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lough, and in June, 1865, rejoined his regi-
ment. August 17, 1865, was mustered out
at Nashville, Tenn. After returning to Ash-
ley, he completed his trade of blacksmith,
and remained there till June, 1867, when he
came to Jefferson County, and in 1870 set-
tled in Woodlawn, his being the third fam-
ily in the village. Mr. Sides has a large
shop in Woodlawn, and is partner in the flour-
ing mill. here. He deals in grain, agricult-
ural implements, etc. Mr. Sides is a self-
made man, and through his personal integ-
•rity has made a name respected and honored
by his many acquaintances. His life has
been one of activity, but his labor hero has
had its reward —coming here with only $2.50
in money, and now having amassed a prop-
erty of upward of $20,000. He is identified
with the Republican party. March 18, 1863,
near Ashley, he was married to Miss Nancy
E. Eubank. She was born in Washington
County, 111., daughter of Spencer 3. and
Sallie (White) Eubank. This union has re
suited in seven children, viz., Adria 0.scar,
Samuel Wiley (deceased), Albert, Ollie, Adda
and Edda, twins, and William, the youngest.
Mrs. Sides is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church.

JOHN T. SMITH, farmer, P. O. Mount
Vernon, was born in Sumner County, Tenn.,
November 2, 1827, and is a son of James
Smith (deceased), a native of Clark County,
Va., who brought his family to this county in
1829. Here our subject was brought up in



a thinly settled country, where there was
plenty of game, shooting deer from their
door. He attended a subscription school,
taught in a log cabin, with slab seats and
greased paper over a crack in the wall for a
window. He married Polly, daughter of
Green Casey, in 18G7. They have two chil-
dren — Eugene and Walter N. Mrs. Smith
was born in this county; both are Method-
ists. Mr. Smith was School Trustee for four
years. He now owns 223 acres of land.

J. C. TYLER, farmer, P. O. Mount Ver-
non, is a native of Jefferson County, 111.,
born on the 28th of March, l82y. His
father, James H. Tyler, was a native of
Sumner County, Tenn., and was one of the
early settlers of this county. He died here
in the spring of 1877, having been a resident
of the county for about sixty years. His
wife, Catht-rine (Casey) Tyler, is one of the
oldest living settlers of the county. She was
born December 15, 1809, and is the mother
of live children, of whom two sons and one
daughter are now living. Our subject was
raised on a farm and educated in the common
schools. He is one of the successful farm-
ers of Jefferson Count}-, and is the owner of
165 acres of good laud. He was married,
October 30, 1850, to Miss Martha H. Max-
ey, who has borne him six children, all of
whom are dead except Ida M. Mr. Tyler is
now serving his third term as Township
Supervisor. He is a Republican in politics,
an active member of the A., F. & A. M. and
I. O. O. F,, and, with his wife, unites With
the Methodist Episcopal Church.

JOSEPH V. WARD, farmer, P. 0. Mount
Vernon, is a native of Lawrence .County,
Ohio, and was born April 7, 1832. His
father, William Ward (deceased), was a na-
tive of Maryland and came to this county
with his family in 1844. Our subject at-
tended the old-fashioned subscription school.

taught in a log cabin with split-pole seats,
puncheon floor, a log out for window and a
stick and clay chimney. He was married,
November 4, 1852, to Nancy Hales, a
daughter of Thomas Hales. They had seven
children born to them, of whom live are liv-
ing, viz., William T., James W., John H.,
Joseph M. and Hiram Ulyssea. Mr. Ward
was a soldier of Uncle Sam in the late war,
in Company C, Sixtieth Regiment Illinois
Volunteer Infantry, under Gen. Morgan and
Col. Anderson. He served in this capacity
for two years, and was Sergeant eighteen
months in Company H, First United States
Engineers. He was hurt at Chattanooga by
a falling timber when assisting to erect a
magazine He now draws a pension in con-
sequence of said injury. Mr. Ward owns
102 acres of valuable land, and is engaged
in farming and stock-raising. He is a Meth-
odist and a Mason. For the past six years
he has filled the office of Highway Commis-

DR. J. H. WATSON, Woodlawn Among
the able practitioners of Materia Medico, in
Shiloh Township is Dr. J. H. Watson, whose
name heads this brief biography. He is a
native of the county, born July 31, 1846,
and is a son of John H. and Elizabeth M.
(Rankin) Watson. The father was a carpen-
ter by occupation, and in his latter years
gave his attention to the office of Justice of
the Peace at Mount Vernon. He was a na-
tive of Virginia, and son of Dr. Watson, a
native of England, who first settled in Vir-
ginia and afterward in Jefferson County,
111. She. is a native of Tennessee and the
mother of nine children, of whom seven are
now living, our subject being the youngest
child. He was reared and educated in the
city of Mount Vernon, and where he studied
medicine with Dr. Green. He afterward at-
tended medical lectures in Cincinnati and St.


Louis, and graduated from the medical col-
lege of the latter place in 1880. He first
began the practice of medicine in 1867 in
Dunklin County, Mo, In 1868, he returned
to his native county and located in Wood-
lawn, where he has since remained, with the
exception of two years spent in Colorado.
He was married in Woodlawn in 1S70, to
Miss Melissa, daughter of William Wood,
for whom the town of Woodlawn was named.
This union has been blessed with the follow-
ing children: Elizabeth Neva and Thomas
Bertrand. The Doctor is an enterprising,
public-spirited citizen, and is an honor to
the profession to which he is devoted. He
is a member of the A., F. & A. M. , and a
Democrat in politics.

W. C. WEBB, farmer, P. O. Woodlawn,
was born in Wilson County, Tenn., October
27, 1830, son of Bennett and Martha (Hall)
Webb. They were natives of North Caro-
lina, but came to Tennessee when young,
and in 1844 came to Jefferson County, 111.,
where they died. Of their family of ten
children, seven still survive. Our subject's
opportunities for an education were very
limited. His occupation has always been
that of farming. In January, 1872, he was
married to INIiss Mary Frost, daughter of
Newton Frost and grand-daughter of Dr.
Frost, an early settler of the county. Mr.
and Mrs. Webb have two children, viz., Wil-
ford Bennett and Newton Eldridge. j\Ir.
Webb's farm contains 320 acres, about 200
in cultivation. For twenty years he has
been an active member of the Baptist
Church. He holds to the principles of the
Democratic party, and has held different
offices of the township. Mr. Webb is one of
the successfiil farmers of Shiloh Township,
and has made his success through his own

O. Woodlawn, was born in White County,
Tenn., April 15, 1832, son of James and
Rebecca Weatherford, natives of South Caro-
lina, who came to this county in 1856 from
Tennessee. She died when our subject was
small, he March 5, 1875. Our subject was
reared in Tennessee, and his life has been
spent in different places and engaged in var-
ious business pursuits. For a number of
years he lived in Mount Vernon and in Col-
orado, etc. In the fall of 1866, he bought
his present farm in partnership with his
brother, M. C. His brother died in 1876,
and onr subject has since piu'chased the en-
tire farm of 240 acres. He did not remain
on the farm all the time till 1880; now, how-
ever, he gives his entire attention to it. Mr.
Weatherford is not a member of any society,
but is always ready to aid the furtherance of
any good enterprise. In politics, he asso-
ciates with the Republican party.

JOHN N. WHITE, farmer, P. O. Mount
Vernon, was born in Brown County, Ohio,
June 11, 1831, to Warner and Elizabeth
(Daniel) White. He was born in Virginia
May 21, 1801, and was reared on a farm in
his native State. Upon reaching his matur-
ity, ho removed to Brown County, Ohio,
where he was married lo the mother of om*
subject in 1831. For some time he was en-
gaged at his trade of shoe-maker, but soon
after marriage began farming, and has fol-
lowed the same since. In the spring of
1843, he emigrated with his family to this
county and now resides on the farm on which he
moved soon after coming to the county. In
politics,, he is Republican, and for many
years has been an active and liberal member
of the Presbyterian Church. He is the son
of Warren White, a descendant of one of
the Pilgrims who came in the Mayflower. The



mother of our subject, who also is still livinc;,
was born January 14, 1811, in Ohio, a
daughter of Joseph Daniel, a native of Vir-
ginia, who settled in Brown County, Ohio,
when reaching manhood. To Mr. and Mrs.
Warren White six children were born, five
of whom still siu'vive, viz., our subject, Will-
iam, Sarah (widow of Charles H. Maxey),
Eobert and James. Our subject remained
on the farm till about 1849, when he began
working at the carpenter's trade, and has fol-
lowed the same for many years since. In
1854, he was married to Miss Eliza H. Max-
ey, who was born in Jefferson County in
1837, and is the mother of two children —

Warner N. and Lora E. In JaTuiary, 1862,
he enlisted in Company H, Fii-st Illinois
Cavalry, under command of Capt. Noleman,
of Centralia. In July of the same year, he
was mustered out. In August, 1862, be
again enlisted in Company B, One Hundred
and Tenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and
served in that till in the spring of 1863, when
he was mustered out. While in the service,
he received a wound in the ankle while mak-
ing a charge, from the effects of which he still
suffer.s. After returning from the service,
he anjain engaged at his trade, but in 1876
began farming, at which occupation he is now
engaged. In politics, he is a Republican.


WILLIA.^I T. ADAMS, farmer, P. 0. Blu-
ford. This gentleman is one of those self-
made, energetic men who have worked their
way up in the world by hard work and perse-
verance. He was born June 22, 1826, in this
county. His father, Willoughby W. Adams,
was a native of North Carolina and reared in
Alabama, who died in Jefferson Countj', 111.,
where he was classed among the most liighly
respected citizens. The mother of our subject
was Jane (Tunstel) Adams, a native of Ken-
tucky, who died in this county. Our subject
was educated in the common schools of Jeffer-
son Count}-, and there married Harriet A.
Wright, born April 1.5, 1832, in Kentucky,
daughter of Kobert S. Wright, a native of that
State. Her mother, Rachel Davis, was also a
native of Kentucky. This union was blessed
with twelve children, of whom eight are now
living — Robert W., born July 12, 1852 ; George
W. born November 1, 1854; Lydia F., born
November 4, 1856 (wife of William Nation, and

the mother of four children — Oliver R., Lula
L., Julia A., Lizzie B., deceased, Thomas J.,
born May 24, 1859 ; Charles H., born May 7,
186.3; John Q.. born July 31, 1865; Nancy
M., born January 7, 1868 ; Jacob D., born No-
vember 31, 1873. Mrs. Adams is a member of
the Christian Church, and has one little girl
adopted, Minna M., born May 17, 1878. Mr.
Adams has a farm of 320 acres. In politics,
he is a Democrat.

0. Pigeon, was Ijorn in Pulaski County, Va.
The records were burned when he was quite
small, and the date of his birth is not certainly
known. He was brought by his parents to
Clinton Count}-, 111., in infanoj', and to this
county when about twelve years old, where he
has since lived. Married, in 1858, Rosetta
Sledge, by whom he had six children, five liv-
ing — John F., David, William L., Minnie and
Lillie. He owns 166 acres of land, and is
engaged in farming and stock-raising. He



served in the late war, Company C, Eighth
Illinois Volunteer Infantry, one year, and par-
ticipated in the charge at Mobile.

LEOXARD W. BRUCE, farmer, P. 0. Mar-
low, the pioneer of Webber Township, was
born in Wilson County, Tenn., March 13, 1819,
and is a son of Azariah Bruce (deceased), a
native of Virginia, who brought his family to
this county in 1826. Our subject attended
school in a log cabin, sat on a split, and wrote
on a slab, supported on pins in the wall. The
cabin had no floor except " mother earth,"' and
the window was the aperture made by remov-
ing a log. In 1850, he married Caroline,
daughter of James Bridges. They had nine
children, eight living — Mary, Rebecca, Adda,
Roland, Hardy, Nannie, Ellen and Peter. Mr.
Bruce owns 200 acres of valuable land. Is a
member of the Masonic fraternity.

JESSE J. CLARK, farmer, P. 0. Pigeon,
was born born in Robertson County, Tenn.,
May 28, 1828, and is a son of Jesse Clark
(deceased), a native of Virginia. Our subject
was brought up on the farm, and has always
been a farmer. Came to this county in 1856.
Married, December 27, 1855, to Fannie Winters,
by whom he has had eight children, six living —
MoUie, Fredonia, Wade, Nannie, Delia and Mer-
tie. Mr. Clark owns uinetj'-eight acres of land.
Is a member of the Baptist Church.

JOSEPH F. CLARK, farmer, P. 0. Pigeon,
was born in Robertson County, Tenn., Septem-
ber 8, 1831, and is a son of Jesse Clark (de-
ceased). Came to this county in 1856. Was
married, February 26, 1857, to Sarah Smith, by
whom he had nine children, seven living —
Florence, Ardelia C, Edith, Cora, Lillie, George
and Thomas. Is a member of the Baptist
Church. Owns se\'entj-seven and a half acres
of land on Section 32.

ANDREW J. COOK, stock-raiser, P. 0.
Pigeon, was born in Germany Febniary 28, 1851.
His father, Henry Cook, brought his family to
America in 1858, and located in St. Louis.

Mr. Cook came to this county in 1860. He
married Alice Stoneraotz in December, 1873.
They had three children — Ola (deceased), Dena
(deceased), and Nellie ; the latter is six years
old. Mr. Cook is extensively engaged in
breeding short-horn cattle, and has one of the
finest, if not the finest, herd of cattle in Southern
Illinois. His bull weighs 2,000 pounds, and is
four years old. He owns 180 acres of fine,
well-improved land. He began life fifteen
3'ears ago without a dollar. His fine cattle and
extensive improvements show that he has been
eminently successful. He is a hard worker
and very industrious.

WILLIAM P. DAVIS, farmer, P. 0. Tilford,
is a native of Surr}- County, N. C, and was
born May 11, 1827. His father, Reece Davis,
deceased, was also a native of Surry County,
aad brought his family to this county in 1849,
where he died in 1854. Our subject attended
a subscription school in a log cabin with a dirt
floor, and sat upon a split-pole bench. His
mother's maiden name was Patsy Harris. She
still resides in this township, and is eighty-five
years old. Mr. Davis was married, Februar}'
14, 1864, to Margaret Dagg, daughter of James
Dagg, deceased, a native of Ireland. The}' had
seven children, five living — Mary F., Martha J.,
Theodosia, Lucinda and William R. Mr. Davis
owns 157 acres of land, and is engaged in
farming and stock-raising. The family are

WILLIAM B. DULANY, farmer and
teacher, P. 0. Tilford, is a native of Van Buren
County, Tenn., and was born November 28,
1849. His father, John P. Dulany, resides at
Black Oak Ridge, this county. The famil}'
came to this county in 1867. Our subject was
educated at Ewing College, Franklin Co., 111.,
and has taught school for the past eleven win-
ters, and farmed during the summers. He
married jMartha A. Bruce September 25, 1873.
She is a daughter of S. V. Bruce, of Mount
Vernon Township. They have had four chil-



tlren. three living — Eilitli B., Silas F. and Ina.
Mr. Dulanj- owns 100 acres of land, and makes
the raising of fine liorses a specialty' — the Nor-
man stock. He held the office of Assessor
two terms. Is a member of the JIasonic fra-

BRITTEN D. ESMAN, merchant and larmer,
P. 0. Tilford, was born in Jlonroe Count}',
Tenn., July 20, 1847, and is a son of William
Esman, deceased, who brought his family to
this county in 1858. Our subject preached
regularly in the Baptist Church for ten years
in this county. In June, 1883, he engaged in
the mercantile business at Bluford, and has
built up a good trade in general merchandising.
He also carries on the farm. He married Cj'u-
thia Patterson February 28, 1869. Five chil-
dren were the fruit of this union, four of whom
are living— Rosa E., Mary J., Ida F. and

SAMUEL H. HILLIARD, physician. Pigeon,
was born in Tensas Parish, La., January 10,
1851. His father, John D. Hilliard, is a native
of New Hampshire, and resides in Carlyle, 111.
Our subject was educated in Washington Semi-
nar)', at Richview, 111. He graduated from the
Medical Institute, of Cincinnati, Ohio, in March,
1877. He came to this county in 1877, soon
after graduation, and has built up a large and
remunerative practice. Was married in 1879
to Miss Florence, daughter of Joseph F. Clark,
of Farrington Township, this county. The
Doctor owns 40 acres of land and is a mem-
ber of the Masonic fraternity.

LANSON K. LAIRD, former, P. 0. Tilford,
was born in Athens County, Ohio, September
28, 1844, and is a son of John Laird (deceased),
a native of Greene County, Penn. Mr. Laird
was a soldier for Uncle Sam in the late war, in
Company G, Ninety-second Ohio A'olunteer In-
fantry, and participated in the battles of Chick-
amauga. Mission Ridge, Hoover's Gap, Wilder-
ness, Ft. Sumter and others. He came to Effing-
ham Count}-, 111., in 186(5, and to Texas in 1869,

traveling through Texas, Indian Territory and
Kansas until 1874, when he came to Douglas
County, 111., and in 1881 he came to this coun-
ty. He was married, September 4, 1868, to
Miss Hettie Wintering, who died about eight
months later. On the 30th of July, 1879, he
married Mrs. Mary Evinger, a daughter of
John Woods. She had three children liy her
first husband, viz.: Emma, Rosa and Eura F.
Evinger. Mr. L. owns 120 acres of land. Is
a Mason.

LORENZO M. LIVESAY, deceased, was
born in Tennessee October 9, 1825. He came
to this county in the fall of 1856, where he
died June 6, 187G. He was twice married —
the first time to Margaret J. Thompson, Octo-
ber 22, 1845. By her he had twelve children,
but four of whom are living — Mary C, Ephraim
J., Elizabeth P. and Lafayette S. Mrs. L. died
October 28, 1868, and on the 16th of May,
1869, he married Sarah S. Lane, daughter of
Henry Lane (deceased). She was born in Cald-
well County, Ky., and came with her parents
to Clinton County, 111., in 1840. Mr. Livesay
was a faithful Methodist, and a useful, honest

ABRAM MARLOW, farmer, P. 0. Marlow,
was born in Wilson County, Tenn., September
8, 1822, and is a son of James Marlow (de-
ceased), a native of "S'irginia, who brought his
family to this county in 1828, and settled on
Bullock's Prairie, four miles west of Mt. Ver-
non. Mr. Slarlow attended a subscription
school in a log cabin, with stick chimney, and
sat on a split pole, with pins in for legs. When
the 3Iarlows settled here, there were many deer,
turkeys, wolves, wild cats, and a few bears and
panthers here. Our subject was married, in
1842, to Elvira, daughter of Burrel Warren
(deceased). They had eleven children, seven
living— Winfleld S., Millard F., Sarah A., A.
Lincoln, Lucretia J., Hiram P. and Cora. Mr.
Marlow was Justice of the Peace fifteen years,
Supervisor three years. Postmaster at Marlow



one year, and is Notary Public. Member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church and Masonic

SAMUEL a. MARTIN, farmer. P. 0. Til-
ford, is a native of Bedford County, Tenu., born
November 24, 1838, and is a son of Asa Mar-
tin (deceased), a native of North Carolina. Mr.
Martin came to this county in 1854. He was
a soldier in the late war, in Company B, One
Hundred and Tenth Illinois Volunteer Infan-
try, United States Army, nearly three j"ear.«,
participating in the battles of Mission Ridge,
Chickamauga, all through the Atlanta cam-
paign, with Sherman to the sea, and back
through the Carolinas, and lastly participated
in the battle of Bentonville, N. C. He was
married, January 16, 1862, to ^lary Sehanck,
by whom be had seven children, four living —
Alcora I., Ina L., Willard W. and Otto C. Mrs.
Martin died December 3, 1876. and he again
married, April 11. 1879, to Mrs. Hester A. Gib-
son (maiden name Buroughs). By her he has
two children — Marcus and Ruby (twins). She
had five children by her first husband — Adda
J. (deceased), Mary, Laura M., 3Iargaret and
Ettie. Mr. Martin owns 120 acres of land.

JAMES C. MAXEY, farmer and stock-
raiser, P. 0. Pigeon, was born in Shiloh Town-
ship, this county, June 14, 1827. He was
brought up on the farm, and received his edu-
cation in a subscription school in a log cabin.
He married Nancy J. Moss October 31, 1850.
Her father. Ransom Moss (deceased) is of the
large tribe of Mosses (or as some spell it,
Morse), whose ancestral lineage can be traced
back several hundred years. Ransom Moss
came from Virginia to this county about the
year 1818, and settled among the Indi.ans and
wild animals. Mrs. Moss still resides in this
countj', and is eighty-five years old, the oldest
lady member of the Pioneer Societj' of this
county. Mr. and Mrs. Maxey have had eight
children, seven living — John R., Walter S., Os-
car S., Albion P., Henry B., Lillie B. and Ran-

som M. One son, Oliver W., died at the age of
nineteen years. Mr. Maxey owns 120 acres of
valuable jland. and resides on Section 2. His
father, Henry B. Maxey (deceased), was a na-
tive of Wilson County, Tenn., and a pioneer of
this county, having settled here in 1818. He
was a mason by trade, and when away build-
ing chimneys his wife often had to throw ven-
ison to the wolves and bears to prevent their
breaking into the cabin. She was a brave
woman. On returning late one night he feigned
to frighten her by disguising his voice, but she
was equal to the emergenc}-, and took the gun
down and made ready to shoot as she opened
the door at his command, whereupon he ran
around the house, holloaing, " Don't shoot,
Pegg} , it's me."

HARVEY M. MAXEY, farmer and mer-
chant, P. 0. Pigeon, was born in this countj-
March 26, 1840, and is a brother of James C.
Maxey, of this township (see his biography).
Mr. Mase}' received a common school educa-
tion. He taught school about four j-ears, and
clerked in different stores in Mt. Vernon sev-
eral years, but has also carried on his farm.
For the past j'ear, he has been selling goods at
Keen Station. His oldest son, Albion T., su-
perintends the farm, of which there are over
200 acres (but in different tracts). Mr. M.
married, October 24, 1864, Elizabeth Rook, by
whom he had sevon children, six living — Albion
T., Frederick X., Harry R., Edward B.. Orvil
and Clarence.

THOMAS F. MOORE, stock-dealer, P. 0.
Tilford, was born in McMinn County, Tenn.,
April 10, 1839, and is a son of Alexander
Moore, of Pendleton Township, who brought
his family to Jefferson County in 1840. Our
subject spent his boyhood days on his father's
farm, and received a limited education. As a
business man Jlr. Moore has been eminently
successful, although at first everything seemed
dark. At the age of nineteen years, he engaged
in the mercantile business at Lynchburg, in this



count\% but soou afterward tailed ; and when he
was married he '• was not wortli anything." He
then began to raise stock, which suited his dis-
position. He has since been prospered be-
}-ond his most sanguine expectations, until at
present he owns about 2,500 acres of land, be-
sides a large general store at BUiford. He also
deals very extensively in poultrj- and produce
as well as in stock. Mr. Moore owns also a
first-class flouring mill at Opdyke, in this
count}'. But few men in Southern Illinois
handle as much money as does Mr. Moore. He
was married, February 7, 18(53, to Catherine,
daughter of William Scrivner. Thej- have had
ten children, eight living — William N., MoUic,
Margaret, Thomas F., Lydia, Alexander, Oliver
K. and Cora. Mr. Moore held the office of
Collector two terms, and is the present Super-
visor of Webber Township. He is a stock-
holder in the Jefferson County Agricultural So-
ciety, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and
of the Baptist Church.

ALEXANDER MOORE, Jr., farmer, P. 0.
Tilford, was born in this county, September 14,
1843, and is a sou of Thomas Moore (deceased),

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