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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 by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
GEORGE R. VALENTINE, who is engaged in farming on section 20, of Taylorville Township, is one of the native sons of this county, where he was born June 4, 1860. He is a son of George W. and Mary M. (Clark) Valentine, early and respected settlers of this community. The father was born October 14, 1818, in what was then the Territory of Illinois, near Greenville, Bond County, and has lived here ever since. His father and mother were natives of South Carolina, who removed to Tennessee, where they were married, and later came to Illinois, in 1817.

George W. Valentine was married September 2, 1845, in Christian County, Ill., to Miss Mary M. Clark, who was born in 1825, in the same county, and of their union were born fourteen children, as follows: Cordelia S., born in December, 1846; Cyrena A., in 1848; Hannah F., in 1849, who is deceased; William E., born in 1851; James C., in 1853; L. L., in 1855; Emma L.,in 1857; George R., in June 1860; Mary Bell, in 1861; Albert H. and Lizzie I. (twins), in 1863; Jennie P., in 1865, who is deceased; Martha H., born in 1867; and Eddie U., in 1869.

The subject of this sketch received a practical training in carrying on a farm, and remained with his parents, assisting in operating the old homestead, until he was twenty-four years old. He received a good common-school and business education, thus fitting him for the practical duties of life. In 1884 he located on his present farm, which comprises one hundred and twenty acres, and has since been engaged in general farming and stock-raising, in which he has met with good success. He is considered one of the enterprising and progressive young farmers of the township, and he uses modern and practical methods in conducting his farm work.

On the 1st of May, 1883, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Valentine and Miss Lula Slater, daughter of Dr. and Sarah (Stockwell) Slater, who are well known in this community. Three children have been born to our subject and wife, Lyman G., Maria and Hiram. The father of Mrs. Valentine has been engaged in the practice of his profession for many years in Taylorville.

Our subject is active in the ranks of the Republican party and is greatly interested in its success. He and his estimable wife hold membership in the Methodist Church, and are active in the work of that denomination. Mr. Valentine is a man who is known to be just and honorable, and is entirely worthy of the high regard and confidence which is accorded him by his friends and neighbors.

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