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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 by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.

JOHN N. MARION is one of the foremost agriculturists of Stonington Township, and owns a valuable farm on section 27, adjoining the corporation of Stonington. He has acquired a fortune since coming to this county when a young man, at which time he was entirely without means. The birth of Mr. Marion occurred in Knox County, Ohio, March 26, 1831. His father, John Marion, was of German descent, and was born in Newton, N. J., in 1803. His father was a soldier in the War of the Revolution. Mr. Marion remained in New Jersey until arriving at manhood, when he removed to Knox County, Ohio, and there engaged in farming until his death, in 1849. His wife, who was also of German descent, was born in Knox County in 1805, and had the honor of being one of the very first white children born in that county. Her parents were among the first settlers of that region, and suffered many hardships, both from privations and from the Indians.

Our subject is one of seven sons and two daughters, of whom he is the fourth child. Jacob H. is now living a retired life in Clarence, Mo.; Frank W. is editor of the Plant City Courier [ed., now the Plant City Courier & Tribune], of Plant City, Fla.; Lodenia is the widow of Henry Howe, and makes her home in Omaha, Neb.; and Elizabeth is the wife of John I. Trimmer, an agriculturist residing near New Point, Mo.

Until his twenty-second year John N. Marion assisted his father in carrying on the old homestead. He then married Miss Lizzie Coleman, who was born October 18, 1829, in Knox County, Ohio. She is a daughter of Ichabod and Barbara (McKirmot) Coleman. The former was born in Washington County, Pa., in 1802, and the latter was a native of Ireland. Her father was only a year old when his parents located in Knox County. In early life he was a machinist, but later turned his attention to farming. He died in that county at the age of seventy-five years. His father, who came from Germany, took part in the Revolution. Mrs. Coleman was only three months old when her parents came from Ireland to America. Her father was a highly educated man and taught school in Dublin, and in Harlem, N. Y. The death of Mrs. Coleman occurred in Knox County, when she had attained to fifty-three years of age. The only son and child of our subject and his wife, Frank H., was called from this life at the age of thirty-three years.

After his marriage Mr. Marion emigrated to Holt County, Mo., making the trip by team. He rented a farm for five years, after which he bought a tract of land, to the cultivation of which he gave his attention until 1860, when he left the State on account of the imminence of the Civil War. Coming to Christian County, he rented a farm for three years, after which he purchased a place of forty acres. As the years passed he greatly extended his domain, and is now the owner of four hundred and sixty acres of highly fertile land.

Mr. Marion was not given much advantage in the way of an education in his youth, and was quite a young man when he attended the district schools for three months in the year in order to increase his knowledge. He has been an extensive reader and is mainly self-educated. In politics he casts his ballot for Democratic nominees, and, though not a member of any church, contributes liberally to churches and benevolent work. For a number of years he has served as one of the School Directors. In this community, where he is so well known, he is universally respected.



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