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Christian County Illinois

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, p254.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.

EDWARD BUGG, a well-known agriculturist of Christian County, has spent his entire life in May Township, having been born March 31, 1848, on the same farm where he now resides. This place was entered from the Government by his father, who was among the pioneers of the county. The home of our subject is located on section 23, where he owns a well-improved farm.

Edward Bugg was the seventh child in a family of eight children born to Joseph and Susanna (Peck) Bugg. Four of the family are now deceased.

John, the eldest living, is a retired farmer, and now a resident of Assumption; William is a prosperous agriculturist of this township, as is also Joseph R., the only other survivor. The father was born March 12, 1810, at Levin, Yorkshire, England, where he continued to reside until his marriage, which occurred February 27, 1833. In June, 1834, the young couple set sail for America and landed in Quebec, Canada, where they spent the winter.

In May of the following year they removed to Indiana and settled on a farm three miles northeast of Terre Haute, where they made their home for four years. At the end of that time they came to this county and made a settlement on section 4, May Township, north of Flat Branch. Their location was on the open prairie, half a mile from the timber. At that time all the settlements had been made along the timber-land, and they were the only ones who had yet ventured out on the prairie, which people in those days little expected could be developed into good farms. In 1844, the family removed to the places where our subject now resides and built a log house. To the eastward the prairie stretched for eighteen miles without a single house or improvement of any kind. Though they were much annoyed by the depredations of wolves and had much sickness, they remained on this tract of land and improved a farm of three hundred and eighty acres.

Mr. Bugg was called from this life May 10, 1865, and was laid to rest in the Harris Cemetery in May Township. He was an active man and numbered many friends in the county. Religiously, he held membership with the Methodist Church. His wife was born in Yorkshire, England, August 10, 1812, to Simon and Jane (Rutledge) Peck. Her death occurred October 28, 1882, at Terre Haute, Ind., where she was visiting. She had for many years previously made her home with our subject.

Edward Bugg, whose name heads this sketch, resided at his birthplace on the same farm he now cultivates until he was of age. His education was such as was afforded by the country schools of those days. On reaching man's estate he rented a part of the home farm for a number of years, and on the 10th of February, 1874, was united in marriage with Miss Christina Bailey. She was born in Oneida County, N. Y., March 7, 1841, and was a daughter of M. S. and Lydia (Taylor) Bailey. The former was a native of Massachusetts, who removed with his parents to Oneida County, N. Y., when a small boy.

There occurred his marriage, and in that county he resided until his death, which occurred when he had reached an advanced age. He was of English descent, and was one of the early settlers of Oneida County. His father participated in the War of the Revolution. The mother of Mrs. Bugg was born in Steuben County, N. Y., where she is still living, now well advanced in life. Her father was a native of Scotland, and came to America in his boyhood.

Three children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Bugg, but two died in infancy. Gracia Fidelia, who lives at home, is an accomplished musician and has received a superior education. Though not a member of any church, Mr. Bugg contributes to their support, especially to the Presbyterian Church, of which his wife is a member. In politics, he uses his influence in behalf of the Republican party. His farm now numbers two hundred and fifty acres, which are fertile and well cultivated. It is a desirable piece of property and bears little resemblance to the wild prairie which it was at the time of his father's location upon it.

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