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ident of this county for twenty-six years, and during all these years
has always been keenly alive to every movement looking toward the
development of her resources. His parental ancestors, James and
Ann Kinsey, were also of Virginian birth, and hard-working,
honest people. Mr. Kinsey lived in his native State until twenty-
one years of age, when he married Miss Lucy Brown, and came,
one year later, to Illinois, settling in Tazewell county. They have
been blessed wath ten children, whose names and dates of birth are
as follows: Ann Eliza, Nov. 27, '53; Charles M., June 14, '55;
Stephen D., Nov. 1, '58; Martha N., May 18, '61; Turner L.,
April 8, '63; John F., Oct. 27, '64; Lina J., June 15, '66; James
W., Jan. 8, '69; AVilliam W., Dec. 8, '70, and Harry B., April 1,
'74. Their household has been saddened by four deaths: Ann
Eliza, Sept. 11, '54; Martha N., Sept. 3, '62; Turner L., Aug. 15,
'64, and John F., Oct. 18, '65.

William L. Prettyman, States Attorney, is a native son of Taze-


well county, having'been born in Pekin, Feb. 17, 1850. He is the
son of Benjamin S. and Sarah A. (Haines) Prettyman, both of whom
came to the county in an early day, and are well and favorably
known. States Attorney Prettyman passed his boyhood days in
attendance upon the public schools of Pekin, and passed one year in
school at Worcester, Mass. He finished his education at Chicago
University, Chicago, at which institution he spent two years. He
returned to his native town and engaged in the ])raetice of law, and
in 1876 was elected to the office of States Attorney, running on the
Democratic ticket. He has served his ward, the third, as Alderman
in the City Council, He fills his present official position with
credit to himself, and as far as we can learn with general satisfaction
to all. He is First Lieutenant ofCo. G, 7th Regt., I. N. G. July
21, 1871, he was united in marriage with Fannie Yandervort; they
have two children — Fannie, born July 8, 1873, and John B., born
Oct. 19, 1875.

Alfred ]V. Eodecker, County Judge, was born in Peoria, May 15,
1844, and received his education in Eureka College, Eureka, 111.
He came to the county in the spring of 1856, at the age of 12 years,
and in 1862 settled in Pekin, where he was afterwards admitted to
to the Bar, and engaged in the practice of law. In addition to the
office of County Judge, Mr. Rodecker has been School Inspector
for seven years. He formed the acquaintance of Miss Ida Fenner,
and on June 8, 1871, was united to her by the bonds of matri-
mony, and their home was brightened by one son of promise,
Thaddeus, who was born June 22, 1872.

Henry C. Sutton, present Circuit Clerk, has been a resident of this
county since 1855 ; is a son of Samuel C. Sutton and Susan, his wife,
who lived in New York city, where Henry was born Sept. 23, 1828.
He has held many of the most important offices of Tazewell Co.,
and was Justice of the Peace for twenty years. Pie is a conscientious
Christian, and member of the j\I. E. Church. Dec. 31, 1849, at
Martin vi lie, Somerset Co., N. Y., he married Miss Jane McCord,
and from the union sprang six children, to gladden the home and
lessen the cares during the evening of their peaceful lives.

George Henry Harlow, former Circuit Clerk, and now Secretary
of State, was born Sept. 5, 1830, at Sacket's Harbor, Jefferson
Co., N. Y., and is the son of Daniel Harlow and Mercy nee Austin.
At the age of 13, he spent one year on a farm, and then engaged in
a dry goods and grocery store, at Belleville, X. Y. At the age of
18 he engaged himself to Lewis Chambers, of Deer River, N. Y.,
to learn the carpenter's and joiner's trade. Mr. C. was a most
exemplary man, and a devoted Methodist. It was his custom at
morning prayers, to ask that "liberty and universal freedom might
cover this land as the waters cover the great deep, and that every
chain might be broken, and every slave set free." At his majority,
he entered the office of O. L. Wheelock, now of Chicago, for the
purpose of learning the art of designing and drafting. In March,


1854, having attained considerable proficiency as an architect, and
wishing a more extended field in which to start in his chosen pro-
fession, he removed to Illinois, and located in Pekin. He soon
found, however, that there was little demand for fancy architecture,
and was compelled to lay aside his T square and pencil, and take up
his jack plane and hammer. For fifteen months he worked steadily
at $1.75 per day. In 1855, accepted a position as clerk in the store
of James Milner, at Pekin. Soon after entering the office of Mr.
Gill, which he did in 1857, he entered into a partnership with him,
to conduct a general merchandising business at Delavan. In 1858,
Mr. H. began business in his own name, as a forwarding and com-
mission merchant and grain buyer. He shortly afterwards associated
with himself L. B. Chambers, and were doing a prosperous business,
when, in 1859, they were burned out, without a dollar of insurance.
The blow was a severe one, but, undaunted, the young firm rallied
their energies and again established themselves. In a few months
Mr. Harlow purchased his partner's interest.

In politics Mr. Harlow always took an active interest, and was
formerly a Whig. During the political campaign of 1858, he be-
came greatly interested in building up the Republican party, and
his place of business became the headquarters whence the Republi-
can documents were distributed throughout Tazewell county. In
1860, he was nominated for the office of Circuit Clerk, and was
elected, being the only Republican elected in the county on the
ticket. One of the important events in which Mr. H. took an
active part, was the organization of the '' Union League of Ameri-
ca," an institution that originated in the city of Pekin, and spread
with unparalleled rapidity, into every loyal State in the Union.
Associated with him in this patriotic work, were the following old
and well known citizens of Tazewell county : John W. Glassgow,
Esq., Dr. B. A. Cheever, Hon. Chas. Turner, Hart. Montgomery,
Maj. R. N. Cullom, Col. Jonathan Merriam, Capt. Henry Pratt,
Alexander Small, L. F. Garrett, and Rev. J. W. M. Vernon.

From this organization, on Sept. 24th, 1862, a State Council was
organized, and George H. Harlow elected Grand Secretary thereof.
The order grew rapidly, and in 1863 the office of the State Council
was located at Springfield, where Mr. H. spent most of his time in
the interest of the order, and working in conjunction with that old
( war Governor, Richard Yates, who was not only a member of the
I order, but also one of the advisers and counsellors in carrying on its
work. At the meeting of the 24th General Assembly, held Jan. 2,
1865, he was elected first assistant secretary of the Senate. He held
this position until Jan. 17, when Governor Oglesby appointed him
his private secretary. He filled this position four years, and was,
at the same time, assistant inspector-general, and commissioned with
rank of Colonel of the State. He accepted the position of Asst.
Sec'y of State, in 1869. In April, 1872, he resigned his position
at the request of Mr. Rummel, who saw, from the complimentary


notices in the papers throughout the State, that Mr, Harlow was
growing in favor, and would probably be the next nominee for the
office of Secretary of State. He was nominated in INIay, and one
month later Mr. Rummol joined the Liberal or Democratic party,
and on its ticket was nominated for the same office. The result of
the election was, Mr H. defeated him by 47,942. He entered upon
the duties of his office Jan. 13, 1873, and performed its duties with
honor to himself and satisfaction to his constituents, as was demon-
strated by his re-nomination in the convention held May 24, 1S76,
and his re-election in the following November. He is a member of
the Episcopal Church, and is now a vestry-man of St. Paul's Church,
Springfield, and Supt. of the Sunday-school. He was married Oct.
1st, 1850, to ^liss Susan M. Baily, daughter of Hon. Samuel P.
Baily, of Tazewell Co. Mrs. Harlow is a member of the Epis-
copal Church. Her father was a native of Penn. He married
Mary Dorsey, of Elk Ridge landing, Maryland, and shortly after
moved to St. Louis, Missouri. From here he returned to Pekin,
where he was for thirty years engaged in the practice of law, and
occupied many positions of honor and trust. Mrs. Baily was a lady
of culture and fine accomplishments, and greatly beloved by a host
of friends. Mr. Harlow has had born to him seven children —
George Dorsey, who died at the age of one year and four months ;
Richard Austin, now twenty years of age; Bessie Baker, Georgia
Clarissa, Kate Louise (who died at the age of five years), Howard
Bernard (who died at the age of four years) and Susanna Baily.

Thomas Cooper, County Treasurer, and a pioneer of Tazewell Co.,
was born Feb. 2, 1830, in Hamilton Co., Ohio, and came to this
county way back in the early days of the county's history, in 1844,
when but a lad of fourteen years. His parents, William and Mary
(Beal) Cooper, were natives, the former of Virginia, and the latter
of Pennsylvania. At the rather tender age of 19, Mr. Coo})er, in
compliance with the scriptural injunction, "took unto himself a
wife," and in 1849 was bound in the bonds of matrimony to Miss
M. A. Strickland. Five children blessed the union. Mr. Cooper
at the age of 16, enlisted in the Mexican War, in which he did
gallant service, and fought under that brave old hero Gen. Winfield
Scott. In January, 1879, he, as a delegate, accompanied the " Mer-
chant's and Manufacturer's Industrial Deputation of the Northwest,"
to Mexico, thereby giving him an opportunity to see that land,
where thirty-three years before he liad helped to vanquish that great
Mexican chieftain, Santa Anna.

A. R. Warren, M. D., Coroner of Tazewell Co., is a native of
Kentucky, and was born in 1841. His father, an attorney at law
and Judge of the Surrogate Court in Canada, was a man of fine legal
mind, and his mother, Eliza (Bordridge) \\'arrcn, a native of Ken-
tucky, was a woman of high culture and fine education. The
Doctor received his medical education at the E. M. Institute, Cin-
cinnati, and came to this county four years ago, where he has


established a fine practice. While engaged in the practice of his
profession in Elgin, 111., he became acquainted with Miss Mary
Kizer, of that city, whom he won and wed in October, 1863.
He grew up in the Episcopal faith, to which he still adheres.

Benjamin C. Allensworth, County Superintendent of schools, P.
O., Minier; was born in Little Mackinaw township, this county,
Oct. 27, 1845. He attended the public schools of his township and
then entered the State Normal University, from which he graduated
June, 1869, and was elected to the office he now holds at the reg-
ular November election, of 1877, on the Democratic ticket. He
was also elected Assessor at the April election of the present year,
(1879). His parents, William P. and Arabella Allensworth, were
natives of Kentucky. Supt. Allensworth is well informed on
school matters having made educational questions a special study.
He resides on section 3.

His father, William P., was born in Mulilenburg county, Ken-
tucky, Sept. 25, 1820. He came to this county in 1830, and, con-
sequently, is remembered as one of the early settlers. His father's
family lived at the head of Little Mackinaw timber, and Mr. Allens-
worth made his permanent home in Little Mackinaw township.
On the 13th of March, 1844, he was married to Miss Arabella
Waggenner, who, together with seven children, three sons and four
daughters, still survive his death, which occurred at Minier, the
10th of May, 1874. Politically the subject of this sketch was first
a Whig, and then, to the close of his life, was identified with the
Democratic party. In 1868 he was elected to the office of Circuit
Clerk of Tazewell county, which position he held for four years.
In his private relations he possessed qualities of heart and mind
which endeared him to his family and a large circle of devoted
friends. Although cut down in the prime of his manhood and use-
fulness, he is kindly remembered by those who knew him best, as
one who lived long by living well. A portrait of Mr. Allensworth
may be found in this work.

Leander King, County Surveyor ; a native of Ohio, was born in
1838. Thomas King, his father, was a Pennsylvanian, while his
mother, Elizabeth Bunniuger, was born in Maryland. Mr. King
early learned surveying and civil engineering, which he has followed
with good success, having held the office of County Surveyor of
Tazewell Co. for 10 years. He came here in 1845, when but seven
years of age, and has been identified with the county since ; was a
soldier in the war for the Union, serving as orderly sergeant in the
47th 111. Inf, in which he enlisted in Aug., '61, and served with
credit for 3 years. Soon after the close of the war, in Jan, 'QQ, he
was married to Miss Helen F. Foster.

William H. Hodge. The first Sheriff and Surveyor, and one of the
active men who parti(U])ated in the organization of Tazewell county,
was William Herron Hodge. He has aided in organizing three
counties. He was born Jan. 4, 1794, in North Carolina. He came


to Illinois in 1820, and to Bloomino; Grove, McLean county, in
1824. At that time, however, that was within the boundary of" this
county. He was Sheriff, Collector and Assessor from 1827 to '31.

John Bciif^on, the first County Treasurer, was born in Pennsylva-
nia, March I, 1778. He came to Illinois in 1820 and in 1823 to
Blooming Grove. He was in the war of 1812 and fought at Tippe-
canoe under Harrison. Mr. Benson was living up to 1874, whether
he has lived to see his hundredth birth-day, we do not know.

Thomas Orendorf, the first Coroner of Tazewell county, was born
Aug. 14, 1800, in Spartanburg, S. C. He. came with his father to
Illinois in 1817 and in 1819 came to Sangamon county, which was
called the Saint Gamy country, but the words were afterwards unit-
ed by common usage, and became Sangamon. In 1823 he came,
with his brother William, to Blooming Grove, then in Fayette
county, but afterwards in Tazewell, and now in McLean, where he
became a well known and respected citizen.


"As early as 1821," says Nathan Dillon, in an article written
several years before his death, "a few log cabins were already built in
Sangamon county, which at that date embraced all the northern part
of the State. The cabins were filled to overflowing with the fami-
lies, the pioneers of the country, my family being among the num-
ber. I was present at the election, August, 1822, held at Springfield
(the election precinct extending many miles east and west, and north,
to the State line), and saw all the voters who could come to vote in
that wide scope of uninha))ited country. Most of the voters re-
siding in the precinct attended the election, though many of them
had miles of wild country to travel in order to do so.

" The voters were mostly immigrants from the East and South,
though a large portion of the men present were Indians and darkies,
they of course not being allowed the right of suffrag(\ The voting
portion of the community were then called the Yankees and white
men. Three men named Kinney, Parkinson and Edwards, had a
long bench ranged along side of the court-house, on which they set
their liquors. The j)olls were held in the interior. We all got
plenty to drink. The white men sang songs, the Indians and dark-
ies danced, and a general frolic occurred ; but what has surprised
me as I have reflected upon these early days, we had no fighting.
The great evil was, that every candidate had to fill his jiortmanteau
with whisky, and go around and see and treat every v(jter and his
wife and family with the poisonous stuff, or stand a'chance of being
defeated. John Reynolds was our Circuit Judge. He held his
court at Springfield, in a log cabin built of round logs, the walls of
which were only six feet high; it was also destitute of a floor; yet
we continued to get along very well. The jury had to retire to the
jail, another such building as I have described. Such are the outlines
of those happy days.



" In the winter of 1 823, 1 emigrated to what is now called Dillon
Settlement, in this county, 10 miles from Pekin, and 17 miles from
Peoria, where I spent the season in quietude ; ray nearest neighbor
living in Peoria, except one by the name of Avery, who had raised
his cabin at Funk's Hill. But things did not remain in this condi-
tion long ; for during the same winter the Legislature made a new
county, with Peoria for the county-seat, embracing all the country
north of Sangamon county. Phelps, Stephen French and myself
were appointed Justices of the Peace, for the new county, which ex-
tended east as far as Bloomington and north and west to the State
line. We sent our summonses to Chicago and Galena, and they
were promptlv returned by our constables.

" March, 1824, we held an election at Avery's, Wm. Holland,
Joseph Smith and myself were elected County Commissioners. The
whole county was embraced in one election district. The number
of votes polled was 20 ; had some whisky on the occasion, but it
was well tempered, having been imported a long way by water ; and
we did not succeed in getting on as great a spree as we did at Spring-
field. "

On the first Monday in August, 1826, an election was held at the
house of Nathan Dillon. This was the year previous to the organ-
ization of Tazewell county. The election was for Governor and
other officials. We are not informed who received a majority of the
votes nor the number polled, but the day was a gala one^ and of
sufficient importance to be commemorated by a banquet. When the
voting was concluded Jesse Dillon went to a neighboring corn-field
and procurred an arm-full of roasting-ears, they were boiled together
with a ham in a fifteen gallon iron kettle, then served to the assem-
bled crowd of pioneers. This constituted an out-door feast worthy
the occasion and heartily and thankfully partaken of by the people,
nor do we know that whisky was served, yet we cannot say it was


George Hittle 1827—29

Benjamin Bnggs 1S27 — 30

James Latta 1827

Ephraim Stout 1828

Nathan Dillon 1829-32

Timothy B. Hoblet 1830

Isaac Baker 1830

Benjamin Briggs 1831

William Holland 1831

George Havenhill 1832

James Harvev 1832 — 34

William Brown 1832— 34

Thomas F. Raileback 1833—38

Benjamin Mitchell 1834

L. P. Fletcher 1834—36

Richard N. Cullom 1835

James Fisher 1836—39

AldenHull 1836—38

Abraham Bowman 1838 — 41

Joshua Woolev 1838—40

Robert Bradshaw 1839—42

Durrett Higgens 1840—43

Williams. Rankin 1841—47

Able Kingman 1842 — 48

Elias Ogden 1843—49

James Brovhill 1846-50

Joshua Stewart 1847—50

Lawson Holland, 1847—50




Mordeoai Mobley 1827—28

John C. Morgan 1828—36

John H. Morrison 1836—47

William Cromwell. 1847—49

Richard W. Ireland 1849—53

John Gridley 1853—65

William W. Clemens 1865—69

R. D. Smith 1869-77

Flavel Shurtleff 1877


William H. Hodge 1827—30

Philip B. Mile.s 1830—32

James Srott 1832—35

Alfred Phillips 1835—36

William A. Tinney 1836—40

Benjamin Briugs 1840 — 44

Rol)ert W. Briggs 1844—48

R. T. Gill. 1848—50

William Gaither 1850—52

David Kves 1852—54

Thomas C. Reeves 1854—56

Chapman Williamson 1856 — 58

Thomas C. Reeve.s 1858—60

Chapman Williamson 18()0— 62

James S. Hawkins 1862—64

James Hamson 1864 — 66

Jonathan H. Myers 1866-68

P:dward Pratt 1868—70

Thomas C. Reeves 1870—74

Edward Pratt 1874—78

Andrew J. Kinsey 1878


Chas. Turner 1860

C. A. Roberts 1864

Chas. Parker 1868

W. F. Henry 1872

Wm. L. Prettyman 1876


Joel W. Clark 1860

M. Tackaberrv 1861

Wm. Don Maus 1862

David Kyes 1865

Alfred W. Rodecker 1877


Mordecai Moblev 1827—28

John C. Morgan 1828—34

Edward Jones. 1834

John A. Jones 1842—56

Merrill C. Young 1856—60

George H. Harlow 1860-

Henry P. Finigan 1864-

Wni. P. Allensworth 1868-

Simeon R. Drake 1872-

Henry C. Sutton 1876


John Benson 1827—29

Abraham Carlock 1829—30

Philip B. Miles 1830

Anson Demming 1830 — 32

Benj. Doolittle 1832

George W. Miles 1832—33

Thomas Snell 1833—35

Benjamin Briggs 1835 — 36

David Travis 18.36—37

Benjamin Briggs 1837—39

James Wibray 1839-

A. B. Davis 1843-

James R. Babcock 1849-

William S. Maus 1860-

Peter Weyhrich 1861-

Charles Turner 1865-

John Gridley 1867

Samuel E. Barber 1867-

William Gaither 1869-

Thomas Cooper 1873


Thomas OrendorfF. 1827

Thomas Dillon 1828

Nathan Dillon 1829

Timothy B. Hoblet 1830

Isaac Baker 1830

Benjamin Briggs 1831

William Holland 1831

David H. Holcomb 1831

Andrew Tharp 1832

John A. Brovhill 18.39-


Nathan B. Kellogg 1842—48

David Bailey 1848-

Joseph B. Worley 1852-

David M. Bailey 1854-

William A. Tinney 1856-

John Wildhack 1S60-

Henry Sage 1862-

William Diviney 1864-

A. Culver 1868-

Jf)lin M. Tinney 1872-

Henry Gulon..! 1874-

Albert R. Warren 1878









William H. Hodge 1827—31

Park Woodrow 1832

Lewis Prettyman 1833

Thomas C. Wilson 1836

Lewis Prettyman 1840

Wm. Mooberry 1843

Jesse A. Nason 1848—53

Thomas King, Jr 1853—61

Wm. R. Kellogg 1861

Wm. D. Cleveland 1863

Leander King 1865—71

B. C. Smith 1871—73

J. L. Hayward 1873—75

Leander King 1875

Lemuel Allen 1859—63 John W. Moreland 1863—65


S. K. Hatfield 1865

M. E. Pomfret 1873

B. C Allensworth 1877


ELECTION NOV. 7, 1858.



William Kellogg, rep 1783

James W. Davidson, dem...l860
Jacob Gale 9

ELECTION NOV. 8, 1859,


Lemuel Allen, rep... 460

J. C. Rybolt, ind 416

A. Lloyd, dem 151


J. R. Babcock, rep 984


Thomas King, Jr 962

ELECTION NOV. 6, 1860.


Abraham Lincoln, rep 2348

Stephen A. Douglas, dem. ..2169

John Bell, union 26

J. C. Breckenridge, dem.... 3


Richard Yates, rep 2344

J. C. Allen, dem 2186


William Kellogg, rep 2.345

Robt. G. Ingersoll, dem 2184


Charles Turner, rep 2347

Hugh Fullerton, dem 2190


Henry E. Dummer, rep ..-.•2355
Benj. S. Prettyman, dem. ..2157










David Kyes, rep 2361 191

S. R. Saltonstall, dem 2170


Joel W. Clark, rep 2316 106

C. A. Roberts, dem 2210


George H. Harlow, rep 2294 60

Merrill C. Young, dem 2234


Chapman Williamson, rep..2306 108

Aquilla J. Davis, dem 2198

John Shellenberger 32


John Wildhack, rep 2265 64

William Divinney, dem 2201

ELECTION NOV. 5, 1861.


M. Tackaberrv, dem 1478 351

Joel W. Clark, rep 1127


John Gridley, dem 1249 657

I. Newkirk, rep 592

A. P. Griswold, dem 485

Charles W. Green, rep 211

H. K. Alexander, dem 74


P. Weyhrich, dem 1296

J. W. Glassgow, rep 678

H. Riblet, rep 581




Lemuel Allen, rep 1249 134

W. A. K. Cowdrey, dem....lll5
James K. Kellogg, rep 197


Thomas King, Jr., rep 845

William R. Kellogg, (lem...l702 857

ELECTION NOV. 4, 1862.


John T. Stuart, dem 1971 339

Leonard Swet, rep 1632


Colby Knapp, dem 1972 34G

S. M. Cullom, rep 1626


Ellas Wenger, dem 1975 348

David Kyes, rep 1627


James S. Hawkins, dem 1957 317

William Gaither, rep 1640


Henrv Sage, dem 1990 378

John"Wildhack, rep 1612



William Don Mans, dem... 1854 221
Joel W. Clark, rep 1633

ELECTION NOV. 3, 1863.


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