to Illinois, after which, he, with his brother, continued the same until 1855, when he sold his interest in Ohio, and emigrated to Illinois, and located in Empire Township, McLean Co., where he has lived for a period of twenty-four years. He now owns upwards of 200 acres of land, upon which he has good farm buildings ; his brick residence being built in 1863, his barn a few years later. Of township and school offices he has held his full share, having held the office of School Director seven years, Supervisor of the township two years, and other petty offices. His marriage with Sarah Ann Smiley was celebrated Feb. 23, 1847; she was born in Bradford Co., Penn.; she died May 8, 1848, having one child—Sarah, now Mrs. Geo. Riddle, born Feb. 19, 1848. His marriage with Sarah E. Smiley, was celebrated in Pennsylvania Nov. 23, 1852; she was born in Crawford Co , Penn., April 10, 1830; they have five children living-William H., born Dec. 1, 1853, married and engaged in farming and teaching ; Charles W., born Nov. 26, 1855, farming; Homer D., born June 26, 1858; Frank, born May 7, 1863, and Mary M., born Nov. 29, 186ti; the last four living at home Mrs. Howard's father, William H. Smiley, was born in Bradfori Co., Penn., in 1792. He was married to Susan Burch, in Crawford Co., Penn., in 1823. and died in Bradford Co., Penn., Sept. 2, 1843. Mrs. Smiley was born in Crawford Co., Penn., Jan. 1, 1803, where she has lived for upwards of three-fourths of a century.
R. S. HOWARD, furniture and undertaker, Le Roy ; born in Madison Co., Ky., June 15, 1827; he was raised upon a farm until 17 years of age, when he commenced to learn the tra le of cabinet-maker, which he followed until June, 1846, when he enlisted in the 2d Regt. Ky. Vol. Inf., to serve one year in the war with Mexico ; leaving Louisville with his regiment in June, he went down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans, thence by vessel io Brazos,
at the mouth of the Rio Grande River, then marched to Mexico, crossing at Matamoras; he served under Gen. Taylor, and was in many engagements-the heaviest being the battle of Buena Vista, in which his regiment suffered severely in killed and wounded-among the former, the Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonel and his Captain ; he remained in Mexico until June, 1847, when he, with his regiment, returned to New Orleans and were mustered out of service; returning to Jessamine Co., Ky., he again resumed his trade, and after completing the game, he engaged in the furniture business until 1859, when he emigrated to Illinois and purchased a farm in Empire Township, McLean Co., upon which he located and followed farming until the winter of 1862, when selling out, he removed to Bloomington and engaged in the furniture trade for a period of ten years; closing out his business in 1872, he then came to Le Roy and purchased the furniture business of H. M. Morehouse, which he has since continued; he admitted R. C. Hollowell as a partner in 1876, since which time the style of the firm has been Howard & Hollowell. Mr. Howard is a strong temperance advocate, and has never used intoxicating liquors, profane language nor played cards. He has taken a deep interest in the cause of religion, having been an active member of the M. E. Church since 1844—his wife becoming a member soon after. His marriage with Lavina Sageser was celebrated Dec. 27, 1848; she was born in Jessamine Co., Ky., Dec. 17, 1830; they have no children of their own, but have raised, from infancy, a nephew of Mrs. Howard's, by the name of Joseph S. Sageser; he was born in Jessamine Co., Ky., March 24, 1856. Mr. Howard has extende 1 to him all the advantages of a liberal education. After attending the common schools at Bloomington until 16 years of age, he entered the Commercial College, graduating from the same after a study of two years, when he entered the Wesleyan University at Bloomington, where he attended for four years; he is now attending his first course at the Jefferson Medical College, at Philadelphia. Mr. Howard proposes to have him graduate from the Wesleyan University, at Bloomington, during the coming year, after which he will return to the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and remain until he graduates from the same.
CHARLES M. INGLE (deceased); one of the early settlers of McLean Co.; born in Washington Co., East Tenn., Feb. 22, 1829; his father, Henry Ingle, located in McLean in 1836 and followed farming until his decease, which occurred in the spring of 1849; his widow died Dec. 14, 1853. Henry Ingle was a shoemaker, and would peel the bark, dry and grind the same, then tan his own leather, which he would then manufacture into boots and shoes for the settlers for many miles distant; Charles M. Ingle also learned the shoemaker's trade, which be followed during the winter for many years after the death of his father ; in 1857, he abandoned his trade, and gave his whole attention to farming; he removed upon Sec. 2, Empire Township, in 1862, where he purchased eighty acres of land, to which he afterwards added, and at his decease, owned 120 acres, upon which he had good farm buildings. He took a deep interest in the cause of religion, and lived a consistent and devoted Christian life, having been an active member of the Baptist Church for a period of upwards of twenty years - Mrs. I. joining at the same time. His marriage with Hannah M. Bunn was celebrated March 9, 1854 ; she was born in Ross Co., Ohio, March 7. 1835 ; two children were the fruit of this union-one of which died in infancy ; the living -Lillian Jane, was born Aug. 9, 1858. Upon June 30, 1878, Mr. Ingle ceased from his labors, and passed down the dark valley, neither a great nor remarkable man, but a kind husband and father, a good neighbor, a true Christian, and one of whom his contemporaries will admit that his life was not a failure, and did not live in vain ; of his father's family of ten children only two now survive. The surviving daughter of Charles and Hannah (Bunn) Ingle was united in marriage with Charles W. James July 6, 1875; he was born in Coles Co., II., April 10, 1851; he is a young man of good education, having attended the two universities at Bloomington for a period of three years; he then followed teaching for seven years, and is now engaged in school-teaching during the winter, and farming in the summer upon the old farm of the parents of his wife. The children of Charles and Lillian (Ingle) James are two in numberIrus K., born Dec. 19, 1877, and Blanche N., born Sept. 15, 1878.
DANIEL JACKSON, (deceased) farmer; born in Fauquier Co., Va., Jan. 16, 1808; he was brought up to farm labor until 18 years of age, when he emigrated to Champaign Co., Ohio, living two years, then to Sangamon Co., II., a short time, and in the fall of 1830, came to McLean Co. and laid a claim upon Sec. 5, Empire Township; he made his home in the winter of 1830 and 1831 with John W. Dawson, and when not in his employ, made improvements upon his place ; in 1834 and 1835, he entered his claim of 160 acres, upon which he lived until his decease, which occurred March 20, 1861. When Mr. Jackson located here, his property consisted of one yoke of oxen and one horse ; he worked, during harvest, at 25 to 50 cents per day; he often made trips with his oxen to Chicago, taking up wheat, which he sold at 35 to 40 cents per bushel, receiving his pay in groceries, salt, leather, etc. His pine lumber, door, windows, etc., for his first frame house, he hauled from Chicago with oxen—the trip consuming about two weeks. Commencing in life without capital, he had, at the time of his death, accumulated upwards of five hundred acres of land, a part of which was his original claim, upon which he located in 1830. His marriage with Margaret Waldon was celebrated Feb. 12, 1832 ; she was born in Rockingham Co., Va., May 5, 1809; ten children were the fruit of this union, of which eight are now living—Mary Ann (now Mrs. R. R. Dalton), Elizabeth J. (now Mrs. Narley),
Esther (now Mrs. F. Wahls), Andrew, Ruth (now Mrs. Rehker), Margaret, Armanda R. and Daniel T. Mrs. Jackson now lives upon the old home, with her son Andrew; he was born May 5, 1840, and brought up on the old farm until Aug. 11, 1862, when he enlisted in Co D, 941h Regt. Vol. Inf., and went forward to battle for the Union; he served through the campaign of Missouri and Arkansas, after which he served in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Alabama; he was in many severe engagements, among which was the battle of Prairie Grove, siege and capture of Vicksburg, Yazoo City, Morganzia, Fort Morgan, Ala.; after taking the above fort, he was engaged in several raids in Alabama, one of which was up the Fish River, where they destroyed the rebel salt works of upwards of 1,200 kettles ; upon the 26th of March, 1865, was in the attack upon Spanish Fort, Mobile Bay, which continued until April 9, when it surrendered; he was then forwarded to Galveston, Tex., when he was mustered out of service July 17, 1865, receiving his discharge Aug. 9, 1865, at Springfield, Ill., having served in the Union army three years ; he then returned to Empire Township, and located upon the old place, where he has since successfully followed farming.
J. KEENAN, merchant and banker; Le Roy: born in Clinton Co., Ohio, March 10, 1828. He attended school and assisted his father in farming until 18 years of age, when he engaged in business for bimself in Ohio, the last four years of which he engaged in farming. Seiling his farm in Ohio, in 18:4 he came to McLean Co., and purchased a farm, upon which he lived until 1865, when he removed to Le Roy, and, after dealing in real estate one year, engaged in the dry goods trade, which business he has since successfully followed. in 1872 he added a general banking business, and does the only banking in Le Roy. He is also a: sociated with S F. Barnum in buying and supplying grain to the Eastern markets. They do an extensive milling business, supplying their choicest brands of flour in lots from a few sacks to a car load. They also deal in lumber and coal, meeting the demands of Le Roy and the country tributary to it. His busiuess card appears in the Business Directory of Le Roy. Mr. Keenan is truly a publie. spirited citizen, and has probably done as much as any one to advance the interests of Le Roy. He is among the most successful and one of the wealthiest merchants in Le Roy.
His marriage with Hannah Sidles was celebrated Oct. 8, 1848; she was born in Ohio, Jan. 5, 1828 ; they have four children now living, Walter M., born Nov. 17, 1850; Clara B., April 2, 1859 ; Arthur J., April 17, 1862; and Luther C., May 5, 1866. In the fall of 1866, Walter M. entered the Hills. dale College, where he attended two years, and in 1868 he entered the Michigan Universily at Ann Arbor, and graduated in 1872, and, after completing bis law studies, he associated in the law business with Baker & Osgood, remaining in this business until 1878, when he engaged in the dry goods commission trade, corner of Monroe street and Fifth avenue, Chicago, under the firm name of Albright & Keenan, which business he has since successfully followed. Clara B., after attending the High School at Le Roy, attended the Ladies' Seminary one year at Monticello, after which she entered the Female College at Evanston, where she attended two years, and is now receiving instruction at the Academy of Design, in Chicago.
JOSEPH KERSHAW, retired farmer; P. 0. Le Roy ; born in Lancashire, England, May 8, 1802, where he worked in the cotton mills until 24 years of age, when he emigrated to America, landing in New York Sept. 7, 1826. Upon landing, his capital consisted of one single copper penny
He then sold his bedding, and with the proceeds reached Boston, and walked to Stoughton, where he worked for the Stoughton and Canton Manufacturing Co., until he had a capital of $13, when he started to walk to New York, and on the way was robbed of all his money, save his copper penny. He worked at cotton spinning in the mills in New Jersey and Philadelphia, until 1830, when he emigrated to Williamson Co., II., where he located eighty acres of land, and in 1836 entered eighty more, making a farm of 160 acres, upon which he lived until 1853, when he sold out and removed to Downs Township, McLean Co., where he purchased 400 acres of land, and engaged in farming and stock-raising until 1870, when he removed to Le Roy, where he has since lived. His marriage with Hannah Robinson was celebrated in England. Sept. 3, 1823 ; she was born in England, Dec. 10, 1799, and died March 2, 1859, leaving five children now living-John W., Hannah, Francis, Mary Ann and Phæbe. His marriage with Lucinda Gilmore was celebrated June 6, 1860 ; she was born Jan. 4, 1817; she emigrated from Kentucky, and located in McLean Co. in 1858 ; she is now in her t3d year, is in possession of all her faculties, and does all the household labor for herself and husband. Mr. K., now in tbe 78th year of bis age. enjoys goo health, and attends to the “chores” which his neat little place requires. He now keeps two horses and a cow, which he daily attends to. Arriving in New York without means, he has struggled against poverty, and succeeded in securing a good propre erty, and has settled a good share upon his children, reserving enough to support himself and wife through life.
THOMAS W. KEYS, physician and surgeon, LeRoy; born in County Fermanagh, Ireland, Jan. 18, 1838; he emigrated to America when 10 years of age, and landed in New York, July 12, 1849; coming West, he, with his parents, located in Fond du Lac Co., Wis., where his father located 100 acres of land upon which he settled, and where he still lives. The subject of this sketch remained with his father and attended the common school until 18 years of age, when he engaged in teaching in the common school during the fall and winter for five years, during which period he devoted all his spare time to his studies to further advance his education.