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1882 Biographies - Beaver Creek Precinct

Henry BASS. In a list of some of the most prominent agriculturists and self-made men of Bond County, the name of Henry BASS, of Greenville City, occupies a prominent place. He was born in Fayette County, Ill., April 22, 1833, and was the sixth child of the family of twelve children of Guilford BASS and Mary Ann (PROCTOR) BASS. Guilford BASS was a native of North Carolina, and removed from there to Kentucky for a time, thence to Tennessee, thence to Fayette County in 1832, locating northeast of Vandalia about twelve miles. There he remained until his death, in 1845. His wife survived until 1872, when she also departed this life, leaving ten sons and two daughters to mourn her departure. But tow of these, William and our subject, are now residents of Bond County. Henry left home at the age of fourteen. He came to Bond County, sought and found employment on a farm, receiving only $7 for a hard month's work, and saved sufficient means to make a part payment on his first purchase of 100 acres of Bond County land, in Beaver Creek Precinct. In August, 1856, he made a second purchase of 100 acres, which he still owns, and to which he has since added, owning at one time 1,500 acres. Mr. BASS married Nancy GOODSON, daughter of Spencer GOODSON, a native of Kentucky, a farmer and blacksmith, and came to Illinois when a young man. With the exception of a four years' stay in Missouri, he has been a resident of Illinois, and now of Christian County. They have six sons and two daughters - William H., Abbie, George, Edward, Walter, Louis, Leoni and Leonard. Abbie is now Mrs. C. C. SQUIRES, of Beaver Creek Township. Mr. and Mrs. BASS are members of the Baptist Church of Smith Grove. Their home is in Beaver Creek Precinct, Town 4, Section 20. Guilford and Charles S. are deceased. Guilford died November 14, 1856, and Charles S. August 31, 1866, at one year and eighteen days old.

Rev. J. J. BLIZZARD, farmer, P. O. Dudleyville, is a descendant and grandson of James BLIZZARD, one of the earliest settlers in the township. James BLIZZARD was born in Scotland, and emigrated to Kentucky at an early day, where he remained until the winter of 1817 and 1818, when he came to what is now Bond County, locating in this township, on Section 3, one-fourth of a mile west of Dudleyville, and remained there as long as he lived. He was an upright, Christian man, and his house was used for church purposes as early as 1820. Here the pioneer preachers were entertained, and the hardy settlers worshipped under his roof until a more suitable place could be obtained. His son James succeeded him; he was born in 1801, August 4, and was but a lad of sixteen when his father came here. He remained with him until October 9, 1823, when he married Fannie McCORD, daughter of Robert McCORD, one of the pioneers of Bond County. Shortly after his marriage, he located on Section 4, where he settled and raised a family of six children - William M., Mary J., Anna D., J. J., Robert B. and Harriet A. Of this number, but three are living - William M., J. J., and Harriet A., who resides in Saline County, Mo., wife of James W. GOWER. William M. and J. J. reside in this township. James BLIZZARD died October 2, 1861. They were for many years members of the M. E. Church, and were highly esteemed by all who knew them [Page 62] for their many virtues. John J., whose name heads this sketch, was born November 8, 1829, on the northeast quarter of Section 4, where he was reared to manhood, and received a common school education. May 29, 1851, he married Catharine McADAMS, born in this county, daughter of Jesse McADAMS and Elizabeth WILLIAMSON, which couple came to this locality from Logan County, Ky., in 1828. In the fall of 1852, Mr. BLIZZARD located where he now resides, and has been engaged in farming pursuits, having 260 acres of land. He has served as Justice of the Peace for several years; was elected in 1859, and is now meting out justice to the people in this part of the township. At fifteen years of age, he was converted, and since has been an effective worker in the M. E. Church, both as a layman and minister, in which capacity he has officiated for over a score of years. He has eight children - James C., Lucy E., H. W., Sarah E., John J., Jr., Jesse W., Mary C., Edward S., Fannie A. and Lois S.

Rollin C. DEWEY, deceased. The DEWEY family came to Bond County about the year 1837. Nelson, the father of the above, married Lois SCRIBNER, and emigrated from Vermont with his family to Bond County, locating on the northwest part of Beaver Creek Township, and remained here the remainder of his days. His death occurred January, 1850, his wife August, 1847. Rollin, the eldest child, was born in Vermont April 8, 1827. His brothers and sisters were Clay, Jonathan, Judson, Peter, Thomas, Theron, Mary E., Ann, Judith, Jane and Artie, all of whom lived to be grown except Thomas. January 8, 1852, Rollin married Elmira C. SHELTON, a native of Virginia, daughter of Absalom and Mary (BELCHER, daughter of Godfrey BELCHER) SHELTON, who came West to this State, to Clinton, in 1832, and raised five sons and one daughter. Soon after the marriage of Rollin DEWEY and wife, they located on the farm where the family have since remained. His death occurred July 5, 1870. Eight children were born them - Frederick M., Mary E., Henry A., Virginia, Rose, Lois A. and Katie A. The other died young. Of the above, Mary E. is the wife of W. E. TAYLOR. The estate consists of 440 acres, upon which the family live, the farm being conducted by the elder brother, Frederick M.

Henry GERKE, farmer, P. O. Beaver Creek. Among the German representatives of Bond County, none are more deserving of credit than Mr. GERKE. He came to this township in 1856. His earthly possessions were wrapped up in a handkerchief which he carried under his arm as he walked across the prairie from St. Louis, where he landed upon his coming from his native home in Hanover, now Prussia, where he was born November 23, 1836, being the eldest son of his parents, Henry and Maria C. (DORREE) GERKE, whom he left in the old country at the age of twenty, and embarked for the land of the free and the home of the workingman. When Mr. GERKE came to this locality he had nothing to commence with but his hands. At first he worked out by the month for two years, and saved enough money to buy him a team and such things necessary to go to farming, and for four years he rented land and saved money enough to purchase forty acres where he now resides, and he has since added to the same until he now has 200 acres. He was among the number who assisted in building the German Methodist Church in this township, and was one of the first Trustees. February 5, 1867, he married Catharine, born November 4, 1838, in St. Gallen, Switzerland, daughter of Matthias HOFFMAN and Anna STRICKER, who moved with their family to Clinton County in 1845, and raised the following children: John, Jacob, Henry, Mrs. GERKE, Matthias and John Wesley. Henry lives in Cedar County, Mo., John W. in California. The others are deceased. Mr. GERKE has but one sister - Anna, now the [Page 63] wife of F. UTLANT. Mr. GERKE has three children - Edward Lincoln, born November 10, Henry Ward, born November 22, 1872, Annie, June 20, 1875. Capt. U. B. HARRIS, retired farmer, P. O. Beaver Creek. Among the representative men of Bond County is

Capt. U. B. HARRIS, who was born on Section 27, in this township. He first beheld the light of day February 10, 1833, the youngest of a family of seven children. His father's name was John HARRIS, a native of Logan County, Ky., son of Rev. William HARRIS, on of the pioneer ministers of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of that locality. The HARRIS family ware of Irish extraction. John HARRIS, the father of our subject, came to Bond County in the fall of 1824, with the GOODSON family. He first settled on Government land, and afterward purchased of the same and remained a citizen of the county until his death, July 4, 1832, about seven months prior to the birth of his last child, Urban B. The mother of our subject was Nancy GOODMAN, born in Kentucky, daughter of William and Sarah (MAXEY) GOODMAN. The names of the brothers and sisters of our subject were William C., Rice E., both ministers of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church; Amanda J., wife of William MURRAY; Nancy E., wife of Harmon L. FIELD; Sarah A. and John H. The two latter died at an early age. All of the above are now deceased except Rev. Rice E., who went out as Chaplain in the Thirty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He has not been heard from since 1876. Urban B. remained with his mother until twelve years of age, when he left home to do for himself. He had none to rely upon but himself. He obtained a good common-school education, and for several years was engaged in teaching. In 1862, he raised a company of men and was commissioned Captain of Company E, One Hundred and Thirtieth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served thirty-three months, when, on account of impaired health he was mustered out, February, 1864, at New Orleans, and returned home. During his term of service he participated in all the principal battles in which his command was engaged. The principal engagements were Magnolia and Champion Hiss, Black River Bridge, Siege of Vicksburg, Jackson (Miss.) and afterward was with Bank's division on Red River. Upon his return home he located at Millersburg, where he purchased a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits, where he remained until March, 1867, when he came to Beaver Creek and embarked in the mercantile business under the firm name of GOODSON & HARRIS. After a partnership of two years he purchased his partner's interest, and continued the business himself until 1880, when he gave up the business to his son, who is now conducting the same. February 1, 1853, he married Elizabeth A. GREGORY, daughter of John and Sarah GREGORY. This marriage has been crowned with the birth of seven children, four of whom are living: Margaret, wife of Thomas J. HULL; Luther J., Jonn F., and Shaw L. The others died in infancy. He has been Township Treasurer of sixteen years. In 1867, he was elected County Commissioner and served four years. In 1876, he was again elected, and re-elected in 1879, and has since filled that position with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his friends. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Elder of the same, of which body his parents were also members. His father was a Whig. U. B. having, since the party came into existence, been affiliated with the Republican party, and is a stanch supporter of the same.

S. J. HUNTER, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Dudleyville. Samuel Jefferson HUNTER was born in Bond County. He first beheld the light of nature March 13, 1827, in Greenville Precinct. He was the third son of David HUNTER, who was born January 1, 1801, [Page 64] in Davidson County, Tenn., son of John HUNTER, an Irishman by birth, who immigrated from his native country to Tennessee and raised a family and emigrated to Bond County about the year 1824, and settled near Shoal Creek, and remained here until his death. He raised a family of seven sons, all of whom came to man's estate, viz.: William, Thomas, John, Joseph, James, Samuel and David, all of whom settled in Bond County. David HUNTER, the father of S. J., was married in Tennessee to Elizabeth COPELAND, and removed to this county about two years prior to his father's coming. He remained in the county until his death, which occurred in the winter of 1875, his wife in 1855. Seven children were born to them, who were John B., Samuel J., Thomas N., Rebecca I., Susan A., George W. and Joseph J., all living at the present date, save George W. and Susan A. The father of the above was a Democrat all his life; a soldier in the black Hawk war, and was for years a member of the Methodist Church. Samuel J., the only one of the name in this township, was brought up on the farm, where he lived until his marriage, which occurred January 30, 1850, to Sarah YOUNG, a native of Bond County, daughter of William YOUNG. After Mr. HUNTER's marriage, he located near Greenville and engaged in farming, and has since been a resident of the county. He located on the farm he now owns, consisting of 510 acres, in 1857. He has children, viz.: Laura F., Hattie A., William R., Harry A., Benjamin A., Hugh E., Archie A. and Pearl. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since about 1862.

D. B. HAWLEY, farmer, P. O. Dudleyville. Of the enterprising farmers in Bond County, Mr. HAWLEY ranks among the first. He was born February 2, 1831, in Trumbull County, Ohio; is the second son and third child born to his father, Milton HAWLEY, who was born 1802, in Western New York. His ancestors were of English stock. Milton HAWLEY came West to Trumbull County, and there married Mary TAFT, and removed to Madison County in 1836, and remained there until 1843, when he came to Okaw Township, and entered 1,800 acres of land. He was a man of energy, and was well read in law, and had excellent business qualifications. In politics, he was formerly a Whig; but, later in life, he came out with the Republican party, and was a strong anti- slavery man, and withal generous and kind-hearted. His death occurred 1867; his wife 1865. He raised a family of ten children, seven sons and three daughters. Celia, the eldest, married J. G. WRIGHT, and resides in this township; Luther C., eldest son, resides in California; Delevan, Bement, Roman M., Virginia, Julius A., Victoria A. and John H., and D. B., the subject of these lines, Who remained under the parental roof until March 9, 1854, when he married Susan STEELE, born in Madison County, daughter of John W. STEELE and Catharine RUSSELL. Mr. HAWLEY came to this farm in 1862, and has since resided there. He has nearly 200 arches of excellent land, which he farms in a neat and tasty manner. He has put all the principal improvements on the same, and keeps his fences and buildings in excellent repair. Has the following children: Catharine A., Mrs. Samuel ANDERSON; Harriet L., in California, wife of J. M. REEVES; Lucy A., Susan E., Laura A., Edwin B., John M., William W. and Patience V.

John H. HESTON, P. O. Dudleyville, born May 30, 1812, in Bucks County, Penn., being the eldest of eight children. His father was Amos HESTON, who was likewise a Pennsylvanian, born about the year 1774, and died in 1869, aged ninety-six. His father's name was Samuel HESTON, whose ancestors came with William PENN, and settled in Pennsylvania. Samuel served in the Revolutionary war. His wife was a PRICE, prior to her marriage, Amos, being the fruit of this marriage; he, Amos, married Letitia HAGERMAN, daughter of Barnett [Page 65] HAGERMAN, who also served in the Revolution. His wife's maiden name was GROOM. The HESTONs and HAGERMANs are both of Quaker stock. None of either family came West, save J. H. and his uncle David, who came to this county as early as 1815, and remained here until 1834, when he moved to Leavenworth, Kan. Our subject came West to Muskingum County, Ohio, during his minority, afterward went to Franklin County. On April 17, 1834, he enlisted in the regular army as private, and served through the Florida and Mexican wars, and served until November, 1848, when he resigned with rank of Captain. July, 1849, he married Catharine P. RAREY, born in Franklin County, Ohio, daughter of Rev. Charles RAREY and Mary KRAMER. Charles RAREY was a pioneer of Franklin County, and cut timber where the city of Columbus now stands. He was a son of John RAREY, a native of Germany. Mr. HESTON came to Bond County in the spring of 1852, and settled where he now resides. He has put nearly all the improvements thereon. He has since been engaged in farming pursuits, and been a large wheat raiser. Has 360 acres of land, and well improved. He has seven children - Joseph S., Sarah and Mary (twins), De Witt and twin that died, Hattie M., Steve A. D. and John C.; Sarah, wife of Wallace E. SMITH; Mary, wife of L. MEAHEIMER; Joseph S. in Kansas. Mr. HESTON is self-made; his brothers and sisters were Jesse G., Morris, Mary A., Jenks S., Sarah, Samuel and Watson. Jenks and Samuel were killed in the late war.

William G. McCASLIN, farmer, P. O. Dudleyville. Cotemporaneous with the early history of Bond County, was the advent of the McCASLIN family to this township. The head of the family was James McCASLIN, a native of the Emerald Isle. He emigrated to North Carolina at a very early day. While here he married a Scotch lady, and subsequently removed to Caldwell County, Ky., where eight children were born to him. According to the order of their birth, were as follows: Hugh, James, Gray, John O, Jane, Martha, Mary and Rachel. With this family, he came to Bond County, and settled in Beaver Creek Township, on Section 11. Of this number mentioned, but one is now living - Hugh, who was the eldest, and he resides in Montgomery County. John Oliver, the father of our subject, was born about the year 1807, and married Mary MILLS, daughter of William MILLS and Mary PLANT. Both families were early settlers in the county. This marriage was blessed with the birth of the following children, viz., William G, Elizabeth, Mary J., James W., John W., George W. Ellen and Rebecca were the ones that grew to manhood and womanhood. The father died September, 1859. He was a Whig, and a Presbyterian in faith. The mother was a Methodist. She died August, 1879. William Gray was born on the farm where he now lives July 13, 1829, and where he was reared to manhood. In March, 1852, he married Mary J. STEELE, born in Morgan County, this State. She was a daughter of John Walker STEELE and Catharine RUSSELL, both of old and substantial families in old Morgan County. to Mr. and Mrs. McCASLIN have been born twelve children, eleven of them now survive, whose names are John Walker, Catharine I., Clara A., James A., Harriet M., Uretta C. B., Warren E., William H., Mary F., Alonzo O., Hezekiah C. Catharine, wife of Samuel FLOYD, resides in Okaw; Clara resides in Clinton county, wife of J. E. WISE; Harriet resides in Okaw, wife of Jackson HUFF. Mr. McCASLIN has spent his life in farming pursuits, having 280 acres of land. He is agent for Sharp's Stump and Grub Puller, a very desirable and useful implement to farmers having stumpy land to till.

Felix G. POTTS, farmer, P. O. Greenville. Of the early settlers of Bond County, Stranger or "Stringer" POTTS was among those who came in during the winter of 1830. He was born about the year 1797, in Rutherford County, Tenn., son of Daniel POTTS. "Stringer" [Page 66] ran way from his father when a lad, and joined Gen. JACKSON's command, and participated in the battle of New Orleans. He married Anna, daughter of Amos WINSET, and by this union twelve children were born, viz.: Daniel, Zephaniah, Henry, Elizabeth, Amos, John W., Millie, Robert, Lucinda, Felix G., William and Stranger. Of this number, nine of the eldest were born in Tennessee; of this number are living - Daniel and Wesley, reside in California; Henry, in Highland, Madison Co.,; Amos resides in Clinton County; Millie in Moultrie County, wife of M. MILLER. Stranger POTTS emigrated to Bond County, locating in Pocahontas Township, in the winter of 1830, but soon after came to this township, and remained here until his death, which occurred in February, 1838, his wife dying the year previous. Felix G. was born April 18, 1829, and was left fatherless at an early age. He went to live with Andrew MILLS, of this township, and remained with him until grown; he then hired out, and then laid the foundation of his present possessions. He had a very limited education, yet he worked hard and patiently. In August, 1852, he married Margaret A. BROWN, daughter of James BROWN, from Tennessee. Mr. POTTS has nine children - Louisa Jane, Mary, James, Henry, Martha Ellen, Nancy, Henrietta, Millie and Marion. He has 540 acres, all accumulated by his own industry.

John THOMEN, farmer, P. O. Beaver Creek, has been identified with Bond County since September, 1843. He was born Feb. 5, 1829, in Canton Basle, Switzerland, son of John and Ursilla (DEDWILLER) THOMEN. The family left the old country in May, 1843, and, after a long voyage on the ocean, they reached the American shore, and, in September of the same year, they located in Bond County. His father entered land on Section 27, in Beaver Creek Township, and resided on the same until his death; his father died in 1869, his mother in 1856. They raised a family of three children, viz.: Elizabeth (wife of George BERNRIDER), John and Anna B. (who married Edward FRY). Our subject remained with his parents until after he attained his manhood. October 25, 1855, he married Susan E. DIZERENS, a native of Switzerland. Mr. THOMEN has been a member of the German Methodist Church since its organization, and was one of the first members that assisted and was comprised in the first organization. He has 80 acres of land; his residence is located on the northwest quarter of Section 27.

Martin L. ULMER, farmer, P. O. Baden Baden, is the eldest son of George ULMER and Priscilla TISHHOUSER. George ULMER was born March 14, 1823, in Canton Graupenten, Switzerland, son of Martin and Anna ULMER, who came to Bond County with his son George in 1839, locating in the west part of the township. His children were George, Lena, Martha, Peter, Casper and Paul - all dead except George, Casper and Lena. None of the name are now residing in the township except Martin L., who was born here February 25, 1853, and was married February 29, 1876, to Sarah A. STUBBLEFIELD, daughter of William STUBBLEFIELD and Susan BRAY. After he married, he located on the homestead. He came to this farm in 1881, and built the residence he now occupies. He has 190 acres. He has two children - Mary Ellen and Edward Clyde; Ida May, an infant, died in 1877. To George ULMER, his father, were born Anna E. (wife of C. GAFFNER), M. L., Rosa (wife of William DAGGETT), W. Edward and George F. In 1876, George ULMER, father of Martin L., removed to St. Clair County, and there resides. William STUBBLEFIELD, father of Mrs. ULMER, was born in Madison County March 15, 1873. William, Jr., married Susan BRAY, who was born February 7, 1813, in Randolph County, N. C., daughter of William and Bettie (McCASLIN) BRAY; she is yet living, and with her daughter, [Page 67] Mr. ULMER. The family came her in the spring of 1829, and settled east of Greenville. To William STUBBLEFIELD, Jr., were born eleven children; six were raised, four of whom went into the army - James, Henry, Samuel and Fielden; James and Henry died there. The STUBBLEFIELD family are likewise among the early settlers of Bond County. Mr. ULMER is a Baptist.

August H. UTLAUT, farmer, P. O. Baden Baden, was born, February 18, 1853, near Edwardsville, in Madison County. His father, Eberhart UTLAUT, was born, January 2, 1798, in Europe, and came to Madison County in the fall of 1852, and six years later, came to this county, locating in Beaver Creek Township, and purchased 150 acres of land, and has since remained and is living, being now in his eighty-fifth year. August being the only child (now living), has always remained with his father and lived on the homestead. He was married, October 17, 1872, to Anne GERKE, who was born January 1, 1852, only daughter of her parents and sister of Henry GERKE, of this township. Mr. UTLAUT has now 200 acres of land; has two children - Minnie Julia and Frederick William; is a member of the M. E. Church.

Dr. J. A. WARREN, P. O. Beaver Creek, ranks among the substantial and successful practitioners of materia medica in Bond County. He was born, December 5, 1836, in Marion County, this State, and was raised in Randolph County, where he removed, with his parents, when small. His father was Alfred WARREN, who emigrated from Tennessee to Marion County in 1817, with his father, John WARREN, a native of the Carolinas. John WARREN's wife was Frances S. NELSON, born in Virginia, daughter of Bezaleel NELSON. Both were Virginia families, and removed first to Tennessee, thence to Illinois during its early settlement, and thus became identified with its interests as farmers and agriculturists. The subject of these lines was raised to farm labor, attending school during the winter and applied himself to the farm in the summer, and finally engaged in teaching, which vocation he followed for several years, still alternating upon the farm. In 1865, he began the study of medicine, his father dying the following year. In 1868, he commenced the practice of his profession at Keysport, and came to this place in 1870 and has since continued. He received his diploma at Cincinnati in 1873. He has a large practice and has been uniformly successful, and has the confidence of his patrons. In 1869, he married Jennie A. born in Randolph County, this State, daughter of Maj. A. M. WILSON and Susan YOUNG. Is a member of the A. F. & A. M.

Samuel G. WHITE, farmer, P. O. Beaver Creek, is a native of Bond County, where he was born September 1, 1833, being the third son and sixth child that was born to his father, Samuel WHITE, a native of North Carolina, of Irish extraction, born 1794, and when twenty-two years of age he came to what is now Greenville, and remained in the county until his death. He was a tanner by trade and built the first institution of the kind ever made in Greenville. He was also a farmer, and followed this vocation up to the time of his death. He raised a family of eight children, the eldest being Mare E., who married John P. SHIELDS, now of Kansas; E. B., in Greenville; John, now deceased; Letitia J., married William DONNELL; John T. Barr; Samuel G.; James was drowned at Batesville in 1862, on the Arkansas River; William C., the youngest. Samuel G. remained at home, under the parental roof, until he attained several years past his manhood. He was married, in 1862, to Martha J. HULL, daughter of Benjamin HULL. After Mr. WHITE's marriage, he lived in the vicinity of Greenville, and engaged in farming. In 1878, he came to Beaver Creek, and purchased a farm of 120 acres in the southeast corner of Section 36, where he now resides, having lived all his life in Bond, save three years spent in Clinton County, Mo. His father [Page 68] was a Whig and Presbyterian in belief and practice. Samuel G. is a good farmer and is partial to good stock; has three children - Carrie C., Benjamin and Ida.

Warren E. WISE, farmer, P. O. Beaver Creek, is the eldest son born to D. W. WISE by his marriage to Evaline BLAZE. Warren E. was born January 22, 1856, in Wise Town, and was raised to farming pursuits. March 4, 1877, he married Mary MYATT, born in this township, daughter of Wesley MYATT and Mildred McNEIL. Soon after his marriage, he located in this township, and has since lived here. He removed to the farm he now owns in the fall of 1881. His farm consists of 249 acres on Section 19; has two children - Mildred E. and Edward L. D. W. WISE, deceased, was one of the prominent business men of Bond County, and during his life was a valuable factor in the representative business interests of Bond County. He was born January 15, 1816, at Hebron, in New Hampshire, son of David WISE and Eliza HOYT. In 1842, Mr. WISE came West to Illinois, locating first in St. Clair County, where he lived until 1848, when he came to Bond County, where he remained until his death. He was four times married. His first wife was a BARNES; his second wife was Mary McCRACKEN; third wife was Harriet STEWART, who bore him two children - Joseph and James. The former was killed by lightning. James resides in Okaw, and is engaged in farming. He married his last and fourth wife in 1855 (March); she was Evaline BLAZE, born in Botetourt County, Va., daughter of William BLAZE and Catharine INGLEHART, who came West in 1842, and located in Clinton County, and to Bond in 1845. Mr. WISE laid out Beaver Creek, and for several years was engaged in merchandising there and was a very successful business man, and was identified with the religious interests of the county. At first was a member of the Baptist Church; later in life was a Methodist. His death occurred January 17, 1871, having 1,500 acres of land at his death. In politics, he was liberal, and was early a representative business man of Bond County, and highly esteemed by all who knew him or had any business relations with him. By his last wife he had seven children - Warren, George, Catharine, Mary, Grant, Della, and David. Mrs. WISE has in her own right 280 acres of land. She is the only one living of her brothers and sisters, seven of them, she being the youngest.

George W. WISE, farmer, P. O. Beaver Creek, is the second son of D. W. WISE by his last marriage. He was born on the homestead March 3, 1858, where he remained until he embarked upon his own responsibility to do for himself. He was united by marriage in September, 1880, to Miss Maggie WREN, born in bond County, daughter of Dr. Edward WREN. Since his marriage he has been a resident of the farm he now owns, consisting of 150 acres on the northeast quarter of Section 27, where he has built a new residence, and is well situated in life, and prospects for the future. He has one child - George.

Extracted by Norma Hass from the History of Bond and Montgomery Counties Illinois, published in 1882, Part II Biographical Department, pages 61-68.

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