Clark County Illinois
Genealogy and History



These biographies are from the "History of Crawford & Clark Counties", Illinois,1883

James Cowden, who now resides with his son, A. G. Cowden, on Section 8, Melrose Township, Clark Co., Ill., was born in Loudoun County, Va, March 26, A. D. 1805 ; emigrated with his parents in his early boyhood days to licking County, Ohio, where he received a liberal common school education. His parents were of English stock. He chose farming and teaching as an occupation, and became inured to all the hardships of a pioneer life.
Was married in the year 1826 to Elizabeth Goff, who was, strictly speaking, of pure Yankee extraction, having been born and reared in Rutland County, Vt., her parents being of English extraction. She was born November 6, 1802. Died August 12, 1866.
She was a good scholar ; early espoused the doctrines of Methodism, and was unflinching in her religious belief. Her oldest brother, Abner Goff, was a noted pioneer Methodist preacher.
Seven children were the result of this union - four sons and three daughters.
Angelina, the oldest, was born December 9, 1827, married to A. J. Howerton in 1845, died March 29, 1865, leaving a large family of children, all of whom are now living save one.
Caroline, the next in age, was born June 29, 1829, and is still living with her husband, William Cox, and family, in the city of Lockport, Will Co., Ill., their family consisting of one son, James A. Cox.
Abner G., the third in age, was born December 30, 1831 ; died October 15, 1855 ; he was single at the time.
Benson L. was born September 17,1836, died February 28, 1858, he was unmarried.
James Orin was born January 10, 1839, died September 10,1843.
Almira M. was born November 8, 1841, and is still living with her husband, John 0. Elston, in Andersen Township, and is, the mother of four children, namely, Frank G., James D., Leroy and Maud. All the children of James Cowden, with the exception of Almira, were born in the State of Ohio.
In the fall of the year 1839, he removed to Clark County, Ill., and bought Government land near Martinsville. At that time Clark County was almost an unbroken wilderness. Four or five log houses constituted the village of Martinsville, which was then the business center for the inhabitants of the surrounding forests ; wild deer would occasionally gallop through town chased by some hunter's hound. James Cowden has killed ninety-six deer with one gun ; they were so plentiful that it required but little effort to secure a buck. In the year 1848, he settled on Section 16, in Melrose Township, and made a farm in the timber, where he resided till the year 1866 ; since that time he has resided with his son, A. G. Cowden, and is at this time hale and strong, though in his seventy-ninth year ; he was the first Supervisor of Melrose Township, after the adoption of township organization.
His parents' history in brief : David Cowden was born September 7, 1785, died April 5, 1839, aged fifty-three years. Rebecca Cowden was born February 28, 1785; died July 16,1855, aged seventy years ; they were born and resided in Loudoun County, Va.
[Source: History of Crawford & Clark Counties, Illinois,1883 -LW - Sub by a FoFG]

deceased, was of the oldest settlers in the township, coming here about the year 1820. He was born in Kentucky June 8, 1799, son of John Daughhetee, a native of West Virginia, and afterward removed to Kentucky and there settled. Our subject's mother's maiden name was Susan Parker.
Isaac P. was a farmer by occupation, and came to this State about the time of the admission of the State, and entered in Edgar County, remaining there several years, when he sold out and removed to section 3, where he entered about 300 acres of land; received the patent during Jackson's administration. He lived here until his death, which occurred August 27, 1854, in his fifty-fifth year.
He leaves a wife and five children. He was married in September, 1842, to Sidney Ann Wayne, who was born in Clark County, Ky., June 9, 1809, daughter of Benjamin Wayne and Nancy Tankesty, both Virginians.
Mr. Daughhetee had six children by Sidney Ann - Rachel, Sidney Ann, Isaac P., Katie, Nathaniel P., and Lafayette, the latter deceased, others living. Rachel, wife of George Wilson, of Martinsville; Sidney A. in this county, wife of Sylvester Stevenson; Isaac P., in Dolson Township; Catharine K., wife of Charles Raney in Westfield Township; Nathaniel P., on the homestead; Lafayette died in 1876, aged twenty-four years.
Mr. Daughhetee was a Democrat, and one of the leading men of his party, though he never aspired for office. For many years he was a member of the Regular Baptist Church, having joined this denomination when nineteen years of age, and up to the time of his death took a very active part in promoting the interests of his church.
Succeeding him on the homestead is Nathaniel P., who was born on this place on December 21, 1850, and has since been a resident, and resides with his mother on the homestead; he has 250 acres. He is Democratic in politics, and in 1882 was elected Supervisor of the township, and is engaged in farming. He received good school advantages, and for ten winters was engaged in teaching in this county. Member of A. F. & A.M., Westfield Lodge, 163.
[Source: History of Crawford & Clark Counties, Illinois,1883 -LW - Sub by a FoFG]

farmer, P. O. Oliver, Edgar County, is a native of Jefferson County, Ky., born three miles south of Louisville, at a little place called Man's Lick, April 13, 1809, to Joseph and Margaret (Beeler) Hollingsworth; he (Joseph) a painter and farmer, born in Frederick County, Va., March 5, 1771, and died in Jackson County, Mo., in December, 1841, She (Margaret) is a native of the same county as her husband, born about 1777, and died at the home of our subject January 8, 1861.
They were the parents of twelve children, seven sons and five daughters, three of whom are living: Mary, in Missouri; John, a banker in California, and our subject. He was three years old when his father removed to Shelby County, Ky., where our subject remained till sixteen years of age. He then removed to Morgan County, Ind., remaining two years, then to Owen County, same State, where he resided twelve years. During this time, November 10, 1836, he was married to Adeline Griffith, a daughter of the Rev. Samuel Griffith, of Gainsboro, Tenn. Mr. and Mrs. Hollingsworth have had thirteen children, of whom there are ten living; Addison, Lewis, Sarah, Margaret, Susan, Emily, Louisa, Minerva, Nancy, Mary and Edward.
In November, 1843, our subject came to Douglas Township, Clark County, where he has since resided. In 1860, he was elected Justice of the Peace, which office he held for about fourteen years, having resigned before the expiration of his last term. During this long period of official service, his judgments were so satisfactorily received that but one appeal was taken from his court, and that was ultimately settled before it reached a higher tribunal.
Our subject has a farm of 200 acres in Section 23, mostly in cultivation. He is a Republican in politics.
His son Edward, received the advantages of a district school education, and at seventeen years of age, passed an examination before the County Superintendent of schools, and received a first grade certificate. He was employed as teacher in his district, and was retained four years. In 1882, he was a candidate for County Superintendent of Schools. He intends studying law with Golden & Wilkin of Marshall.
[Source: History of Crawford & Clark Counties, Illinois,1883 -LW - Sub by a FoFG]

Frederick Hammond, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Martinsville.
One of the leading and most successful farmers in this township is Frederick Hammond, who was born June 29, 1831, in Rutland County, Vt., and is the second son of Alanson Hammond and Sallie Tarbell. In 1836, in the fall of that year, Frederick came to this county with his parents, and settled on Section 12. Here his parents died; his father in 1846, and his mother in 1842. They raised a family of five children, viz.: Polly A., Clark, Frederick, Lydia and Wesley. Polly is the wife of Josiah A. Connelly, and Lydia of William Connelly, brother of J. A. all of this township. Frederick was about fifteen years of age, being left an orphan, and was without patrimony, $67.25 being the only money or effects left him from the estate, and he worked out by the month and the week, receiving as low as $1 per week and $5.50 per month.
He continued on in this way working by the month until 1850, when he went to California and stayed nearly two years, and returned in the summer of 1852, purchased the northeast quarter of section 15 in this township, costing $5 per acre, and engaged in farming.
He was married in March, 1855, to Margaret Bean, born in North Carolina, and daughter of Isaac Bean. His wife died in 1856; no issue now living.
September 20, 1858, he married Patsey Connelly, born in this township, and daughter of Josiah Connelly and Sallie Dixon. Last marriage, seven children Sallie, Ida, Emily, Francisco, Alanson P., Serena A. and Patsey E. Emily is the wife of Perry Black, of Casey Township.
In 1869, he located on this farm, Section 14, and since remained. He has been successful, and has now about 1,600 acres of land.
Mr. Hammond cast his first vote for James Buchanan, and has since followed up this line. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M.
[Source: History of Crawford & Clark Counties, Illinois,1883 -LW - Sub by a FoFG]

W. C. Forsythe
W. C. Forsythe, farmer, P. O. McKeen is a son of William and Esther Forsythe. The father, a native of Butler county, Kentucky, was born in 1800, raised in his native state and married Miss Esther Ashmore. She is a native of East Tennessee. The father died in 1868. They came from Kentucky to Clark county about 1823 and made settlement on Big Creek.
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The subject of this sketch is the second son of James and Elizabeth Cowden, he was born in Knox County, Ohio, June 8, 1834 ; removed with his parents to Clark County, Ill., in the year 1839, and lived on a farm the greater part of his life ; received a liberal common school education, and by close application to his studies was able to pass a successful examination, and began teaching in the year 1856 in the Martinsville district, where he first learned his letters in the year 1840, sixteen years prior to the time he taught his first school. Since that time he has taught twenty-four terms of school in the county, fifteen of which he taught in Melrose Township ; he has passed successful examinations under the supervision of all the County Superintendents of Schools since 1856, and has kept pace, and by dint of hard study has been able to hold an honorable place with the craft, and a first-grade certificate.
In politics he is a Republican, and early in life denounced human slavery in all its forms as a sin against God and man, and cast his first vote for the Pathfinder for President (1856), and since that time has espoused the cause of Republicanism.
He was married, April 1859, to Margaret Wells, the youngest daughter of Nathan Wells, of the town Melrose, she then being in her eighteenth year, having been born in the year 1841, in Melrose, six children being the result of this union:
Emma F., born February 2, 1860, and in her sixteenth year was a teacher the common schools ; she was married July 14 1878, to Charles Hodges, and resides in Merose Township on a farm.
Nora was born May 17, 1862, and is now a teacher in the common schools ;
Minnie A. was born November 15, 1866 ; Ola was born March 3 1869; May was born March 20, 1871 ; Nettie C. was born August 31, 1874, there having been no deaths in the family of either parents or children.
He has held all the offices in the township, and was never defeated; was elected Justice of the Peace in the year 1876, and re-elected in the year 1881.
He resides on a farm on Section 8, in Melrose Township, is a successful farmer and stock raiser, teaching in the winter months.
He was representative to the Grand Lodge of I.O.O.F. for eight consecutive sessions.
[Source: History of Crawford & Clark Counties, Illinois,1883 -LW - Sub by a FoFG]

farmer and stock-raiser, P.O. Westfield, is one of the oldest residents of the township, having been identified with its interest since the fall of 1832.
He was born February 7, 1822, in Lawrence County, Ind., and is the third son of Josiah Connely, a native of Ashe County, N. C., whose father, John Connely, came from Ireland to North Carolina, and raised a family of several children, six sons and three daughters. The sons were: William, John, Elijah, Josiah, Edmond and Joel, all of whom, with the daughter, were raised in North Carolina; Josiah removed to Indiana at an early day, locating in Lawrence, and entered land here; he was three times married, first to Sallie Miller, who bore him three children: - Josiah, Demiah and Sallie, all now deceased. His second wife was Sallie E. Terrill; by her he had the following: Nancy, Joel A., Elizabeth, William M., Josiah, Timothy H., Temperance and Judah. Of this number is our subject, William M., who was a mere lad when he came to the county with his parents. His father was one of the pioneers of the township, and in early life our subject was inured to farm labor, and before coming to his majority he formed a matrimonial alliance with Sallie Robinson, who was born in Edgar County in 1825, and was a daughter of Richard and Sallie Robinson she died in 1852, having borne him five children - Elizabeth, Edmond R., Sallie, Emily and Nancy; Elizabeth married William Rush; Sallie, I. N. Bean; Emily, John F. Barbee; Nancy, Benjamin F. Perry, all of whom reside in this township. Shortly after his marriage, he moved on the place he now owns, Section 3, locating on land his father had entered. He was married, in 1855, to Lydia Hammond, who was born August 22, 1834, a daughter of Alanson Hammond. By this marriage five children were born - Amanda Lydia, Josiah, Alanson and Francis.
Mr. Connely has given his attention to farming pursuits, having been successful in his business. He has made several trips to California, first in 1849, going with an ox team which required six months to make the trip returning in 1851. In 1859, he went out to Pike's Peak, and was one of the delegates assisted in organizing the Territory. In 1864, he organized a company of men and went to Idaho and California, and in 1867 made another trip to Pike's Peak, this time took five men.
Mr. Connely has farmed quite largely, and has opened up seven farms on this prairie. He had 1200 acres of land before making any division. Has now over 600 acres. In politics, he is Democratic, and a member of the Masonic fraternity, being affiliated with Westfield Lodge.
[Source: History of Crawford & Clark Counties, Illinois,1883 -LW - Sub by a FoFG]


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