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1852. They were the parents of ten chil-
dren, f oui- of whom are now living. Our sub-
ject was brought to the county by his par-
ents in 1841,, and since that time has princi-
pally resided in the county. He commenced
his eareer in life in the saw mill business,
and continued the same for twenty-seven
years, operating mills in Jefferson, Chris-
tian, Alexander and tlnion Counties during
different periods. In 1878, he began farm-
ing, at which he is actively engaged, and is



the owner of 335 acres of good land. In
response to the call of the country for volun-
teers of the late civil war in 1861, he en-
listed on the 10th of December, in Company
C of the Sixtieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry,
under Col. Toler and Oapt. Moss. In Sep-
tember, he was discharged on account of
physical disability, having been injured in
the back. In August, 1852, he was married
to Miss Matilda C. Allen, who died in Feb-
ruary, 1858, leaving four children, of whom
John M. is still living. He was mar-
ried a second time, October 10, 1860, to
Mrs. Evaline Pate, widow of Lewis Pate,
and a daughter of John Roberts. Mr. Driver
is a wide-awake, public- spirited citizen, a
Republican in politics and has served as
Justice of the Peace for sixteen years. He
and wife are members of the Baptist Church.
Mr. Driver's son was born February 10,
1857, was educated for the ministry, and for
five years has been thus engaged, now being
pastor of a Methodist Episcopal Church of

JOHN L. FERGERSON, farmer, P. O.
Mount Vernon, was born in Sumner Coun-
ty, Tenn., June 23, 1844, and is a son of
James E. and Anna (Ventress) Fergerson.
The father was born in tliis county, but
when a small boy he went to Tennessee,
where he remained until 1851, when he
again returned to this county, where he has
since given his attention to farming and the
mercantile profession. He is at present en-
gaged in business in Mount Vernon. The
mother was born in Tennessee and died
there prior to her husband's removal to this
county. Our subject received his education
principally in the schools of this county,
and has since that time given his attention to
farming. He now owns 160 acres, most of
which is under cultivation. It is the same
farm that was settled by Rev. Rhodam Allen.

Mr. Fergerson was married, March 29, 1869,

to Miss Rose Moss, a daughter of Thomas L.
Moss. The result of this union was five
children — Lena, Charles, Minnie, Homer and
Flora. Mr. and Mrs. Fergerson are both
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
In politics, he is a Republican.

S. B. GILBERT, farmer, P. O. Wood-
lawn, was born in this county, February 25,
1841, and was a son of Eli and Lucy (Fair-
child) Gilbert. The father was born March
2, 180y, in Waterbury, Vt., the mother
June 10, 1805, in Preston, Mass. The twain
came to this county in 1839, where they
lived until their death, which occurred Janu-
ary 20, 1878, both dying on the same day.
The father was a farmer by occupation, and
to them were born live sons and two daugh-
ters, and of that number five are now living.
Our subject has made this county his resi-
dence all his life. His education was of the
common school character, and since then he
has been engaged in farming, now having a
farm of 100 acres. He also deals in] stock.
In the spring of 1865, he entered the service,
enlisting in the Forty-ninth Regular {Infan-
try, Col. Moore, Company G. Oar subject
was stationed at Paducah, Ky., where he re-
mained until the close of the war. Mr. Gil-
bert was married in 1862, to Mary A. Right-
nowar, a native of this county, andja daugh-
ter of Henry Rightnowar, one of the lead-
ing farmers of this county. The result of
this marriage has been ten children, nine of
whom are now living— James H., David P.,
Mary E.,- Martha A., Hiram E., Robert H.,
LucyM. , Lavina J., Ida E. and ^William
I. Samuel B. is the one deceased. Our
subject is a member of the A. F. & A. M. of
Mount Vernon, No. 31, and has acted as
repre.sentative of this organization to the
Grand Lodge. In politics, he is a Democrat;
has served his county and township in nu-



merous offices, among which are Justice of the
Peace, Constable, Supervisor and Assessor.

C. B, HARPER, farmer, P. O. Mount
Vernon, was born in Wilson County, Tenn. ,
May 11, 1821. He is the son of John and
Elizabeth (Bracket) Harper. They were from
Virginia and Tennessee, moving there after
their marriage. In 1S31, they moved to Illi-
nois and settled on the farm now owned by our
subject. He was born December 25, 1773,
and died December 11, 1875, being nearly
one hundred and two years of age. She
died some years before at the age of about
eighty years. Both retained perfect health
and their mental faculties till their final
sickness. They were the parents of three
children, our subject being the youngest, and
only one now living. Om- subject was reared
in this county, and in the pioneer style, his
father, having settled on an improved farm,
and entering Government land. Our subject
in early life attended school in the rude
schoolhouses of the day, and when embark-
ing in life for himself, he chose the same oc-
cupation as his father — that of farming —
and has continued in the same business all
his life on his present farm, which contains
140 acres, and is in a high state of cultiva-
tion, with good farm buildings. He was
married in this county, October 22, 1843, to
Miss Matilda Bateman. She was bora here
October 21, 1823. daughter of Asahel and
Millie Bateman. They were both of Ten-
nessee, coming here at an early date —1819
— her mother being a daughter of Rev. Lew-
is Johnson. Mr. Bateman died about 1848,
and his widow January, 1883, at over eighty
sis years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Harper
have live children, living, viz,, Isabelle,
Mary J., Thomas B., Mattie and C. M, He
and wife are members of the Methodist
Epi.scopal Church. In politics, he is a Re-

HENRY J. HOLTSCLAW, farmer, P. 0.
Mount Vernon, was bom in Barren County,
Ky., June 27, 1815, and is a son of James
and Ehoda (Brooksher) Holtsclaw, the latter
a native of South Carolina and the former of
North Carolina, and his father, Henry Holts-
claw, was a genuine Pennsylvania Dutch-
man, who emigrated to North Carolina and
thence to Kentucky. In 1827, both he and
his son (father of our subject) came to Illi-
nois and settled in this township, where both
died, the latter in 1831 or 1832, and his wife
about the year 1860. They were the parents
of ten children, only three of whom are liv-
ing — Mrs, Margaret Booth, near Centralia,
111.: Richard J., residing in Xenia, Clay
County; 'and our subject. Mr. Holtsclaw
was left to battle for himself at an early age,
his father dying soon after his removal to
Illinois, and leaving hi.s wife with a large
family of children. He had but few chances
for receiving an education, as he says it was
" root little pig or die. " But by the most
persevering industry he won his way in the
world, and after helping his mother to rear
the younger children, he commenced to work
for himself. He owns the old homestead,
upon which the third generation of the fam-
ily now lives. It embraces 360 acres of
land, well improved and in a fine state of
cultivaiion. Indeed, it is one of the finest
farms in the count.y, and probtibly the finest
barn in the county is on it. Mr. Holtsclaw's
Pennsylvania Dutch blood shows in this, as
it is a maxim with them, that " a good barn
will soon pay for a residence, but a fine res-
idence will not pay for a bam." He was
married, in 1859, to Miss Elizabeth John-
son, a daughter of Rev. Lewis Johnson, an
early pioneer of Jefferson County. They
have four children— Martha Ann, Thomas
Jefferson, John Henry and Ida A., all of
whom are living. He and his wife are mem-



bers of the Baptist Church. Mr. Holtsclaw
has never sought office, but takes an active
interest in politics, as all patriotic citizens
should, and is a Democrat of the Jackson
school. He has a great veneration for that
old hero of New Orleans, under whom his
father served as a soldier. Mr. Holtsclaw
came here a small bo3','when the country was
new and wild, and game of all kinds was
plenty. He is an old man now, and has
seen the country improved and civilized and
the wilderness made to rejoice and blossom
as the rose. For more than fifty years he
has lived upon one place, and by his own
hard work has gathered plenty around him,
and now in his old age he is prepared to live
at his ease.

THOMAS C. JOHNSON, farmer, P. O.
Mount Vernon, was born in Jefferson Coun-
ty, 111., June 14, 1827, and is the son of
James Johnson, Sr. (deceased), who came
■with the Maxeys and Caseys from Tennessee
in 1818, and was a native of Virginia. His
wife was Clarissa Maxey. They were the
parents of fifteen children, six of whom are
now living. Our subject was educated in the
early schools of this county, and assisted in
developing the resources of the country.
January 14, 1847, he was married to Miss
Sarah J. Frost, daughter of Dr. Joseph
Frost. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have eight
children, seven of whom still survive, viz.,
Mary E., Eliza C, Laura A., John S. , Alice
A., Lucy J., Sarah E. and Joseph M. (de-
ceased). Mr. Johnson's farm contains nine-
ty acres of well improved land, good farm
buildings, etc. He and family are members
of the Methodist Episcopal Chiirch; in poli-
tics, he is a Democrat

JEHU G. D. MAXEY, farmer, P. O.
Moimt Vernon, the youngest son of William
Maxey (deceased), was born in Sumner
County, Tenn., March 16, IS 14, and came

to this county with his parents in May, 1818,
where he has since resided. Fifty- two years
of this time he has spent on the farm he now
occupies, which is on the southeast quarter
of Section 12. He attended a subscription
school, the first in Jefferson County, in a log
cabin, dirt floor, clapboard roof, with a log
left out and with nothing in the opening for
a window. He was married, January 12,
1832, to Mary A. Bruce, a daughter of Azariah
B. and Martha Bruce. They had but one
child — James Henry — (deceased). Mr. Max-
ey owns 154 acres of land, and is engaged
in farming and stock-raising. He is a
/ worthy Methodist, of which church he has
been a member since a boy, and has been a
licensed exhorter in the church since 1841.
He has been President of the Pioneer Asso-
ciation of Jefferson County for the past
twelve years. Mr. Maxey spent much of his
time for twenty years in hunting. Has shot
many a deer standing in his saddle; shot
deer running |and his horse running also at
full speed.

THOxVIAS L. MOSS, farmer, P. O. Mount
Vernon. Among the more active, upright
and highly respected citizens of Shiloh Pre-
cinct who have, by their honesty, industry
and indomitable energy, carved out a suc-
cessful career, is Mr. Thomas L. Moss,
whose name heads this sketch. He was born
in Jefferson County, 111., on the 30th of No-
vember, 1823. His early life was spent on
the farm, experiencing all of a pioneer's life
and receiving such an education as the log
schoolhouses of the period afforded. Arriv-
ing at his majority, he embarke:! on his ca-
reer in life as a farmer upon his own ac-
count, with a farm of forty acres of unim-
proved land. He still resides on the same
farm, but by hard work and close economy,
he has been able to make the necessary im-
provements and to add to it until now he



owns l.(H)0 acres of well improved land,
upon wliich he has a large and commodious
residence, which was erected from his own
designs. He was married in this county.
September 27, 1842, to Miss Sarah Brock, a
native of Missouri, born June 7, 1824. Her
parents, Tarlton F. and Susan (Antrobus)
Brock, were natives of Virginia and early
settlers of Missouri. She is the mother of
the following children: Thaddeus C, Ma-
hala A., Rose, Lafayette B., AValter D., Ella
and Elaah, all of whom are married except
the youngest child, and are all residents of
Jefferson County except Thaddeus C, who
resides in Missouri. Since their marriage,
Mr. and Mrs. Moss have been leading mem-
bers of the Methodist Episcopal Church; in
politics, his sympathies are in accord with
the views of the Rejiublican party, and he
has held numerous offices of the county.
Ransom Moss, his father, was a liative of
Virginia, where he was raised and educated,
and where, when a young man, he removed
to Tennessee, where he was married. He
emigrated to Illinois and settled in Jefiferson
County in 1819, and here engaged actively
in farming to the time of his death, which
occurred on the 2d of August, 1835. His
first wife was Charlotte Clark, who bore him
two children, a son now residing in Ashley,
111., and a daughter, who married Hon.
Washington Ewing, a native of Rensselaer
County, Ky. He married for his second
wife Anna Johnson (subject's mother), a
daughter of Rev. Lewis Johnson, an early
settler of the county, who came in 1819.
This union was blessed with eight children,
of whom four are now living. Mrs. Moss is
still living, and is the widow of James
Latham, by whom she had one child, S. D.
Latham, a resident of Mount Vernon.

HON. JOHN R. MOSS, farmer and breed-

er of thoroughbred stock, P. O. Mount Ver-
non, was born May 13. 1830, in Jefferson
County, son of Ransom Moss (deceased).
(See sketch of Thomas L. Moss.) Our sub-
ject was educated in this county, and has
made farming and stock-raising his occupa-
tion. His farm contains 250 acres of land,
and his homestead is that which was first
settled by ex- Gov. Zadok Casey, and is
known as the Redbud Hill Stock Farm. In
1879, Mr. Moss imported the first sheep
ever brought to this county, at that time
bringing them from Canada — foiu- ewes and
one buck of the Cotswold breed. He now is
engaged in raising thoroughbred short-horn
and Jersey cattle, Berkshire swine and Cots-
wold sheep His son, Angus Moss, is also
a breeder of thoroughbred cattle, having one

] of the finest herds of shorthorn cattle in
Southern Illinois. January 30, 1853, Mr.
Moss was united in marriage with Miss Par-
melia C. Allen, daughter of Rev. George W.
Allen (deceased), and grand -daughter of
Rev. Rhodam Allen. This union has been
blessed with six children, viz., Angus,
Hannah H., Adda M., Anna E., Harry C.
and Graces. October 10, 1801, Mr. Moss
enlisted in the service of his country in
Company C, Sixtieth Illinois Infantry, and
was made Captain of the company. On ac-
count of physical disability, he was dis-
charged in 1803, and was appointed Deputy
Provost Marshal for the Eleventh District,
and in this capacity served till the close of
the war. Capt. Moss served in the fhirt}'-
tirst General Assembly of the Illinois Legis-

I lature, having been elected by the In-
dependents, in 1878, but when neces-
sary CO operated with the Republicans, to
which party he belongs, and has taken an
active part in furthering the interests of the
Republican party in this district. He is a


Eoyal Templar of Temperance and a strong
Prohibitionist, and a prominent member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church.

J. H. PAYNE, merchant, Woodlawn, is a
native of Jefferson County 111., born Octo-
ber 27, 1837, to Josef)h and Harriet (Stan-
ford) Payne, both natives of Tennessee, virho
emigrated from Smith County to Illinois, lo-
cating in Jefferson County in 1835, where
they engaged in farming till the time of
their death. They were the jiarents of seven
children, of whom three are now living, viz.,
J. H., Essex and J. T. Our subject spent
his early life at home, assisting to till the
soil of his father's farm, and during the win-
ter mimths attending the common schools.
Arriving at his majority, he embarked upon
his career in life as a farmer, and continued
the same uninterruptedly until 1874, wlien
he engaged in the mercantile business, at
which he is at present engaged, doing a large
and thriving trade at the town of Woodlawn,
and where he and his partner, Mr. Sharp,
buy the most of the grain and general prod-
uce of the surrounding country. He was
married, on the 2d of November, 1862, to
Miss Mary Webb, a native of the county and
a daughter of Bennett Webb, a prominent
farmer of the county. Mr. and Mrs. Payne
are members, he of the Methodist Episcopal
Church (South), and she of the Baptist
Church. In politics, he is a Democrat. Like
his partner, Mr. Payne is a self-made man,
who depends upon his own resources for a

J. N. PETTIT, farmer, P. O. Mount Ver-
non, was born in Crawford County, Penn.,
April 22, 1844, a sou of Windsor and
Ann Eliza (Burger) Pettit. The father was
a native of Crawford County, Penn., and
the mother of New York. The former is
still living, but the mother died in this coun-
ty March 27, 1882. Of the family there are

three sons and five daughters now living.
In 1846, our subject's parents came to Illi-
t nois, and in a few years after removed to
j Iowa, where subject received his education,
! There he also remained until August 15,
1862, when he enlisted in Company I,
Twenty-seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry.
A part of the Second Brigade of the Second
Division of the Sixteenth Army Corps, Gen.
A. J. Smith commanding. He was in the
battles of Nashville, Red River expedition
and others of less importance. He was dis-
charged at the close of the war, after having
been out three years, less six days. At the
close of the war, he came to this county,
where he has since given his attention to
farming. He now owns a farm of forty-
nine acres. Mr. Pettit was married, Febru-
ary 14, 1869, to Miss Eliza C. Johnson, a
daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Frost) John-
son, both of whom are now residents of this
township. This union resulted in three chil-
dren — Mary F., Charles A. and Thomas W.
Our subject is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, and in p)olitics is a Re-

SHERWOOD PIERCY, physician, Mount
Vernon, was born in Greene County, 111.,
April 1, 1837, and is the son of Anderson and
Catherine (Lasator) Piercy. He was a na-
tive of Virginia, she of South Carolina, but
died in this county at an advanced age.
They were the parents of twelve children, six
of whom are still living, our subject being
the youngest of the six. In about 1844, they
came to this township, and here our subject
was reared and educated. At about the age
of twenty-five years, he began reading medi-
cine under Dr. Peavler, of Mount Vernon,
and then with Drs. Green & Peavler, con-
tinuing with them for about four years. In
1806, he began the practice of his profession
in Belle Prairie City, Hamilton County, and



remained till 1879, when, on account of ill
health, he had to leave, so puvcliased the
present farm, but gives his attention to the
practice of his profession and has built up a
good business. He was married in August,
1861. to Miss Maiy F. Mangrum. She was
born in Tennessee, but came to this county
when small. Dr. and ilrs. Piercy have five
children living and one dead, viz., Lovona
E., Lovina C, John Anderson (deceased), W.
Duff, Annie Jane" and Cora Agnes. Dr.
Piercy is a member of the Masonic frater-
nity. He and wife are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he
is a Democrat. During the civil war, he saw
some active service, enlisting in 1861 in
Company D, One Hundred and Tenth Illi-
nois Volunteer Infantry.

JOHN A. REED, farmer, P. O. Wood-
lawn, was born in Jefferson County, 111.,
September 10, 1842. son of Bird and Emily
(Piper) Reed. They both were natives of.
Tennessee, and came to this county in 1839,
and died here — she September 24, 1872, he
December 13, 1878. They were the parents
of thirteen children, eleven of whom still
survive. Our subject obtained his education
in the common schools of this county, and
his occupation has been various, but mostly
that of farming and stock-dealing. His
present farm contains eighty acres of land
in a high state of cultivation. September 1,
1863, he was first married to Miss Eliza E.,
youngest daughter of Isaac and Sophia
Hicks. Mrs. Reed died September 23, 1S82.
Seven children were the result of this union,
four of whom still survive, viz., Cora, Min-
nie, Fannie and Joseph Carl. Mr. Reed was
again married. Ho is a member of the In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, being in-
itiated into the Marion Lodge June 7, 1875.
Now is a member of Woodlawn Lodge, No.
522, and has held all the offices and repre-

sented his lodge in the Grand Lodge. In
polities, he is a Democrat, and has held var-
ious township offices — Assessor, Collector,
etc.. and for years has been Chairman of the
Democratic Central Committee of the town-
ship. In 1861, he entered the sei-vice, Com-
pany I, Sixty-eighth Illinois Volunteer In-
fantry, Col. Taylor, and served in the East
till discharged.

LEWIS S. SEWARD, farmer, P. O. Mount
Vernon, was born in Montgomery County,
this State, April 28, 1845, and is a son of
George C. Seward, of Montgomery County.
Our subject was raised on the farm and edu-
cated in the common schools; he has always
been a farmer. His mother died when he
was quite small, and he was brought here
and raised by his grandparents. Mr. Seward
was married, July 21, 1878, to Margaret
Frost, a daughter of Newton L. Frost, of
this township. They have one child — Lill-
ian — a bright little girl of four years. Mr.
and Mrs. Seward are members of the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church. Mr. Seward owns
eighty acres of valuable land.

J. F. SHARP, merchant, Woodlawn, was
born in Gibson County, Ind., October 19,
1823, to Micajah and Nancy (Wright) Sharp,
both of whom were natives of Maryland and
early settlers of Kentucky, and afterward re-
moved to Indiana, where they remained to
the time of their death. He was a cabinet-
maker, but followed the occupation of farm-
ing during the principal part of his life.
They were the parents of ten children, our
subject being the only living child. He was
reared and educated in his native county,
and, arriving at his majority there, engaged
in farming until 1873, when ho came to Illi-
nois and located at Woodlawn, his present
residence, and engaged in the mercantile
business. Their stock comprises a general
line of merchandise, and they do a $25,000



business aaaually. la connectioQ with this
business, the firm of Payne & Sharp do a
general grain business and also handle rail-
road ties. Mr. Sharp was married in Gib-
son, Ind., October 25, 1847, to Miss Marga-
ret A. Yorkers, a native of Pennsylvania;
the )-esult of this union is one child. He
and wife are members of the Presbyterian
Church. He is a member of the I. O. O.
F., and a Republican politically. He is a
self-made man in every respect, being left an
orphan when quite young; he has by his hon-
esty, industry and economy, accumulated his
property and the worthy name he bears.

WILLIAM SIDES, blacksmith, Wood-
lawn. The subject of this sketch was born
in 1842 in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., sou
of Samuel and Margaret (Miller) Sides. He
was a farmer, who was born in North Caro-
lina, came to Cape Girardeau County, Mo.,
and then to LTnion County, 111. , where he
died. She was a native of Cape Girardeau
County, Mo., and died in Union County, 111.
They were the parents of eight children,
only two of whom are now living, viz., Sa-
pora Ann, wife of Jacob Reynolds, and our
subject, William Sides was left an orphan
at nine years of age, and from that time he
was thrown among strangers. He gained
such an education as the circumstances would
permit, having the opportunities of attend-
ing school but about six months. In early
life, he worked on a farm, but when he grew
older he commenced learning the black-
smith's trade. Although still a boy, he
wished to defend the stars and stripes when
the rebellion broke out, so in June, 1862,
he enlisted at Ashley, 111., in the Sixteenth
Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, and partici-
pated in numerous engagements, among which
was the battle at Jonesville, Lee Co., Va. ,
and there was taken prisoner, January 3,
1864. For nearly fourteen months he suf-

fered untold miseries in Southern prison
pens, being at Belle Isle, Andersonville, Ga.,
Charleston, S. C, Florence, S. C, and final-
ly Richmond, Va. At Charleston, they
were put under fire while the Federals were
shelling the city. February 14, 1865, he
was exchanged, but was taken sick and laid
in the hospital at Columbus, Ohio. Finally,
when able, he returned to Ashley on fur-

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