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umphs, ever keeping green the recollection of
the patriotic dead.

The official figures relative to the population
of Cedar Township are as follows: 1840, six
hundred and sixteen; 1860, eighteen hundred
and twenty-two; 1870. two thousand, one hun-
dred and fifty-three; ISSO, nineteen hundred and
seventy-six; 1890, fifteen hundred and seventy-




William H. Reynolds was bom m Pai^k
County, Indiana, December 23, 1S39 His pa
v^nts were Samuel and Ann Jane (Reed) Rey-
Loms of Ingush and Scotch descent. Samuel
Reynolds was the son o£ William Reynolds a
native of England, who came to Amer ca be-
tor?he Revolutionary War. The family se-
ized on a farm in South Carolina, where Wil-
liam Reynolds died when his son SamueLwas
ten veais of age. The widow emigrated to
Kentucky with her nine children, William,
Samuel John, Robert, Nancy, Rebecca. Elsie,

rnd settled on a timber farm of one hundred
and sixty acres which he cleared. He after-
wards sold his farm, and in 1836, moved near
Berwick Warren County, Illinois, and bought
a faTm of one hundred and sixty acres which is
now ^vned by his son James. He accumulated
a llrge property, and at one time owned two
thousind ac?es It land in Warren County. He
had ?ew educational advantages, but was a man
of clear head and remarkably strong muscular
rievelonment. His wife, Ann Jane Reed, a
dauKhte? of John Reed, was of Scotch descent,
and was born near Louisville, Kentucky. He
med at the homestead at the age of eighty-
eiaht and his wife died in Abingdon, Knox
County at the age of eighty-four. They had
twelve children, nine of whom reached matur-
tr Katherine B., William H., John R-. Jame^
A , Jemima, Jennie S., Marion, Sarah, and

^ wniiam H. Reynolds was brought up on the
home fa™, and at the age of twenty-six ran
in debt for a farm of three hundred and sixty
L^res in Warren County, which he afterwards
sod and bought the farm of one thousand
acres in Oran|e Township, near Knoxville,
whfch he now owns. He owns, in addition, six
hundred acres of land in Knox Township and
a model stock farm of four hundred ac es m
Norton County, Kansas. He was educated m
The common schools and at Abingdon College.
He also studied law, and practiced his profes-
sion four or five years, but soon turned his at-
tention to the more congenial pursuit of farm-
ing He came to Knox County m 18.57 and
lived for many years on his farm near Knox-
ville In 1883, he moved to Galesburg, and m
1892, bought a farm near Abingdon.

June 24, 1855, Mr. Reynolds was married to
Martha M. Bundy in Orange Township. She
died February 1. 1873, leaving three children^
Nellie J., who married Mr. Peterson; William
M • and Minnie, wife of James Rogers. Mr.
Reynolds' second marriage occurred November
05 1873 at Knoxville, to Margaret Wallace, who
is 'a native of Scotland. Four children have
been born to them: Nellie H., wife of A E.
Werts; Frank W.; Harry Earnest; and Ma-
bel E.

Captain Reynolds has a notable military rec-
ord In July 1861, he assisted in raising a
company, and secured most of the volunteers
from among his friends and acquaintances in
Knox and Warren counties. The company thus
ormed was called Company D, of the Seventh
Illinois Cavalry, and was mustered into service
at Springfield October 13, 1861. Mr. Reynolds,
who had enlisted as a private, was, at the time
elected First Lieutenant, and was promoted to
?he rank of Captain at the battle of Corinth
Mississippi. The Seventh rendered valuable
service during the war. It was under Pope at
Island No. 10, and New Madrid; ascended the
Tennessee River in 1862; led at Corinth and
in the pursuit of May 30; was the first to march
into Tuscumbia, Alabama; withstood the en-
tire rebel force at luka, and in September,
October and November, made a series ot move-
ments in which they marched eight hundred
miles, destroying railroads and bridges. May
'-> they entered Baton Rouge, after traveling
another eight hundred miles, capturing one
thousand prisoners, and assisting at the cap-
ture of Fort Hudson. Altogether, the Seventh
marched about five thousand miles, and cap-
tured three thousand prisoners. At one time
an order was given by General Grant to Gen-
eral Rosecrans, to have all horses branded and
turned over to the United States government.
Captain Reynolds succeeded in preventing the
breaking of their special contract, and the men
of the Seventh rode their horses unbranded
throughout the war. It was the Seventh that
led and chased General Jeff Thompson sixteen
miles through the swamps, into a rebel fort, and
that met at terrific pace a charging, over-
whelming force, checked their advance, and
extricated themselves, after seven hours of

^In'the Fall of 1864, Captain Reynolds acted
for several months in the capacity of special
detective at Memphis, under General Wash-
burn a position requiring the utmost nerve
and courage. It is needless to say that he ful-
filled the expectations of those who had hon-
ored him with their confidence. He also won
at all times the trust and unswerving devotion
of the men who served under him.

In politics. Captain Reynolds is independ-
ent, and has served as Supervisor, School Direc-
tor,' and Road Commissioner.

Frederick Stegall, son of Frederick and Sarah
Stegall was born in Pike County. Ohio, Sep-
tember's 1827. His father, who had been a sol-
dier in the War of 1812, moved to Illinois and
settled in Knox County in the Fall of 1836,
when young Frederick was a boy of nine. There
.n^ere seven children in the family of whom one,
Mrs. Susannah Warren, now survives.

The Stegalls first settled near Cherry Grove,
but afterwards removed to Abingdon. Mr.
Stegall, Senior, later went to Henderson, where
he died. September, 1869, at the age of eighty-
one. His wife's death occurred some years later,
at the age of eighty-seven.


Mr. Frederick Stegall was married to Lovina
Ellen Marks, July 4, 1850, at Knoxville, Illinois.
She was bom in Kentucky, and came with her
father, Benjamin Marks, to Knox County, in
183(). She was a noble type of frontier woman-
hood, and proved herself a worthy helpmeet in
the struggles of those early days. Mrs. Ste-
gall's industry was displaced in the care of
poultry and bees. She has always been a kind
neighbor and a friend to the poor.

After his marriage, Mr. Stegall bought a farm
on Section 24, in Cedar Township, where he
lived tor many years. He then removed to
Orange Township, but after four years returned
to Cedar and bought land, now the property of
Elery Stegall, on Section 23; he a[so bought
land on Section 31, now the property of Mrs.
Sarah Alice Hughey, where he died October 3,
1896, at the age of sixty-nine.

In politics. Mr. Stegall was a democrat. He
was a farmer all his life; and by industry and
economy accumulated considerable property. At
the time of his death he owned twelve hundred
acres of land, which was divided equally among
the children who survived. These were: Mil-
ton, Elery, Mrs. Sarah Alice Hughey, and Mrs.
Emma J. Fulmer. The second son, Solomon,
was then deceased.

BURNER, MILTON D.; Farmer; Cedar Town-
ship; where he was born January 30, 1844; edu-
cated in the common schools. His father, Daniel
Green Burner, was born in Kentucky, July 7,
1814, and came to Knox County in 1S30 with
his father, Isaac Burner, who died near Knox-
ville July 7, 1S60. Daniel G. Burner was a firm
friend of Abraham Lincoln, being a clerk in
his store at New Salem. Illinois. After coming
to Knox County he worked for a limited time at
the carpenter's trade, and assisted in building
the first court house at Knoxville. Later he be-
gan farming, and still resides on his farm near
Knoxville. June 24, 1838, he was married to
Melissa, daughter of John B. and Casander
(Dills) Gumm; five children were born to them:
John G.. a farmer living near Eldorado. Kan-
sas; Milton D. ; Casander, who was the wife of
Clate Swigert', and died February 6, 1892; Susan,
wife of Oliver Custer, a resident of Cedar Town-
ship; and Jane, wife of Robert Mount of Des
Moines. Iowa. Mrs. Burner died June 9, 1853.
March 28, 1854, Mr. Burner married Elizabeth
Martz, who died February 27, 1877. By this
union there were three children; Mary, Ellen
and Ida, all deceased. In August. 1868, Mr.
Burner was married to Susanna C, daughter of
John and Rebecca (Lightner) Burns. Eleven
children were born to them: Edwin G., who
married Addle Graham of Cuba. Illinois, June
17, 1897, and is a hardware merchant of Chilli-
cothe, Illinois; Willis J., a graduate of Hedding
College, now a preacher at Irvington, Indiana,
married Lulu Burr, of LaHarpe. Illinois, and
has two children; Margaret and Jarvis; James
A., City Marshal of Chillicothe; Henry L.. an
employe of the Abingdon Steam Laundry: Me-
lissa R., a teacher in the public schools at
Abingdon; Georgia, who resides at Knoxville
with her aged grandfather; Etta M.; Bertha J.;

Jessie A.; Mina E.; and Francis A., who lives
with her parents. Mr. Burner and family wor-
ship at the Christian Church, Abingdon. In
politics, he is a democrat. He takes especial
interest in public affairs, and has held the office
of School Trustee for twenty years.

DUNLAP, THEODORE F.; Farmer; Cedar
Township, where he was born August 1, 1844;
he was educated in the common schools. His
parents, Edmond P. and Matilda (Belt) Duulap,
were natives of Kentucky, the former of Flem-
ing County. June 22, 1886, in Des Moines, Iowa,
Mr. Dunlap married Mrs. Sue H. Grabill; they
had one daughter, Mary Celeste, deceased. Mrs.
Dunlap has one son, Dell Q. Grabill. Mr. Dun-
lap's father died in 1865, leaving four sons and
six daughters; George 'W., Theodore F., Henry,
William B., Mary J., Margaret, Martha, Alice,
Ellen, and Ann. Edward P. Dunlap was one of
the first supervisors of the town of Cedar, and
held the office tor several years. In religion,
Mr. T. F. Dunlap is a Congregationalist. He is
a prihibitionist.

EAREL, SILAS R.; Farmer; Cedar Town-
ship; born in Adams County, Illinois, January
18, 1857; educattid in the schools of ■ Knox
County, and Abingdon Academy. His father,
Henry D. Earel, was born in Virginia in 1828,
and came to Illinois and settled in Adams
County; he died in 1898. His mother, Margaret
(Simons), was a native of Illinois. His pa-
ternal grandfather, James Earel. was born in
England in 1745, came to America and settled in
Maryland, removing later to Illinois, where he
died. April 24, 1875, in Abingdon, Silas R.
Earel, was married to Rosa Williamson; they
have seven children: Frank, Dale, Tina. Ma-
mie, Zella, Satie and Eva. Mr. Earel is in re-
ligion a Congregationalist. In politics, he is a
republican. In i896, he was elected Highway
Commissioner and served three years.

FAMULENER, JACOB; Retired Farmer; Ce-
dar Township; born April 9, 1833, in Pickaway
County, 'Ohio. August 30, 1857, Mr. Famulener
was married to Sarah J. Warren, daughter of
James and Susan (Stegall) Warren. They had
four children: Clara A., born June 18, 1858,
and married February 15, 1877, to H. C. McMil-
lan; they have six children: Willie J., Leroy
R., G. Earnest, Chester W., Harley F., and
Dewev Glenn; Alice J., born June 23, 1859, and
married June 27. 1877, to O. P. Warren— they
have one child, Eva Marie. 0. F. Warren died
October 19, 1881. Alice's J.'s second marriage
was with Edgar F. Brainard of Monmouth;
they have one daughter, V. Hortense; Emma C,
was born February 1, 1862, and married Alex
P. Jones March 8, 18S2, died December 18, 1897;
she had one daughter, Eva M.; Elvin L., born
June 9, 1867, and married to Alta L. Marks,
February 18, 1896; they have one son, Kenneth
Marks. Mr. Famulener moved from Ohio in
1856, and aft.r his marriage, one year later, re-
moved to his present home. He has been a suc-
cessful farmer, and a prominent, influential
man. In politics, he is a republican. The fam-
ily are members of the Methodist Episcopal


Township; born in Piciiaway County, Ohio, De-
cember 19, 1824; educated in the common
schools. His father, Jonathan Famulener, was
a native of New Jersey, and his mother, Anna
(Long), of Pennsylvania. His paternal grand-
father was Jacob Famulener. William Famul-
ener was married in Ohio in 1852. There were
six children: Chauncey; James; George; John;
Martha and Ada. Mr. Famulener came from
Ohio, where his father and grandfather had
settled at an early day. It was in 1853 that he
came to Illinois, and settled in Cedar Township
in 1854. His family have been prominently
identified in the community. In politics, Mr.
Famulener is a republican.

FULMER, FRANK; Farmer; Cedar Town-
ship; born March 6, 1869, in Cedar Township;
educated in the common schools of Kansas.
His father, David, and his grandfather, Daniel,
came from Pennsylvania in 1863, and settled at
Old Henderson, where they were farmers. When
Frank was six years old they went West, but
at the age of nineteen he returned and settled
in Knox County. August 13, 1891, he was mar-
ried to Emma J. Stegall, in Abingdon; she is a
daughter of Frederick Stegall. Mrs. Fulmer
owns ihe forty acres that her father first "en-
tered" in 1850. Mr. and Mrs. Fulmer have two
children, Lovina Elinor, and Francis Mania.
Mr. Fulmer is a prominent farmer. He is a re-

Cedar Township; born in Adams County, Ohio,
December 1, 1828, where he was educated. His
parents were Alexander and Hester (Tudor)
Hughey. who came from Ohio to Abingdon,
Knox County, in the Fall of 1849. The family
is of Scotch and English ancestry. Charles W.
Hughey was married to Mary E. Andrews, in
Cedar Township. Nine children were born to
them: Bell; Ann; Mary E., deceased; Emma;
Ella; James E.; Rosette; William; and Flora.
In religion, Mr. Hughey was a Methodist. He
was a republican, and had been School Direc-
tor, and held other local offices.

KETCHEM, JOHN; Farmer; Cedar Township;
born October 15, 1840, in Greene County, Penn-
sylvania; educated in the common schools. His
father was William Ketchem. John Ketchem
enlisted in August, 1862, in Company F, Fif-
teenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served until
July, 1865. In 1866, he came to Illinois and
worked by the month in Warren County, for
seven years. February 6, 1873, in Greene
County, Pennsylvania, he was married to Mar-
garet A. Sproat, and settled in Warren County.
In 1880, he came to Indian Point Township,
Knox County, and eight years ago to the farm
where he now lives. Mr. Ketchem is a republi-
can, and was elected Highway Commissioner in
1893, and again in 1899. He has always taken
a keen interest in town affairs. In politics, he
is a republican. In religion, Mr. Ketchem is a

at his present home in Cedar Township, April

15, 1840, and has resided there all his life, fol
lowing the occupation of farming and fine stock
breeding. His father, Jonathan Latimer, was a
native of Robinson County, Tennessee, and his
paternal grandparents, Joseph and Anna Dob-
bins Latimer, were natives of New London, Con-
necticut; they were of English descent. His
great-grandfather, Jonathan Latimer, was a
Colonel in the Revolutionary War, and served
under General Green. His mother, whose maiden
name was Nancy West, was the daughter of
Jacob and Barsheba Polk West, natives of North
Carolina. Jacob West was a soldier in the
war of 1812, under General Jackson, and his
wife was a cousin of President James K. Polk.
On Noveniber 25, 1872, Mr. Latimer was mar-
ried to Joana Humiston, at Atchison, Kansas.
They have two children. Guy J. and Lillian H.
Mr. Latimer finished his education at Knox Col-
lege, Galesburg, receiving his diploma in April,
1864, when he enlisted in the One Hundred and
Thirty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry,
serving until the close of the war. He entered
as color-bearer, and took part in the engage-
ments with Forrest at Memphis. Diplomas
were granted by the college to members of that
class who volunteered their services in the war.
Mr. Latimer taught school in Lincoln Univers-
ity for two years, and afterward studied medi-
cine, but was compelled to abandon it on ac-
count of defective sight. From 1870 to 1872, he
was a member of the Twenty-seventh Illinois
General Assembly, and again four years
later, he was again chosen to the legis-
lature, serving two terms. In the Thir-
tieth and Thirty-first assemblies he filled
the important chair vacated by Haines, chair-
man of the Committee on County and Township
Organizations, discharging the duties of that
perplexing situation in a manner that gave him
a creditable and state-wide acquaintance. Po-
litically, Mr. Latimer has always affiliated with
the republican party, being an enthusiastic ad-
vocate of its principles. He has held the offices
of Mayor of Abingdon; Commander of Post 58,
Grand Army of the Republic; Treasurer of the
Board of School Directors; President of the
Agricultural Society for ten years; a member
of the Board of County Supervisors for ten
years; and .held various minor offices of trust
and honor. At present he is Chairman of the
Board of County Supervisors; township mem-
ber of the Republican County Central Commit-
tee; President of the Illinois Jersey Cattle Club,
and Vice President of the First National Bank
of Abingdon. Mr. Latimer has led an active and
useful life, and has done much toward the de-
velopment of Knox County. As a breeder of
Jersey cattle he is known throughout the United
States, and has been the means of attracting
buyers of Jerseys to Abingdon from all parts
of the Nation. In political circles, both local
and State, his opinions are highly regarded, and
his judgment upon all important questions
given the closest consideration. In the annals
of Knox County, as well as in those of the
commonwealth of Illinois, Mr. Latimer has at-
tained an enviable position by combining with

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tact and good judgment, strict integrity and
ability that is unqtstioned.

Stocliraiser; Cedar Township, where he was
born June 19, 1841. His parents were Benjamin
and Mary E. (Bishop) Marlis, the former a na-
tive of Kentucky. His paternal grandfather was
a cousin of Daniel Boone and David Crockett,
and located in Kentucky at a very early date.
He was once shot through the body by Indians,
the ball passing also through a hymn-book in
his pocket, after which he lived about twenty
years. Mr. Marks has this book, which is now
about one hundred and twenty-five years old.
His father came here in 1835, and died in 1845,
leaving seven children, three sons and tour
daughters. February S, 1866, in Knoxville, Mr,
Marks married Mary McCoy; nine children were
born to them: Wilbert Franklin, William Mel-
vin, Mary Ida, Levina Alta, Walden Arthur,
Warren Pleasant, Wilbur Ernest, Wilson Har-
ley and Fern. Mrs. Marks was born in Ohio,
June 14, 1847, and died June 17, 1894. Mr. Marks
now owns three hundred and twenty-seven
acres of very fine tillable land and two hundred
acres of tame pasture, adjoining Saluda, a sta-
tion on the Quincy branch of the Chicago, Bur-
lington and Quincy Railroad. He was once a
very extensive breeder of Aberdeen Polled An-
gus cattle. In politics, Mr. Marks is a demo-
crat. He was Constable and School Director
for many years.

MEADOWS, CLINTON H.; Cedar Township;
Stockman; born May 11, 1859, in Floyd Town-
ship, Warren County, Illinois. His father, Mar-
tin Meadows, was born in Kentucky; his
mother, Catherine (Reynolds), was a native of
Indiana. His paternal grandfather was Henry
Meadows. In 1884, Mr. Clinton H. Meadows
married Mary K. Lambin in South Bend, Indi-
ana. They have had two children, Ralph Mar-
tin, and Forrest Lambin. Mr. Meadows is a re-
publican. He received his education in the pub-
lic schools.

MOUNT, WILLIAM; Farmer; Cedar Town-
ship; born September 23, 1824, and educated
in Warren County, Ohio. His father, Ralph
Mount, was a native of New Jersey; his
mother, Lucy (Barber), came from Ohio; his
paternal grandmother's maiden name was Bar-
ber. February 5, 1851, in Cedar Township. Mr.
Mount was married to Mary Mahon; they have
had six children: Robert M. and James 0., de-
ceased; George F. ; Lucy, deceased; Jennie, de-
ceased; and Lillie E. Robert has one son. Earl.
Mrs. Mount was the daughter of Robert Ma-
hon, who came from Virginia; she died Decem-
ber 14, 1893, Mr. Mount came to Cedar Town-
ship in 1843, and in 1855, settled on the farm
two and one-half miles from Abingdon, where
he now resides. He was one of a family of
eleven children, seven sons and four daughters.
In religion, Mr. Mount is a Congregationalist,
He is a democrat, and has always taken a lively
Interest in school and county affairs.

NELSON, SWAN; Farmer; Cedar Township;
born in Sweden November 18, 1828', where he
was educated. His parents were Nels and Nel-

lie (Peterson) Nelson. February 23, 1854. Swan
Nelson was married in Knoxville to Pernellia
Nelson; they have seven children: Frank O.,
Nels A., Edwin C, Nellie, Mary, Emma and
Hannah. The three sons are farmers. Mr. Nel-
son came to Knox County in 1852, and bought
land. He began farming in 1854, married, and
settled in Knoxville. In 1866, he moved to
Cedar Township, and in 1877, located upon his
present farm. His farm contains one hundred
and eighty acres of land. He is one of the
wealthy and prosperous farmers of Cedar Town-
ship. In religion, Mr. Nelson is a Congrega-
tionalist. He is a republican.

Township; born in Ireland March 14, 1831; his
parents, Philip and Mary (Hobonl Redington,
were natives of Ireland. In 1851, Mr. Redington
came to this country and spent seven years in
Massachusetts, after which he moved to Gales-
burg, where he worked some years by the
month. His first farm was a small one in Cedar
Township, and he later bought a large farm
where he now lives. He is one of the wealthy
farmers of Cedar Township. January 9, 1859,
in Galesburg, Mr. Redington was married to
Mary Dolphin; they have three children: James
P.; Anthony P.; and Rose, now Mrs. T. E.
Creen. In religion, Mr. Redington is a Catholic.
He is a democrat.

Cedar Township; born February 9, 1858, in
Warren County, Illinois; educated in Knox
County. His parents were James Bolin Smith,
of Warren County, Kentucky, and Elizabeth
(Burns) Smith, of Adams County, near Gettys-
burg, Pennsylvania; his paternal grandparents,
William and Malinda (Petty) Smith, came from
Virginia; his maternal grandparents were John
Burns, of Ireland, and Rebecca ( Leightener)
Burns, of South Carolina; his great-grandfather,
John Smith, was born in England. The Burns
family were of Scotch descent. Mr. Henry
Smith was married in Knox County, July 3,
1879, to Sarah Elmina Hughey; their children
are: James Wesley, Hattie Edith and Ira
Reece. His father was reared and married in
Kentucky, and removed to Missouri, where a
son, William T., was born, and where his wife
died. He returned to Kentucky and was mar-
ried to Ruth Watkins; he then removed to War-
ren County, Illinois, where his second wife
died. His third marriage was with Elizabeth
A. Burns; their children were: John L.; Henry
F.; James B.; Robert M.; George W.; Charles
Eugene; Cyrus H.; Mary A., wife of M. Ken-
nedy; Hattie, deceased; and Laura R. He
bought a farm of two hundred and forty-four
acres in Cedar Township, where he died at the
age of seventy-eight. H. F. Smith lived three
years in Nickolls County, and six years in
Frontier County, Nebraska, where he engaged
in stock raising. He sold his farm of three hun-
dred and twenty acres for five thousand dollars,
and after his return to Knox County, bought
the old homestead where he has since lived.
Mr. Smith is a Congregationalist. In politics,
he is a democrat.


STEGALL, ELERY; Farmer; Cedar Town-
ship, where he was born February 13, 1860; edu-
cated in the common schools. His parents were
Frederick and Lovina (Marlis) Stegall. Fred-
erick Stegall settled in Knox County in 1836,
and died in 1896, leaving, beside his widow, two
sons and two daughters. March 4, 1889, in
Galesburg, Elery Stegall was married to Mary
Kennedy. They have three children: Fred-
erick, Mary A. and Margaret B. Mrs. Stegall
is a daughter of Jerry Kennedy, who came from
Ireland to this country in 1865. Mr. Stegall is
one of the substantial men of his town. In re-
ligion, he is a Protestant. He is a democrat.

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