The History of Livingston County-1878
THOS. Y. BROWN, retired farmer; P. 0. Chatsworth ; the subject of this sketch is one of the first settlers of Germantown
Tp. ; was born in Jefferson Co., N. Y., Nov. 15, 1810 ; his parents are Henry and Sarah Brown ; his father was a very extensive
farmer in New York ; here Mr. Brown was engaged with his father in farming and dairy business until he was 46 years
old ; in May, 1855, he came West to Illinois, and purchased 1,200 acres of land, for $5 per acre, in what is now German-
town Tp., and set out in farming in Illinois, one of the first settlers in that section of Livingston Co. ; here he remained until
1870 ; having been very successful in farming, he retired, having given to each of his children a very fine farm ; he then came to
Chatsworth ; here he has been residing ever since. In 1837, Mr. Brown married Miss Mary A. Everett of New York, born Dec.
10, 1818, and is the daughter of Joel and Ann Everett ; have three children - Jacob E. (married Miss E. B. Pope); Sarah (married Mr. Jacob C. Searh) ; Mary F., (married Joel B. Strong). Mr. Brown was at one time a very strong Democrat ; at the second term of President Lincoln, he voted the Republican ticket, which ticket he has supported ever since.
J.T. BULLARD, lumber merchant, Chatsworth, the subject of this sketch is one of the best known businessmen of Chatsworth; was born in Bethel, Windsor Co., Vt., July 24, 1828, son of the Rev. Andes T. and Lydia (Lincoln, second cousin of the late President Abraham Lincoln) Bullard; his father was a Methodist minister in Vermont. Mr. B's first business in life was traveling for a house in Boston, Mass., as a collector; here he remained for five years; in 1853, he came West to Illinois, and settled in Chicago; his first business here was as lumber inspector; here in this business for six years; one year in traveling for a patent medicine; then to Paxton, Ford Co., Ill, in the lumber business one year; then to Lodi, in the lumber, hardware and furniture business for three years; he returned to Chicago, and commenced in the hide business, in company with Walker, Bullard & Co., for one year; the firm then moved to Gilman; here they entered the hay business on a very extensive scale, having put up one thousand tons of hay, and erected a first-class hay press; Mr. Bullard then purchased the interest of his two partners, and became owner of the entire hay business; but on account of the closing of the late war, hay became a burden on the market, causing hin to lose his entire capital; he then went to Fairbury, and entered partnership in the lumber business with James King; her Mr. Bullard remained until 1869; he then came to Chatsworth; here he has been engaged in the lumber and hay business, very extensively, which he has been very prosperous in; today, he ranks as one of the successful businessmen of Livingston Co. ; is a very prominent Democrat, having held various township offices; in 1877 he was nominated by the Democrats of Livingston Co. for Treasurer, but on account of the county being strong Republican, he was defeated. Mr. Bullard has been married twice; his first wife was Jennie Sweetland of Vermont; married 1855; second wife, Mary F. Adams, of Vermont; married 1865; Mr. Bullard has three children living --- Willie O., Josephine M, and John T.; three others died, all at the age of ten months; namely, Nellie and a pair of twins, Nellie and Nora.
H.M. BANGS, druggist, Chatsworth ; was born in St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., Aug. 10, 1847, and is the son of Haman A. and Almira C. (Phillips) Bangs ; his father was a farmer ; Mr. Bangs came West with his parents when he was very young, and settled in Sheboygan, Wis. ; then to Antioch, Ill.; he was engaged in going to school at Waukegan, Ill. ; came to Chatsworth in 1865, and commenced the drug business, which business he has followed ever since ; today, he owns one of the best drug stores in Livingston Co., where can be found all kinds of drugs and medicines, chemicals, oils and varnishes ; physicians' prescriptions carefully compounded, and orders answered with care and dispatch. Mr. Bangs was married Jan., 1873. to Miss Tilla A. Brown of New York ; two children - Clarence M. and Mabel Ithia?.
EDWARD A. BANGS, merchant and banker, Chatsworth ; the subject of this sketch was born in St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., Dec. 15, 1835, and is the son of Herman and Elmira (Clark) Bangs, of Vermont ; his father was a farmer here. Mr. Bangs spent his younger days in
farming from the time, he could handle the plow, and in the winter gathering what instruction the district school of the period
could afford ; was engaged in the lumber business one year in Minnesota and Wisconsin ; then farming in Lake Co. ; in
1861, he came Chatsworth; he first engaged in the dry goods and general grocery business. Today, E. A. Bangs & Co.
own one of the best and largest drug stores and groceries in Livingston Co. ; these gentlemen are also engaged in a private
banking house, which is one of the most solid and reliable in this vicinity, meeting with patronage from the merchants,
business men and farmers. Mr. Bangs, in, February, 1863, married Miss Harriet E. Esty, daughter of Moses Esty ; they have
two children - Frank and Gray?. Married second time, December, 1877, to Miss Ann M. Compton, of Maine. His political
opinions are Republican.
TRUEMAN BROCKWAY, farmer, P. 0. Chatsworth ; the subject of this sketch is one of the first settlers of Chatsworth ; was born in New York, Jan. 24, 1832, and is the son of Abel and Laura ( Bartholomew) Brockway ; his father was a farmer in Wayne Co., N. Y. ; here Mr. Brockway was engaged on the farm until he was 22 years of age; he then commenced to learn the carpenter trade ; this business he has followed principally ever since; in 1857, he came West to Illinois, and was engaged on the Illinois Central R. R., as bridge builder; December, 1858, he built the first house in Chatsworth, which was a two story frame house, of which he and Charles Brooks used the first floor for a general store, the first store in Chats worth ; and the second story was the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Brockway. In 1 November, 1858, Mr. Brockway returned East, and married Miss Sarah L. Ewing, of Livingston Co., N. Y. ; returned, and settled in Chatsworth, where they resided until 1876; they then moved on the farm that they now live on. Mr. Brockway has been extensively engaged in the contracting business, having built a great many houses in Chatsworth ; have four children - Charles, Laura, Frank and Mary E. Mr. B. was Supervisor of Chatsworth for three years.
GEORGE W. CLINE, farmer, P. 0. Chatsworth ; the above-named gentleman is one of the prominent farmers of Chatsworth Tp. ; was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Dec. 21, 1829, and is the son of John and Elizabeth Cline, who emigrated West about 1823, and settled in Tazewell Co., among the first settlers of the county, engaged in farming ; here Mr. Cline set out in life engaged in farming, and remained at home until he was about 21 years old ; then to La Salle Co., and engaged in farming four years ; returned to Tazewell Co. ; here two years ; he returned the second time to La Salle, and remained there four years ; then he came to Livingston Co. in 1864; first settled in Union Tp. ; then to Indian Grove Tp ; he then came to ChatsworthTp. and settled on the place he now lives on, which consists of 160 acres of fine improved land. Mr. Cline has held several offices of trust in Chatsworth Tp. ; is the present Supervisor of the township, which office he has filled very satisfactorily for the past four years. Is a National Green- backer in politics. Married May 1, 1856, to Miss America Fishburn, of Middletown, Penn. ; have ten children - Emma F., Charles A., George H.. Harry M., Frank M., Ida M., Kate E., John J., James S., Eugene W. ;one dead, Mary, died in 1871. His parents both are dead ; father died in 1844; mother, in 1870.
WILLIAM COWLING, proprietor and owner of Cottage House, Chatsworth ; the subject of this sketch was born in Cornwall, England, Nov. 20, 1848, and is the son of William and Elizabeth (Trethewey) Cowling ; his father was engaged in farming here. Mr. Cowling commenced farming and remained with his parents until he was about 22 years of age; in 1869, he emigrated to America business with M. H. Hall, as Hall & Crane ; this business he has followed ever since.
J. L. DELONG, Chatsworth ; the subject of this sketch was born in Perry Co., Ohio, June 18, 1839, and is the son of Edward and Ruth (Leckey) DeLong ; his father was engaged in the tanning and harness business, and part of the time in farming ;
Mr. DeLong was brought up on his father's farm, engaged in farming in the summer months, and in the Winter gathering
what instruction the district school of the period afforded. At the breaking out of the late war, he enlisted as private in
Co. E, 17th Ohio V. I., for three months ; served full time, and was honorably discharged; returned home and attended high
school and had completed teaching a four months' school and returned again to the high school for the purpose of completing
an academic course, preparatory to college, when President Lincoln made a call for more men ; he gave up his intentions and
enlisted for the second time as private in Co. I, 114th OhioV. I., for three years or during the war ; at the mustering in of his
company he was promoted to Orderly Sergeant, and subsequently to Second Lieutenant of his company ; participated in some of the hard-fought battles during the war ; was engaged in the battle of Chickasaw Bluffs, the capture of Arkansas Post, seven days' battle, Graham's plantation, rear of Alexandria, La., siege and capture of Vicksburg, siege and capture of Fort Blakely ; the 114th suffered intensely with sickness in Southern swamps ; out of the whole regiment not over fifteen well men at one time could be mustered for duty ; here Mr. • DeLong was sick for eight months ; the regiment was discharged at Houston, Texas, then ordered to Columbus,
Ohio, where it was mustered out of service Aug., 1865, having served three years in this regiment. At the close of the
war, Mr. DeLong commenced merchandising at Lancaster, Ohio, a city of 15,000 inhabitants ; here nearly two years, then to
Illinois near Henry City, Marshall Co. ; at this time he purchased a farm and kept it rented out and engaged in teaching several
terms ; he then engaged in traveling for Chicago and New York houses for about three years. In 1875, he married Miss
Aurelia Knecht, of Indiana ; then to Livingston Co., Ill., and settled in Chatsworth, 1875 ; here he commenced the confectionery and grocery business, which he has carried on ever since ; stock valued at $1,800 ; owns a fine improved farm of 160 acres in Ford Co. Mr. DeLong has been a strong Greenbacker in politics ever since the Peter Cooper policy was introduced. Is a member of the Roman Catholic Church. One boy - Albert Clifford.
SAMUEL T. FOSDICK, attorney at law, Chatsworth ; the above-named gentleman is one of the most prominent and thoroughly educated attorneys of Livingston Co. ; was born in New Baltimore, Greene Co., N. Y., Oct. 3, 1818, and is the son of David and Rebecca (Davids) Fosdick ; at the age of 4, they moved to New York City; here Mr. Fosdick remained until he was 13 years of age ; he returned to his native place and obtained a situation in a store as clerk ; then to Hudson, N. Y., and from here he returned to New York City and remained until 1858; Mr. Fosdick received his principal education at a Quaker school in New York ; in 1858, with his wife, they came West and settled in Livingston Co., Ill., in what is now known as Germantown Tp. ; here he set out in farming, and in 1860, he went East one year, engaged in settling up unfinished business ; he returned to his firm and remained until 1864 ; he then moved to the village of Chatsworth, and has been engaged at the practice of law ; in 1864, he was admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Illinois ; in 1876, he was nominated by the Republican party for Senator of the 18th District, and was elected by 5,056 votes, against 4,313 votes for C. C. Strawn, Independent, his opponent; Senator Fosdick, during his Senatorial experience, has proven himself to be a gentleman of acknowledged ability, whose duties have been performed in a faithful manner. Has been married twice ; first wife, Miss Elizabeth Conine of Greene Co., N. Y. ; his second wife, Miss Elizabeth Irwin, of New York City, daughter of Wm. Irwin, by whom they have one daughter. Senator Fosdick's political opinions are strongly Republican, and is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
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MATTHEW H. HALL, merchant, Chatsworth ; the subject of this sketch is one of the best known and highly respected business men of Chatsworth ; was born in Washington Co., N. Y., July 14, 1829, and is the son of Matthew and Margaret ( Mills) Hall ; his father was a native of Ireland, having emigrated to America in 1790. Mr. Hall spent his childhood days on a farm ; when quite young, he entered
a boarding school and received a common school education ; he then commenced to learn a trade, that of saddle and harness
making ; in this business about five years ; in Nov., 1852, he set out for the gold fields of California ; arrived and set up a saddle
and harness shop with a capital of about three thousand dollars ; here he was very successful in life, having retired from business after remaining there for three years, worth thirty thousand dollars ; he returned East to Hartford, Conn. Here, in 1855, he married Miss Mary Lawrence, of New York ; with his wife, they took a pleasure trip throughout the Union for one and a half years. In 1857, he located in Davenport, Iowa, in the hardware business ; here he was financially embarrassed and lost all his money ; in 1859, he moved to Illinois, and settled near Chateworth and commenced farming ; in 1865, he commenced the grocery business with Chas. Brooks, known as Brooks & Hall. Mr. Brooks was the first settler in Chatsworth. In 1870, Mr. Hall built the present store and
entered into partnership with Mr. A. M. Crane, firm known as Hall & Crane, hardware and general groceries. Mr. Hall, socially, has a pleasing address and genial manners that win the respect of all. Is Elder of the Presbyterian Church.
ALBERT H, HALL, photographer, Chatsworth ; was born in Parkman, Me., April 10, 1849. and is the son of William C. and Olive A. (Stevens) Hall; his father was a farmer and in 1849, with his wife and family, emigrated West to Illinois and settled in La Salle Co., being among the early settlers ; here Mr. Hall remained on the farm until he was 22 years of age ; he then went to Chicago to learn his trade, photographing, with Messrs. Peterson & Bros., of Chicago, and remained there until he finished his trade ; and March 1, 1872, came to Chatsworth, Livingston Co., Ill., and opened a photograph and gem gallery, which business he has carried on ever since ; ranks as one of the best artists of Livingston Co. Mr. Hall married May 28, 1872, to Miss Dora Knapp, of La Salle Co., Ill., daughter of L. C. Knapp, a very prominent farmer and one of the first settlers of La Salle Co. Ill.; have one child - Lewis L. Member of the Baptist Church.
WILLIAM H. HALL, furniture, Chatsworth ; was born in Piscataquis Co., Me., Nov. 29, 1843 ; his first experience in the furniture business was in La Salle Co., Ill.; commenced the furniture business in Chatsworth in 1867 ; his store is two stories high, 60x22, with shop attached ; carries a stock valued at 82,500. Mr. Hall was engaged in the late war ; enlisted, in 1862, in Co. B, 104th I. V. I., as private ; participated in some of the hard-fought battles under Gens. Rosecrans and Sherman ; while in Tennessee was taken prisoner by the rebel Gen. John Morgan, at Hartsville, after a very severe battle ; was paroled, then sent North to Columbus, Ohio, then to Camp Douglas, Ill., engaged in guarding rebel prisoners ; then South, and was with Gen. Sherman's march from Atlanta to the sea, on to Washington, D. C., and participated in the grand parade ; mustered out June 17, 1865.
Note: According to my research, this should be William S. Hall
D. W. HUNT, M. D., Chatsworth. The subject of this sketch was born in Tioga Co., N. Y., July 3, 1831 ; his father died when he was but 14 years of age, leaving a wife and nine children. Dr. Hunt's first business in life was teaching school and spare time in studying medicine ; in teaching school, he managed to save enough money to pay his course through the Albany Medical College of Albany, NY; here he graduated in 1856; he then came west to Illinois; here he has been engaged in the practice of medicine in different parts of the state; from Penolia he came to Chatsworth in 1861. Was engaged in the late war as Hospital Surgeon stationed at Mound City, Ill. He married in 1859 to Miss Samanthia Myers of Ohio by whom they have one child--Fannie.
COL. NATHANIEL C. KENYON,Post- master, Chatsworth; was born in Washington Co., N. Y., Feb. 21, 1838, and is the son of Rev. Archibald and Juliana ( Pratt) Kenyon ; in the Fall of 1852, with his parents, came to Illinois and settled in Chicago, thence to Carroll Co. on a farm ; here he remained until 1858, then to Putnam and Marshall Cos. At the breaking- out of the late rebellion, he enlisted as private in Co. K, llth I. V. I., April 30, 1861, for three months; during the three months, the llth was stationed at Villa Ridge, Ill., and Bird's Point. Mo., doing garrison duty ; on the 30th of July, he re-enlisted for three years as First Lieutenant in Co. K, llth I. V. I.; the regiment remaining at Bird's Point, making frequent expeditions into various parts of the State till Feb. 2, 1862, then to Fort Henry, in the capture of which they participated, then to Fort Donelson, where they arrived Feb. 12, and the 13th began the attack ; during the 13th and 14th, they were under fire continually, and on the 15th the enemy endeavored to cut their way through the llth's line and escape; here they held them in check for three hours, with great slaughter on both sides ; the loss to the regiment was one Captain, one First Lieutenant, seventy-two men killed, and two hundred and sixty-six wounded and missing, of whom some sixty were made prisoners by the enemy ; here Col. Kenyon was taken prisoner, and remained as prisoner of war for eight months, then paroled ; he returned and joined his regiment, and participated in the memorable inarch of Gen. Grant to the rear of Vicksburg, where the regiment entered on the 4th of July ; at this battle he received a very severe scalp wound, which detained him from duty for thirty days; participated in the battles of Liverpool Heights, Yazoo City,Jackson, Mobile, Spanish Fort, Fort Blakesly ; llth day of July, 1865, the regiment was mustered out at Baton Rouge, La., thence to Springfield, where it was paid off and finally discharged ; Col. Kenyon was promoted Captain of Co. K, 1862 ; in 1864, promoted Lieutenant Colonel, which office he held at the close of the war ; the llth I. V. I. lost 425 men, the highest death total of any organization which went from Illinois ; Col. Kenyon at the close of the war returned to Illinois and settled in Chatsworth ; in 1868, was appointed Postmaster of Chatsworth, which office he has in a very creditable and efficient manner filled ever since. Married, in 1863, to Miss A. R. Sprague. of Illinois ; one child - Minnie, born Dec. 7, 1867.
Here is the nomination form for Kenyon from the Library of Congress-American Memories Collection
To the Senate of the United States:
I nominate Nathaniel C. Kenyon to be deputy postmaster at Chatsworth, in the county of Livingston and State of Illinois, the office having become Presidential.
U. S. Grant.
Washington, D. C., June 29, 1870.
JESSE LANTRY, hardware merchant. Chatsworth, of the firm of Roberts & Lantry, hardware and groceries ; was born in St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., Aug. 21, 1846, and is the son of Jesse J. and Helen (Lyons) Lantry, of Ireland ; his father emigrated to America in 1829; was engaged in the dairy and farming business here ; Mr. Lantry was brought up on his father's farm until he was 22 years old ; he then emigrated West to Illinois and settled in Chatsworth, in 1868, and engaged in farming, then in the butcher business ; engaged for two and a half years on railroad in Texas, on the Galveston. Harrisburg & San Antonio R. R. ; his first experience in ,the grocery business was as store keeper for the Wis. Valley R. R. ; Mr. Lantry commenced the hardware and grocery business, in company with A. M. Roberts, in 1877.
JOB H. MEGQUIER, real estate agent and Justice of the Peace, Chatsworth ; the subject of this sketch was born in Cumberland Co., Me., Fob. 10, 1827, and is the son of Samuel and Lois Megquier, of Maine ; his father was a shoemaker by trade ; when Mr. Megquier was 18 years old, he 'enlisted in the 8th U. S. I., at Lowell, Mass., under Gen. W. T. Sherman, and participated in the Mexican war; was engaged at Palo Alto and other battles;from here the army advanced to the City of Monterey, capturing on the march the villages Reinosa, Camargo. Mier and Revilla; after a very severe battle, captured the City of Monterey, then in the capture of Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo ; here he met Gen. Shields dangerously wounded; thence on the City of Mexico through a beautiful country, on the 15th of Aug., 1847; arrived in sight of the city on the 18th ; the army took up a position near San Antonio; on the 20th, the battles of Contreras, Churubusco, Antonio and San Augustine were fought, on the 8th of September, on the capture of Molino del Rey, was the bloodiest battle of the war, one-fourth of the entire army was killed and wounded ; Mr. Megquier received a severe wound, and remained in the City of Mexico from the 25th of September, 1847, until the 17th of December, 1847 ; was discharged Dec. 7, 1848, and left forborne Dec. 17 ; arrived in Washington, D. C., Jan. 5, 1848, where he received his pension certificate, signed by J. L. Edwards and W. L. Marcy, Secretary of War. He then returned home to his parents and, in 1857, emigrated West to Illinois, and settled
in Livingston Co., near Oliver's Grove ; here he remained about two years engaged in farming, then to the village of Chats-
worth, being the second family who settled in Chatsworth, Mr. T. Brockway and family being the first ; here Mr. Megquire
has remained ever since, being engaged very extensively in the real estate business.
Married, in 1857, to Miss Sarah H. Young, of Maine - born April 7, 1838 ; seven children- Charles F., born July 4, 1857; William N., born Dec. 17, 1858; Job H., born Nov. 14, 1860; Samuel F., born April 18, 1864; George F., born April 9, 1856; Henry Y., born Sept, 18, 1870; Edward E., born March 11, 1874. Mr. Megquier is a National Greenbacker in politics, and a Universalist in religion.
MILO M MILLER, fanner and broom manufacturer; PO Chatsworth; was born in Adams, Berkshire Co., Mass., Nov 15, 1830 ,son of Caleb and Nancy Mitchell Miller .His father was a farmer here .Mr Miller remained until he was 17 years old he then set out as a farm hand working by the month for four years ;he then shipped on a whaling vessel as a sailor which cruised on the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the west coast of Africa ;he remained in this business for two years ;then on a merchant vessel for two years. He then enlisted in the United States Navy at New Orleans, La; on a United States man of war ;was engaged in cruising on the Mediterranean Sea here he served about three years then returned home and in 1855 he came West to Chicago ;engaged a short time in tying brooms; thence East; returned West in 1856 to Marengo McHenry Co, ILL; here eighteen months then to Chicago one year ;from there he went to Detroit Mich here two and half years; then to Livingston Co ,ILL .in 1863 to Fairbury and Belle Prairie engaged in farming he then came to Chatsworth Tp. and settled on the place he now lives, on here he has settled down is engaged in the manufacturing of brooms and finds sale for them in the neighboring towns. Married June 4, 1857 to Miss Kate L, Rathbun of New York; three children ;Republican in politics. Owns eighty acres of fine improved land.
ALBERT B. MINNERLY, farmer; P. 0. Chatsworth ; the subject of this sketch is one of the best known and highly respected farmers of Livingston Co.; was born in Canandaigua Co., N. Y., Dec. 3, 1815, and is the son of James and Hannah ( Knapp) Minnerly; his father was a farmer and was born in Westchesler, N. Y., May 6, 1790; came West to Ohio in 1838, then to Illinois in 1854; he died of typhoid pneumonia at Van Orin, 111., April 13, 187(3, being a member of the M. E. Church; his mother 13 now living in Mendota Ill., 82 years of age. Mr. Minnerly. came West with his parents, and settled in Ohio, then to Illinois ; engaged in farming in Bureau Co., also working at his trade, blacksmithing, which trade was learned in New York ;then to Livingston Co., and settled in the place he now lives on, in the Spring of 1867; here Mr. Minnerly has remained ever since ; has held several offices of pub- ' lie trust in Germantown Tp.; Justice of the Peace, Town Treasurer and Supervisor of I Tp., this office for the last five years; all of these offices he has held with honor and credit to himself and to those he has represented. Has been a strong Republican ever since the organization of the party, but of late years he has been working very hard for the National Greenback party, and is recognized as one of the leading men of this party of Livingston Co. Was married Feb. 3, 1841, to Miss Eliza J. Cox, of Virginia ; born in 1812, and is the daughter of Joseph Cox ; six children ; member of the Universalist Church, and a hard worker in the temperance movement.
DANIEL B. PUFFER, farmer ; P. 0. Chatsworth ; was born in Franklin Co., Mass., Sept. 20, 1839, and is the son of Samuel S. and S. B. Puffer ; his father, Samuel S., was born in Franklin Co., Mass., Dec. 20, 1811 ; remained with his parents until he was 35 years of age ; at one time engaged in the manufacture of friction matches, one of the first in this business ; came West and settled in Putnam Co., Ill., in 1846 ; then to Livingston Co., in April, 1865. Mr. Puffer remained with his parents, engaged in farming. In 1866, he married Miss Ellen Lamboarn, of England, by whom he had three children. Is a Republican in politics. Owns 160 acres of fine, improved land.
JAMES TURNBULL, farmer; P. 0. Chatsworth ; was born in the north part of Scotland Aug. 22, 1816, and is the son of William and Ellen (Robinson) Turnbull ; his father was a shepherd in the Highlands of Scotland ; here Mr. T. was engaged with his father until he was 1 6 years of age ; he then worked out as shepherd, and in 1850, with his wife and two children, emigrated to America ; landed in New York July 8, 1850 ; they first settled in Erie Co., N. Y., farming for four years ; then came West to Illinois, and settled in Bureau Co. ; here he remained until about 1864, then to Livingston Co., and settled in Chatsworth Tp.; he remained 'on the farm until 1877, when he moved on his present place, where he has retired from farming. When Mr. Turnbull first came to America he was worth about $300 ; he remained East four years ; not successful; he came West, and ever since has been successful in life ; owns 240 acres of fine, improved land. Republican in politics. Married Miss Agnes Quary, of Scotland, by whom he has six children.
William C. Byington , M.D. Chatsworth; was born in Danbury, Conn., About April 4,1819, and is the the son of Collins and Harriet (Bouton) Byington ; his father was a coach builder ; carried on business in Stamford, Conn. Dr. Byington's first step in business life
was clerking in a hardware store ; here he occupied his spare time in reading medicine, and saved enough money to pay for
his medical course, and graduated in the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, in the class of 1855-56 ; he then commenced
the practice of medicine in Philadelphia, and remained there until the breaking-out of the late war. In 1862, he enlisted in the 119th Pennsylvania as Assistant Surgeon, then promoted as Surgeon Physician of the 183rd Pennsylvania, and served in the Army of the Potomac from the beginning until the close of the war ; he then came West to Illinois, to La Salle Co., then to Gilman; from there he came to Chatsworth, in 1868 ; was three years in Colorado ; business not successful, he returned to Chatsworth ; here he has remained ever since. Doctor married in 1835, to Miss Julia Thompson, who died in 1859.
ARCHIBALD M. CRANE, hardware merchant, Chatsworth ; was born in Montgomery Co., N. Y., August 21, 1818; his parents are Caleb C. and Mary (Stelle) Crane ; his father was a farmer here. Mr. Crane spent his younger days engaged in farming; at the age of 19 years he went to New York City, and entered a restaurant, and was engaged in strapping knives at ten shillings a week ; from here he was engaged at different business, attending bar, clerk in a hotel, steward, etc. ; he remained in New York City until June, 1, 1854 ; he then moved to Chicago ; here he engaged in hotel and running a billiard room ; at one time owner of a lake vessel engaged in carrying wood for the Chicago market ; he then went to Green Bay, Wis. ; here about one year and a half engaged, in the lumber business ; in 1869), he moved to Chatsworth, and commenced the hardware business with M. H. Hall, as Hall & Crane ; this business he has followed ever since.
CONRAD HEPPE, bakery, Chatsworth ; was born in Hessing, Germany, May 24, 1837, and is the son of Henry and Catherine (Climan) Heppe, of Germany ; his father was a shoemaker by trade ; Mr. Heppe emigrated to America in 1859, and landed in New York City, after being ten weeks out in making the trip; his first business in America was to learn the bakery business, for which he received six dollars per month, four dollars cash and two reserved until his time was out. In 1860, he enlisted in the United States Regular Army (5th U. S. Inf., Co. K, as private ); was stationed on Governor's Island ; from here the regiment was ordered to New Mexico and did good service here ; he was engaged in the battles of Balverta and Pigeon Blanch, which were very severe ; here he remained about eight years, then to St. Louis, Mo., where he was doing duty at the arsenal here about fourteen months, then to Chicago about two years, thence to St. Louis, Cairo and Fairbury ; here two years, thence to Chatsworth in 1875. Married, in 1875, to Miss Catherine Ringler of Germany ; born Nov. 11, 1857 ; two children - Katie and Lizzie.
JOHN H. MARSHALL, farmer; P. 0. Chatsworth ; was born in Beaver Co., Penn., about 1840 ; his parents are Robert and Mariah (Chambers ) Marshall ; his father was a stone mason by trade ; in 1851, his parents emigrated to La Salle Co., Ill. ; here Mr. Marshall remained until 1869, engaged in farming ; he then came to Livingston Co., III., and settled on the place lie now lives on, which consists of eighty acres of land. Married, in 1869, to Miss. Clara A. Howard, of Illinois, daughter of Clark Howard, who was among the first setlers of Farmington, Ill.; have three children. Mr. Marshall came to Livingston Co. with his brother, Wm J. Is liberal in politics.
SAMUEL PATTON, machinist, Chatsworth, was born in Brooke Co. Va. Sept 3, 1833 and is the son of William and Susana Ramsey Patton of Virginia; his father was a cooper by trade here. Mr Patton was engaged in helping his father until he was 18 years old he then started to learn his trade at blacksmithing which he has followed throughout life ,excepting at the breaking out of the late war he enlisted in 1862 in Battery M Artillery and remained until the close of the war. Mr Patton is one of the first settlers of Chatsworth having made his home here in 1859 and erected the first blacksmith shop He has taken out a patent on a corn husker. Married in 1861 to Miss Nellie Desmond of New York.
AMOS M ROBERTS ,merchant, the firm of Roberts & Lantry hardware and grocery, Chatsworth; was born in Orange Co., NY., June 20, 1826 and is the son of Elijah and Jemima Munn Roberts; his father of Massachusetts; and a shoemaker by trade. Mr Roberts remained with his parents until he was 16 years age; he then commenced to learn the carpenter and joiner trade at Seneca Co., Ohio having come to Ohio with his parents when about 8 years old; he engaged in farming at his trade and the saw mill business in Ohio until 1860; he then came to Illinois and settled in Pleasant Ridge and commenced farming here four years;, then to Oliver's Grove here ten years; thence to Chatsworth and commenced the hardware business in company with D.J. Brigham; in partnership with Mr Brigham until 1877, when Mr J.J. Lantry purchased one half interest now Messrs. Roberts & Lantry one of the leading hardware and grocery houses in Livingston Co .
FRANCIS M ROBERTS, farmer, P 0 Chatsworth, was born in Pike Co., ILL. July 18, 1841 and is son of Ancel C. Mary A Green Roberts, who were the early settlers of Pike Co., ILL.; father Ancel C. died May 6, 1870, 60 years 5 months and 26 days; mother Mary A. died Oct 27, 1870, age 51 7 months and 19 days. Mr remained with his parents; engaged in farming he went to Ohio and farmed in different parts of the State in Pike, Huron and Seneca Counties, Ohio; he then returned to Illinois and settled in Livingston Co.; since then he has been engaged in planting hedge, grading roads and farming. Mr Roberts and his father planted the hedge fence and made improvements on the fine farm known now as the Buckingham farm. He is a Greenbacker in politics and a Universalist in belief. Married in 1864 to Miss Emma A Titus; six children .
ROBERT RUM BOLD, insurance and real estate agent, Chatsworth, was born in Hampshire Co., England, July 23, 1831 and is the son of Joseph and Martha Sherman Rumbold of England; his father was a farmer; Mr Rumbold in 1852 emigrated to America; came West and settled in Kendall Co., Ill.; here he remained about four years engaged in farming; he then came to Livingston Co. in 1856 and settled near Fairbury on a farm and remained there until 1869; then to the place he now lives on Chatsworth Tp. and engaged in farming until 1871; he then engaged in the insurance and real estate business ;has held the office of Justice of the Peace four years. Mr Rumbold is a National Greenbacker in politics. He married in 1859 to Miss Sarah Osmond of England having made the visit to England in 1859 for the purpose of marrying; have had five children, two deceased; he owns eighty acres of fine improved land; In his insurance business he represents all of the old reliable insurance companies of Hartford, Home of New York Hartford, of Connecticut Continental, of New York German of Peoria, Washington Life of New York, American Sentinel of St. Louis with cash assets of $21,637,893.
LC SPIECHER ,wagon manufacturer, Chatsworth, the subject of this sketch was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, Dec. 16, 1846 and is the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Gindlesperger Spiecher; when very young with his parents moved to Pennsylvania; Mr Spiecher's first business in life was to learn the blacksmith trade in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio; here he worked for $10 per month; remained in Ohio about six years then returned to Pennsylvania and engaged at his trade in different parts of the State; about ten years then to Virginia in the United States service as a blacksmith; here during the war thence to Michigan one year ;from there he came to Illinois, to Wilmington, then to Chatsworth in 1865; here Mr Spiecher commenced the erection of his shops which rank among the largest and best shops of Livingston Co.; the main building is 30 x 80, two stories high, side shop 16 x 40 and one building used for the storing of wagons and buggies; with hard labor and good management Mr Spiecher ranks as one of the leading manufacturers of Livingston Co.; his factory turns out wagons, carriages and buggies that for beauty of design and finish are not excelled, either East or West; Mr Spiecher married in 1861 to Miss Rebecca Sivits of Pennsylvania, daughter of James Sivits; six children Frank, Jane, Ella, Phoebe, Lottie, Robert; one deceased Turney. Has held public office as member of the Town Board, which office he has held five years.
ORANGE SANFORD, livery stable, Chatsworth, was born in St Lawrence Co., NI., May 4, 1828, and is the son of Israel and Aphia Lockwood Sanford; his father was a tanner and emigrated West when M.r Sanford was young and settled in Hancock Co., Ill.; from here they moved to McHenry Co; then to Grundy ;Mr Sanford then came to Livingston Co and settled in Five Mile Grove, Pleasant Ridge Tp.; here until 1859; then south of Chatsworth in Ford Co.; here about four years; then to Chatsworth and in 1873; commenced the livery business; keeps the best livery in Chatsworth and has from twelve to fifteen head of stock and top and open buggies and barouches on hand. Married in 1850 to Miss L Smith; have two children.
JOSIAH H SHAWL, farmer, P 0. Chatsworth, was born in Sandusky Co., Ohio, April 5, 1838; his parents are Michael and Ellen Bollass Shawl; his father was a farmer; he remained on his father's farm until he was 23 years of age, engaged in farming; then to Illinois and settled in Bureau Co.; owned a farm of 120 acres; here he farmed for seven years he then came to Livingston Co. and settled in Chatsworth Tp. on the farm that he now lives on. Mr Shawl married in 1859 to Miss Mary R Green of Ohio. daughter of Chas. G Green; have three children; Is a member of the ME Church ;Republican in politics; Owns 211 acres of fine improved land.
HENRY B SHEPHERD, farmer, P 0 Chatsworth, was born in Adams Co., Ohio, March 21, 1841; parents are Johnston and Mary Henry Shepherd; his father was a tanner by trade and worked in the tannery owned by Jesse Grant, father of Gen. U.S. Grant; in 1833 he came West and settled in Putnam Co., Ill; died 1874 ;Mr Shepherd's mother is now living with him; in 1861 he came to Illinois and settled in Putnam Co.; here he remained until 1869 engaged in farming; he then came to Livingston Co. and settled on the farm that he now owns which consists of 160 acres. Married Hannah N. Husted of Indiana; four children; Is a Republican in politics and Presbyterian in religion.
RICHARD M SPURGIN ,proprietor and editor Chatsworth Plaindealer, Chatsworth; the subject of this sketch was born in Fleming Co., Ky., March 20, 1848, and is the son of Jeremiah and Miranda Spurgin .Mr Spurgin has been engaged in the printing business the last fifteen years; he came to Chatsworth and entered partnership with John Calvin in the publication of the Chatsworth Plaindealer, which paper was first published by C.B. Holmes, Nov. 1, 1873. January, 1877, Mr Spurgin purchased the entire control of the paper and commenced the publication of the paper alone with a firm and powerful will and the good business qualifications that characterize its present publisher ,the paper has been gradually brought to a firm substantial basis and may now be deemed as one of the leading papers Livingston Co.; in connection with the newspaper department will attend to all kinds of job printing.
PETER SHROYER, coal merchant, Chatsworth, was born in Greene Co., Penn., Oct 2, 1821, is the son of and Catherine Shroyer; his father was stock dealer; when Mr Shroyer was 12 years of age he left his home, started for Indiana and settled in County here he hired out as a farm hand; the first two years he worked for his board and clothing with the understanding he was to have three months out of year to attend the district schools; third year he received $4 per month; he remained for five years; in 1838 went to Newcastle, Ind. and worked in steam saw mill at $8 per month; here three years he then commenced to learn trade saddle and harness making; he served his apprenticeship for years; he then set out in traveling in different parts of the country; in 1813 he visited Peoria ,when there were but few there; in 1845 he returned to and bought out the man he learned his trade with and commenced business in Newcastle; this business he continued until 1855; he then moved on a farm In 1856; he was elected Sheriff of Henry for two years; in 1858 was re- elected same office and held office until 1860, in which office he acquitted himself in a very creditable and efficient manner. At the breaking out of the late war he enlisted in Co F 57th Ind. VI for three years; was commissioned under Gov. Oliver P Morton as First Lieutenant and he participated in some of the hard fought battles, Pittsburg Landing ,where a victory was snatched from the jaws of death Shiloh, etc. He returned home and commenced the mercantile business at Sulphur Springs, Ind. two years; in 1865 he moved to Chatsworth, commenced the mercantile business; in 1870 he commenced the coal business; Mr Shroyer has held many offices of public trust; at present he is Justice of the Peace and School Director. Married in 1845 to Miss Mary Benbo Wayne Co., Ind., daughter of Edward Benbo; eight children; Is a member of the Methodist Church and his opinions are Republican.
WM W SEARS, real estate, Chatsworth, was born in Livingston Co. NY ,April 21, 1828, and is the son of Franklin and Elizabeth Shadders Sears; his father was a shoemaker by trade; here Mr Sears set out to learn his trade as a shoemaker with his father; in October 1857 he moved to Illinois and settled in El Paso, Woodford Co.; here he remained until 1865 engaged at his trade of shoemaking; then in the foundry business; then farming in McLean Co.; in 1865 he came to Chatsworth where he has resided ever since. Has held various offices both in El Paso and Chatsworth, Supervisor Justice of the Peace, etc. Democrat in politics. Married Sept. 27, 1855 to Miss Margaret Poorman of New York, daughter of Jacob Poorman ,by whom he has five children.
GEORGE TORRANCE, attorney at law, Chatsworth ;this gentleman is one of the best known attorneys of Livingston Co.; was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, May 15, 1847, and is the son of David and Mary Kerns Torrance; his father was a carpenter by trade; Mr Torrance remained with his parents until he was about 16 years of age; here he received a common school education ;he first commenced the study of law in the office of Messrs. Fosdick & Wallace, and then with Mr Wyman. Jan. 3, 1875, he was admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Illinois and ever since then Mr. Torrance has devoted his entire attention to his practice, which is extensive and lucrative, and constantly growing. Some men pursue the law merely as a means of livelihood, just as they might engage in trade, with Mr Torrance the law is part of his life, his ambition is to distinguish himself in his chosen profession and particularly as an advocate to this object ;he bends all his energies with the zest that marked his early studies, he understands well the importance of thoroughness of preparation and he never enters a court room with a case without being thoroughly equipped for its presentation; he studies it from both standpoints and is as ready to meet and repel the arguments of opposing counsel as to press his own. It is this thoroughness that makes him ready for the most unexpected emergency that may arise in the course a trial and to his unwearied industry, owes much of his success, which is equaled in the early career of lawyers politics .Mr Torrance is a strong Republican; is President of the temperance movement in Chatsworth and a hard worker; the cause Enlisted in the late war Co. E 149th IVI. Married in 1869, Miss Eliza Fenn of Connecticut by whom he has two children.
JOHN TIMM, lumber merchant, Chatsworth, was born in Holstein, Germany, Aug. 14, 1838, son of Jochim and Annie Stahl Timm of Germany; his father was a butcher ;here Mr Timm worked with his father in this business until about 1850 when he emigrated to America and landed in New York City; then West to Chicago, Ill.; here but a short time; thence to Blue Island, Ill. here his father and sister died with the cholera; then to Will Co. Ill.; engaged in farming for four years; in 1861 he went to Mexico; here for six months; thence to California and Nevada ;engaged in butcher business; returned to Illinois in 1864 and settled in Joliet; here for three years in the butcher business; thence to Fairbury two years; thence to Chatsworth in 1869; in 1877 he commenced the lumber business. He married in 1868 to Miss Elizabeth E Robinson of Ohio Mr Timm is a Republican in politics.
JOHN A TODD, farmer, P 0 Chatsworth, was born in Rowe, Mass., Aug. 29 ,1840, and is the son of Win G and Cynthia Gates Todd; father was cabinet maker by trade ;died when Mr Todd was but six months old; he remained on a farm with his mother until he 14 years old; came West to Illinois, Kane Co.; here he remained but a time; then East to Vermont; engaged in hospital in Brattleboro for months; then home in Massachusetts; then returned West and settled in Peoria, Ill.; engaged in farming, restaurant, etc. here until 1862; thence to Memphis Tenn., clerking in a wholesale grocery house 1865; then to Livingston Co. Ill.; here he made a visit home; then to and Memphis in 1866 he returned Livingston Co. and settled on the that he now lives on, which he purchased ,eighty acres, while in Peoria I860. Mr Todd married Miss Sarah Green; six children; three living; owns today, 150 acres of land; Is a Republican in politics.
CHAS. TRUE, M.D., Chatsworth, was born in South Bend, Ind. Aug. 28, 1843, son of Glidden and Eliza Lowery True; his father was a shoemaker by trade. Dr. True at the beginning of the late war, enlisted in the First Illinois Cavalry for three years as bugler of Co K; he served fourteen months; returned home to Prairie du Chien, where he entered a drug store; as clerk here he commenced to study medicine; thence to Rush Medical College of Chicago where he graduated in the class of 1865 and 1866; he then went to Lansing, Iowa, where he commenced his first practice in medicine; then to Chicago where he remained until 1871; he then moved to Chatsworth and has been engaged in his profession ever since and today is one of the prominent M.D. s of Livingston Co. Dr True married in 1865 to Miss Emlie Brisboys of Wisconsin, daughter of B.W. Brisboys; three children.
C.A. WILSON & CO, bankers, Chatsworth, general banking business, successors to the Bank of Chatsworth, which bank was organized September 1874 and owned by CE Anthony, CM Anthony, H Denhart, R.B.M. Wilson and Chas. A. Wilson, this bank continued business until 1877 when it dissolved and then organized as general banking house of C.A. Wilson & Co, which ranks as one of the most solid and reliable banking houses of Livingston Co. Dr. R.B.M. Wilson, the senior member of C.A. Wil son & Co, now of Washington, Tazewell Co., Ill., is a native of Ireland, having received all the honors at the medical school at Glasgow, he emigrated to America; today he is considered as one of the finest physicians of Illinois; he is also a very extensive land owner, at one time owned 20,000 acres of fine land; he was one of the first land owners in Germantown Tp., Livingston Co. Mr Wilson has placed his son C.A. Wilson at the head of the banking house whose financial qualifications and cautious business character have caused him to rank as one of the most solid and reliable bankers of Livingston Co. Mr. J.E. Brown the book keeper is the son of Thos. Y. Brown, one of the first settlers of Livingston Co.
JOHN WALTER, merchant ,Chatsworth, was born in Baden, Germany, Dec. 17, 1823 and is the son of George and Barbara Eungert Walter of Germany; his father was a farmer by trade; here Mr. Walter remained until he was 14 years of age; he then set out and commenced to learn his trade at shoemaking; after serving as an apprentice for three years he traveled through Germany and Switzerland working at his trade; sailed for America on the ship Seina; landed in New York, March 14 ,1851, taking fifty six days to make the trip, was in a very severe storm the ship losing part of her rigging and leaking very badly, had to work all pumps night and day to keep the vessel afloat, he remained in New York about three years. While here he married March 14, 1852, Miss Elizabeth Ruble of Germany; emigrated West to Illinois and first settled in Kankakee; then to New Lisbon, Henry Co., Ind.; here nine years; thence to Kankakee two years ;here he commenced to keep a general store boots shoes and dry goods ;in 1866 he came to Chatsworth and commenced business on a small capital; today he is one of the successful merchants of Chatsworth. When he first came to America he was very poor, hard labor and good management have made him successful in life; three children; George engaged in the bakery business at Chatsworth, Louis and Albert. Mr. Walter has one of the oldest Bibles in America and very valuable; was published in Zurich Switzerland by Christoffel Kroschouer March 16. 1536.
SAMUEL D. WEBSTER, retired, Chatsworth. The subject of this sketch is one of the best known and highly respected men of Livingston Co.; was born in Dutchess Co., NY. Sept 8, 1811, his parents are Daniel and Jerushia Goodrich Webster; his father was a farmer ;his father and mother died when he was very young; he remained on the farm until he was 30 years old then set out in life and was extensively engaged in contracting for the New York & Erie R.R.; here he was very unfortunate and lost $15,000; he then returned home and sold his farm and commenced the milling business; this business he remained in for twelve years and was very successful; in 1861 he came west to Illinois and settled in Annawan and commenced in the stock and grain business, here for seven years; he then came to Chatsworth in 1868 where he has been engaged in the stock and grain business and also been very extensively engaged in loaning money and buying up delinquent taxes. Mr Webster married in 1848 to Elizabeth L Lewis of New York, had but one child who died when young.
WILLIAM H. WAKELIN, merchant, Chatsworth, was born in Warwickshire, England, June 29, 1847 and is the son of Thomas and Sarah Whorral Wakelin of England; his father was a baker by trade; in 1859 he emigrated to America with his family and landed in New York City; came West to Illinois and settled in El Paso; here engaged in speculating, Mr. Wakelin remained in El Paso until 1862; he then went to Chica go and remained until 1866 ,engaged in the steam bakery business; thence to Fairbury, Livingston Co., Ill. and entered the bakery and grocery business and in the Fall of 1869 sold out and moved to Chatsworth, where he commenced the flour and grocery business; today Mr. Wakelin ranks as one of the most prominent business men of Chatsworth; is a very prominent member of the Odd Fellows and Mason societies; A member of the M.E. Church; Married in 1872 to Miss Emma H Mahannah of Dixon, Ill., daughter of J.A. Mahannah by whom he has one child.
JUSTIN H. WYMAN, dry goods, Chatsworth, the subject of this sketch is one of the leading merchants of Chatsworth; was born in Boston, Mass., July 5, 1836, and is the son of Justin M. and Martha Hannaford Wyrnan; his father was engaged in the cabinet making business; here Mr. Wyman remained until he was 21 years old; he then came West to Illinois and settled in Chicago; here engaged in the hardware business for three years; then to Onarga; engaged in the general merchandising business for three years; thence in same business in Iroquois Co. for three years; then to Chatsworth in 1875 and commenced the dry goods, boots and shoes, hats and caps, clothing ,gents furnishing goods and carpets, etc.; business carries a stock valued about at $8,000.
HENRY WREDE, boots and shoes, Chatsworth, is one of the oldest shoemakers of Chatsworth; was born in Hanover, Germany, March 18, 1838, his parents are John H and Louisa Pape Wrede of Germany; in 1858 with his parents emigrated to America; came West and settled in Cook Co.Ill. Mr Wrede's first business in life was shoemaking; this he has followed ever since; he has been principally at work in Chicago and vicinity; then to Kankakee, Ill.; from there he came to Chatsworth in 1867 where he has been engaged in the boot and shoe business; ever since he commenced life; a poor boy but with hard labor industry and economy he ranks to day as one of the successful merchants of Chatsworth. He married in Oct. 1866 to Miss M. Pfifer of Germany ;have five children, August, Louisa, Matilda, Edward ,Charles. Mr Wrede is a member of the Evangelical Church.
JOHN YOUNG, merchant, Chatsworth. The subject of this sketch was born in Indiana Co., Penn., March 8, 1831, son of John and Margret Hoffman Young; his father was a tailor by trade; here Mr Young with his father commenced to learn the tailoring business; when he was very young with his parents moved to Ohio; his first tailoring was in Woodstock, Ohio; while here he married in 1853 to Miss Malvina Smith, daughter of Dexter Smith; he remained at Woodstock about twelve years then to El Paso, Ill.; here he carried on besides his tailoring business, dry goods and remained six years; then to Kansas; not liking the country he returned to Illinois and settled in Chatsworth in 1870; here hes been ever since engaged in the general merchant business. Mr Young started in life a poor boy but with hard work he managed to save $75 cash he and his brother then started in business; with good management today is one of the successful merchants of Chatsworth.
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