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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.

ALBERT SATTLEY, one of the early settlers and well-known business men of Taylorville, who is now living a retired life, has the honor of being a native of Illinois, his birth having occurred in Sangamon County, at South Rochester, on the 10th of April, 1821.

His parents, Archibald and Harriet (Hawley) Sattley, were both natives of Vermont. In 1819, they came to Illinois, and were married in the Eastern part of the State, their union being celebrated on the 13th of February, 1819, near Carmi, in White County. The father was born near Vergennes, Vt., October 2, 1794, and his wife was born March 7, 1801. She was a twin sister of Mrs. Robert Sattley, and the two brothers and their wives removed to Sangamon County in June, 1819.

Our subject was one of eight children. Two died in childhood, but the others are still living. His mother died October 13, 1833, and in March, 1834, the father married Julia E. Sherman, of Vermont. His death occurred in Sangamon County, March 16, 1842.

Upon the home farm the subject of this sketch was reared to manhood, and about a year and a half after his father's death he went to Springfield, where he engaged in clerking until April, 1849. Attracted by the discovery of gold in California, he then joined a party of twenty which left the capital city for the mines. Fitting out a mule-team with supplies, he crossed the plains, reaching his destination after six months of travel. He entered the mines at Redding, Cal., and also sought for the precious metal on the Yuba River, being associated with his brother-in-law, Thomas Cheney.

In 1850, he returned by way of the Isthmus route to New Orleans, and then came up the Mississippi. The boat on which he made the trip had a cholera passenger on board.

At length Mr. Sattley arrived safely at home, and soon afterward resumed clerking in the store where he had previously been employed, there remaining until 1854, when his brother-in-law, Thomas Cheney, having died, he came to Taylorville to settle up the estate, and soon purchased Mr. Cheney's interest in the store of Shumway & Cheney, the firm name then being changed to Shumway & Sattley.

For two years business was carried on under that style, when Mr. Sattley sold out. He then purchased one hundred and sixty acres, of land at $20 per acre, situated a quarter of a mile from the square in Taylorville. With the exception of forty acres all this has since been platted and added to the city. For two years Mr. Sattley carried on farming.

In 1866, he returned to Taylorville, where he and his brothers, Marshall and Archibald, established the Sattley Brothers' plow shop. Large works were built near the Ohio & Mississippi depot about 1873, and the firm did a good business for some years. They also had an agricultural implement warehouse, and in their factory they manufactured plows, cultivators, harrows, etc. They invested about $10,000 in business and enjoyed a liberal trade.

Our subject continued a member of the firm until 1886. His brothers carried on the business in Taylorville until 1889, when they removed their works to Springfield, where they still carry on operations, under the name of the Sattley Manufacturing Company. While a member of the firm, Albert attended to the sales department, and until within two years he continued to deal in agricultural implements.

On the 21st of September, 1853, Mr. Sattley married Susan C. Torrey, who was born in Massachusetts. March 18, 1831, and is a daughter of Joseph and Abigail (Sibley) Torrey. Her father was born March 25, 1788, in Connecticut. In an early day he emigrated to Madison County, Ill., where he married Olive Slater. After his removal to Sangamon County, her death occurred, in 1820, and in Millbury, Mass., he was united in marriage with Miss Sibley, who was born in the Bay State, in 1804.

With his wife he returned to Illinois in 1836, and spent his remaining days in this State. He died on his farm near Illiopolis, September 2, 1845, and his wife passed away in Taylorville in 1857.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Sattley have been born six children. Charles Albert, born July 11, 1854, died in Springfield at the age of three years; Ralph, born July 7, 1857, died August 18, 1858; Olive, born July 26, 1859, graduated from the Illinois State Normal School, at Normal, and for the five years just passed has engaged in teaching in Lena, Ill.; Walter, born September 10, 1861, superintends his father's business affairs; Nellie, born November 8, 1864, is cashier at the Hedrick grocery store; and Grace, born January 27, 1869, died in April, 1870.

The parents and their family are members of the Presbyterian Church, are people of sterling worth, and have the warm regard of a large circle of friends and acquaintances. In politics, Mr. Sattley has always been a supporter of Republican principles, and served as United States Government Assessor for Christian County during the war.

In connection with his other business interests he has also handled real estate, and still owns several lots and business buildings in the city, from which he receives a good income. He has made the most of his opportunities through life, and by careful attention to the details of his business, as well as by industry and perseverance, he has succeeded in accumulating a competence, which now enables him to live retired, resting in the enjoyment of the fruits of his former toil.



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