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offices. After subject came to this county,
he also attended the subscription schools of
his township. His first teacher was old Ned
Maxey. Another teacher was a young man
of the name of Bee, who afterward was Coun-
ty Judge. Oiu- subject remained at home
most of the time until he was twenty-five,
and then, starting out in life for himself, im-



mediately settled on his present farm. The
place was at first a piece of Government land,
entirely unimproved. He owns at present
180 acres in Sections 1 and 12, 40 in Section
14, 120 in Sections 22 and 23 of Township 4,
Range 2 east; also 160 in Section 25 and 73
in Sections 14 and 23 of McClelland Town-
ship. Of the whole, there are about 350 acres
in cultivation, about fom- acres in orchard.
Mr. Wells was married, m Jefferson County,
February 14, 1838, to Lucy Farthiae, a native
of Madison County, Ky. , and a daughter of
William and Sarah Farthine. The father
was one of the earliest settlers in McClellan
Township. This union has resulted in ten
childi-en, of whom eight are living — Eliza-
beth (wife of Joseph Dial, of Spring Garden
Township), Thomas (in McClellan ToXvn-
ship), John (in Elk Prairie Township), Har-
vey, Mary (wife of Thos. Puckett.of Blissville
Township), Newton Edward and Jonathac,
all at home with their father, and Joseph, in
Spring Garden Township. Mrs. Wells is a
member of the Elk Prairie Campbellite
Church. Mr. Wells has served as Justice of
the Peace eight years. Road Supervisor,
School Director, etc. In politics, he is Dem-
ocratic.

JOHN WILB4.NKS, farmer and banker,
P. O. Mount Vernon, is a descendant of an
old and prominent family of Jefferson Coun-
ty — a family who came here when the coun-
try was an almost unbroken wilderness, with
danger lurking everywhere. In its subjection
to civilized life, they bore an active and im-
portant part, and the education, wealth and
refinement by which we are to-day surround-
ed attest the labors of these and other pio-
neers of the county. The grandfather of our
subject was a native of the Spartansburg
District, S. C, where he was born June 15,
1770. He grew up to manhood there, and
married Miss Jane Thomas, a native of the



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same flistrict, a union which resulted in tlie
birth of nine chikiren — Joseph (father of
subject, bom July 2, 1795), John (born Oc-
tober 22, 1796; he was a carpenter in South
Carolina, and never came West), Thomas
(was born December 11, 1798, and was a sad-
dler by trade: he came to St. Louis when a
young man, where he lived for some years,
and was afterward drowned), James (was
born march 19, 1801; he came West, and
after living in this county a few years re-
moved to Benton, Franklin County, where
he lived until his death; his daughter. Roz-
ella, is the wife of William Jones, the pres-
ent Sheriff of that county), William (born
March 19, 1803, was the first one of the fam-
ily to come to this county and settled in
Moore's Prairie Township first, where he
remained some years and then moved to a
f;u-m in Spring Gai'den Township, whore he
died in an early day), Robert A. D. (born in 1
1 805, the father of the present Clerk of the
Appellate Court)-Robert Wilbanks (who is ap-
propriately mentioned in another part of the
work), "Peggy" (as she was called, was born
in South Cai'olina, came West in 1823 with
her parents and August 10, 1824, was mar-
ried to James Black, a native of Washington,
D. C, the twain settling down in the south
part of Moore's Prairie Township; at the
breaking out of the Black Hawk war. he en-
listed in it, and was killed at the battle of
Kellogg's Grove in 1832, and iu 1837 his
widow was man'ied to Uriah Campbell), Jud-
ith (was born .-'Lugust 13, 1813, and was mar-
ried. November 19, 1839, to John Robert-
son), Daniel P. (was born May 13, 1817, came
West and settled in Gallatin County, 111.,
where he married Margaret Campbell March
7, 1841; Mr. Wilbanks lived in that county
for a number of years, was Circuit and Coun-
ty Clerk and finally moved to Arkansas; in
1854, while retm-ning East on a visit, he



died from fever on a steamboat at Memphis.
The grandfather came West about 1823,
and settled on the old Wilbanks farm in'
Moore's Prairie Township. There he lived
until his death. In 1827, the great-grand-
mother, Judith Wilbanks, came out from
South Carolina to pay her son and her grand-
children a visit, and died at the old home-
stead January 11, 1829, aged eighty years.
Joseph, the father of our subject, came
West soon after the close of the war of
1812, and first settled in Madison County,
111 . , where he married Candace Pickering
October 14, 1819. The mother was a native
of Broome County, N. Y., and came West
about 1815. They resided in Madison Coun-
ty until about 1826, and then came to Jeffer-
son County, where the father settled in
Mount Vernon and commenced merchandis-
ing. He was afterward elected to the posi-
tion of Sheriff. At that time the county was
not very thickly settled, his vote being thirty-
five and his two opponents receiving thirty-
four and thirty-three respectively. Also
served as Postmaster. To them were born
four children, three boys and one girl — John
(our subject), Luke (deceased , was a soldier
in the late rebellion, serving as Captain in
the Sixtieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and
while in the service contracted disease from
which he afterward died), Q. A. (lives at
present in Belle Rive, Pendleton Township),
Margaret (married Alexander Moore and died
in Mount Vernon about 1853). The father,
who was consumptive, thinking a change of
climate would help him, went to South Car-
olina about 1828, and there died from .the
effects of the disease January 7, 1829. The
mother afterward married Stiuson H. Ander-
son, who, in 1838, was elected Lieutenant
Governor aud served one term; his death oc-
cuiTed in 1853. When subject was about six
years old, his step-father moved to Elk Prai-



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rie Township. Here subject attended the
subscription schools of his day and helped
on the home farm until he reached manhood.
In 1843, he commenced farming on a piece
of unimproved Congress land. In 1849, he
entered eighty acres, and soon afterward for-
ty acres more, which he had cultivated. He
at present owns 422 acres in Sections 10 and
11; about live acres in orchard. He has
given, in past years, a good deal of attention
to stock-raising, but in the last few years he
has turned his attention more to agriculture.
In June, 1873, he embarked in the general
banking business, with G. W. Evans, in Mount
Vernon, 111., under the firm name of Evans
& Wilbanks. Mr. Wilbanks was married,
December 9, 1849, to Elizabeth Evaline New-
by, a daughter of Capt. H. B. and Nancy
(Brown) Newby, who were among the earliest
settlers in Mount Vernon Township. This
union has resulted in eight children, five of
whom are now living — Vanwert, born Octo-
ber 27, 1852, Cashier of Evans & Wil-
banks' Bank; Florence, born December 11,
1854; Nannie C. born July 26, 1859;
Frank A., born August 18, 1863; Robert



Lee, born June 25, 1866. Of the deceased
ones. Euterpe was born August ' 16, 1850,
died May 28, 1874; Joliet, born February 13,
1857, died March 19, 1875; Newby, born
February 24, 1861, died April 18, 1862.
Mr. Wilbanks served in the Mexican war.
He enlisted in June, 1846, in the Third Reg-
iment, and remained in the service for twelve
months — the time for which he enlisted. He
participated in the battle of Cerro Gordo,
and experienced during his term all the
hardships of a solider's life, and the dangers
and exposures incident to being in an en-
emy's country. In 1848, he was elected Cir-
cuit Clerk of Jeiferson County, served one
term, and was then (in 1852; elected to rep-
resent his county in the State Legislatm-e.
In both of these important positions he dis-
charged his duties faithfully, and to the full
satisfaction of his constituency. He is at
present Commissioner of Highways. Polit-
ically, he is a Greenbacker, but has formerly
been identified with the Democratic party.
He is a member of Marion Lodge, No. 13,
I. O. O. F, at Mount Vernon.



McOLELLAIT TOAVNSHIP.



JOSEPH BRADLEY, farmer, P. O. Mount
Vernon, was born May 9, 1809, in Maryland.
His lather, Purnell Bradley, was also a native of
Maryland, and a large farmer; he died there.
The mother of our subject, Sinah TuU, was a
native of Delaware; she came to this county,
where she died. Her father, James Tuli, was
also a farmer, and a highl3' respected member
of society; he died in Hancock County, 111.
Our subject was educated in Delaware. He
has farmed all his life, and now owns a farm of
199 acres of good laiul in Wolf's Prairie. He
was married twice. His first wife, Mary Van



Cleave, was the mother of eight children, of
whom four are now living, viz.: Sarah P. Down-
er, Mary A. Langley, Parthenia 31. Williams
and Eliza B. Gilbert. His present wife, Mrs.
Ellen L. Rahm, born August 30, 1820, in Cin-
cinnati, Ohio, and is the daughter of James
and Sarah (Decourcey) Kirbj'. She is the
mother of Anna C. Lawrence. Mr. and Mrs.
Bradley are members of the United Brethren
in Christ Church. His son-in-law, Louis Law-
rence, is a minister in that church. In politics,
he has been identified with the Democratic
party till Greeley was run; of late j'ear.s he has



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been independent in politics. Mrs. Ellen L.
Bradley's children by iier lirst Imsband, John
Rahm, of Pittsburgh, Penn., were — George A.
Rahm, James K. Kahni, Alice L. Raliin. wife of
Mr. Joseph Meritt, of Salem, 111.

ELIJAH COLLINS, fanner, P. 0. Mount
Vernon, was born April 18, 1846, in Rush
County, Ind. His father, Charles Collins, was
a native of Pennsylvania, liorn Octolier 5, 1802;
he was a farmer by occupation, and came to
this county in the fall of 18G5; he was well
known and highl}- respected in this count}-,
where lie died April i;{, 1S72. His father,
Ephraim Collins, was a native of Pennsylvania.
The motherof our subject, Agnes Johnson, was
born July 22, 1815, in Bullitt County, Ky.,
daughter of Moses and Rebecca (Irons) John-
son; her father, Jonathan Irons, was the dis-
coverer and owner of what is now called the
Sheperdsville Salt Works, and was scalded to
death in one of the kettles. Mrs. Agnes Col-
lins is the mother of seven children now living,
viz.: Charles, Isaac, Elijah, Anna .Morgan, Su-
san Keaton, John W. and Isabella Gray. Our
subject was educated mostly in Brown Count}',
Ind. He has made farmini; his vocation, hav-
ing a farm of sixty acres. He has tilled the
otfices of Constable and Highway Commissioner,
and now holds the office of Township Supervi-
sor. In politics, he Is a Democrat. lie was
married, July 25, 1867, to Sarah M. Downer,
born December 29, 1846, in Jefferson County,
111. She is a daughter of John and Sarah M.
(Neil), verj- old settlers. She is the mother of
six children, viz.: Jennie, Agnes, Walter, Mary
C. (deceased), Ethel M. and Louie. Mr. and Mrs.
Collins are members of the'Christian Churclii
of which he is an Elder.

WILLIAM A. DAVIS, farmer, P. 0. Mount
Vernon, was Ijorn January 16, 184f'), in Mc-
Clellan Township, Jetferson County, III. His
father, Clinton S. Davis, was a native of Ten-
nessee, and a farmer, who came to this county
in or about 1838; he is yet living, aged sixty-



thi-ee years. His father, Alfred Davis, was a
native of North Carolina. The motherof our
subject, Susan (Wells) Davis, was born June 11,
1811, is yet living, and the motiier of seven
children; her parents were William and Eliza-
beth (Levingston) Wells. Our subject was edu-
cated in this county, and here he was joined in
matrimony, November 29, 1870, to Nancy G.
Davis, born May 29, 1852, in Smith County,
Tenn. She is a daughter of Joseph M.
and Rebecca (Roister) Davis. Mrs. Nancy G.
Davis is the mother of four children, viz.: Su-
san R., born October 20, 1870; C. Clinton, born
November 8, 1873; N. Norman, born January
8, 1879; W. Willis, born August 16, 1881. Mr.
and Mrs. Davis are connected with the Chris-
tian Church. Hei is a member of the A. P. &
A. M., Mount Vernon Lodge. He has served
the people in the capacity of Township Clerk
for one year, as Township Supervisor five years,
and for the last seven j'ears he has been Jus-
tice of the Peace, filling the office with tact and
ability. He has a farm of 260 acres, and in
politics has been identified with the Demo-
cratic party.

J. G. HOWE, farmer, P. 0. Woodlawn, was
born February 17, 1827, in Davis County, Tenn.
His father, Samuel Howe, was a native of Mary-
land, and died here, he being the sou of William
Howe, a native of Scotland. The mother of
our subject, Anna Berry, was a native of Ten-
nessee. She was the mother often children, of
whom only Eliza Rightnowar and James G.,
our subject, are now living. He went to school
but little in this count>'. He has farmed all pf
his life, and now owns a farm of 180 acres,
which he made all himself. He supported his
mother from 1838 till 1863, when she died. He
married Margaret Cameron, born September,
1828, in this county. She is a daughter of
Stephen and Klizabeth Cameron, old settlers,
and she is the mother of live children, viz.;
Mary ¥.. William W. (deceased). Samuel S.,
Sarah A. (deceased), anil Margaret H. Mr. and



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Mrs. Howe are members of the Christian
Church. He is a member of the Odd Fellows
fraternity-, Woodlawn Lodge, No. 522. In pol-
itics, he has been identified with the Demo-
cratic party. His grandmother, whose maiden
name was Sela Gorden, was married three times,
and all three husbands were killed by the In-
dians in Tennessee.

D. C. JONES, farmer, P. O. Mount Vernon,
was born August 1, 1812, in Virginia, son of
George Jones, also a good farmer. The mother
of our subject. Prudence Keith, was the mother
of eight children. Our subject, D. C. Jones,
was reared in Jackson County, Ind., but was
married in Jennings County, where also all of
his children were born. His wife, Susan M.
Prather, was born August 8. 1811, in Clark
County, Ind. She is a daughter of William
and Lettice (McCarroll) Prather, highly respect-
ed people, who reared a large family, and who
became useful members of society, and were
all members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mrs. Susan M. Jones reared seven children, viz.:
Maria J., Marinda A. Meredith, Cyrena P. Mont-
gomery, Lettia A. Titsworth, Calvin L.. Mar-
garet R. Mills and Irena Bell Klein, deceased.
Mr. Jones farmed man}' years in Indiana, and
finally, in 1803, he came to Jefferson County,
where he has farmed ever since, owning now
almost 300 acres of land, and is a good farmer
and inan.ager. His past life is worthy of imi-
tation and ouglit to be recorded in these pages.
which will serve as a guide post to the coming
generations. In politics, Mr. Jones has been
a Democrat.

SAMUEL LACEY, farmer, P. O. Woodlawn,
was born April 13, 1825, in St. Clair County,
111. His father, Thomas Lacey. the old United
States Mail carrier, was a native of Kentucky,
born February 9, 1800 ; he died here in 1879.
He came to Illinois Territory in 1806, with his
father. Liner Lacey, a native of Virginia. Tiiey
settled in what is now called St. Clair County.
He was a pioneer in Kentucky, as well as Illi-



nois. The mother of our subject. Lucinda
(Greathouse) Lacey, was the mother of three
children, of whom our snbject is the only one
living. He was educated in Belleville, 111., and
early turned his attention to farming. He now
owns lliO acres of land. His wife, Jane A.
(Caulk) Lace}', was born March 27. 1832. in
Carlinville, 111. She is the mother of eight chil-
dren, viz.: Thomas M., deceased; Mary M.,
Emma B., James H., Edward S., Charles G.
Jenette D. and Anna M. Mr. and Mrs. Lacey
are connected with the Jletbodist E|)iscopal
Church. He is a member of the Masonic fra-
ternity, Mount Vernon Lodge, No. 31. He
has been Highway Commissioner, and in politics
is identified with the Republican party. His
son, James H.,born February 2, 1857, is a grad-
uate of the St. Louis Medical College. His pre-
ceptor was Dr. H. S. Plununer, of Mount Ver-
non.

ADAM RIGHTNOWAR. farmer. P. 0.
Woodlawn. was born March 29, 1824. near
Elizabethtown. in Hardin Count}', 111., son of
George Rightnowar, a native of Penn.sylvania ;
he was a farmer, and came here in an early
day. The mother of our subject, Jerusha (Ruse)
Rightnowar, raised ten children. Our subject
never went to school three months, all told, in
his life. He has followed farming all his life,
and owns 280 acres of land, having given about
200 acres to his five children, now married.
He was married, Blareh 8, 1849, to Eliza Howe,
born August 26, 1829, in this county, (laughter
of Samuel and Anna E. Howe. She is the
mother of eight children, viz., Francis (who
married Harriett Giles), Elizabeth Rutherford,
Anna Mandrel, Levina Wells, George (who
married Sarah Mayberry), Eliza E. (born Au-
gust 28. 1861), Mary D. (born December 30,
1863), and Adam D. (born October 18, 1866).
Mrs. Rightnowar is connected with the Chris-
tian Church. .Mr. Rightnowar is identified
with the Democratic party. He is a man who
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done well without an cilucation, liis example in
life being worthy- of imitation.

DANIEL STURGIS, farmer, P. 0. Mount
Vernon, was Ijorii Fcbruai y 14, 18Ij2, in Ham-
ilton County, Ouio, son of Daniel Sturgis, Sr.,
a native of New Jersey ; he was a blacksmith,
and died in Ohio, his father being .Mo.se.s Stur-
gis. The mother of our subject, Mary McKee,
was a native of Ohio ; she was a daughter of
Samuel McKee, a native of Ireland ; she was
the mother of eleven children, and died in
Mount Vernon. Our subject was educated in
Ohio. In earl}- life he was a mechauic, and
followed it for man^- j-ears in Mount Vernon ;
for the last four years, he has been a farmer,
owning a farm of 120 acres. He was joined in



matrimony twice. His first wife, Anna A.
Mayhevv, was the mother of four children now
living, viz., Martha Hiserman, Viola, Charley
and Albert. His present wife, Mrs. Sarah Kel-
l}-, born November tj, 1841, in Brown County
Ohio, was a daughter of William and Mary A.
(Guthrie) Edgington, natives of Ohio. She is
the motiier of four children, viz., William, De-
lilah, Mary A. and Daniel. Mr. and Mrs. Stur-
gis are both church members. He is identified
with the Republican party, of which he was an
ardent supporter during tiio war, in which he
served about one year, enlisting in the One
Hundred and Fifty-first Indiana Volunteers.
Company D, serving till close of war, when he
was honorably discharged.



BALD HILL TOWI^ISHIP.



R. W. MANNEN, farmer and stock-raiser,
P. 0. Laur, was born in Bald Hill Township,
Jefiferson County, July a, 1851 ; is a son of
Sydney S. and Eliza A. (Walton) Mannen. The
parents were originally from Mason Countj'.
Ky., and came to this county about 1844. They
settled on the farm now occupied b}' subject,
where the father died in 187U. The mother is
still living. Subject was the fifth of nine chil-
dren, of whom eight are living. In childhood
and youth, he attended the free schools of his
township, and worked on the home place until
the father's estate was settled. And when the
estate was divided, subject inherited the part
that he now occupies. At present, he owns
220 acres in Sections 1 and 10, of Town 4,
Range 1, eighty acres in Section 6, of Town 4,
Range 2, and eighty acres in Section 33, of
Town 3, Range 1. Of the whole farm, tliere are
about 240 acres in cultivation. He also pays
some attention to stock-raising, having about
130 head of cattle, and some sheep and hogs.



Mr. Mannen was married, December 31, 1879,
to Amanda E. Dodds, a native of Shiloh Town-
ship, Jefferson County, and daughter of 'ViU.
iam and Anna (Hall) Dodds. The father
was born in this county-, his parents having
come here from South Carolina. The mother
was a native of Gallatin County, 111. The father
in his da}- was one of the foremost men of this
county, and served as Circuit Judge, County
Clerk, and other responsible positions. He died
in 1870. The mother is still living, in Elk
Prairie Township. This marriage has resulted
in one child — Walton Dodds, born March 13,
1881. In politics, Mr. Mannen is a Demo-
crat.

SIDNEY S. MANNEN, farmer, P. 0. Laur,
was born October 31, 1853, a son of Sidney S.
and Eliza A. (Walton) Mannen. (See sketch of
T. H. Mannen, in Blissville Township.) He ob-
tained what little schooling this county afforded
in his younger days, and has, during his life,
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farming industries. His present place consists
of about 200 acres of land, and also a good
residence, wliicb he erected in 1880. Mr. Man-
nen married Eliza S. Stewart, a daugliter of
Peter Stewart, now deceased. Two children
have blessed this union, one of whom is living —
Lelia. Politically, Mr. Mannen gives his sup-
port to the interests of Democrac}'.

J. W. PHILP, farmer, F. 0. Laur, was born
in Bracken Count}-, K}'., October 10, 1833, a
son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Baltzell) Philp —
the father being a native of England, the
mother of Gallipolis, Ohio. Our subject was ■
the sixth of eight children, of whom six are now
living. When six years old his parents moved
to Illinois and settled in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson
Countv. There the family only remained about
six mouths, and then moved to Bald Hill Town-
ship and settled about a mile and a half from
where our subject now resides. There the
father resided until the spring of 1854, -when
he moved to Central City, 111., where he died in
1856, and the mother in 1872. The subscrip-
tion schools of this county afforded our subject
his means of education. He remained at home
with his father until of age, and then com-
mencing life for himself, settled on his present
farm, whore he now owns about 400 acres sit-
uated in Sections 1, 2 and 11, of Town 4, Kange
1 east, and of that there are about 240 acres in
cultivation. Mr. Philp was married, April 6
1856, to Augusta Kinne, a native of Posey
County, Ind., and a daughter of George N.
Kiune. This unirfn has resulted in eight chil-
dren, six of whom are now living — Ida E., wife
of Ichabod Newell, of Blissville Township ;
Emma F., wife of Wilburn Dodds, of MeClellan
Township ; Charles T., James W., Henry 0.
and Maggie. He is a member of the Williams-
burg Universalist Church. Has served his
township as Justice of the Peace, Township
Trustee and School Director. He enlisted in
the Thirty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry
in October, 1864, and was mustered out in June,



1865. He was taken prisoner at the battle of
Bentonville, N. C, but was exchanged at Kich-
mond nine days after being taken. He is a
Republican in politics.

PETER W. STEWART (deceased). Mr.
Stewart came from Abbeville District, S. C,
where he was born February 18. 1806, a son of
John and Ann (Stewart) Stewart. During his
life, he was mostly engaged in farming pursuits.
He was first married in South Carolina, to Jane
Crawford, and moved to Illinois, locating in
Monroe County. She died about 1859. This
marriage gave three children, all of whom died
in infancy. In 1862, Mr. Stewart married the
lady who now survives him. She was Hester
A. Upton, a daughter of David and Margaret
(Carmiehael) Upton. This union was blessed
with nine children, of whom there are three who
are probably living — Jennie A., Eliza S. and
Ida L. Mrs. Stewart had been previousi}' mar-
ried to Jeremiah Carmiehael, by whom she had
one child, who was living at last accounts. His
son, Hiram S., is now living with his grand-
mother. The Stewart place consists of about
208 acres of land.

JOHN B. WARD, farmer, P. 0. Fitzgerell,
is a native of Hampshire County, Va., born
September 28, 1820, to Lloyd and Catharine
(Wilson) Ward, both of whom were natives of
the same State. The father was a farmer. He
was a son of Lloyd Ward, who served in the
Revolutionary war. The parents of our sub-
ject were blessed with ten children, of whom
there are six living — Sarah A., John B., Will-
iam, Edward, Ruth and Lloyd S. Mr. Ward
obtained but a meager education in the old-
fashioned schools, and at the age of nearly four-
teen, came with his parents to McLean Countj',
111., where they resided about two years, and
removed to Jefferson Countj', where our subject
has since made his home. He has a farm of
460 acres which he devotes to farming in its



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