William D. Moffett


Carroll County IL Biography



The gentleman with whose name we introduce this notice is recognized as one of the most successful farmers and stock-raisers of Freedom Township. He owns and occupies a homestead embracing 105 acres of prime land on section 23, of which he has been in possession since 1884. He is the son of one of the earliest pioneers of this county, Garner Moffett, a native of Washington County, Va., who married Miss Mary J. Davis, who was likewise born there, and both were descended from excellent Scotch ancestry.

The parents of our subject came from Indiana to this county in 1836, when William D. was a little lad four years of age. The father took up a tract of wild land in Freedom Township, upon which he labored until his illness which resulted in his death, on the 5th of October, 1856, after a residence here of twenty years, and when forty-nine years old. The mother is still living, making her home with her daughter, Mrs. E. Stover, in Lanark, and is now aged seventy-five.

To the parents of our subject there were born five children, all living and residents of this county, excepting Robert, who makes his home in Cleveland, Ohio. William D. was the eldest born, and remained at the homestead with his father until the latter’s death. Five years later, March 5, 1861, he was married, in Washington County, Md., to Miss Susan R., daughter of Daniel and Maria (Brewer) Reichard, natives respectively of Maryland and Pennsylvania, but of German descent.

Mrs. Moffett was born in Martinsburg, Va., March 19, 1836. After their marriage our subject and his wife settled in this township, and, in 1884, removed to their present farm. The household circle was completed by the birth of three children, all of whom are living, namely: Lester C., Nellie R., and Thorn J. These have been given a good education, suitable to their means and station in life.

Our subject was graduated from Bethany College, Ohio, in the year of 1852, and thereafter taught school one and one-half years. He was a member of the old Whig party, and, after its abandonment, cordially allied himself with the Republicans, to which party he has since given his support

Transcribed and contributed by Carol Parrish. Portraits & Biographical Pg. 922

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