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Tennessee, and settled in Hickman County,



where unto (hem were born nine childrenj
among them Anderson, the father of our sub-
ject, who was born Februarj- 6, 1811. and Jesse
H., whose sketch appears elsewhere in this
work. Isaac came to this countj' with his fam-
ily about 1829, and settled in Spring Garden
Township, near where subject now resides,
where he died about 1850. The father of our
subject grew to manhood in this county, and
married a Miss Elizabeth Hopper, who was
born in Middle Tennessee January 28, 1811.
She was a daughter of Thomas Hopper, who
came to this county in a very early day, prob-
ably about 1820. The parents of our subject
also settled near where the latter now resides,
and there subject was born August 29, 1838-
The parents lived in this county until a ripe
old age. The mother peacefully passed away
March 22, 1870, and the father, who for fifteen
years before his death had been Deacon of the
Spring Garden Baptist Church, died May .3,
1872. Our subject attended both the subscrip-
tion and free schools of his county until about
twenty-one, and then worked at home about
one year, and then located on his present farm,
a piece of land that liad been entered by his
father, and of whom our subject afterward
purchased it. He now owns about 400 acres
in Sections 1, 2, 3 and 12, of Township 4, Range
3 east; has about 240 under cultivation and
thirty in orchard. Mr. Smith was married,
January 24, 1860, to Elizabeth Shirley, a
daughter of Russell and Jinca (Allan) Shirley.
The father was a native of Hamilton County,
111., and the mother of Macon County. N. C.
The result of this union has been twelve chil-
dren, of whom nine are living — Isaac N., born
February 6, 1862 ; George H., May 19, 1863 ;
Seth T., June 7, 1805 ; Charles E., March 14,
1869 ; Judson A., April G, 1871 ; Ellis Lee,
April 28, 1877 ; Ollie J., February 17, 1873 ;
Ornie, September 26. 1879 ; Rado. December
19, 1881. Of the deceased children, William
D. was born September 14. 1860, and died

September 14, 1867 ; Mary F., born May 2^
1867, died December 3, 1869 ; and an infant
born April 28, 1877, and died May 5 of the
same year. Our subject has been a member
of the County Board of Supervisors, also served
as Road Commissioner, School Director, etc. Is
a member of Ham's Grove Lodge, No. 405, I.
0. O. F.; has served in the different offices in
that organization, and is now Past Grand ; has
also been representative two years at the Grand
Lodge. In politics, Mr. Smith is a Grecnbacker.
A. J. SWEETEN, lawyer and school teacher,
Spring Garden, was born in Franklin County,
111.. September 21, 1839. and is a son of Reuben
and Jane (Isom) Sweeten. Subject was the
second of three children, of whom two are now
living — A. J. (our subject) and John R., in
Franklin County. When subject was two years
old, his father moved to Jefferson County, and
settled in Spring Garden Township. Here the
father remained only about three years, and
then returned to Ewing Township, Franklin
County. Subject attended the schools of that
township, and in 1857 he attended for a short
time the McKendree College, at Carlyle, Clinton
Countv ; also attended the high schools of Mt.
Vernon and Bentoii prior to going to the col-
lege. In the winter of 1857, he commenced the
occupation of teaching ; his first school was
taught in Ewing Township, and he continued
to teach thereuntil 1861. In 1863, he com-
menced teac'hing in Elk Prairie Township, this
county, and from that time he taught each con-
secutive year until 1881 . He then came to this
township and taught one school in the town,
and in 1883 he taught in this township. About
1865, Mr. Sweeten commenced the study of
law, first under H. M. Williams, of Spring Gar-
den Township, and then attended Judge A. D.
Duflf's Law School in Benton, Franklin County.
March 19, 1870, he was admitted to the bar of
Jefferson County, and since that has followed
his profession some in this county. In 1864,
he purchased a tract of land in Elk Prairie Town-



ship, where he farmed until 1881, and then
moved to this township, and now owns about
eighty acres in Section 18 of Town 4, Range 3
east. Subject was married, August 7, 1864, in
Elk Prairie Township to Harriet Jane Kirk, a
daughter of James and Phebe Ann (Cook) Kirk,
natives of North Carolina. This lad}- is the
mother of six living children — Margaret Anui
Calvin M., Druzailla J., James R. 0., Quintilla
0. and Arthur C. Subject was a soldier in the
late war ; enlisted August 15, 18G2, in the One
Hundred and Tenth Regiment Illinois Volun-
teer Infantry, Thomas S. Casey, Company T,
Capt. S. G. Dewitt. and was out nine months.
Was wounded January 1, 1863, at the battle of
Stone River, and was subsequently discharged
for disability as a supernumerary officer. Mr.
Williams is a member of William's Lodge, No.
242, I. 0. 0. F., of Spring Garden ; served in
Ewing and Elk Prairie Townships as Justice of
the Peace from 18.57 to 1867 ; also has served as
Township Collector two terms, and Township
Trustee eleven years. In politics, is a Demo-

DR. S. L. WILLIAMS, physician. Spring
Garden, was born in Franklin County, 111 ,
November 13, 1839. Is a son of S. M. and
Frances (Shaw) Williams. The father was
born in North Carolina January 28, 1792, and
emigrated to Franklin County in 1837, and
there died in September, 1875. The mother
was also a native of North Carolina, and
died in Franklin County in July, 1874. Sub-
ject was next to the youngest of a family of
fourteen children, and of this number seven
are living. Subject's education was received
in the schools of Franklin County. Until
twenty four 3-ears of age, he remained at home
with his father, and then started out in life for
himself on a farm in that county. There he
remained until 1865, when he went to Cincin-
nati, and there attended the Physio-Medical Col-
lege for a short time. From that institution
he returned to Franklin County, and com-

menced the practice of his chosen profession.
He only remained there a short time, however,
and then came to Spring Garden Township,
where he has since built up quite an extensive
practice. Since his coming to this count}-, he
has been here all the time, with the exception
of 1878 and 1879, when he attended lectures
in the St. Louis American College, from which
institution he graduated in 1879. The Doctor
was married, January 22, 1869, to Miss Mar-
garet J. Arnold, a native of Robertson County,
Tenn., and a daughter of James M. and Nancy
(Felse) Williams. This union has resulted in
four children, of whom three are living — Hugh,
Curtis and Alsa. In politics, he is a Demo-

G. H. WITMER. salesman. Spring Garden.
The gentleman whose name heads this sketch
was born in Washmgton County, Md., Novem-
ber 13, 1850, and is a son of Elmer and Char-
lotte (Huffman) Witmer. Our subject was the
youngest of two children. His education was
received, first at the public school of Hagers-
town, Washington County, and at the age of
thirteen he took a preparatory course at the
Franklin & Marshal Collegiate Institute, sit-
uated at Mercersburg, Penn. After two years'
instruction there, our subject taught for a year,
after which he went to Fort Whipple, Va.,
where he attended the United States Signal
Service School of Instruction. At that point
he remained until summoned to Washington,
where, after passing a creditable examination,
he was sent to Nashville, Tenn., and there he
opened the first Signal Service Bureau ever had
at that point. After remaining at that point
about five months, he was transferred, upon ap-
plication, to the active service, and was stationed
at the Department of Columbia, with headquar-
ters at Portland, Ore. In the emplo}- of the
Government he remained two years, and then
applying for a discharge, which was granted,
our subject returned to his native county in
Maryland, where he aguin turned his attention



to teaching After teaching one terra there,
however, he was offered a position on the Dis-
patch, at Commerce, Mo., and, accepting it, went
to that point. But owing to siclsness, he was.
in tlie couise of three or four months, compelled
to resign there and then come to tiiis point,
where he fiirroed for a year ;'but that not suit-
ing his taste, he again betook himself to his na-
tive town, where he accepted the position of Waj -
bill Clerk for the Adams Express Company,
and then in due course of promotion was trans-
ferred to Harrisburg, Penn,, where he assumed
the duties of Receiving Clerk. He remained
connected with that company but about one
year, when his health again failed him and he
was compelled to resign his position. From
that he came to his present location, where,
after teaching one term in the schools of Spring
Garden, he accepted the position of head sales-
man for W. H. Barber, in which capacity he is
now acting. August 14, 1879, he was married,
in Spring Garden, to Miss Rosa Bernard, a
daughter of Dr. and Maurice (Hawkins) Ber-
nard, of Spring Garden. This lady is the
mother of two children — Edna Earl and
Thomas Bernard. .Mr. Witmer is a member of
Williams Lodge, No. 242, I. 0. 0. F., of Spring
Garden, and is at present serving as Secretary
for that organization. Is also a member of the
Spring Garden Baptist Church, and in politics,
is a Democrat.

B. F. WHISSENHUNT, farmer, P. 0. Spring
Garden, was born in Middle Tennessee Jlay 21,
1830 ; is a son of Uriah and Dorcas (Roach)
Whissenhunt, natives of that State ; the grand-
parents, however, came from Pennsylvania.
Our subject was the only ('iiild. When about
one year old, his parents came to MarioQ
County, 111., where they remained about twelve
years. In that county our subject attended his
first school. In 1843, the family came to Jef-
ferson County and settled on the farm where
our subject now lives, where the mother died in
1869, the father in 18G0. In this county our
subject had but little chance to attend the sub-
scription schools, and consequently his educa-
tion is very limited. His life for upward of
twenty years was spent at home with his
father, a,nd then commenced life for himself on
a piece of Congress land which his father en-
tered for him. That has since been increased
until he now owns about 160 acres in Sections
2 and 3, of Town 4, Range 3 east, Mr. Whis-
senhunt was married, April 3, 1850, to Susan
Book, a native of this county, and a daughter
of Thomas and Elizabeth (Shelton) Book, The
father was a native of Virginia, tiie mother of
North Carolina, This marriage resulted in
nine children, and of that number two are liv-
ing — Ellen Catherine, wife of George Harveil,
and George Washington, Is a member of
Moore's Prairie Baptist Church, In politics,
he is a Democrat,


Centralia, was born in Rutljerford County,
N. C, December 10, 1811, a son of Dornton
and Mary (Boggs) Baldridge, both natives
of North Carolina. They resided in Rufhor-
■ford County till November, 1820, when they

came <o Jefferson County, where they resided
until his death, except for a few years across
the line in Marion County. He died Janu-
ary 14, 1832. at about forty-live years of
age. His wife was afterward married to
Matthew Cunningham, au old settler of thia



county, removing to Marion County, where
she died. Mr. Baldi-idge was the father of
twelve children, of whom three sons and two
daughters are now living — James C. , Joseph
and Thomas; Mrs. Jane Porter, widow of
William Porter; and Mrs. Sarah Baltzell,
wife of George Baltzell. The subject of our
sketch was reared in this county, receiving
such an education as could be obtained at
the schools of that day. July 20, 1832, he
was married in Marion County to Margaret
Kaney, a native of Kentucky and daughter
of Matthew Raney. She died October 3,
1845. She was the mother of six childi-en,
three of wliom are now living — Sally A.,
wife of Owen Breeze; Mary J., wife of Zadok
Jennings; and James C, of Jerseyville, a
minister and farmer. Two children died in
youth, and one — Samuel R. — died in the
army, Company H, Eightieth Illinois Vol-
unteer Infantry. Mr. Baldridge was mar-
ried again, January 8, 1846, to Mrs. Tabitha
Casey, widow of Isaac Casey and daughter of
Robert White. Her father was a native of
South Carolina, and came to Madison Coun-
ty, 111., in 1810, and July 10, 1811, Mrs.
Baldridge was born in Chamber's Fort. Her
mother, Sai-ah Holt, was a native of North
Carolina, but was married in Georgia. Mr.
and Mrs. Baldridge have had four children,
two of whom are now living, viz. , Joseph D.
and George P., both farmers in this county.
Immediately after his first marriage, Mr.
Baldridge settled on his present farm,
where he has lived ever since; his occupa-
tion has always been that of farming and
stock-raising. His farm now consists of
over 500 acres. In politics, Mr. Baldridge is
Republican, but has taken no part in polit-
ical life.

C. W. BEAL, farmer, P. O. Irvington,
was born in Bavaria, Germany, July 26,
1838, to Jacob and Catherine (Claymann)

Beal. He was born in 1801 and died in
1881. In 1840, he came to America with
his family and settled in Lehigh County,
Penn.. where they remained till our subject
was about fourteen years of age, when they
removed to St. Clair County, 111., and in
1857, our subject came to this township and
has made this his home since. August 15.
1861, he enlisted in Company C, Eleventh
Illinois Voluuteer Infantry, Capt. George C.
McKee, Col. W. H. Wallace. He served in
the engagements of Fort Donelson, Shiloh,
was in the siege of Vicksburg for forty-seven
days, and with Sherman on the Mississippi
campaign. After serving three years in the
army, he again returned to this county and
has been engaged as a farmer since. His
farm contains 160 acres. On this he does
general farming and fruit growing. On his
farm also is a quarry of splendid sandstone.
September 30, 1866, he was married in this
county to Miss Ellen J. Fry. She was born
in this township October 18, 1849, daughter
of Henry and Sarah (Dellenger) Fry. He
was born in North Carolina in 1806; she in
1818. He died in 1877, April 4, in this
county, whither he had moved in 1844: she
still survives. Of their family of six chil-
dren, only three are living, viz., John,
Zachariah and Mrs. Beal. Mr. and Mrs.
Beal have four children living and one dead,
viz., David E., Sadie J., Charles W., Fred-
die, and Ole, deceased. In politics, Mr. Beal
is a Republican.

HENRY BREEZE, farmer, P. O. Irving-
ton, was born in Orange County, Ind., No-
vember 23, 1823, to Robert and Margaret
(Copple) Breeze, both of whom were natives
of North Carolina -he of Orange County,
she of Rowan County. He in early life had
been apprenticed to a hatter in his native
State, but at the age of seventeen ran off and
came to Crab Orchard, Kv., and for some



years followed the river, but in IS 10 was
married in Clark County, Ind. , to the
mother of our subject, and after that, made
farming his occnpatiou. being quite success-
ful. He was in the Indian war under Cien.
Harrison, and was at the battle of Tippeca-
noe. In 1827, he moved with his family to
this county, and, with the exception of three
years he resided in Washington County,
made this his home till the time of his
death. December 8, 1802, at the age of eighty-
four years. She died in 1875, also eighty-
four years of age. In politics, he was a
Whig and then a strong Union man, and
when the war bi-oke out, although over eighty
years of age and feeble, he wanted to do
his part, so wrote to Col. S. G. Hicks, of the
P'ortieth, asking if there was |,not something
he could give him to do. ^^ hile still in In-
diana, he and wife joined the Christian
Church and were active members of the
church till the time of their deaths. At his
house, probably the first Christian Church
was organized in the county, by Rev. David
R. Chance and Rev. William Chaffen, of
Marion County. He afterward deeded the
land to the church where Little Grove Chris-
tian Church now stands. The followiug are
the names of his children: Richard, Jacob
(deceased), Elizabeth (deceased), wife of
Crittenden Anderson; John (deceased), Owen,
Hannah (deceased), wife of Rev. John A.
Williams; Robert, Henry, James (de-
ceased), Jonathan, Margai'et (deceased), wife
of Alexander Bundy; Catherine, wife of
George Fonts; Mary, widow of Jacob San-
ders; Nancy (deceased), wife of Samuel
Bundy (deceased). Our subject remained at
home until he was twenty-one years of age,
and then came to his present farm and be-
gan its improvement. His farm now con-
tains 180 acres in a high state of cultivation.
Mr. Breeze has always taken an active part

in political matters, and has been honored
with various township and county offices.
He was one of the committee who attended
to the building of the present county court
house. Since March ID, 1851, he has served
as Justice of the Peace. In 1876, he was
nominated by the Greenback j)arty to repre-
sent his district in the State Legislature,
and carried his own county by a large ma-
jority, but was defeated in the district by a
few votes. For thirty-two yeai's, Mr. Breeze
has been a member of the I. O. O. F., and is
also a member of the A., F. & A. M, Irving-
ton Lodge. He is a m jmber of the Christian
Church. October 28, 1847, he was married
to Catherine Casey, daughter of Samuel
Casey, Sr. She died December 3, 1801, and
was the mother of eight children, five of
whom are still living, viz., Ellen, wife of
Jacob Deal; Robert M. ; Harriet; Ida, wife
of William Jollififf and Mary. December 11,
1866, he was married to Mrs. Martha .J.
(Taylor) Wayman, widow of M. Wayman and
daughter of James W. Taylor, who was a
native of Georgia, but came to Marion
County, 111., in 1818. By her first husband,
Mi's. Breeze had four children, viz., Willis,
Jasper, Wiley, and Margaret I., wife of
Lewis Breeze. By her present husband, she
has two childrea, viz., Samuel H. aad Jacob S.
SAMUEL COPPLE, farmer, P. O. Wal-
nut Hill, was born in Jefferson County, III.,
July 16, 1837, a son of William and Abbie
(Hanloy) Copplo. Both were born in In-
diana and came to this State at an early
date. He died in Walnut Hill Prairie, Oc-
tober, 1875; she is still living on the old
homestead. To them eleven children were
born, five of whom still sm-vive — Mary, wife
of John Due, of Missouri; Levi; Susan, wife
of Charles Simmons; Harvey and Samuel.
The subject of this sketch was reared and
educated in thi.« county, and has made it bis



home all his life. His occupation has been
that of farmer and fruit raiser. August 15,
1861, he enlisted in Company C, Eleventh
Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Capt. George
C. McKee, Col. W. H. L. Wallace. He
served for three years and was mustered out
at Vicksburg. August, 1864. He took part
in the battle of Shiloh, siege of Vicksburg.
aad for nine months before his discharge
had been doing detail work at ordnance de-
partment, Vicksburg. In September, 1882, he
came to his present fruit farm of forty-three
and one half acresjbesides forty in timber and
ten in orchards. He was married, in 1857,
to Sarah A. Bradford, daughter of Avery
Bradford. She died in July, 1869, leaving
two children — Marion and Minnie. He was
married, November, 1869, to Luan' a
Moore, daughter of Thomas B. Moore, and to
them were born three children— Charity E. ,
Wily D. and Ella A Mr. Copple and wife
are members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. In politics, he is a Eepublican.

EDMUND COPPLE, farmer, P. O. Ir-
vington, was bora in Clark County, Ind. , Oc-
tober 12, 1828, to David and Lovina (Huck-
leberry) Copple. He was a native of North
Carolina, but came to Indiana when
young. She was born in Indiana. Both
died in Marion County, 111., where they had
settled in aboLit 1882. They were the par-
ents of twelve children, eleven of whom
lived to be grown. He served in the Indian
war under Gen. Harrison. Our subject was
reared in Marion County, III., receiving his
education in the common schools. His oc-
cupation has been that of a farmer. In 1852,
he came to his pres'snt farm, which contains
258 acres and is well improved. He was mar-
ried in Mariun County, 111., in 1853, to Miss
Nancy Barcmau. She was born in Indiana,
daughter of Isaac and Christina (Huckle-
berry) Barcman, who were the parents of

nine children, eight of whom still survive.
Mr. aud Mrs Copple are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Chtirch, and in politics
he is a Greenbacker. Mr. and Mrs. Copple
have the folio wing named children: Lucy
L. (deceased), wife of Albert Copple; Mary
A., wife of Adolphus Allcorn; Effie J., wife
of Alexander West; John W. ; Tenie D., wife
of Charles Copple, and Isaac W. (twins);
Edmund D.. Harriot N. and Orrie.

WILLIAM L. FISHER, farmer, P. O.
Irvington, was born in Clark County, Ind.,
September 7, 1830, a son of John and Eliz-
abeth (Fonts) Fisher. She was born in In-
diana, a sister of David Fonts, whose sketch
appears in this work. John Fisher was a
native of North Carolina, but came to In-
diana when small. His occupation was that
of farming. Both he and his wife died on
the old homestead in Clark County, he at
eighty years of age, she at fifty eight. He
was a Democrat in politics and took an ac-
tive part in local afiairs. They were mem-
bers of the Uni versallst Church. They were the
parents of eight children, viz. : William L. ;
Sarah J., wife of Alexander Work; James
L. (deceased), Isabelle (deceased), Jacob H.,
John A., Andrew M. and Mollie. Our sub
ject was reared on the farm and educated in
the common schools of Clark County. He
came to this county in 1857, and in 1859
settled on his present farm of 200 acres,
which was then unimproved, and has since
been engaged in grain and stock raising. He
was married, in September, 1859, to Jane
Boles, daughter of Hugh Boles. She died
in April, 1861, leaving one child— Jennie.
He was again married, in 1863, to Margaret
Baird, a native of Madison County, III, and
daughter of Samuel Baird. Seven children
are the result of this union — Erman, Cyn-
thia, Ollie, Carrie, Laura, Wilbur and Har-
land. Mr. Fisher is a member of A., F. &



A. M., Irviugton Lodge, No. 050. In poli-
tics lie is a Republican, and has held various
township offices.

DA.VID FOUTS, farmer, P. O. Irvington,
was born in Clark County, Ind,, November
3, 1820, son of Jacob and Mary (Uougan)
Fonts, both natives of North Carolina, she
being a daughter of Thomas Dougan, a Col-
onel in the Kevolutionary army under Mar-
ion. She was born in 1788, and died at
Irvington, 111., 1868. He was born to
Quaker parents in 178'2, and died in 1860 in
Indiana. Mr. and IMrs. Jacob Fonts were
married in North Carolina in 1807, and in
1808 landed in the present State of Indiana
and settled within one mile of Indian camps.
They were the parents of six sous and three
daughters, all of whom reached maturity,
and six still survive. Our subject was reared
on the farm in Clark County, and obtained
such an education as the schools then af-
forded. Till he was twenty-seven years of
age, he remained on the fai-m, but from
1847 till 1855, he was engaged in the mer-
cantile business at New Washington, Ind.,
but on account i>f failing health closed out
business and came to this county to his pres-
ent farm of 400 acres. He remained on
that farm till 1866, when he moved to Ir-
vington and engaged in the mercantile busi-
ness, continuing till 1873, when he again
came to the farm and has since remained on
it. January 3, 1850, he was married in In-
diana to Elizabeth J. Gudgel. She is a na-
tive of the same county as her husband, and
is the daughter of Allen and Rebecca (Rob
ertson) Gudgel. He died when Mrs. Fouts
was only about one year of age. Her mother
is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Fonts have
two children living and two dead, viz. :
Jacob O. and Belle R., living; Mary F. (de-
ceased), wife of Charles K. Smith; and
Emma J. (deceased). In politics, he is a

Republican. He is not a member of any
church, but has always lived a moral, up-
right life.

DAVID P. FOUTS, farmer, P. O. Ir-
vington, was born in Clark County, Ind., Feb-
ruary 28, 1845. He is a son of Lemon and
E valine V. (Reid) Fouts, both natives of In-
diana. They came to this county in 1846, set-

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