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U., Mary F. and Annie. Mr. Gilbert has five
children deceased. He is a member of the A. ,
F. & A. M., Mt. Vernon Lodge, and with his
wife of the Universalist Church. Politically,
he is a Republican.

MENZIS R. GILBERT, farmer, P. 0. Laur,
was born February 23, 1831, in Washington
County, Ohio, a son of Eli Gilbert. (See sketch
of Cyrus Gilbert elsewhere.) Subject came
with his parents to Jeffersoii County in 183!),
and here continued his attendance at school,
although his eyes, which had been seriously af-
fected from his birth, prevented him from doing
much studying. He was brought up on a farm,
and has during his life, given his attention to
no otiier emplo3'ment. His present farm of
400 acres is under a good state of cultivation.



and he engages in mixed farming. He was
married, January 19, 1858, to Elizabeth Ford,
born January 22, 1841, a daughter of Solomon
Ford, of this county. Five children have
blessed this union, of whom three survive —
Waldo E., born September 30, 1861; Luna 0.,
June 12, 1863, and Tilman I., August 15, 1868.
Mr. Gilbert has a good residence, which he
built in 1859, and made some subst.mtial addi-
tions in 1875. Having a farm especially
adapted to the raising of stock, he intends to
devote some time to this branch of farming
hereafter. He is a Republican in politics, and,
with his wife, a member of the Universalist
Church.

ALVIN GILBERT, farmer, P. O.Laur, was
born in Washington County, Ohio, March 3,
1839 (for parents see sketch of Cyrus Gilbert),
coming to this count}' with his parents in Octo-
ber of the same year. Our subject obtained
what little education the common schools of
this vicinity afforded. He has given his con-
stant attention to farming pursuits, with the
exception of two years, 1858-60, during which
period he ran a general store in Ashley, 111., in
partnership with his father. His present farm
property consists of 440 acres of land, located
mostly in Blissville Township. He was united
in marriage, June 4, 1858, to Annie M. Wat-
kins, a daughter of Jacob R. and Ann E. (An-
derson) Watkins. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert are the
parents of six children — Walter J., Thomas E.
Orloff, Linnie, Maggie M. and Maude. Polit-
ically, Mr. Gilbert is a Republican.

EDWIN GREEN, farmer, P. 0. Laur, was
born December 30, 1823, in this county, to
Reuben and Drusilla (Dees) Green, both of
whom were natives of Georgia. Reuben Green
was one of the lirst settlers in Jefferson County.
He was a farmer by occupation, and he served
in the Black Hawk war. The parents were
blessed with a large family, eight of whom are
living. Our subject obtained but a few months'
schooling in his early life, and he started in



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life as a tiller of the soil, and has alwa}'s been
thus engaged, with the exception of a short pe-
riod (luring which he was engaged in business
in Ashley, 111. His first marriage was with
Nancy Landrum, a daughter of Henry Landrum.
She died December 30, 1870, the mother of
eight children, of whom five survive — Sarah, K.
F., Mary C, Charles L. and Thomas J. Mr.
Green's second marriage was with Jane Out-
liouse, a daughter of Meredith Outhouse. This
union has given five children — William M., Lu-
lu M., Claude E., Harry E. and Andrew F. In
February, 1865, Mr. Green joined the One
Hundred and Fift^-second Illinois Volunteer
Infantry, Col. Stevenson. He was mustered
out at Memphis, and came home the first of
September of the same* year. He has filled
man> offices in the county, including those of
Constable, Assessor, Justice of the Peace, and
is at present an oflBcer in the latter capacit3'.
He is a Democrat in politics. He has a farm of
240 acres, which is given to farming in its gen-
eral branches. Mr. Green and his brothers are
among the oldest citizens that were born in
Jefl'erson County.

BARNETT GREEN, farmer, P. 0. Laur, is
a native of this county, born September 23,
1827, a son of Reulien Green. (See sketch of
Edwin Green.) Our subject received but a
limited education in his younger year.s. and
farming has always been his occupation. His
present farm consists of 160 acres, whicli is
given to mixed farming. He was united in
marriage to Martha J. Page, a daughter of
William and Margaret (Taylor) Page, and the
union has been blessed with eleven children,
nine of whom are living — Margaret, Harve^',
Mary E, Sarah, Delilah, Marshall, Albert,
George and Charlie. Politicall3', Mr. Green is
a Democrat.

WILLIAM HICKS, farmer, P. 0. Laur, was
liorn in this county September 16, 1828, to
Isaac and Rebecca (Casey) Hicks, both of wiiora
were natives of Kentuckv. The father was a



substantial farmer; he moved from Kentucky
to this county at an early day, and one of his
sons, Thomas, was the first wliite male child
born in this county. The parents had six
children, only two of whom are now living —
James and our subject. The latter obtained
but about three months' schooling, in the old
subscription schools, and, giving his attention
to farming in early life, has been thus engaged
most of his life. He has at present a farm of
120 acres, which is given to general farming.
He was married, in December, 1848, to Martha
M. Ames, and nine children have blessed the
union, of whom six are living — Thomas,
Mary, George W., Millie, Charlie and Eliza.
In 1861, Mr. Hicks enlisted in the Forty-fourth
Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Col. Noblosdorf The
first time out he served as Lieutenant. He re-
signed on account of ill health, came home and
in the spring of 1864 volunteered again and
rejoined the same regiment, and served until
the fall of 1865, being mustered out at Spring-
field; he fought at Pea Ridge and other battles in
Slissouri, and was with Sherman thoughout his
campaign. Mr. Hicks served also in the Mex-
ican war — a year in the Third Illinois Volunteer
Infantry; was at Cerro Gordo, and other severe
engagements. Politically, Mr. Hicks is a Re-
publican.

SAMUHL JOHNSON, farmer, P. 0. Ashley,
came from Washington ('ounty, Penn., where
he was born October 28, 1822, a son of John
and Lydia (Updegraff) Johnson, both natives
of the same State. The ftither, who was a son
of John Johnson, came from England, learned
the shoe-maker's trade and worked at it many
years, but gave his attention to farming pur-
suits in after life. The parents had thirteen
children, of whom five are supposed to be liv-
ing — Samuel, Henr^', Harmon, William and
possibly Timothy. Our subject olitained a lit-
tle schooling in early life, and ut the age of
ten removed to Ohio, where he remained until
coming to this county, in 1S()5. having the year

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before purchased 140 acres of land here; he is
at present engaged in general farming He
was married to Hester Johnson, a daughter of
Thomas J. and Julia (Bruce) Johnson, and the
union has given twelve children, seven of whom
survive — Jennette, Dennis J., Sarah, John W.,
Samuel A, George W. and David P. Mr.
Johnson has three grandchildren living with
him — Allen T., Hester and Elizabeth — children
of his daughter Julia, who was the wife of
Richard J. Brunson. She died October 17,
1879. Mr. Johnson is an A., F. & A. M., Clay
Lodge; he has filled the office of Supervisor,
and is at present School Treasurer and J. P.,
having discharged the duties of the latter office
for a period of fifteen years. He is a Demo-
crat in politics.

JOSEPH LAUR, farmer, P. 0. Laur, was
born in Lower Canada, in the town of Wolf
River, March 14, 1814, a son of Charles and
Lucy (Deuame) Laur, he of Vermont and she
of Canada, of French descent. The parents
had six children, our subject being the only
one living from all that is known. The father
had been twice married before marrying our
subject's mother, and by his former wives had
seventeen children. Our subject received but
a limited education ; he could only speak
French until he became eighteen years of age.
In 1833, he emigrated to Lincoln, Mass., and
after farming a few years, served an apprentice-
ship to the shoe maker's trade, but only worked
at it a few years. In 1839, he went to boating
on the river, selling general merchandise be-
tween Pittsburgh and New Orleans. He came
to Jefferson County in 1840, but returned to
the river, and three years later came back and
settled on his farm, which he had previously
come into possession of He was married in
the spring of 1844 to Mary E. Philp, and the
union has been blessed with seven children —
Charles T., Benjamin M., Laura, Harriett,
James W., Mary E. and Elizabeth. In 1850,
Mr. Laur went to California overland, and re-



turned in December, 1851, by way of Central
America. October 19, 1861, he enlisted in
Company K, Forty-ninth Illinois Volunteer
Infantry, Col. Morrison. He was shortl}' after-
ward elected Captain of his company, and
served as such through the war. He took part
in the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh. Corinth,
was in the Red River expedition, and at Vicks-
burg, etc. His present farm consists of 240
acres. The post office at Wiiliamsliurg was
named in his honor. He and wife are members
of the Methodist Church. Politically, he is a
Republican.

THOMAS H. MANNEN, farmer, P. 0. Laur,
is a native of Bracken County, Kj'., born June
24, 1839, eldest child of Sidney S. and Eliza
A. (Walton) Manneu, natives of the same State.
The father was a tanner by trade, and was thus
engaged in his native State and also in Illinois,
removing in 1841 ; he dealt also largely in
stock, and in early days followed the river^
dealing in horses, etc.; he also farmed in late
years, and he died on election day, 1871. His
wife is still living in this county. The parents
had nine children, one of whom is deceased ;
those living are T. H., Josiah H., John J.,
Leslie C, Robert W., Sidney S., Annie E. and
] Jerome. Mr. Mannen obtained but a limited
i education in early years. He started out as a
I farmer, but after some time thus engaged, he
went into the mercantile business, and ran a
I general store in Williamsburg for several years,
since which he has given his attention to farm-
ing pursuits. He has about 400 acres of land,
I and raises and deals in cattle and stock large-
! ly. He was first married to Isabel Norris,
who died in 1870 ; she bore him five children,
[ four living — Olive M., Annie E., Martha E.
i and Thomas E. Mr. Mannen's present wife
I was Margaret (Dodds) Norris, widow of A. J.
Norris, and daughter of John Dodds. This
union has given one child — Sunie 0. In poli-
! tics, Mr. Mannen is a Democrat.



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GEORGE NEWELL, farmer, P. 0. Laur,
was born in this count}' about one-half mile
IVom where he at present resides, April 15,
1841, the eldest child of Asa B. and P]leanor
(Shuttlesworth) Newell, he a native of Ver-
mont, and she of Ohio. The parents had five
children— ^George, Levi, Lucy, Oscar and Icha-
bod. The mother died when our subject was
about twelve years old, and the father married
Mariraret Hayes, who is still living. Of this
marriage, there were three children, two of
whom are living. Philip and Stephen D. Our
subject obtained but a meager schooling, and
he started out as a farmer. His present farm
consists of 120 acres. He was maiTied to Sa-
rah C. Gilbert, a daughter of Stephen Gilbert.
This union has been blessed with seven chil-
dren, of whom six are living — Asa, Laura, Mina,
Rnfus N., Orla and Minnie. August 2, 1861
Mr. Newell enlisted in the Forty-fourth Illinois
Volunteer Infantry. He served out his time of
enlistment and was discharged at Atlanta, Ga.,
in October, 1864. He lay sick for several
months in the hospital, and fought afterward at
Chattanooga, Chickamauga and Atlanta, and
other severe engagements. Politically, he is a
Republican.

O. P. NORRIS, physician and surgeon,
Williamsburg, was born in Bracken County, Ky.,
August 29, 1843, a son of Joseph and Rebecca R.
West (Morris), the father a native of Kentucky,
and the mother of Penn.syl vania. The father fol-
lowed boating in early life, but later he engaged
in farming. The parents were blessed with nine
children, of whom there are five living — 0. P.,
William H., IMillard F, Joseph D. and Edward J.
Our subject obtained a little schooling in his na-
tive'State, and after coming to this countj* with
his parents, about 1851, he continued his studies
here, attending in after years the school at Nor-
mal. 111. In September, 18G4, he was drafted
into the war, and joined the Thirty-second Illi-
nois Volunteer Infantry, which belonged to the
Seventeenth Army Corps, under Blair. The



regiment joined Sherman at Atlanta, and fought
under him at Savannah. Columbia, Bentonville,
etc. Our subject returned at the close of the
war, and attended the high school at Mount
Vernon, 111. He had a desire for studying med-
icine, and he read under the instruction of Dr.
J. C. Gray, of Mount Vernon. He afterward at-
tended the Ohio Medical College, Cincinnati,
and received a full course of lectures, and later
the Cincinnati College of .Medicine and Surgery,
from which institution he graduated, and re-
turned to this county, where he has since en-
joyed a liiieral patronage ; he has given a good
deal of attention to diseases of the eye, but of
late has given his time to the study of obstet-
rics, in which branches of the profession he is
especially .successful. The Doctor has dealt
largely in real estate, having at present several
hundred acres of land in the county, and also a
fine residence in Williamsburg, which he erected
in 1873. He has been Postmaster for seven or
eight years at this point ; has administered sev-
eral estates, and was engaged in the drug and
dry gootls Inisiness until his practice assumed
such proportions as to demand all of his atten-
tion. He was united in marriage to Sarah M.
Smith, and the union has given four children,
three of whom are living — Myrtie E., Lena F.
and Verner S. The Doctor is a member of the
A. F. & A. M., and has also been an I. O. O. F.
for many years. Me has filled many of the offi-
ces of the township, including that of Supervisor.
Politically, he is a Democrat.

SIDNEY PLACE, farmer, P. 0. Laur, is
one of the old and respected residents of Jef-
ferson County. He was born in Chittenden
County, Vt., April 21, 1807, youngest child of
.John and Lydia (Garland) Place, both natives
of New Hampshire. The father was a carpen-
ter by trade, but in late years he engaged in
farming. He voliintoered, and served six
months in the Revolutionary war, and fought
at the battle of Bennington ; he died April 22,
1828. The parents were blessed with ten chil-



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dren. only two of wbom are living — Hannah
and Sidnej-. The father had been married
twice, his first wife bearing him three children.
Our subject got but a meager education in
early life. At about ten years of age, his par-
ents removed to New York, and then to Ohio,
where the father died, and afterward to this
county in 1839, where the mother died in Au-
gust, 1845. Mr. Place worked at boat-building
several years in Ohio, and after coming to this
county engaged in farming ; he has a farm of
280 acres. He married Rhoda Dufur, a daugh-
ter of David Dufur, of Ohio. This union has
been blessed with ten children, five of whom
are living — Emily. Luther, Isaac, Rufus and
Malissa. Mr. Place had five sons in the late
war, one of whom, Stephen, died in Anderson-
ville Prison. Politically, Mr. Place is a Repub-
lican. He has niue great-grandchildren living.
ISAAC W. ROBINSON, merchant and No-
tar}- Public, Williamsburg, was born in Frank-
lin County, this State, July 20, 1845, the eldest
child of Isaac W. and Margaret (Knox) Robin-
son, he of South Carolina and she of Tennessee.
The father was a farmer and stock-dealer during
life, and was a strong Democrat in politics.
The parents moved to Jefferson Countj' when
our subject was about two years old. There
were six children in the famil}', four of whom
survive — Isaac W., William A., Mary J. and
John A. Our subject obtained his early school-
ing first in an old log schoolhouse, and he after-
ward attended a select school for about eighteen
months. During his life, he has dealt exten-
sively in stock, and has also given some time
to farming pursuits. Thinking that he would
take up law as a profession, he studied during
his leisure moments in this direction for man}'
years. He, however, went into business in
partnership with J. D. Norris, and being burnt
out some time afterward, received a consider-
able set-back, but opened a general store himself
in February, 1878, which he still runs, carrying
a line of drugs, groceries and dry goods. He



has been Assessor in this and McClellan Town-
ship, and has also been for several years Notary
Public. He married Louvina J. (McConnaugh-
ey) Gilbert, widow of William H. Gilbert, and
daughter of James McConnaughey, of this
county, and this union has been blessed with
two children — James W. and Martha J. In
March, 1864, Mr. Robinson enlisted in the
Forty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Col.
Opdyke, which regiment was engaged in many
heavy battles through the Southern campaign,
and was finally sent to Texas, where they re-
mained until mustered out at Springfield, this
State; politically, Mr. Robinson is a Republican.
ANDREW J. SHURTZ, farmer, P. 0. Ash-
ley, is a native of Warren County, N. J., born
February 3, 1834, the eldest child of Robert
W. and Hannah (Cole) Shurtz, both of whom
were born in Essex County of the same State.
The grandfather was Andrew Shurtz, of Ger-
man descent. Robert W. Shurtz was a black-
smith by trade, and worked at it during odd
spells, but was mostly engaged in farming. He
was a robust, hard-working man, but died early
from the effects of over-working. He was a
bass drummer for many years in the State
militia. Our subject got but a little schooling
in early years. He has been engaged at canal-
boating, saw-milling, etc., but has generally
given his attention to farming pursuits. In
the fall of 1835, he removed with his parents
to Hamilton County, Ohio, and shortly after-
ward removed to Warren County, same State.
In April, 1859, he came to this county, and
located on what is called the Monroe farm, and
after moving around several times, final!}- pur-
chased part of his present place, before moving,
in the spring of 1877. He has 120 acres in
Blissville and 165 in Bald Hill Townships.
His first marriage was with Catharine Wheeler,
who died in 1859. He was married a second
time, to Martha McConnaughey, who bore him
seven children, of whom six are living — John,
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He married his present wife, Maiy E., June 3,
1875 ; she is a daughter of D. H. and Nancy
B. (Hargett) Thomas. This union has given
four children — Ettie, Mary, Arthur and Carrie.
In the fall of 1864, Mr. Shurtz joined Company
G, Thirty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry-.
The regiment joined Sherman at Atlanta, and
went through the entire campaign with him.
Mr. Shurtz came home from St. Louis in June,
1865. He and wife are members of the Free-
Will Baptist Church. He has filled many of
the offices in his township ; is a Republican.

HARRISON M. SMITH, farmer, P. 0. Ash-
ley, was born in this count)- September 2, 1.838,
to Drury and Rachel (Whitten) Smith, the
father a native of South Carolina and the
mother of Johnson County, 111. Drury Smith
is a substantial farmer, and now resides in
Sullivan County. Mo. He was married a sec-
ond time, to Widow Howell, who has borne him
five children, three of whom are living. Our
subject's own parents were blessed with nine
children, of whom six survive — Ambrose, Cole-
man. Harrison M., Nimrod, Meredith and Deli-
laii. Mr. Smith received but a limited education
in early life. He has always given his attention
to farming pursuits, and at present rents land
and engages in mixed farming. He married
Elizabeth Flannigan, a daughter of Robinson
and Finice Flannigan. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
are the parents of eight children, one of whom,
Lj'dia, is deceased ; those living are Drury,
William, Hulda, Belle, John, Riley and Lou-
vina. Subject and wife are members of the
Christian Chui'ch. Politically, he is a Democrat.



JOSIAH TUTTLE, farmer, P. 0. Ashley, is
a native of Guernsey County, Ohio, born August
19, 1823, the eldest chikl of John A. and Mary
A. (Douglas) Tuttle, natives of Maryland. They
were the parents of seven children, five of
whom are living — Josiah, Henry, John A., J.
N. and JIary J., who married David John-
son. Mr. Tuttle's mother died when he was
small, and he was raised by his step-mother,
who was a Miss Annie Marsh. He was raised
on a farm, and has always given his attention
to farming pursuits. Since seventeen years of
age, he has been a member of the Methodist
Church and also of the Quarterly Conference,
and for thirty years past he has been a li-
censed preacher in that church, and is also
the local Elder. Mr. Tuttle was first married
to Elizabeth Wells, who died in 1844, the
mother of one child — Mary A., who died No-
vember 27, 1872. She had married John
Dasher, by whom she had four children, of
whom three survive — Annie, Elizabeth and
Phoebe. Mr. Tuttle was married a second
time to Phoibe Welch, a sister of Andrew
Welch, of this county. This union has been
blessed with five children, two of whom are
living — Thomas H. and Ann E. Mr. Tuttle
came to Jetferson County in 1853. His pres-
ent property consists of 800 acres of land and
some town property in Ashley, 111. He built afine
residence on the home place in 1871, and is
counted as one of Jefferson County's substan-
tial fanners. He is a member of the I. 0. 0.
F., Ashley Lodge, No. 302. In politics, he is a
Republican.



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SPEING GARDEN TOWNSHIP.



JOSEPH ADCOCK, farmer, P. O. Spring
(Jarden, was born in Hawkins County, Tenn.,
January 4, 1816, son of Jolin and Ellender
(Hicks) Adcock. His fatlier was a native of
Rockingliam County, Va. Soon after the
birth of our subject, the parents separated,
the mother taking the custody of the children
She afterward married Solomon Goddard, and
in 1828 the family moved to this county,
where they settled in Dodds Township. Sub-
ject attended subscription schools but very
little; but after he came to manhood taught
himself As soon as he was able, he com-
menced to work around among the farmers of
this county, and after two years' work here
he went to St. Louis, where he ran on the
river from that point to Alton. He re-
mained there some six or seven years, and
then returned to this county, just as he was
neariug manhood. In this neighborhood, he
commenced to farm himself, and first settled
on a farm in Dodds Township, but only re-
mained there about eighteen months, and then
came to Spring Garden Township, where he
settled about one and a half miles from
where he now lives. On that farm he resided
until 1846, when he came to his present farm,
a tract of 100 acres, lying in Sections 9 and 10
of Town 4, Range 3 east. Has eighty acres in
cultivation. Mr. Adcock was married in
Spring Garden Township, April 2, 1833, to
Polly Kimball, a daughter of William' and
Sarah (Burns) Kimball. The father was a na-
tive of Germany. She was the mother of four
children, three of whom are living — John H.,
Eliza J. (wife of R. V. Gibson) and William
M., in Marion County. This lady died Sep-
tember 30, 1845, and subject was married the



second time, to Sarah Jane Pitts, a native of
Virginia, and a daughter of Jesse Pitts, of
Pittsylvania County, Va.- This marriage re-
sulted in eight children, four of whom are now
living — Nancy Ellender (wife of Marion Page),
Jesse C. (in Dodds Township), Minerva (wife
of John Rines) and Willaby (now at home
with his father). This lady also died, on Feb-
ruary 5, 1866, and he was married the third
time, to Elizabeth Addison, a native of Logan
County, Ky., and a daughter of Jonathan and
Elizabeth (Grigsby) Addison, the father being
a native of North Carolina. Mrs. Adcock is a
member of Moore's Prairie Methodist Church.
Mr. Adcock is a Democrat in polities.

THOMPSON ANGLEN, saddler and har-
ness-maker, Spring Garden. Subject was born
in Rockingham County, N. C, September 15,
1822, was a son of Caleb and Hannah (Powel)
Anglen. The father was a native of Pittsyl-
vania Count}-, Va., the mother of North Caro-
lina. Subject was the ninth of thirteen chil-
dren, and of that number six are now living.
In his native county he attended the first



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