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Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.
Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
ISABEL (BAKER) BERRY, who lives on section 11, Johnson Township, came with her parents to Christian County in her young womanhood and has since passed her life in this county. Her husband was for many years a prominent and respected citizen of this county, which in his death met with a severe loss. The birth of Mrs. Berry occurred in York County, Pa., on the 14th of November, 1830. Her father, Henry Baker, was born in the same county in 1802. He has now passed away and lies buried in Clark Cemetery, of Johnson Township. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary Klinefelter, was born in 1804, and grew to womanhood in York County, Pa.

Our subject is the second in order of birth in a family of ten children. Alexander, the eldest, is deceased; Matilda is the wife of Richard Johnson, a resident of this township; Surilla is deceased; Jacob, William, Hester Ann and Samuel have also passed away; Eliza is the wife of Henry Ebert, and lives in California; and Mary, who was the wife of Matthew Stone, is deceased, and with her husband lies buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. The father of this family died in 1880. He followed the life occupation of farming, and carried on a farm in this county. His wife died in the prime of life, in the year 1849.

The marriage of Mrs. Berry was celebrated in 1850, when she gave her heart and hand to Thomas H. Berry, who was born in Montgomery County, Ill., in 1828. To them were born three children. Henry H. is an enterprising carpenter and builder, a resident of Taylorville; John T. is a well-to-do agriculturist of Johnson Township; and Mary Jane, wife of Allen Raiborn, lives on the old homestead with her mother. Mrs. Berry has five grandchildren, namely: John, Eunice, Grace I., Daisy and Goldie May. John Berry has resided for several years with his grandmother, and has been of great assistance to her in carrying on the home farm. He is a young man who is very ambitious, and who fully realizes of what benefit a thorough education is to a man in the battle of life. This winter he expects to teach school and afterwards attend the business college at Springfield, Ill. He is a young man who is bound to succeed and who has a future of great promise before him.

The homestead owned and operated by Mrs. Berry is one of the best in the township. Of this, one hundred and sixty acres are situated on the prairie, and forty acres are timber-land. During his lifetime Mr. Berry served in various local positions of responsibility and honor to the satisfaction of his friends and neighbors. Among others he was Highway Commissioner, and also served as one of the School Directors. His influence and ballot were used in behalf of the Democratic party. For a period of over twenty years he was a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1873, he was called from his labors, being stricken with malarial fever. He lies buried in the United Brethren Church Cemetery. During his entire life, which was spent in the Prairie State, he followed agricultural pursuits, and was an honorable, upright man, whom to know was to love. His name deserves to be placed among the worthy pioneers who did so much in the development and preparation of the State for the prosperity and success which have now become assured. Mrs. Berry is well and favorably known in this community as a lady of good education, right judgment and business ability. Since her husband's death she has managed the farm most creditably, and has shown herself most capable to direct the management of a large farm.

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