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sons and five daughters, three sons and the
daughters still living, Our subject, when about
nine years of age, came to this county with his
parents, and has made the immediate neighbor-
hood his home since. He received his educa-
tion in the schools of the county. His occupa-
tion has always been that of farming. Mr.
Cunningham was probably the first man to en-
ter the service from this county during the
civil war, enlisting in April, 1861, with Com-
pany G, Twelfth Illinois Volunteer Infantry,
from Perry County, 111., under Capt. Brookins,
of Dsquoin, and Col. McArthur, of Chicago.
Their term of service expired in August, 1861,
and our subject returned home and remained
till August 12, 1862, when he enlisted in Com-
pany n. Eightieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
Capt. James Cunningham, Col. Thomas G. Al-
len, our subject being commissioned Second
Lieutenant of his company, and afterward First
Lieutenant. He remained in the service till
June, 1865, when thej- were mustered out. He
participated in from twenty-five to thirty en-
gagements. Was at the fall of Atlanta, but
after that was no longer with Sherman, but re-
mained under Gen. Thomas, and was at the
battles of Franklin and Nashville, Tenn., etc.
Since returning from the service, he has been



engaged in farming. December 28, 1865, he
was married to Miss Jlollie T. Ellis. She was
born in Fayette Count}-. Ind., daughter of Les-
ter and Sall>- E. p]llis, natives of New York
State. Both died in this count}-, he June 26,
1868, she July 8, 1879. Mr. and Mrs. C. have
six children, viz.: Carrie M., Lester E., Maud
B., Silas A., Theodore B. and Louie B. In
politics, he is a Republican, and takes an ac-
tive part to secure the success of his party.
The Cunningham family is of Scotch-Irish de-
scent, the grandfather of our subject coming to
the United States when about eight years of

J. M. B. GASTON, farmer, P. O. Dix. The
subject of this sketch was born in Randolph
County, 111., March 22, 1824, son of William
and Elizabeth (Couch) Gaston, both natives of
South Carolina. She was born in April, 1803,
and her parents removed from South Carolina
to Tennessee in October of the same year.
About 1806, her parents, James and Elizabeth
(McBride) Couch, came to Illinois and died
here at advanced ages. The father of our sub-
ject removed to Kentucky previous to the war
of 1812, and enlisted in that war from the vi-
cinity of Hopkinsville, Ky. Some time after
the close of the war, he settled in Indiana, and
it was there that he was united in marriage to
his first wife, Jane McMilliu. By her he had
a family of five children, none of whom now
survive. He was married to the mother of our
subject in Randolph County, III., and by her
had four sons and four daughters, all of whom
are still living, our subject being the eldest.
He died September 21, 1869, at the age of
eighty-three years six months and some days.
He was a son of William Gaston, who was a
Revolutionary soldier, as were many other
members of the Gaston family of South Caro-
lina. The Gaston family is of French descent,
and several generations ago were banished
from France on account of religious belief
Our subject was mostly reared in Marion !

County, where his parents moved when he was
small, but his education was obtained across
the line in Jefferson County. His leading oc-
cupation in life has been that of farming, but
for some months worked at coopering, and also
about five years at the blacksmith trade. For
seventeen months has served in the Mexican
war, being under Gen. Price in New Mexico.
In 1851, he came to Rome Township, and in
1856, to his present farm, where he has since
resided, except three years during the late re-
bellion. In 1861, he enlisted in Company C,
Twenty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry,
Col. Dougherty, and was out for three years,
but at the battle of Belmont, Mo., he was so
severe!}' wounded that he was unable for fur-
ther active duty. Mr. Gaston has twice been
married, first to Miss Mary Storment, in Marion
County, 111., February 5, 1852. She was the
daughter of John Storment, and was born in Jef-
ferson County, 111. She died September 28, 1866,
aged thirty-six years eight months twenty days,
and was the mother of four children, one now
living, viz.: Margaret E., wife of W. H.Michael.
September 12, 1867, he was married to his sec-
ond wife, Mrs. Nancy J. (Hill) Creel, widow of
DeWitt Creel, and daughter of William Hill,
who came to Illinois in 1803, landing in the vi-
cinity of Kaskaskia on Christmas Day. By her
first husband Mrs. G. has two sons living, viz.:
James M. and William D. One sou by her pres-
ent husband, viz., John H., deceased. Mr. and
Mrs. Gaston are members of the M. E. Church.
In politics, he is a Republican.

H. H. HUTCHISON, farmer, P. 0. Dix,
was born in Wilson County, Tenn., June 24,
1840, to William and Jane (Williams) Hutchi-
son. They were both natives of South Carolina,
and moved to Tennessee after marriage, aud in
about 1845 to this county, where they remained
till death. They were the parents of fourteen
children, twelve of whom still survive; of their
descendants now living there are about 200.
From early life, our subject was reared in this



county, and received such an education as the
common schools afforded, and afterward at-
tended the college at Lebanon, Tenn., for one
year. He then remained in the South for six
years longer, engaged in teaching, with excel-
lent results. Since returning North, he has
still been engaged in teaching to some ex-
tent, having taught in all eighteen sessions of
school. August 21, 1875, he started into the
mercantile business in Rome, but in latter part
of 1876 traded the store to Mr. R. F. Casey for
his present farm, on which he has since been
actively engaged as a successful agriculturist.
His farm contains 100 acres. February 25,
1877, he was married in this county to Miss Min-
nie F. Davis, born in Centralia, and daughter of
George Davis, now a resident of Rome. Mr.
and Mrs. Hutchison iiave three children, and
one dead, viz.: Mary Ethel, Maud Eltha and
Mona Esther, and an infant deceased. He is a
member of A. F. & A. M., Rome Lodge, No.
721. In politics, he is a Democrat.

B. P. MAXFIELD, retired farmer, P. 0. Dix,
was born in Overton County, Tenn., July 17,
1818, and is the son of John and Sarah (Car-
penter) Maxfield. She was a native of Virginia,
he of Tennessee. In 1825, they removed from
Tennessee to Indiana, and in 1829 to Sangamon
County, 111., where the}' remained till 1831 ; then
to Effingham County, 111., and made that their
home for ten years, when they located in St. Clair
County, 111., and he died there. His occupation
was that of farming. They were the parents of
ten children, seven of whom reached maturity.
Of tlie number, but four are now living, viz., B.
1'., Seth, John and Mrs. Rhoda Finch. In 1846,
our subject came to Jefferson County, 111., and
has resided here since. His mother, who also
came, died in the county. Until 1858, he was
engaged in farming and then embarked in the
milling business at Rome, and continued in the
same till 1865, when he again went to farming,
and has made that his business since. Now,
however, he ha3 retired from active life. Mr.

Maxfield has been very successful in business,
and has done a good part by his children. His
farm now contains ninet}- acres adjoining
the vilLige of Rome. November 15, 1840i
he was married to Miss Lucinda Galloway.
She was born in Kentucky November 15, 1817,
daughter of Adam and Sarah (Lock) Galloway.
In 1818, they moved to Edwards County, 111.,
but afterward to Sangamon County, where he
died. She died in Jackson County. They were
the parents of twelve children, nine reaching
maturity, but three now surviving вАФ Mrs. Max-
field, Mrs. Sarah Flowers and Mrs. Elizabeth D.
Stac}-. Both the fathers of Mr. and Mrs. Max-
field served in the war of 1812, under Jackson.
To Mr. and Mrs. Maxfield six children were born,
three now living, viz., Sarah, wife of Matthew
Tilford, and Mary A., wife of Robert White,
both of this township, and one son, Hiram, now
a resident of Effingham Countj-. For over
thirty years, Mr. M. has been a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, of which church
his wife is also a member. In polities, he is

WILLIAM A. McMillan, farmer, P. O.
Walnut Hill, was born iu Perry County, 111.,
May 3, 1853, to James and Jane (Cunningham)
McMillan. They were both natives of North
Carolina, and of Irish descent. His occupation
was that of a farmer. Both died in Perry
Countj', 111. Of their children, six are still liv-
ing, our subject being the youngest. He was
reared and educated in Perry Couuty, 111., Init
was left an orphan at an early age. his mother
dying when he was but four years of age, and
his father about four years later. When our
subject was seventeen j'ears of age he started
in life upon his own account. Ho was married
August 23, 1870, to Miss Martha J.Brown;
she was born in Perry County also; daughter
of Andrew and Margaret L. (Brown) Brown,
both natives of South Carolina, and neither now
surviving. Mr. and Mrs. McMillan have one
child dead and four living, viz.; Ira Delbert,



born in 1874, died July 1, 1875, at about four-
teen months of age; Minnie L., born March 17,
1876; Cora L., born February 14, 1878; Charles
B., born July 29, 1880; Frederick, born May 4,
1883. In politics, he is Republican. Mrs.
McMiUan is a member of United Presbyterian
Church. In starting in life for themselves, Mr.
McMillan had about $700 in money and his
wife 100 acres of timber land. Their farm
now contains 93 acres of well-improved land.
They came to this county, to their present
home, in 1876.

NEWTON MILBURN, farmer, P. 0. Dix,
was born in Rome Township September 9,
1855, and is the son of Hiram Milburn. Our
subject was reared on his father's farm, and ed-
ucated in the common schools of the county.
May 25, 1876, he was married in this county to
Miss Mary Douthet, born in Franklin County,
111., in 1858, daughter of Campbell and Betsie
(Fox) Douthet. Mr. and Mrs. Milburn have
tln-ee children, viz., Lucy J., Hattie and Mary
A. Our subject lias made farming and stock-
dealing his occupation, and in his chosen pro-
fession has been very successful by close atten-
tion to business. Soon after marriage, he
moved to his present farm, which contains 140
acres in a high state of cultivation. Most of his
attention is given to buying young stock and
keeping it till he can realize a handsome profit
through its growth. His father, Hiram Mil-
burn, was born in Indiana January 23, 1816, to
Robert and Nancy Milburn. Both had come to
Indiana at an early date, and were married
there in 1812. By trade, he was a hatter, but
for many years was engaged in the milling bus-
iness, and was one of a company who erected a
steam flouring mill at Princeton, Ind., the first
built in Southern Indiana. He was an old sol-
dier, having served with Gen. Harrison at the
battle of Tippecanoe. He was the father of a
large family of children, five of whom still sur-
vive. Our subject, Hiram Milburn, came to
Illinois in 1839, but settled in Marion County,

where he remained until 1854, when he came to
his present farm, where he has since resided.
June 11, 1836, he was married near Evansville,
Ind., to Miss Mary A. McCoy, who was born
July 24, 1819. This union has been blessed
with the following-named children: Mrs. Rose
McWilliams, Mrs Mary E. Casey, Mrs. Maliuda
W. Meyers, Mrs. Louisa M. Free, Thomas N.
and William A.; also two sons deceased, one
dying while young, the other, Robert, in 1866,
from disease contracted while in the four years'
service of his country. Mr. Milburn is associat-
ed with the Republican party in political mat-
ters, but takes no active part in political life.

JOHN SANDERS, farmer, P. 0. Walnut
Hill, was born in Marion Countj', III., February
22, 1835, to John and Sarah (Copple) San-
ders. He was born in North Carolina; she in
Indiana. His parents moved to Indiana when
he was about eighteen months of age, and it was
there he was reared and educated, and died
about July 6, 1875. She is still living. To
them nine children were born, five of whom
still survive, viz.; Thomas, Elizabeth, John,
Charies and Isaac. In 1857, our subject came
to this countj and settled on his present farm,
which contains 280 acres of land. He was
married in Indiana, in 1854, to Miss Elizabeth
Cook, who was born in Orange County, Ind.,
daughter of Absalom Cook. Their union has
been blessed with nine children living, viz.:
Thomas, William R., John A., Absalom, Cena,
Samuel, Charles, Ira and Edward; also three
dead. Mr. Sanders has been one of the suc-
cessful farmers of this township, but his success
in life has been made through his own energy.
From April 7, 1865, till July 29, 1865, he was
in the army, and served in Company H, Fifty-
third Illinois Infantry. He is a member of
Walnut Hill Lodge, I." 0. 0. F., No. 710. In
politics, he is Greenbacker. For over thirty-
one years he and wife have been active mem-
bers of the Christian Church.

JOHN TELFORD, farmer, P. 0. Walnut



Hill, Marion County. The subject of this
sketch was born in South Carolina September
17, 1824, to Joseph and Martha (Craven) Tel-
ford. He was a native of South Carolina, born
in 1791; she of Virginia, born 1798. In June,
1831, the}- moved from South Carolina to Illi-
nois, bringing a family of five children. They
settled in Marion County, but the farm lay parti}-
in Marion and partly in Jetferson County. At
the time of his death, September 7, 1850, he
had 326 acres of land. She died in 1877.
They were the parents of nine sons and two
daughters. Only two of the family dead; the
remainder are living in this and Marion County.
In politics, he was a Whig, then Republican,
and in religion was connected with the Associ-
ate Reformed Church. Our subject was reared
on the farm in Marion County, and attended
the schools in Marion and Jefferson Counties.
The first year after embarking in life for him-
self, he lived out as a farm hand. February 1,
he began the improvement of his present home-
stead, then having 40 acres of land given to
him by his fatlier. His farm now contains
286 acres, besides a farm owned by his wife.
He has also deeded 40 acres to each of his
three children. April 27, 1848, he was mar-
ried to Miss Sarah M. Boggs, sister of William
Boggs, whose sketch appears in this work.

This union has been blessed with the three
following-named children: .Julia A., wife of
William L. Boles; Joseph C. and Charles R.
He and wife are members of the Reformed Pres-
byterian Church. In politics, he is associated
with the Greenback party.

B. F. WIMBERLY, farmer, P. 0. Dix, was
born in this county June 25, 1843; is the son of
Elijah and Maria (HoUin) Wimberly. She was
anativeof Virginia, he of Tennessee. The}' came
to this county at an early date, and died here.
They were the parents of thirteen children, of
whom four sons and two daughters are still liv-
ing. Our subject's early life was spent in till-
ing the soil, and with but little advantage for a
school education. When reaching bis majority,
he embarked in life for himself, and has through
his own exertions been very successful. Most
of his life he has been engaged in farming, but
for eighteen months was in the mercantile
business at Rome. He now, however, is active-
ly engaged in making his present farm of 160
acres a complete success. In 1865, he was
married to Miss Sally Walls. She was born in
Marion County, 111., daughter of Henry Walls.
Five children are the result of this union,
viz.: Alonzo, Emma, Robert, Clarence and
Cora. In politics, his views coincide with those
of the Democrat party.


JOHN H. ARNOLD, farmer, P. 0. Mount
Vernon, was born October 2, 1846, in Jefferson
County, 111., to which his father, John Arnold,
came in 1827, with his father, Steven Arnold, j
who was a soldier in the war of 1812, his wife, I
Elizabeth Arnold, coming from Tennessee.
John Arnold died October 10, 1878, in this
county. The mother of our subject, Elizabeth

W., born .January 28, 1812, in Tennessee, was
a daughter of John W. and Mary McBrian, na-
tives of Virginia, and the parents of eight chil-
I dren, of whom four are now living, viz.: Steven
! W., John H., Martha T. and Elizabeth A.
Prior L. and William J. died while in the Unit-
ed States Army in our late war. The former
died January 29, 1863, and the latter died



March 29. 1863. Our subject was educated in
his home district, and has carried on the farm
of 260 acres. In politics, he is a Democrat.

C. N. BAUGH, farmer, P. 0. Mount Vernon,
was born November 19, 1840, in Jefferson
County, 111., son of John Baugh, a native of
Lookingglass Prairie, 111.; he died in Texas in
1881. His father, John, was a native of Vir-
ginia. The mother of our subject, Elizabeth
Bruce, was born in Tennessee, but reared in this
conuty. She is yet living in Texas and the
mother of eight children now living Our sub-
ject served in the United States Army during
our late war, in the Sixtieth Illinois Volunteer
Infantry, Company D ; he was a blacksmith a
part of the time, but was also in many battles,
being wounded twice, and receives a pension.
His wife, Sarilda Houser, a native of Union
County, 111., born* October 13, 1846, is the
mother of six children, viz.: May B., Viola R.,
Luella R., Millard A., John E. and Scott I. He
has a farm of 120 acres, and in politics is a

PHILLIP BRESACHER, farmer, P. 0. Mt.
Vernon, was born July 13, 1833, in Alsace,
France, but which now belongs to Germany.
His father, John Bresacher, was a native of the
same place ; he was a farmer also. He came to
the United States when our subject was only
four years old. The mother of our subject was
of Germany also. She was the mother of seven
boys. Of the boys only two are now living, viz.,
Henry Bresacher and our subject, who received
his education in Centreville, St. Clair Co., 111.,
where he was also married March 12, 1856, to
Miss Louisa Schramm, born April 9. 1834, in
Saxony, Germany, daughter of Michael and
Elizabeth (Hugch) Schramm, natives of Ger-
many. This union was blessed with seven chil-
dren, all of whom are living, viz.: August, born
December 2, 1867 ; Clara, born August 12, 1869 ;
Sophia, born April 17, 1871 ; Pena, born Jan-
uary 6, 1874 ; Louisa, born September 14, 1877 ;
Phillip, born November 14, 1879, and Lawrence,

born June 18, 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Bresacher
are members of the Evangelical Church. Our
subject has a farm of 240 acres, and in politics
he is a Republican. He and his wife lived
amouG; the Indians for quite awhile, and were
treated nicely all the time. He came to this
county in February of 1879.

WILLIAM S. BUMPUS, Jr., farmer, P. 0.
Mount Vernon, was born May 22, 1837, in Han-
over County, Va. His father, William S. Bum-
pus, Sr., was a native of Virginia. He was
also a farmer, and had also served an appren-
ticeship at the house-carpenter trade, in Old
Virginia. He moved to Kentucky in 1838, and
there our subject was reared and schooled. He
came to this county about fourteen years ago,
and is yet living. His father, Evan Bumpus,
was a native of Virginia. The mother of our
subject, Charlotte Buckner, was a native of
Virginia, and the mother of six children. Our
subject was joined in matrimony, in Butler
County, Ky., to Miss Elizabeth Sharer, born
December 24, 1837, in Butler County, Ky.
She was a daughter of John and Rosa Ann
Sharer, both natives of Kentucky. This union
resulted in seven children, now living, viz.:
Charles H., born October 27, 1858; Eugenia C,
born July 31, 1860; William, born September
25, 1864: Theodore, born December 28, 1869;
Millard, born November 9, 1871; Edgar, born
December 26, 1874; Alpheus, born October
21, 1877. Mr. Bumpus is a member of the
A., P. & A. M., Mount Vernon Lodge, No. 31;
and 1. 0. 0. F., Williams Lodge, No. 242; also a
member of the Encampment. He has a farm of
240 acres, and came to this count}- in 1856.
He has been Justice of the Peace four years;
was re-elected aud resigned. He then was Su-
pervisor, being the first in the township; served
three years; then was Collector three years, and
is now Township Supervisor. In politics, he is
identified with no particular party.

A. D. COWGER, farmer, P. O. Mount Ver-
non, was born August 13, 1825, in Wilson



County, Tenn.. son of Adam Cowger, a native
of Penus^'lvauia, a farmer and blacksmith; he
died in Tennessee. The mother of our subject,
Keziah Davis Cowger, was a native of Virginia,
and died in Tennessee. She was a daughter of
Isum Davis, a native of Virginia, and the
parent of ten children, of whom onl}' Ann E.
F. Walker, Jacob Cowger, of Texas, and Mar-
tha P. Watson are now living. Our subject re-
ceived no education at all, in early life. He
came to Jefferson County about 1856, and here
he has now a farm of 1 20 acres of land. He is
self-made, and in political affairs is connected
wjth the Democratic part^-. His first wife,
Martha C. McConnell, was the mother of Mary
Luster, now living. His second wife, Elizabeth
Hunt, is the mother of three children now liv-
ing, viz.: Ida Luster, Benjamin E. Cowger, now
in Texas, aud Electra Sursa. His present wife,
Vermont Gorham, is a Kentuckian, born July
2, 1848. She is a daughter of Henry S. and
Mary (Cooper) Gorham. She is the mother of
six children, viz.: Rado, Walter J., Minnie M.,
Clara, living, and two deceased. Mr. and Mrs.
Cowger are connected with the United Baptist

ADAM CULLI, Jr., farmer, P.O. Mt. Vernon,
was born October 17, 1856, in St. Clair Coun-
ty, 111., son of Adam Culli, Sr., a native of Al-
sace. France, a mason by occupation in the old
country, but who follows farming in St. Clair
County, 111. His father, Christian Culli, was
also a native of France, a tailor b}- occupation,
and now living in St. Clair Count}-, aged nine-
ty-two years. The mother of our subject,
Christine Baker, a native of France, is yet
living, and the mother of five children, viz.,
Adam (our subject), Phillip, Christian, Leon-
hard, and Albert (deceased). Our subject was
educated' in St. Clair County, where he was
joined in matrimony, May 18, 1880. to Miss
Eva Dintelman, born July 24, 1860, in St.
Clair County. She is a daughter of John and
Sophia (Miller) Dintelman. This union was

blessed with one child, Adam E., born !March
18, 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Culli are members of
the Lutheran Church. He has a farm of 320
acres of good land, with good buildings. In
politics, he is a Republican.

LAWRENCE CUNIO, farmer, P. 0. Mount
Vernon, was born October 13, 1832, near Genoa,
Italy. He is a son of Andrew Cunio, also a
native of Italj-, where he was a mason bv oc-
cupation. The mother of our subject was Isa-
belle Cunio, also a native of Italy. She was
the mother of eight children, of whom John
B., Juana and Lawrence are now living. Our
subject never went to school in his life, but
while in the United States Army obtained the
rudiments of an education. He came to this
country in November, 1855, landing in Boston.
He came to this county in 1859. In March,
1863, he enlisted in the Forty-ninth Illinois
Volunteers, Company K, paying his own way
to his regiment, which was stationed near
Memphis. He served till the close of the war,
participating in manj' thrilling scenes and fa-
mous battles, viz.. Pea Ridge, Fort Jerusha,
La., on the Red River, Alexander, Pleasant
Hill, and other engagements. After the war,
he returned to Jefferson County, where he was
married to Mrs. Parthenia Maneas, born Jan-
uary 19, 1843, on Wolf Prairie, Jefferson
County, daughter of Barton and Dorothy (Car-
ter) Wells, of Tennessee. This union was
blessed with five children, viz., Ch.'irles A., born
September 9, 1866 ; Laura B., December 15,
1868 ; Plummer E. and Etta May, twins, Jan-
uary 27, 1873 ; and Johnny, October 31, 1875.
Mr. Cunio has a farm of 150 acres, and in
politics he is identified with the Republican

JOHN DOWNER, farmer, P. O. Mount
Vernon, was born March 27, 1834, in
Jefferson County, 111., on Moore's Prairie.
His father. John Downer, Sr., was born in
New Hampshire in 1802. He is yet living
in this county, to which he came in an early



day. He was a farmer and teacher by occu-
pation, being one of tlie first teachers, and
also one of the first to organize a Sunday

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