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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.
MRS. MELINDA JACOBS is one of the pioneers of Illinois, her father having settled in Sangamon County at a very early day. For over forty years she has been a resident of Christian County, and is now passing her declining years at her pleasant home, which is situated on section 26, Prairieton Township.

Her birth occurred August 9, 1837, in Sangamon County. Her father, David Hayes, was born in Union County, S. C. When he was a child of four years he went with his father, William Hayes, to Indiana, where he grew to manhood. After his marriage he removed to Illinois and, as previously mentioned, took up his abode in Sangamon County, this being in 1830. After his first wife's death, he married Mrs. Nancy (Hall) Taylor, a widow, who was born in Pittsylvania County, Va. When a young girl of fourteen years she emigrated to Indiana, where she married William Taylor.

David Hayes engaged in farming in Sangamon County until 1849, when he removed to this county and here spent the remainder of his life, dying in July, 1886, honored and respected by all. His wife is still living, residing on the old homestead with her daughter, and has attained the ripe old age of ninety-three years.

Mrs. Jacobs was only twelve years old when her parents removed with their family to Christian County. Prior to this time she had received fair school advantages, and on arriving at womanhood she gave her hand in marriage to George W. Jacobs, the ceremony being performed in March, 1857.

Mr. Jacobs was a native of Kentucky, and with his parents came to Illinois, settling in this locality about 1826. The young couple settled on the farm where Mrs. Jacob is still living soon after their marriage.

The farm then comprised only eighty acres of wild prairie land, entirely unimproved. They were industrious and undismayed at the work before them, and together they wrought out an enviable success. Being frugal, they laid by money and invested in more land, until at the time of Mr. Jacobs' death their farm numbered three hundred and twenty acres.

He was a successful farmer and a business man of good ability. He was much respected in this entire region, and when he was called from the scenes of this life in March, 1872, his loss was deeply and sincerely mourned. His last resting-place is in the Jacobs Cemetery, the grave being marked by a substantial monument.

The union of Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs was blessed by three children. Melinda is the wife of James Northcut, of Trinidad, Colo.; Grant, who is well educated and is a young man of good ability, is now carrying on the home place; and Ida May is the wife of Charles Rice, who is well known in Prairieton Township. By a former marriage Mr. Jacobs had four children.

In politics, Mr. Jacobs was a Douglas Democrat. During the war he was a supporter of the Union cause and became an adherent of the Republican party. Mrs. Jacobs is a member of the Christian Church and is greatly interested in its growth and prosperity. She is a lady of unusual business capacity and has shown herself fully competent to carry on her farm and conduct her business interests. She is a lady of noble Christian character and is greatly loved and esteemed by all who have the pleasure of her acquaintance. For forty-four years she has been a resident of this county, and is well worthy of a place among the honored settlers of this region.


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