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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 and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.

HENRY A. PEABODY, a successful and enterprising merchant of Taylorville, now carries on business as a dealer in groceries, glass and queensware and pocket and table cutlery. He has carried on business along this line since 1878, and has succeeded in securing a good trade, which is constantly increasing. It is his desire to please his customers, and, carrying a stock of goods such as the public demands, he has met with success.

Mr. Peabody is a native of the county which is still his home, his birth having occurred on the 27th of September, 1848. His father, Amos Peabody, was born in Connecticut, and the grandfather, Samuel Peabody, was also a native of the same State. The latter left the East and, joining the Stonington colony, came with his family to Illinois in 1837.

He was a farmer by occupation and followed that pursuit throughout his whole life. He died in this county, being drowned in Flat Branch when more than seventy years of age. Amos Peabody for many years followed farming in Christian County. He married Wilhelmina Fredericka Stetcher, a native of Germany, who when a young lady crossed the Atlantic with her parents, the family settling in Christian County. Her father died in Springfield at an advanced age, and her mother reached the age of eighty years.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Peabody were born three children, but two died in infancy. The mother died in 1850, after which Mr. Peabody was again married. By the second union four children were born. Orrin, Samuel, and two who died in infancy. The father of our subject is now eighty years of age. With his wife he is still living in Taylorville, one of its respected citizens.

Henry A., whose name heads this record, was reared in the county of his nativity, and began his education in the district schools, but his primary course was afterwards supplemented by study in the High School of Decatur and in the Commercial College at Springfield, so that he was well fitted to enter upon the practical duties of life. On the 5th of October, 1880, he was joined in marriage with Miss Elizabeth A. Jones, of Sangamon County, a daughter of Moses A. and Nancy (Armstrong) Jones. Their marriage has been blessed with one child, a son, Frederick A.

Mr. Peabody takes considerable interest in civic societies and belongs to Mystic Lodge No. 64, K. P., and Birchfield Camp No. 130, M. W. A. He is a charter member of both societies, and has been Clerk of the Camp since its organization. In politics, he is independent, preferring to support the man whom he thinks best qualified for the office, regardless of party affiliations. In 1893, he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who was called to her final rest in March, at the age of forty-two years. She was a lady of many excellencies of character, and a large circle of friends and acquaintances mourned her loss.

Mr. Peabody continued to follow farming with good success until 1875, when he determined to make his home in the city. However, he still owns one hundred and twenty acres of rich and valuable land in Prairieton Township, which yields him a good income. He also has a pleasant residence in Taylorville besides his store. His property has all been accumulated by his own industry and economy, and is the reward which crowns his well-directed efforts.

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