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Mt. Vernon Township August 29, 1834, on the
old Maxey homestead, on Section 6, and is a
son of Dr. William M. A. Maxey, of whom we
make further mention elsewhere in this work.
Our subject was reared on the farm and edu-
cated in Mt. Vernon. He worked for six years
at the carpenter and builder's trade. He
served four years and two months for Uncle
Sam during the late war. He was twice a
Lieutenant, and twice a Captain, having been
promoted for gallantry. He served one year as
a private in Capt. R. D. Noleman's Company,
First Illinois Cavalrj'. After that, he was
promoted to the Lieutenancy, then to the
Captaincy. He participated in the battles of
Stone River, siege of Nashville, Franklin,
siege and taking of Memphis, Perryville, Ky.,
and others, twent3'-one in all. His brigade



was the only one that held its ground all through
the battle of Stone River; and in honor of that
fact the United States Government placed the
cemetery on the spot of ground where this trans-
pired. It would be in keeping here to remark
that the Captain also participated in the taking
of Island No. 10. After the war, he engaged
in farming for two 3-ears, when he engaged in
the ministry, spending eleven j-ears in the itin-
eracy in the Southern Illinois Conference of
the Methodist Episcopal Church. When hav-
ing failed in health, he again settled on the old
homestead. Mr. Maxe}- was married, January
12, 1855, to Miss Lucinda, daughter of the em-
inent Dr. Joseph Frost (deceased). She was
born in Monroe County, 111., near Waterloo.
Our subject still resides on the old homestead,
where he owns 310 acres of valuable land, and
is engaged in farming and raising of graded
stock. Although the Captain has been often
solicited, he has never held a civil office. He
is a member of the Odd Fellows society, in
good standing, and has been a member of that
order since he was twenty-one years old. Mr.
Maxe}' has always been identified on the side
of temperance and total abstinence. In poli-
tics, he is a stanch Republican.

DR. J. H. MITCHELL, physician, Mt. Vernon.
The profession is always below the man. He
is not the best lawyer who lives only among
the books and dusty documents of his office,
nor is he the most successful physician whose
knowledge is confined to his drugs and the
narrow range of his dail}- routine. The man
makes the profession and the respectabilit}-
depends upon the manner in which it is used.
Dr. Mitchell, the subject of this sketch, is a
man who, though most thoroughly qualified in
every particular of his calling, does not allow
his profession to tyrannize over him. He was
born ^larch 15. 1850, in Blairsville, Ind., and
is a son of Dr. S. M. and jNLirtha A. (Harri-
son) Mitchell. The grandfather of oiir subject,
Sion H. Mitchell, was a native of North Caro-



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Una, and was a teacher by profession. He
came West and died in Raleigli, 111. The father
was born in Tennessee ; received his medical
education in the Rush Medical College, Chi-
cago ; has practiced in Corinth and Blairsville,
lud., and at present leads in the latter place a
retired life, his practice being carried on by
his son Henry C. The mother was a native of
Evansville, Ind. Subject is one of six children
— John H., Audubon Q., Martha J. Jones,
Henry C, George . and Thomas M. His
education was received in Corinth, Ind., and
afterward at McKendree College. His profes-
sional learning was obtained at the Rush Med-
ical College, from which institution he grad-
uated in 1874. He first located at his home,
where he shared his father's practice until
1879, and then came to his present location at
Mt. Vernon,. 111., where he has folldwed his
profession ever since. Mr. Mitchell was
married April 30, 1874, in Elk Prairie Town-
ship, Jefferson County, 111., to Miss Sarah E.
Fitzgerrell — a native of this county, being born
here December 9, 1854, and a daughter of James
J. and Patsey A. (Martin) Fitzgerrell (whose
sketches appear elsewhere in this work).
Three children have blessed this union — James
M., born February 16, 1875 ; John S. and Thom-
as J., twins, born August 10, 1877. Mr. and
Mrs. Mitchell are both members of the Mt.
Vernon Methodist Episcopal Church. Subject
is a member of the A. F. & A. M and I. 0. M.
A. fraternities and of the Iron Hall, Mt. Vernon
Lodge, No. 68. In politics, he is a Republican.
At present is a member of the Board of Educa-
tion of the Mt. Vernon Public Schools.

RUFUS A. MORRISON, farmer, P. 0. Mt.
Vernon, was born in Hardeman County, Tenn.,
December 20, 1 844, and is a son of Adlai S.
Morrison (deceased), a native of Wilson Coun-
t3-, Tenn. Our subject was reared on the farm
and attended the common school. He served
three years in the late war in Company A,
Sixth Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry. After



the close of the war, in 1865, he came to Jef-
ferson County, where he has since resided, and
engaged in farming. He was married Sep-
tember 4, 1873, to Mary, daughter of William
T. Williams of this township. They have four
children — Charles, Walter, Robert and John.
Mr. jMorrison owns fort}' acres of land, and re-
sides on the northeast quarter of Section 19.

NORMAN H. MOSS, lawyer, Mt. Vernon, was
born in Jefferson County, 111., March 25, 1856,
and is a son of Capt. John R. and Parmelia C.
(Allen) Moss, whose history appears in the de-
partment devoted to Sbiloh Township. His early
life was spent on the home farm, and received
the benefits of the common schools of the
county; besides attended the Agricultural Col-
lege at Irvington, 111., and the Southern
Illinois Normal Universitj-. In 1875, he be-
gan teaching school in the county, and con-
tinued the same until 1879, when he entered
upon the study of law in the office of Crews
& Haynes. He was admitted to the bar May
5, 1882, and immediately engaged in the prac-
tice of his chosen profession in the office with
Mr. Seth F. Crews, and continued with him un-
til January 1, 1883, when he opened his
present office. Mr. Moss is a member of the
Roj'al Templars of Temperance and the Iron
Hall Lodge : is Independant in politics, and
in 1880 was a delegate to the National Con-
vention for the Greenback party.

CHARLES H. PATTON, lawyer, Mount Ver-
non, is a native of Hartford Count}', Conn., born
on the 9th of May, 1834. His father, Eliphalet
W. Patton, was a native of the same county,
born October 5, 1805, and was there reared,
educated and married. During his younger
life he followed boating on the river, and sub-
sequently engaged in agricultural pursuits. In
1835, he emigrated with his family to Ashtabula
County, Ohio, where he remained until 1862,
when he came to Illinois and settled in Jeffer-
son County, on a farm in Dodds Township, one
and one-half miles south of Mount Vernon, and



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which he had purchased the 3-ear previous. He
remained in this county, activel}- engaged in
farming, to the time of his death, which oc-
curred December 5, 1881. He was a member
of the Christian Church, a Democrat in poli-
tics, and a man who took but little interest in
political affairs. His wife, and subject's moth-
er, was Ladora A. Griswold, a native of Bur-
lington, Vt., born February 6, 1814 ; she is now
residing with her son, Frank E. Patton, Deputy
County Treasurer, in the city of Mount Vernon.
She is the mother of six children, of whom
five are now living, viz., Albert W., Arthur W.,
Adelaide M. (deceased, who married Charles
A. Kinney, of Mount Vernon), Byron E., Frank
E., and Charles H., our subject, who is the old-
est child. He was reared on the farm, and was
educated in Ohio, under the preceptorship of
Zuinglas C. Graves, now President of the Leb-
anon, Penn., Female College. At eighteen
j'ears of age, he left his home and engaged as
a sailor upon the lakes, and followed the same
for three years. When he was twenty-one years
old, he began teaching school, and by close
economy he was enabled to save enough that
would defraj- his expenses while studying law
under the preceptorship of Judge L. A. Leon-
ard, of Pierpont, Ohio. He was admitted to
the bar March 12, 1862. He came to Jefferson
County in 1861, and settled on his father's
farm, and the same winter taught school. In
1862, on the arrival of his parents to take
charge of the farm, he removed to Mount V^er-
uon, entered into the practice of law in part-
nership with Judge James M. Pollock, and
continued with him until 1865, when he was
elected to the office of County Clerk, and served
in that position until 1869 ; he again returned
to the practice of his profession. In 1870, he
formed a partnership with Judge Thomas S.
Casey, and continued with him until 1873. In
1880, he took in as a partner Mr. Albert Wat-
son, a former student, and a young man who
promises to become a prominent and worthy



member of the bar. Mr. Patton was married,
November 17, 185-t, to Miss Charlotte Shave, a
native of Bere Regis, Dorsetshire, England,
who came to America with her parents at the
age of eleven years, in 1847. She is the daugh-
ter John and Charlotte (Lane) Shave, both de-
ceased. Mr. and Mrs. Patton have the following
children : Fred W., Lulu L. (wife of Stephen
G. H. Taylor), Lillie W. and Otto Charles. He
and wife are members of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church. He is a member of the bar of
the United States, District, Circuit and Supreme
Courts, and is a member of the orders K. of
H. and A., F. & A. M.

COL. C. W. PAVEY, Collector Internal Rev-
enue, farmer, etc., P. 0. Mount Vernon, was
born in Highland County, Ohio, November 8,
1835, and is a son of C. T. Pavey, a native of
Kentucky. He was a prominent farmer and
stock-raiser, and removed to Highland County ,
Ohio, where he died hi 1848. Politicallj-, he
was a Whig, and a great admirer of Gen. Har-
rison, and took an active interest in ever^^thing
pertaining to the good of the county in which
he lived. His father, Isaac Pavey, was also a
native of Kentucky, but died a citizen of Ohio ;
his death was caused from the effects of a fall
from his horse, and occurred when he was
eighty years of age. The mother of Col. Pa-
vey, our subject, was Lucinda (Taylor) Pave}',
and sprang from a branch of the old Zachar^'
Taylor famil}- ; she is still living, at the age of
eightj-four years, and is the mother of six
children, of whom D. D. Pavey, of Sedalia,
Mo., and our subject are the only two now liv-
ing. Col. Pave}' spent his early life, until twelve
years of age, on his father's farm. He was
educated in the common schools, and at Green-
field and Athens, Ohio, and after leaving school
engaged in merchandising, which he has fol-
lowed the greater part of his life. He remained
in Ohio until 1859, and then came to Mount
Vernon, 111., where he opened a grocery store,
which he carried on successfully until the spring



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of 1862, when he assisted in raising Companj-
E, of the Eightieth Illinois Yolanteer Infantr}',
of Tfhich he was elected Second Lieutenant.
He went to Louisville, Ky., with his regiment,
and in September was detached to the Fourth
United States Battery, and placed in charge of
a section. He remained with it until the battle
of Perrysnlle, Ky,, when it was so decimated
and shattered it was ordered to be disbanded,
and he ordered to report to Gen. McCook. He
soon obtained permission to join his company,
and remained with it until its arrival at Mur-
freesboro, when he was ordered to brigade
headquarters for staff duty. He served as
Brigade Inspector until the spring of 1863,
when the expedition was organized, under the
command of Gen. Straight, to go to the rear
of Bragg's arm\-. He was placed in command
of a battery upon his arrival at Nashville, and
participated in the battle of Sand Mountain, or
Daj-'s Gap, in Alabama, where he was wounded
and left on the field. He was captured by the
enemy, and kept in the prisons of Knosville
and others, then sent to Libby, and finally ex-
changed. He was kept at Libby for twenty-two
and one-half months, and with five other offi-
cers held as hostages. At one time they were
sentenced to death, and were placed in close
confinement in a cell under the prison for 105
days, and then sent to the North Carolina Mili-
tary Penitentiarj-. He remained there until the
outbreak of the prisoners in 1864, when they
were removed to Danville, Ya. He was charged
with being one of the instigators of the out-
break. At Danville he was engaged again in
an outbreak, and was placed under a heavy
guard and again sent to Richmond, and put in
the old cell in close confinement. He sta\-ed
there until February, 1865, when they were ex-
changed, as the parties for whom they were
held were not executed. The exchange was
brought about by Gens. Oglesby and Logan, of
Illinois, and friends of the other p:trties. Up-
on his arrival in Washington, President Lincoln



did not think him fit for duty, and granted him
a leave of absence, and a permit to visit the
Northern prisons. After the battle of Naah-
ville, he reported to Gen. Thomas for duty.
But Gen, T, not thinking him able for field duty,
ordered him to report to Gen. Rosseau for light
duty. He remained there until the close of the
war, and then came home to Mt. Yemon, and
engaged in milling, grain and general merchan-
dise, which he followed until the spring of 1880,
when the firm sold out to Stratton, Fergerson &
Co. Since then he has been devoting his at-
tention to farming and stock-raising, and owns
380 acres of land in this county. He is an
energetic and active business man, and takes
great interest in every enterprise for the good
of his county, and the Republican party, of
which he is an ardent supporter. In August,
1882, he was appointed by President Arthur
Collector of Internal Revenue of the Thirteenth
District of Illinois, with headquarters at Cairo.
He was one of the delegates from the Nineteenth
District to the National Republican Convention
at Chicago, which nominated Garfield and Ar-
thur. He was a candidate for Congress against
R. W. Townsend, but was defeated, owing to the
minority of his part}-. He was appointed by
Gov. Cullom Commander of the Third Brigade
of the Illinois National Guards, located on and
south of the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad, and
held the position for four years. His wife. Isa-
bella F., is a daughter of Joel Pace, one of the
old settlers of the county. She is the mother
of five children, all living, as follows: Eugene
M., Lewis G., Neil P., Mabel and Alice. Gen.
and Mrs. Pavey are members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church,

JOHN C, PIGG, farmer, P, 0. Mt. Yemon,
was born in Warren County, Tenn., March 26,
1831, and is a son of John Pigg (deceased), a
native of Tennessee, Our subject was brought
to this county by his Grandfather Smith in
1834, where he has since resided, except six
months in Arkansas, He served about three



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years in the late war, in Corapan}- E, One Hun-
dred and Tenth Regiment Illinois Volunteer
Infantry. He was on detached duty as team-
ster from the first, and he was promoted to
Wagonmaster after the battle of Bentonville.
He was married, March 15, lS-t9, to Polly M.
Newbe}-, by whom he has had nine children,
seven living, four boj's and three girls, viz.:
Henry, James T., William P., Frances E., Ellen
C, Hardy and Itfary Belle. Our subject owns
eighty acres of land, and resides on Section 17.
A. W. PLUMMER, retired, Mount Ver-
non, was born December 24, 182G, in Go-
shen Township, Champaign Co., Ohio, son of
Joseph and Eunice (Cumniings) Plummer.
She was a native of Massachusetts, and he
of Vermont. She removed to Ohio with
her parents when quite young, and died
there. He came to Ohio in early manhood,
and died in Mt. Vernon, 111. They were the
parents of six children, of whom five still sur-
vive. Our subject early turned his attention
to farming, and followed it for many years. In
1866, he came to Jefferson County, 111., settling
on a farm which he yet owns. It contains 120
acres, and is situated two miles south from 51 1.
Vernon. He was the second owner, the land
having been entered during Tyler's administra-
tion. About the year 1868, he formed the ac-
quaintance of G. S. Winslow, and he in partner-
ship with that gentleman assisted in the con-
struction of the Southeastern Railroad. After
its completion, they became contractors on the
Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railroad.
After a five 3'ears' sojourn in the Northwest, he
returned to his family in Mt. Vernon, 111., where
he yet resides, looking after the interests of his
farms. Our subject was married, November 11,
1847, in Ohio, to Miss Maria Flemming, wiio was
born and reared in Clark County, Ohio. Her
parents were James and Elizabeth (Bunnell)
Flemming. She is the mother of four daugh-
ters, viz.: Slalvina C, wife of L. E. Lcgge, of
Sedalia, Mo.; Janette, deceased, wife of James



Bussell; Olive, wife of James Tyler, and Alice
L. In 1864, he enlisted in Corapan}' C, One
Hundred and Thirty-first Ohio Volunteer In-
fantry, for the lOO-da}' service; served as color-
bearer of the regiment under Col. Armstrong,
of Champaign County, Ohio. The regiment
joined Gen. Butler at City Point, on James Riv-
er. Mr. Plummer is a member of A. F. & A. M.,
Mt. Vernon Lodge, No. 31, and while in Ohio
represented his lodge in the Grand Lodge of the
State. Since the breaking-out of the war, he
has been associated with the Republican party.
HIRAM S. PLUMMER, M. D , Mayor of
Mt. Vernon. The spirit of self-help is the root
of all genuine growth ni the individual, and as
exhibited in the lives of many it constitutes the
true source of national vigor and strength.
The record of Dr. Plummer is such as to entitle
him to a prominent place among the self-made
and successful men of Illinois. His life is an
example of the power of patient purpose, reso-
lute working and steadfiist integrity, showing,
in language not to be misunderstood, what it
is possible to accomplish, and illustrating the
efficacy of self-respect and self-reliance in en-
aljling a man to work out for himself an honor-
able competency and a solid reputation. He is
the third child of Joseph and Eunice (Cum-
mings) Plummer, and was born in Marj'sville,
Union Co., Ohio, on the 25th of February, 1831.
Joseph Plummer was a native of Rutland
County, Vt., born in 1794, and was there reared
until he was eighteen years of age, and with hia
parents then removed to Lower Canada. Here
he remained with his parents until he reached
his majority, and then moved to Union County,
Ohio, where he engaged in farming. In 1871,
he came to Mt. Vernon, 111., and resided with
the Doctor until he died, which sad event oc-
curred in 1873. His wife, and mother of our
subject, was born in Marietta, Ohio, in 1802,
and was married on the 3d of February, 1820;
she died in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, in 1865. Hi-
ram S. Plummer spent his early life at home.



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assisting to till the farm, and receiving the ben-
efit of the common schools. At twenty years
of age, he left his home and began the study of
medicine under the preeeptorship of Dr. Andrew
Wilson, of Urbana, Ohio, and remained with
him three years, subsequently graduating from
the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery
with the degree of M. D. He immediately en-
tered upon the practice of his chosen profes-
sion, and continued the same until the breaking-
out of the late rebellion in 18G2. He yielded
to the promptings of patriotism, and enlisted as
Assistant Surgeon of the One Hundred and
Tenth Illinois Regiment. After the battle of Per-
ry ville, he was detached to take charge of the
wounded, and subsequently, in June, 1863, he
was appointed Surgeon in charge of the hospital
at Nashville, Tenn., and on the consolidation of
his regiment in November of the same year, he
was mustered out of the service, but remained
in charge of the hospital under contract until
the spring of 1864, when he resigned his posi-
tion, returned to his home in Mt. Vernon, 111.,
and resumed his practice, continuing the same
until February, 1865, when he again entered the
service, this time as Surgeon of the One Hun-
dred and Fifty -second Regiment. In October
of the same year, he returned home and has
been engaged in his professional work, doing a
large and lucrative practice. He was married,
in September, I860, to Miss Martha, a daugh-
ter of Harvey T. Pace, one of the old pioneers
of the county. Mrs. Plummer is a native of
the couutj-, and is the mother of the follow-
ing seven children: Hollie, Grace, Minnie M.,
Nanie, Ada R., Lulu and H. Gale. Dr. Plum-
mer is an active worker for the Republican par-
ty, and has held several official positions. He
is now JIayor of the citj-, is a member of the or-
der A. F. & A. M., and a member of the South-
ern Illinois Medical Association.

JUDGE JAMES M. POLLOCK, lawyer, Mt.
Vernon, was born in Count}' Down, Ireland, and
is a son of William and Mary Ann (Corrough)



Pollock. William Pollock was born, reared
and educated in Scotland, and during the war
of his native country, he with his parents re-
moved to Ireland, and was there married and
engaged in farming. He subsequently emi-
grated to America, locating in Alleghen}-
County, Penn., bringing with him at the time
his wife and seven of his children. He died
in Pennsylvania. His wife was a native of
Ireland and died in Pennsylvania. She was
the mother of nine children, of whom six are
now living, James M. Pollock, our subject, be-
ing the fifth child. He emigrated to America
alone at the age of sixteen years, and joined
his brother, who resided in Pennsylvania. He
spent his early life in farming, as a hired hand.
and bj- his industry and economy he was able
to save enough means to receive an education.
He entered the Meadville (Penn.) College,
and graduated with honor in the class of 1849.
Previous to this, and while working on the
farm, he had purchased some law books, and so
diligently did he study that in 1850 he was
admitted to the bar. He then began the prac-
tice of his profession, at New Castle, Lawrence
County, Penn. In 1852, he was elected State's
Attorney for Lawrence County, and served
four 5-ears. In 1857, on account of his failing
health, caused b}' the close confinement to his
profession, he turned his face westward, de-
termined to find a more healthful climate. On
the 20th of April, 1857, he came to Mt.
Vernon, and finding the climate beneficial to
his health, he decided to remain, and imme-
diately began the practice of law. In 1863, he
was elected Circuit Judge, and filled that office
until 1872. He is now engaged in a large and
lucrative law practice in -partnership with his
sons. He was married in Meadville, Penn..
in 1848, to Carolina M. Lyon, a native of
Canada, but who was reared in Pennsylvania.
She is the mother of three children — William
C, James L., and Alice, who died at the age
of nine years. Judge Pollock is a member of



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the I. 0. O. F; a Democrat in politics, and with
his wife unites with the Presbyterian Church.

GEORGE WILLIAM REII), jeweler, Mt.
Vernon, was born in Woburn, Mass., Maj- 19,
1854, and is a son of J. B. and Emma T.
(Hoklen) Reid. The ftither is a native of Ire-
land, is a shoemaker by trade, and is living in
Greenville, 111. The mother of our subject is a
native of Massachusetts, aud a daughter of
William and Catharine Hoklen. The parents
are also natives of that State. To her has
been born ten children, nine of whom are now
living — William G., Lizzie (wife of a Mr.
Dickey), Ward J., Katie (wife of a Mr. Rodgers),
John D., Susie, Lilly, Frank aud Tiua. Subject
received his education in Greenville, 111. In
early life, he farmed and clerked, and finally
came to Mt. Vernon, where he learned the
trade of a machinist, and afterward that of a
jeweler under Mr. Morgan. He afterward
formed a partnership with his employer, which
still exists. In Greenville, on May 19, 1875,
he was married to Gertrude A. Schank, who
waa born in Rochester, N. Y., November 26,
1852, and is a daughter of Lafayette and
Delia (Wilson) Schank, also natives of New
York. Four children have come to bless this
union — Delia E. (born October 14, 187G), Katie
W. (born June 28, 1878), John B. (born Jan-
uary 26, 1880), Minnie G. (born December 13,
1881). Mr. and Mrs. Reid are members of the
Baptist Church. Subject is a member of the
A. 0. U. W. In politics, he is a Republican.

JOHN A. ROBINSON, farmer, P. 0. Mt.
Vernon. Among the enterprising and substan-



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