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most of the home farm, and subsequently be-
came the largest land-owner of the county.
In 1828, he married Miss Sarah Ham, who bore
him the following children : Thomas J. (de-
ceased), Nancy, widow of Robert E. Yost, she
resides in Cairo, 111.; Judith Ann, who married
William K. Parisli, and is now the wife of Dr.
Venson S. Benson, of McLeausboro; Marj',
who married C. C. Campbell, a lawyer, both
deceased. He married a second time, Madaline
(Ariugton) Wilbanks, a native of Ballard Coun-
ty, Ky., who died in Benton, 111., April 1 :J,
1849. This union was blessed with two chil-
dren — Sarah Illinois, wife of Judge M. C.
Crawford, of Jonesboro, 111., and Robert, our
subject. Mr. Wilbanks was an enterprising
man, a kind, indulgent father, and his taking
away by death July 7, 1847, was mourned by
all. He had represented his district in the
State Senate, and had held many of the county
offices; was a Democrat in politics, though he
took no active part.

WILLIAM T. WILLIAMS, Sr., minister and
farmer, P. 0. Mt. Vernon, was born in Mont-
gomery County, Ky., May 29, 1810, and is a
son of John Williams, deceased, a native of Vir-
ginia. Our subject was brought up on the
farm and attended a subscription school. He
came to this count}- iu 1840, where he has



since resided. He was married to Mary A. D.
Westcott September 10, 1840, and has had
four children, three living — John D., School
Superintendent of this county ; William T.,
Jr., present County Surveyor of Jefferson
Count}", and Mary A. Morrison. Mr. Williams
owns forty -eight acres of land and resides on
the southeast quarter of Section 18. He is a
minister in the Christian Church, in which ca-
pacity he has senred for fifty years. He has
always been an earnest worker in the Master's
cause, and has given thousands of dollars to
promote the cause.

ELISHA R. WILLIAMS, brick-mason. Mt.
Vernon, was born in Hamilton County. 111.,
October 20, 1842, and is a son of Wylie Will-
iams, of Hamilton County, 111., and a native of
Tennessee. Our subject was reared on the
farm and attended the common schools. He
came to this county in February, 1882. He
manufactures brick and also raises a crop each
j'ear. He served three years in the late war,
in Companj- A, Eighty-seventh Regiment Illi-
nois Volunteer Infantrj-, and participated in
the battles of Vicksburg, Wilson's Hill, Saline
Cross Roads, Pleasant Hill and others. Mr.
Williams was married, December 27, 1858, to
Mary Daily, by whom he had eight children,
seven living — Alice L., Elisha M., Emily R.,
Mahala D., Celia J., Elnora and Zora Z. Mrs.
Williams died June 2, 1879. He again mar-
ried, September 14, 18S0; this time to Margaret
J. Gordon, by whom he has had two children,
one living, IMary E. He is a member of the
Odd Fellows and the United Workmen socie-
ties, and the^ Baptist Church. Mr. Williams'
father was a soldier in the Black Hawk war,
and helped to drive the Indians out of the
northern part of Illinois. He was tomahawked
in the right arm during that campaign, not far
from Vandalia, and was in the battle of Car-
lough's Grove, and now draws a pension.

DAVID H. WISE, merchant. Mount Vernon.
The gentleman whose name heads this sketch

was born September 20, 1846, in Hungarj-,
and is a son of Lefko and Amalia Wise.
Both the mother and father are still liv-
ing in Hungary ; the father is a hotel- keeper.
To the mother have been born seven children,
who are now living. Our subject was educated
in the Hungarian language. When thirteen
j'ears old, he went to Pesth, the capital of that
province, and there remained about five years,
where he learned the trade of a tailor. In 1865,
he came to the United States, and first settled
in Tennessee. In that State he first made his
start, carrying his goods on his back, and selling
them from house to house. After four years
of traveling, he became tired of wandering, and
obtained a situation as salesman in Uniontown,
Ala., with the firm of Edler Brothers. After a
residence of three years in that city, he went
to Yazoo Citj', Miss., where he opened a gen-
eral store. In 1874, he sold out his stock of
goods and went to Europe. After six mouths
sojourning in that country, he returned to the
United States, and came direct to Jlount Ver-
non. In this city he opened a clothing store,
in which he still engages, now carrying a verj-
fine stock of clothing and gents' furnishing
goods. Mr. Wise was joined in matrimony, in
Duquoin, in 1876, to Miss Augusta Hammer.
This lady was born, in 1860, in Prussia, and is
the daughter of Samuel Hammer. She is the
mother of three children, viz.: Morris, born
December, 1877 ; Joseph, born January, 1879,
and Rosa M., born May, 1881. Our subject is
a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity. In poli-
tics, he is a Democrat. The youngest child,
Rosa M., was burnt with concentrated Ij^e when
one year old, and exacth- one year from that
day she broke her left arm. Mr. Wise is a
member of the Masonic fraternity.

HENRY WLECKE, proprietor of Central
Hotel, Mount Vernon, was born June 5, 1837,
in Hanover, Germany. His father, Ernst H.
Wlecke, was also a native of Hanover, a car-
penter b\- occupation ; he died, in 1865, in



Washington County, 111. His father, Ernst
Wlecke, the grandfather of our subject, was
born and died in Hanover, where he was a
tailor by occupation. The great-grandfather of
our subject was a native of Sweden, and came
to Germany as a soldier under their beloved
leader, Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden,
who was a Protestant, and came to Germany to
assist his brethren against the Catholics in the
thirty years' war. Even after his death, at
Lutzen, the Swedes stayed in Germany, and
many stayed after the war, marrying in that
country. Among them was the great-grand-
father of our subject. The mother of our sub-
ject, Maria H. (Wultf) Wlecke, was a native of
Hanover, born April, 1797. She died Novem-
ber 20, 1882, in Washington County, 111. She
was the mother of two children, viz. : Henry
and Mary Wlecke. The mother of our subject
was a woman who was only known to be loved
by all. Our subject was educated in the place
of his birth, and, at the age of seventeen, came
to the United States with his father. He worked
on the farm till 18G7, when he kept a saloon in

Hoyleton. Washington County, 111, serving as
Constable at the same time. He finally re-
moved to Okawville, where he entered the gen-
eral merchandising business, and continued it
till he came to Mount Vernon, in 1881, where
he now keeps the Central Hotel. Our subject
was joined in matrimony, January 31, 1861, to
Miss Wilmina Rolling, a native of West Far-
ling, Alswede, by Lubke. She was a resident
of St. Louis at the time of her marriage. She
was born July 25, 1836, 3'et living, the mother
of nine children, of whom five are now living,
viz.: Mary, born August 2,1863; Caroline,
born April 8, 1866 ; Fred, born January 26,
1868 ; Anna, September 16, 1869, and
Lizzie, born May 18, 1872. Mr. and
Mrs. Wlecke are members of the Evangelical
Church. Mr. Wlecke has, by dint of hard toil
and perseverance, succeeded in gaining enough
of this world's goods to make him comfortable,
and he enjoj-s the esteem of all with whom he
comes in contact. In politics, he is identified
with the Democratic party.


CHARLES A. BAKER, operator, Belle
Rive, was born August 19, 1853, in Benning-
ton, 111., son of AViUaim H. Baker, a native
of Boston, Mass., whore he was a merchant.
He came West about 1852. and engaged in
the mercantile business till his death, which
occurred in 1858. The mother of our sub-
ject was Emily Moore Baker, a native of
Ohio. She is yet living, and the wife of
John Robinson. She is the mother of five
children, viz., Chai-les A. (our subject"), Mary
Harvej', Effie Seely, Louella Robinson and
Lunetta (deceased). Our subject was educat-
ed at Olney, 111., where he also clerked in a

grocery store for three years. In 1872, he
went to Madisouville, Ohio, where he learned
telegraphy, and seciu'ed a position on the
Louisville & Nashville Railroad, working
at Dahlgren, New Memphis and Belle Rive,
where he is now following his occupation,
also acting in the capacity of station agent,
filling the office with tact and ability. He is
an active member of the Masonic fraternity.
Belle Eive Lodge, No. 696; also Good Tem-
plars. In politics, he is identified with the
Republican party. In the spring of 1883,
the people honored hiin by electing him a
member of the Board of Trustees of Belle Rive.



AMOS B. BARRETT, farmer, P. O. Belle
Rive. This gentleman is another type of our
self-made, enterprising men. He came to
this county in 18-10, with his father, Joshua
P. Barrett, -who was a native of Illinois. He
was a tanner by trade in early life. He died
in Mount Vernon in 1852, being retired from
active life. His father, Thomas Barrett, was
a native of Hagerstown, Md. He was of
English descent. The mother of our subject,
Priscilla Long, was born in the same neigh-
borhood that her husband was. She died in
1879. She was a daughter of William Long,
born August 9, 1756, near Mount Vernon,
the old home of George Washington. He
died in 1850, in Mount Vernon, 111., aged
ninety- four years; also of English descent.
He was a brave soldier in the Revolutionary
war. He was one of the first to espouse the
cause of the Colonies, and fought through
the whole conflict. He participated in many
thrilling scenes and battles, among others
that of Brandywine and Germantown. He
was one of Gen. George Washington's body
guard. He was the father of twenty-six chil-
dren, of whom twenty-two reached maturity.
Thirteen with his first wife. Eleanor Ford, and
thirteen with his second wife. Elizabeth
Thomas, daughter of Capt. John Thomas, of
Baltimore, Md , a very noted family, filling
then and now some of the most important,
offices in the Sta+e, one of them having been
Governor of Maryland. Mrs. Priscilla Bar-
rett was the mother of seven children, who
reached maturity, viz., Hiram G. (deceased),
Julia A. T., Eliza H., Amos B., Cyrus A.,
Horace C. (deceased) and Mary E. Our sub-
ject was educated at Mount Vernon. In early
life he farmed, taught school one year, and
after marriage farmed again till 1859, when
he again moved to Mount Vernon, where he
was appointed Postmaster in 1861, filling
the office four years, when he resigned in

favor of a crippled Union soldier; after
which he went to merchandising till 1877,
when he bought a farm of 200 acres near
Belle Rive, where he now resides, owning
now 260 acres of fine land. He was married,
April 11, 1852, to Helen M. Eldridge, born
February 22, 1830, in Cincinnati, Ohio,
daughter of Charles and Sopronia (Hinman)
Eldridge. She is the mother of three chil-
dren, viz., Martha C, wife of L. C. Thomp-
son: Charles W., he married Nellie B Fos-
ter, daughter of Judge J. Foster; Mary J.,
wife of George W. Meyers, a miller by occu-
pation. Mr. and Mrs. Barrett are religiously
connected with the Methodist Episcopal
Church. Mr. Barrett is a member of the I.
O. O. F. fraternity, Marion Lodge, No. 13.
He has filled minor ofiices, and was elected
to the Twenty-ninth General Assembly by
the Republican party, filling the office with
tact and ability. In politics, he has always
been identified with the Republican party,,
and is the only one living of the six men
who organized the Republican party in this
county in 1856.

J. W. BROUGHER, farmer, P. O. Op-
dyke, was born October 17, 1827, in Jennings
County, Ind., son of Jacob Brougher, a na-
tive of Pennsylvania, a farmer; he died in
Indiana, and was well known as an indus-
trious, well-doing man. The mother of our
subject, Isabella Foutz, was a native of
South Carolina; she was a daughter of Louis
and Sarah Foutz, natives of South Carolina,
and was the mother of nine children; she
died in Indiana. Our subject was educated
in Jennings County, in the old-fashioned
pioneer subscription schools. He has farmed
all his life. In 1859, he came to Jefferson
County, and here owns 310 acres of land.
He is no office-seeker, and in politics he is
identified with the Republican party. His
wife, Nancy Hilton, born in Indiana, daugh-



ter of James Hilton, is the mother of two
children, now living, viz., Alvin L., born
September 22, 1860; Jacob C, born July 28,
1864. Mrs. Brougher is a member of the
Methodist Church. He believes in no par-
ticular church, but believes it right to do to
others as he would have them do to him.

RUSSELL BROWN, farmer, P.O. Opdyke,
was born June 9, 1824, in Genesee County,
N. Y., son of Samuel Brown, a native of Ver-
mont. He was a farmer by occupation. He
lived twelve years in this county, but is now
living in Fulton County, 111. His father,
Thomas Brown, was a native of New Jersey.
His four brothers were soldiers in the Revo-
lutionary war, of whom three were killed —
one at the battle of Yorktown. The mother
of our subject, Mary E. (Buit) Brown, was
born in Steuben County, N. Y. She was the
mother of a large family, of whom eight chil-
dren are now living. Our subject was edu-
cated but little in early life. He came to
Illinois one year after the Black Hawk war.
He lived in Tazewell County till 1851, when
he came to Jefferson County, where he has
farmed ever since. In the summer of 1861,
h° enlisted in the Forty- fourth Illinois Regi-
ment Volunteer Infantry, Company I, as jiri-
vate, and after standing guard one night he
was promoted to Fourth Sergeant; after a
few days was promoted to First Lieutenant;
for two years he was Quartermaster. He
served three years and two months, being
mustered out at Atlanta, Ga. He participated
pated in many thrilling scenes and famoas
battles, viz., PeiTyville, Ky., Pea Ridge, Ark.,
Stone River, Ch iekamauga, MissionfRidge, the
Atlanta campaign and others. After tht war,
he came home and went to farming. He was
joined in matrimony, September 22, 1853, to
Miss Mary E. Bennett, born August 4, 1836,
in this county, daughter of Levi and Nancy
(Myett) Bennett, both natives of Tennessee.

They came here in a very early day, and were
highly esteemed people. This union was
blessed with four children now living, viz.,
Shelby C, born March 4, 1855; his twin
brother. William O., being deceased; Thomas
E., born October 12, 1857; Estella C, de-
ceased; Gideon S., born November 18, 1865,
and Rodia C, born July 4, 1868. Mrs.
Brown is a member of the Methodist Episco-
pal Church. He has 200 acres of land, and
in politics is a Republican. He is an A. ,
F. & A. M., also an L O. O. F. He has been
Township Collector and Supervisor for many

JOHN E. CALHOUN, mechanic and rail-
road engineer, Opdyke. Among the self-made
and enterprising men on Long Prairie, we
must count him whose name heads this sketch.
He was born May 24, 1830, in Chittendon
County, Vt. His father, Samuel Calhoun, was
a native of Massachusetts, and died at Oplain
River, eight miles west of Chicago, supposed
to have been murdered, about the year 1833.
He was a self-made, energetic man. His
father, Samuel Calhoun, Sr., was a native of
New England. The mother of our subject,
Luthera Farnsworth, a finely educated lady
and teacher, was a native of Vermont, yet
living near Chicago, and the mother of eight
childi'en — of whom our subject is the only
one living. Her parents, Josiah and Judith
(Lynde) Farnsworth, were wealthy and high-
ly respected people; they were natives of New
Hampshire and Connecticut, but died in Ver-
mont. Our subject was educated at Maria
Four Corners, Essex Co., N. Y. In early life
he clerked and farmed, and then learned the
machinist trade at Rutland, Vt. This trade
he followed from 1848 to 1873; then left it
four years to follow milling;, farming and
selling goods. In 1878, he sold out, and
again followed his trade for two years, after
which he followed farming on account of in-



cipient locomotor ataxia. He has dealt
largely in real estato for the last twenty
years, owning at present nearly 600 acres,
having owned at times 1,600 acres of land
in different States. Mr. Calhoun was mar-
ried twice. His first wife, Fannie Peas, died
in 1856. His present wife, Ellen (Dow)
Calhoun, was born February 23, 1842, in
Governeur, N. Y. She is a daughter of John
D. and Charlotte (Hawley) Dow, natiyes of
Vermont, and is the mother of four children,
viz., John E., Jr., born November 3, 1859;
Fannie D., born December 26, 1861; Char-
lotte L., born October 2, 1863, and Samuel
T., born January 4, 1878. Our subject is a
member of the Masonic fraternity, being a
Royal Arch; is an I. O. O. F. ; also a mem-
ber of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engi-
neers. In politics, he is a high tariff man,
or Henry Clay Whig. While engineering,
he has tilled the positions of Master Mechanic
for years, and the last two years was Loco-
motive Inspector for the United States Roll-
ing Stock Company.

JESSE M. CATRON, farmer, P. O. Belle
Rive, was born May 7, 1860, in this county.
We count Mr. Catron among our thrifty
young farmers on Long Prairie. He is a
son of Jonathan Catron, a native of Penn-
sylvania. He was a farmer by occupation,
and died in Greencastle, near Nashville,
Tenn., while a soldier in the late war. He
went to the war with the regiment raised in
Jefferson County to protect the stars and
stripes. He was a gallant soldier and good
citizen, participating in many thrilling scenes
and battles. The mother of our subject,
Martha Moore, was a native of Tennessee;
she is yet living, thewifeof William Richard-
son. Our subject was educated in this coun-
ty. In 1872, he went to Kansas, living there
till September, 1880, when he returned to
his native county, where he now cultivates

his farm of 181 acres. He was joined in
matrimony, February 15, 1883, to Miss Mary
Ellen Green, born March 2, 1866, in this
county. She is a daughter of Wiley and
Minerva (Flint) Green. Mrs. Catron is a
member of the Baptist Church. Mr. CatroD
is identitied, politically, with the Democratic

L. D. DAVENPORT, dealer in lumber
and farm implements, Belle Rive, born No-
vember 14, 1838, in Indiana, son of Edmund
Davenport, of English descent, born in Vir-
ginia, where he farmed. He came to Jeffer-
son County in about 1835; he farmed till his
death, which occurred iu 1848. The mother
of our subject, Mary Davis Davenport, a
native of Kentucky, died in this county,
leaving seven children, viz. , Thomas, Sarah
J., William, Serena, Edmund, Lorenzo Dow
(our subject), Martin, Lydia C. and Eliza; of
whom Sarah J., Thomas and Edmund are de-
ceased. Our subject went to school mostly
in Jefferson County. In early life he farmed,
and then learned the blacksmith trade, which
he followed twenty-tive yeai's. In 1882, he
formed a partnership with William Hunter,
and engaged altogether in the lumber and
agricultural implement business, having, pre-
vious to that time, been engaged in various
occupations. He was married twice. His
first wife, Mary C. Estes, died October 27.

1873, leaving live children, viz.. Minnie E.,
born January 11, 1863; Nellie T., born De-
cember 16, 1866; Mary M., born June 8,
1869; Josie C, born November 2, 1870;
Lydia C, born September 29, 1873. His
second wife, Louisa S. (Bunnell) Davenport,
born March 12, 1851, in Ohio, daughter of
Jessie and Julia F. (Stratton) Bunnell. He
was married to his second wife December 24,

1874. She is the mother of three childr(!n,
viz., Jessie, deceased; Otis, born December
26, 1878, and Evaline, born March 11, 1881.



Mr. Davenport is an A. , F. & A. M. In pol -

itics, he is a Republican

JOHN ESTES, farmer, P. O. Opdyke was
born May 28, 1S2(), in Osage County, Mo. ,
soil of John Estes, Sr., farmer, a native of
Tennessee; he died in Missouri. His father
was also called John Estes, and lived to be
one hundi-ed and one years old. The mother
of our subject, Dicy Jordan, was a native of
Tennessee. She died here, and was the mother
of ten children, of whom only five are now
living. Oui- subject was reared in this coun-
ty, being brought here by his mother in 1838,
and has been identified with the county most
of the time. He was married, in Hamilton
County, 111. — where he also lived four years
— to Caroline Irvin, born in Hamilton Coun-
ty, daughter of llunyon and Harriet (Allen)
Irvin, and is the mother of live children, viz. :
\Mlliam H., Sarah F., Runyon I., James W.,
Delbert ] . Mr. and Mrs. Estes are members
of the Methodi.st Episcopal Church. He has
a farm of eighty acres, and in politics is a
Democrat. He is a member of the Opdyke
Lodge, A., F. & A. M., No. 308.

JAMES W. ESTES, merchant, Opdyke,
This gentleman is a descendant of one of our
old settlers. He was born January 7, 1856,
in Hamilton County, 111., son of John Estes,
a native of Missouri. The mother of our
subject, Caroline Estes, is a native of Illi-
nois, and the mother of live children. Our
subject was educated in the common schools
of J t'fferson County, where he farmed in ear-
ly life, and in 1874, he, in partnership with
his brother, Runyon J., started a general
store in Opdyke, continuing in it till 1882,
when they started a hardware store. Our
subject was joined in matrimony, March 24,
1880, in Opdyke. to Miss Rosie L. Jones,
born June 22, 1857, in Indiana. She is a
daughter of George D. Jones, deceased, and
is the mother of two children, viz., Harry,

born January 20, 1881, and Otto, born Feb-
ruary 8, 1883. Mr. Estes is identitied with
the Democratic party in politics.

was born January 25, 1807, in Ontario Coun-
ty, N. Y. , son of Jonathan Foster, a native of
Massachusetts. He was a farmer, and died
in New York. His father. Jonathan Foster,
Sr., was of English descent. The mother
of our subject, Elizabeth (Wright) Foster,
was a native of Massachusetts She died in
New York. She was the mother of seven
children, of whom two are now living, viz.,
Riley Foster, of Indianapolis, Ind. , and our
subject, who was educated in Indiana, study
ing law with William A. Bullock, attorney at
law. At the age of nineteen, he learned and
followed the trade of millwright, mostly till
he came to Jefferson County in 18(J1. Here
he farmed principally, and yet owns almost
four hundred acres of good land. He was a
magistrate for many years in Indiana. In
1873, he was elected County Judge in Jefler-
son County, filling the office with tact and
ability for four years. He is now principal-
ly retired from active life, and enjoys the
quiet of his comfortable country residence,
as well as the esteem of all his fellow-men.
He has been married four times. His first
wife, Polly Branhan, was the mother of two
children, now living, viz., Jonathan and
Mary E. Marsh. His second wife, Jane
Branhan, a sister to his first wife, was the
mother of Lucy Cornelius. His third wife,
Jane Sweet, was the mother of Eli Leavett.
His present wife, Orpha Ann Denison, is a
native of Hamilton County, Ohio. She is a
daugliter of Daniel and Orpha (Sweet) Den-
ison. She is the mother of eight children,
living, Denison, CHark and Cornelia W., de
ceased; Alice Metz, Frank E., Emily Tucker,
Nellie Y., Barrett and Marcus C. Judge
Foster and wife and five children are mem-




bers of the Christian Church. He is a Royal
Arch Mason and also an I, O. O. F., in high
standing in both orders. In pulitics, he has
always been identified with the Republican
party. Mr. Daniel Denison was a native of
Connecticut, but reared in Vermont, and his
wife, Orpha Sweet, was a native of Rhode

GEORGE W. GARRISON, teacher. Belle
Rive. We take great pleasure, in wi-iting
the history of Jefferson County, to record in
the list of young, intelligent men, him whoso
name heads this sketch. He was born August
4, 1847, in Hamilton County, 111., son of
Jefferson Garrison, a native of Northwestern
Virginia, of Scotch descent. He was a farm-
er and merchant by occupation, a well-known
and prominent man in that country. He
came to Hamilton County in 1830, where he
died in 1874. The mother of our subject
was Francis Drew Garrison, a native]of North
Carolina, but reared in Indiana. She was of
Eaglish desceat, aad the mDcher of seven
children, viz., Mastin E., deceased; Caleb,
John, Thomas J., all farmers; George W.,
our subject; Elizabeth Busk and Sarah
McGolgan, now resident of the Indian Ter-
ritory. Our subject was educated in Bloom-

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