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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.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
AURELIUS M. HEWITT, one of the extensive land-owners of Christian County, is engaged in farming in Bear Creek Township. He is now making his home at his pleasant residence in Palmer. He is a son of William T. and Andronica (Gibson) Hewitt, and was born in Christian County, Ky., February 19, 1849. The father was a native of Virginia, as was also his father.

He followed farming and stock-raising in the Old Dominion for a livelihood until 1851, when he emigrated to Illinois. He located in this county, on land now comprised within Johnson Township. There he entered and purchased land to the extent of some six hundred acres, and lived in that neighborhood until the death of his wife, in 1857, when he removed to the old Vincent place, where his remaining years were passed.

Our subject's mother was a member of the Christian Church, and was a most lovable and noble lady. She had a family of three sons and three daughters, our subject being the third child. The others are as follows: Francis M., Olive C., James B., Laura J. and Hannah L. After the death of his first wife, William Hewitt was married to Miss Mary R. Wilcoxson, by whom he had three sons, William T., Lee Davidson and Omer B. The father died in 1890, at the good old age of seventy-five years.

The subject of this notice was an infant of only two years when his parents came to this county. He was reared and received his early education in the neighborhood where he has spent a large portion of his life. He supplemented his early education by a course of study in Eureka College, which is located in Eureka, Ill., and in order to fit himself for business life went to Bailey's Commercial College, at Keokuk, Iowa. Upon the completion of his studies he engaged in teaching school, following that vocation for about ten years during the winter season.

In Christian County, on the 15th of February, 1883, Mr. Hewitt and Miss Nancy F. Anderson were united in marriage. Mrs. Hewitt was the daughter of Thomas and Virginia B. (Trailer) Anderson. She became the mother of three children: Inez A., Nigel B. and Brice. Mr. Hewitt lost his wife, who died on the 15th of December, 1891, aged only twenty-six years.

After teaching for a number of years, as previously stated, Mr. Hewitt concluded to devote his energies to agricultural pursuits, which have been his main occupation since that time. He has made a particular business of raising and shipping stock, and has also been interested in the general stores in Palmer, Morrisonville and Harvey, Ill. At the present time he owns an interest with W. L. Long in a general merchandise store at Morrisonville.

He is the owner of land in Taylorville, South Fork, Bear Creek, Johnson and Ricks Townships, these farms comprising fully seven hundred acres. He also is the owner of a residence and other property in Palmer, and other real estate elsewhere. In politics, he is a Democrat. He is a man who has acquired his fortune through his own efforts and industry, and has shown good business ability and correct business methods in the management of his affairs.


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