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esteem and confidence of the people. He was
joined in matrimony, August 8, 1876, in
Opdyke, to Miss Anna J. Barbee, born June
17, 1858, in this county, daughter of William
and America (Harshbargerj Barbee. She is
the mother of two children — Walter F., de-
ceased, and Lizzie A., born July 24, 1878.
Dr. Miller is an active member of the Ma-
sonic fraternity, Belle Bive Lodge, No. 696,
also a member of the O. I. H. He is identi-
fied with the Republican party.

M. Y. B. MONTGOMERY, physician,
Opdyke. This gentleman is a native of
Ohio, being bom near Cincinnati March 4,
1837, on the day President Manin Van
Buren was inaugurated, and whose initials he
bears. His father. Alexander Montgomery,
was a native of New Jersey, of Scotch
descent; he was a farmer, and died in this
county, to which he had come in May. 1869.
The mother of our subject, Catharine (Jag-
gers) Montgomery, was a native of New
Jersey. She was also of Scotch descent, and
the mother of twelve children; she died in
this county. Our subject is the youngest of
the twelve children, who are all living and
married except one. He was educated in
Indiana, and received his medical educa-
tion in the Ohio Medical College at Cincin-
nati. Dr. Montgomery followed his pro-
fession two years in Indiana, and then in
1863. came to Jefferson County, 111. , settling
near Lvnehburg. and in 1870 removed to
Opdyke, where he now follows his profession,
enjoying the esteem of the people. The
Doctor was joined in matrimony. April 25,
1861, in Jennings County. Ind.. to Miss
Serena P. Jones, born January 8, 184U, in
Jennings Countv. daughter of David C. and
Susan C. (Prather) Jones, he a native of Vir-
ginia, and she a native of Indiana. Mrs. Dr.
Montgomery is the mother of two children
now living — George W., bom May 10, 1866,



and Lena L., born March 7, 1869. Dr.
Montgomerj' is an A. F. <ic A. M., also an L
O. O. F. He owns a tine farm of 160 acres
near Opdyka In politics, he has always
been identified with the Democratic party.
W. H. POOLE, merchant, Opdyke, was
b.)rn May 10, 1842, in Robertson County.
Term., son of William Poole, a native of
that State, a farmer by occupation, who is
now living at Mount Vernon. His father,
Ephraim Poole, was a miller. The mother of
our subject was a descendant of the Cham-
bless family. She was the mother of twelve
children, of whom nine boys are now living.
Our subject was educated in Montgomery
County. Tenn. At the age of twenty-two, he
left Montgomery County, and came to Wash-
ington County, 111.; this was in 1866; be
ran a grocery store there one year, then sold
out and came to Jefferson County, where he
ran a wagon shop in Mount Vernon for
about twelve years, and then came to Opdyke,
where he ran a wagon shop till the fall of
1880, when he engaged in the mercantile
business with J. C. Tucker, keeping a general
store till July. 1883, when he bought his
partner out and continued in the business
himself, keeping a large and good stock of
oroods and doing a cash business. Our sub-
ject was married, August 15, 1867, in Mount
Vernon, 111., to Miss Amelia V. Davison,
born May 3, 1851, in Jefi'erson County, 111.,
daughter of Hardin Davison, and is the mother
of five children — Faimie E., Gertie, Edith,
Judson C. and Ida. Mr. and Mrs. Poole are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
He has always been identified with the Dem-
ocratic party.

JAMES W. RENTCHLER, merchant, Op-
dyke. was bom Octol)er 22. 1856, at Hams
Grove, Jefi'erson County, son of John Rentch-
ler, a native of Pennsylvania. He was a
farmer, and died in this county, to which he



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had come about 1852. His father, Jacob
Rentchler, Sr., was a native of Pennsylvania
and of German descent. The mother of our
subject, Lucy J. (Adams) Rentchler, was a
native of Jeflferson County. She is a
daughter of Dr. W. W. Adams, a native
of the South. She is yet living and
the mother of eight children — John D.,
James W., William D., Ella E., Clara
A. , are from her first husband. Her second
husband, W. A. Keller, was the father of
Mary, Lulu and Charles. Our subject re-
ceived his education in Belleville, 111. In
early life he farmed. He afterward worked
for his uncles, D. & H. Rentchler. in the
manufacture of agricultui'al implements. He
afterward became cashier of the St. Louis
Bridge & Tunnel Company. January 1,
1882, he came to Opdyke, where he engaged
in the mercantile business, in company with
D. D. Smith. He was married December
22, 1880, to Miss Flora D. Kerr, born July
6, 1859, in Edinbui-gh. Scotland. She is a
daughter of John and Jane (McDonald) Kerr.
Mr. Rentchler is a member of the Legion of
Honor, St. Louis, Mo., " Alpha Council." In
politics, he is identified with the Republican
party.

W. R. ROSS, physician, Belle Rive. Of
the wide-awake physicians in Jefferson Coun-
ty, who are a benefit to the human race, we
count him whose name heads this sketch.
He was born June 11, 1855, in Jefferson
County, Penn. , son of James M. Ross, a
native of Pennsylvania, an architect by oc-
cupation, which he yet follows, though quite
aged. He was the builder of the Grand
Pacific Hotel, San Francisco, Cal. His
father came from Scotland. The mother of
our subject, Mary (Herrin) Ross, a native
of Pennsylvania, is also living, and the
mother of five children — Maggie B. Hop-
kins: John H. , deceased; William R. , our



subject; Samuel M. and James B. Our
subject was educated in Marietta, Ohio; he
received his medical education in the Col-
lege of Physicians and Surgeons and Mary-
land Women's Hospital, at Baltimore. Af-
ter he graduated, he came to Wayne
County, 111., settling on Long Prairie;
practiced there two and a half years, and
then came to Belle Rive, where he now fol-
lows his profession. He was joined in
matrimony September 13, 1882, in South
Bend, Ind., to Miss Jennie M. Thomas, a
native of New York State, born February 23,
1861, daughter of Ephraim P. and Saphora
(Shepard) Thomas. He is of Welsh descent
and a native of New York State, and she
also a native of New York State. Mr. and
Mrs. Ross afe members of the Presby-
terian Church. He is a member of the Arm-
strong County Medical Society. In politics,
he is a Republican.

HENRY A. SHIELDS, section boss. Belle
Rive. This gentleman was born December
18, 1851, in Pittsbm-gh. Penn,, son of Hen-
ry C. Shields, a native of Ireland. He was a
soldier the best part of his life while in Ire-
land, occupying the office of Lieutenant in
the same regiment in which his father, Maj.
Henry Shields, served all his life, who par-
ticipated in the Crimea war and also in the
Sepoy insurrection in India. Lieut. H.
C. Shields came to the United States in
aboiit 1851, but was drowned in the Ohio
River in 1852, while on his way to Ciucin-
nali. The mother of our subject, Minnie
(Shute), a native of Ireland, died in 1879 in
Louisville, Ky. She was married a second
time to Charles Moore, and was the mother
of ten children, of whom six are now living
— Chai'les, Lewis, A\' alter, Lizzie, Albert, and
Emma. Our subject was the only child from
the first marriage; he received five weeks'
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has acquired a large fund of useful knowledge.
In early life he worked in a tobacco factory
in Louisville, Ky. From 1869 to 1S73, he
worked at railroading, and then entered the
regular United States Army, serving till
1878, when he again took to railroading, com-
ing to Belle Rive in 1879. He has charge
of a section. He is the Superintendent of
the Sunday school. Mr. Shields was mar-
ried, December 31, 1879, in Belle Rive, to
Sarah Alma Laird, daughter of Jesse Laird.
She is the mother of Henry L. Shields. Oiu-
subject is a member of the A. F. & A. M.,
and also an I. O. G. T. In politics, he is a
Republican.

JACOB STONEMETZ, physician, Opdyke.
Among our wide-awake physicians in this
county we are proud to recorji him whose
name heads this sketch. He was born May
13. 1825, in Montgomery Couuty, N. Y. His
father, John Stonemetz, was a native of New
York, born 1796, where he farmed till his
death, which occurred October 12, 1865.
His father was born in Germany. The
mother of our subject, Leah Dingman Stone-
metz, was a native of New York, born 1797.
She was the mother of nine children, of
whom four are now living, viz., Mary Nel-
son, Eliza Moore, James M. and Jacob. The
following are deceased: Philip, John, Han-
nah Rector. Gitty Freeman and Catharine.
Mrs. Leah Stonemetz died August 29, 1861.
Our subject was educated in Jefferson
County, Ind.. and graduated at the Medical
College of Ohio at Cincinnati. Having pre-
vious to this read medicine with Dr. John
H. Reynolds, of Wirt, Ind.. Dr. Stonemetz
commenced to practice at Azalia, Bartholo-
mew Co., Ind. After one year, he returned
to North Vernon, Ind., and vicinity, where
he remained ten years, and then, in 1859,
emigrated to Moore's Prairie, in Jefferson
County, where he yet follows his pro-



fession, enjoying the confidence and esteem
of his fellow-men. He built the first house
in Opdyke, and is, therefore, one of the first
settlers iu this town. Dr. Stonemetz was
joined in matrimony, August 4, 1852, in Jen-
nings County, Ind., to Lucinda J. Wilson,
born April 29, 1833, in Jennings County,
Ind. She was a daughter of Samuel and
Sarah (Chapman) Wilson, he a native of
West Virginia and a merchant by occupa-
tion, and she was a native of Kentucky.-
Mrs. Stonemetz was the mother of five
children, viz., Alice C, born May 25, 1853,
wife of Andrew J. Cook; William E. and
Elva M., deceased; Guy Nelson, born March
8, 1863; and Leah M., born February 26,
1868. Dr. and Mrs. Stonemetz are mem-
bers of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
He is an A., F. & A. M., also been an I. O.
O. F. for thirty years. In politics, he is
identified with the Republic in party.

LEWIS CAJIPBELL WATERS, Belle
Rive, was born May 17, 1850. His father,
Moses Waters, a farmer by trade, was bor n
in Wilkes County, N. C. , in 1806, from
which State he emigrated with his father.
Isaac Waters, to Tennessee, where he re
mained until 1834:, the year from which
dates his location in Jefierson County, 111.
Soon after hiy arrival at the last-named place,
he was married to Elizabeth Campbell,
daughter of Scotch parents, her father, Dou-
gald Campbell, being a descendant of the
famous Campbell family of Scotland. This
union was the result of six children — Eliza-
beth, John C, Isaac N., George W., Lewis
C. and William D. Waters. Of these, the
first two died at the ages of three and five
years respectively. The remaining four — ex-
cept Isaac N., who now resides in Southern
Kansas — are at present residents of this
county. But few of the early settlers of this
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education in their respective localities than
Moses Waters. With him the student was
always a welcome guest. He died at his farm
residence, half a mile north of the present
site of Belle Rive, 111., February 14, 1875,
in the sixty-ninth year of his age, his
wife, Elizabeth, having departed this life
March ^10, 1864. George W., now one of
Jeflferson County's most experienced teachers
divides his time alternately between his pro-
fession and farm. W. D. Waters, the young-
est of the family, is a man of liberal educa-
tion, having studied three or four different
languages, including the German, which
language he speaks with ease and fluency.
The last six years of his life have been de-
voted to the study of medicine, upon the
practice of which profession he expects soon
to enter. Lewis C. Waters, the true subject
of this sketch, is next youngest of the f ami -
ly. His father sent him to the district school
uutil he was nineteen years of age, by which
time he had completed the common school
branches, including the elements of algebra.
During the winter of 1870, he was engaged
in the business of teaching, and thus earned
sufficient means to defray his expenses at the
select school of Prof. John TiuTeutine, who
afterward founded the Entield High School.
Here his time was devoted to the study of
the elements of the natural sciences and
higher algebra. In 1873, he entered Ewing
College, where he spent several terms, teach-
ing at intervals to defray exj)enses. In the
spring of 1876, he entered upon the study of
the law wi^h Judge T. B. Stelle, of Hamil-
ton County, as his precej)tor. August 30,
1877, he was married to Miss Hettie E.
Vance, daughter of the Rev. T. M. Vance, of
Franklin County, 111., the result of which
marriage is two daughters — Lottie and
Maud, aged respectively four and two years.
The year following his marriage, Mr, Waters



resided in the village of Belle Rive, contin-
uing his legal studies with the Hon. T. S.
Casey, now Presiding Judge, as his precep-
tor. It was here he first engaged in the
practice of his profession. In the fall of
1879, he removed to Benton, Franklin County,
this State, where he was engaged in the practice
of the law till January, 1883, being admitted
to the bar in the spring of 1880. He now
resides with his family at Belle Rive, 111.,
and is numbered with the bar of his native
county. His energies in the future will
chiefly be devoted to the study and practice
of criminal jurisprudence.

Q, A. WliiBANKS, farmer, P. O. Belle
Rive. Of the many men in the county who
are descendants of the old pioneers, and who
have given strength, stamina and prosperity
to their immediate neighborhood, we count
him whose name heads this sketch. He was
born in February, 1825, in St Glair County,
III. His father, Joseph Wilbanks, a native
of South Carolina, he came here about 1825,
in company with his father, Daniel Wil-
banks, who was a mechanic by occupation.
He settled on Moore's Prairie, fourteen miles
southeast of Mount Vernon, where he died.
Joseph Wilbanks died in South Carolina,
where he had gone on account of his health.
The mother of our subject, Candace Picker
incr, is well remembered by many old settlers
as one of the noblest women in this county.
She was the mother of four children, viz.,
John, Luke, Quiney A. and Margaret (de-
ceased). Her second husband, S. H. Ander-
son, was the father of five children, viz.,
William B. Anderson, our present County
Judge; Sarah, the widow of Judge T. B.
Tanner; Dewitt C. Anderson; Nebraska, de-
ceased, former wife of R. A. D. Wilbanks,
and Edward Anderson, deceased. Our sub-
ject was educated in our old-fashioned log
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tilled the soil on his uncle, R. A. D. Wil-
banks, Sr.'s farm. After he had attained his
majority, he went to the Mexican war with
the Third Illinois Regiment, Capt. Hicks,
of Company H, After one year's servioe, he
returned to Moore's Prairie, where he en-
gaged in the mercantile business and farm-
ing, with splendid success, which is the sure
result ot honesty, industry and frugality.
Since 1873, he has been identitied with Belle
Rive, then a mere station on the L. & N.
Railroad. In January, 1883, he sold out his
mercantile interest, and now devotes all his
attention to farming, owning 150 acres of
good land. He is an I. O. O. F., and in pol-
itics is a Democrat. He also served one
term as Township Supervisor. He has been
married twice. His first wife, Hester Wilkey,
died in 1861. She was a daughter of Dr.
Wilkey. and was the mother of Eldorado C,
deceased; William H., born December 3,
1851, he married Josie Parks, and is now
a resident of Texas; Douglas P., deceased;
and Sallie N., born July 30, 1856, wife of
Dr. R. J. Eaton. His present wife, Mary
Riddle, born June 28. 1850, in Hamilton
County, 111., is a daughter of Charles and
Harriett (Ivriu) Riddle. Her grandfather,
Abraham Ii-vin, was a native of New York.
He came to Illinois about the time it became
a State. Mrs. Wilbanks is the mother of
three children, viz., Lena, born December 8,
1872; Robert E. J., born February 3, 1875,
and Lottie Lee. born July 2, 1879. Mrs.
Wilbanks is religiously connected with the
Christian Church.

PATRICK WILLIAMSON, farmer, P.
O. Belle Rive, was born August 14, 1829, in
Wayne County. 111. His father, Henry Will-
iamson, was born in North Carolina, but died
in this county, a true type of our old pio-
neers. The mother of our subject, Nancy
(Nothen) Williamson, was the mother of



nine children. Our subject came to this
county when quite young. He never enjoyed
the advantages of an education and followed
farming for a livelihood. He was joined in
matrimony to Sarah Ann Dow, a native of
Illinois. She is the mother of seven chil-
dren, viz. , David H. , Joel, Lewis, Charley,
Ella M. and Albert. Mr. Williamson lives
on his farm of 240 acres of land. He is no
more a young man, and although life's em-
bers are burning low, he yet, with a youthful
heart, loves to recall the days of the old
pioneers. In political matters, he is connect-
ed with the Democratic party.

J .W. WRIGHT, merchant, Belle Rive,
born September 20, 1849, in Hamilton Coun-
ty, 111., son of James H. Wright, a native of
Tennessee, an active, energetic man. He
came to Hamilton County in an early day,
and there was engaged in the mercantile and
milling business. He is yet living, in the
Black Hills, where he is now mining. The
mother of our subject was Elizabeth Webb,
a native of Kentucky. She died in April,
1882, near McLeansboro, Hamilton Co., 111.
She was the mother of nine children, of
whom six are now living, viz., Thomas B., a
large and wealthy business man in McLeans-
boro, 111. ; James H. , of Chicago; Andrew J.,
a farmer in Hamilton County; Mary E., Ar-
minta Smith, and Joseph W. , our subject.
Sallie C, Henrietta and Eliza J. are de
ceased. Oui- subject was principally educat-
ed in McLeansboro, 111. In early life he
clerked for his father in the mill and store.
At the age of twenty-two, he embarked in the
mercantile business on his own account, keep-
ing a grocery and dry goods store in Belle
Rive, to which place he had come in 1873.
He is yet engaged in the same business, and
is also the principal grain dealer of Jefferson
County. He is now Superintendent of Con-
struction of the T. T. &. R. G. Railroad, and



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also General Contractor of timbers on this
division. He is identified with the Repub-
lican party. He is no office seeker nor politi-
cian. He was married, October 6, 1871, in
Hamilton County, 111., to Miss Artemesia
Maulding. born September 7, 1852, in Ham-
ilton County, 111., daughter of Jarrett and



Julia (Hall) Maulding; they were very old
settlers. Mrs. Wright is the mother of two
children now living, viz., Commodore, born
January 1, 1874; Edward, born March 6,
1878. Mr. and Mrs. Wright are both relig-
iously connected with the Methodist Episco-
pal Church.



SHILOH TOWNSHIP.



TOBIAS K. BUCK, farmer, P. O. Mount
Vernon, was born in Blair County, Penn.,
June 13, 1832, and is a son of Abraham
Buck, a native of Juniata County, Penn.
Our subject was raised on the farm and
educated in the common schools of Ogle
County, 111., where the family removed
in 1842. He was married, November 27,
1863, to Maggie M. Miller, a daughter of
Otho D. Miller. They have had eight chil-
dren, seven living— Otho M., Alma E.,
Walter S. , Hattie D. , Grace, William and
Gay lord W. Mr. Buck came to this county
in December, 1877, and now owns eighty
acres of land; is engaged in general farm-
ing.

CLINTON M. CASEY, farmer, P. O.
Mount Vernon, is a son of Thomas M. and
Harriet (Maxey) Casey, whose history ap-
pears in another part of this work, and was
born near his present residence on the 14th
of December, 1821. His early life was spent
at home, receiving the benefits of the sub-
scription schools of the period, and assisting
to till the soil of his father's farm. When
he was of age, he engaged in farming on his
own account, at which he is still actively en-
gaged. He is the owner of 525 acres of well
improved land, upon which he has a good
home. In 1864, he responded to the call of



his country and enlisted in Company G of
the Second Infantry, and served nine months
and was in the battle of Wise's Cross Roads.
He was married, November 16, 1845, to Miss
Artemisia, daughter of Thomas L. and Ag-
nes Harrel. He is a native of Gallatin
County, 111., and she of Kentucky. They
died in Missouri, he September 5, 1831, she
August 15, 1831. Mr. and IMrs. Casey have
three children living, viz., Thomas Alexan-
der, Lucy J. Gaddis and McKendree Ames.
Also three sons and three daughters dead,
three of whom passed away almost at the
same time. Mr. Casey is Republican in pol-
itics and has held different offices in the
county. For seven years he was Revenue
Assessor of this county for the Government.
JAMES H. CLAYBOURN, saw mill,
Woodlawn, was born in Rome Township,
Jefferson County, III., April 27, 1843, and
was a son of William D. and Frances A.
(Haulker) Claybourn. They were both na-
tives of Tennessee, the father of Knox Coun-
ty, the mother of DeKalb County, where the
marriage was solemnized. In 1838 or 1839,
they came to Gallatin County, then to this
count)-, where the father still resides and
gives his attention to farming. The result
of this marriage was eight sons and six
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now living. The mother died in 1863, and
the father was again married, and has since
had two childi'en. During his life, our sub-
ject has made this county his home most of
the time, except for a two years' residence in
Franklin County. He was reared on the
farm, but has given the most of his attention
to other business pursuits. Has been en-
gaged principally in saw and grist milling ;
is at present engaged in saw-milling, in
partnership with J. V. Bruce, at Woodlawn.
The mill is fitted with a fifteen-horse-power
engine, a sixty-inch saw and a capacity for
6,000 feet per day. The firm also rune a
thresher and engine in the summer. Mr.
Claybourn was married in Shiloh Township
in November, 1865, to Miss Polly A. Yan-
dell. She was born in this county, and a
daughter of James Yandell, deceased. The
result of this union was one child, Mrs A.
V. I. Lacy. This Mrs. Claybourn died in
December, 1866, and in August, 1867, he
was again married to Miss H. A. Maxey, a
daughter of King Maxey, one of the oldest
families in this part of the county. This
union resulted in seven children, six of whom
are now living, viz., Eva M., Alma B. , Nora
M., Orley F., Bertie M. and LIbby F. May
9, 1861, he enlisted in Company C of the
Twenty-second Regiment Ohio Volunteer
Infantry, but soon afterward re-cn'isted in
the First Illinois Cavalry, Company H, un-
der Capt. Noleman, of Centralia. He served
one year with this company, when they were
mustered out. He again enlisted, this time
in the Eightieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry,
Company H, and served until July, 1864,
when he was wounded, and in September of
the same year was transferred to Company C,
Eighth Veteran Reserve Corps, with head-
quarters at Chicago. There he remained on
duty until July, 1865, when he was mustered
out. In politics, he is a Republican.



WILLIAM COLEMAN, farmer, P. O.
Mounc Vernon, was born in Delaware Coun-
ty, Ohio, September 15, 1844. Is the son of
Valentine and Mary (Worline) Coleman. He
was born in Pennsylvania, she in Ohio. He
is still Jiving and resides in this county.
To them six children were born, three of
whom still survive, viz., Mrs. Elizabeth
Shultz and Mrs. Isabelle^Strattan, both of
Marion County, Ohio, and our subject. In
1855, our subject was brought to Stark
County, 111, and two years later to this
county, where his father settled on the pres-
ent farm.'which contains 123 acres, our sub-
ject having charge of the same. He was
reared on a farm and such has been his occu-
pation during life. December 9, 1869, he
was married to Miss Maria Pettit, daughter
of Windsor and Nancy (Burger) Pettit. Mr.
and Mrs. Coleman have two children living
and one dead, viz., Luetta, Effie, and Es-
tella (deceased). In politics, Mr. Coleman is
Republican, but in local elections votes for
the man.

JAMES R. DRIVER, farmer, P. O.
Woodlawn, was born in Wilson County,
Tenn., February 21, 1881, to John and
Mary (Campbell) Driver. He was a native
of North Carolina and she of Virginia; they
emigrated from Tennessee to Jefferson Coun-
ty, 111., in 1841. He, born in 1809, died in
1863; she, born in 1809, died in September,



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