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Excerpts from Effingham County, Illinois History
Published by Munsell Publishing Company, 1910.

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Capt. William W. Ashbaugh; veteran of the Civil War; born Dec. 6,1810 in Fairfield Co., Ohio, a son of John S. and Catherine (LeCrone) Ashbaugh.

John Ashbaugh, father of John S., was an early settler of Ohio.
John S. born Fairfield Co., Ohio, Feb. 1818. Catherine LeCrone was born in Pennsylvania in 1821; came to Fairfield Co., Ohio, where she married John S, and bore five of their children. Two were born after coming to Ill.; four died in infancy. Those surviving, Wm. A., Daniel Coy Mary M. married Wm. Lot.
In 1852 John S, and family came to Ill, and settled a short distance south of Watson. He remained at his home in Union Twp., Effingham Co. until his death in Feb. 1875. His wife died Feb. 3, 1902
William W. in April 1861 enlisted in Co. G., 11th Ill. Volunteer Inf. under command of Col. W.H.R. Wallace. Mustered in at Springfield, Ill, on Apr. 30.
In the fall of 1862 he reenlisted and was mustered in at Centralia on Sept. 3rd as Corp. of Co. F., 98th, under the command of Albert W. LaCrone as Captain and John J. Funkhouser as Colonel; mustered out on June 27, 1865 as Capt; of his company.
In 1866 he married Hattie Voorhies, a native of Hamilton Co., Ohio,who came to Effingham Co. with her parents in 1863. To this marriage was born five children: Charlie (died age 10); Alfred C., Edwin S.; Nellie married Robert Brown, Harry W. (of Arthur, Ill.)

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Thomas B. Austin born in Jackson Twp., Effingham Co., Oct. 24, 1828, son of Stephen and Elisabeth (Martin) Austin, both natives of Tenn., where they were married. The parents came to Ill. in 1828, before Effingham Co. was formed, and shortly before the birth of Thomas. Stephen bought land for $1.25 per acre in Jackson Twp., where his wife died in 1845. He died in 1855. Both are buried in Jackson Twp. They were the parents of eight children: Thomas B. md. in 1815 to Elizabeth Higgins, a native of Crawford Co.., Ill. She died early having borne three children James R., William F . , and Mary C ,
Mr. Austin married second in 1863, Elisabeth Nevil, who was born in Effingham Co.., a dau of Elijah and Phoebe Nevil, natives of Tenn. Elisabeth died about 1894 and is buried in Jackson Twp. Thomas and Elisabeth had seven children (2 died young): Mary, Caroline., Evelyn, George T., and Evista.

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Peter Beaver born in Franklin Co.,, Ohio,, March 16, 1838, and came to Effingham Co. in 1855, locating in Summit Twp., where he manufactured brooms and operated a sawmill. He married Isabelle Besse in Licking Co., Ohio, where she was born. Six children were born to them; Frank, Charlie (died at 15), Seymour of Texas, Nettie md. Harry Keating of Chicago, Eva md. Wm. Topp, and Jesse. Mr. Beaver died July 26, 1904,

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Alexander Graver, born in North Carolina, March 27, 1814, son of John and Mary (or Polly) (Ladd) Craver. John and his wife moved to Indiana and remained there until 1851 when they moved to Mason Twp., Effingham Co.
Alexander made his living as a cooper and wagon-maker. He died Jan. 18, 1892. He married, in Ind., Lydia Chadwick. There were five children: Mary born 1845, md. 1st Wm. Wright and 2nd John Anderson; Phoebe born in Putnam Co., Ind., 1818, md M.C. Blount, a farmer of Mason Twp.; Salina, born Putnam Co.., Ind., 1850, md. Ernest Fisher of LaClede, Ill.; Josephine, born 1855, md. Hiram Anderson, a farmer of Mason Twp.; and John A., born 1860.

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Louis Engel born in Rhinbeiren, Germany, Aug. 23, 1830, a son of Philip and Mary (Hengstenberg) Engel in a family of three sons and four dau.
Louis' mother died when he was six and his father a short time later. He lived with his maternal aunt until he was sixteen. At this time he went to New Orleans and Louisville, Ky. where he worked as a gardner in both cities. Leaving Ky. he came to St. Clair Co., Ill. Here he md. Catherine Metzler in July, 1854. They became the parents of the following: Christina md. Herman Lane., a farmer of Banner Twp., Mary md. Dieterich Brumerstadt of Shumway; John L.; Adam, a farmer in Banner Twp.; Theodore, manager of a lumber yard at Stewardson; Catherine md Theodore Kunze; Minnie md. Ben Miller (lived at Villa Grove); Mary Matilda md. F. J. Struse of Windsor; Henry of Beecher City; and William of Strasburg. Mr. Engel died Apr. 8, 1899 at his home in Shumway.

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Jacob Harrell born in Shelby Co., Ind. son of Jethrow and Effie (Noe) Harrell, on May 139 1837. Jethrow was born in North Carolina in July 1800 and Effie was born in Ohio on Apr. 13, 1812. They were married in Shelby Co., Ind. and in 1840 moved to Effingham Co. They bought land in Jackson Twp. where they lived until their deaths - his in 1866 and her's in 1867. Both are buried in New Hope Cem. in Mason Twp, They were the parents of eight children: 3 died 9 Jacob, Wm. H., John W., Sarah J., and Frances H.
Prior to his marriage to Effie Noe, Jethrow had been md to Hannah Harrell, who died in N.C. where they had been married. They were the parents of seven children (only two mentioned).- Margaret Robertson of Effingham and Hannah Hackleman of Hancock Co. Ind.
Jacob married in Effingham Co., Deco 25, 1860 to Lathenia Brewster (born in Ohio), daughter of George Brewster. Mr. Brewster died in Marion Co, Ill., while Mrs. Brewster died in Chicago in 1864 and was buried in New Hope Cem. They were the parents of two children, one dying young,
After the death of the first Mrs. Harrell, he married in Oct., 1865, Martha Ellen Brown, born in Knox Co, Ohio, in June, 1847, a dau of William and Nancy Brown, natives of Ohio,, where Mr. Brown died, while Mrs. Brown came from Ohio to Ill. about 1860, and died in Clay Co, being interred in the Pender Cem.
Seven children were born of the second marriage of Mr. Harrell; five growing to maturity: Ada and Lewis DeFreece; Stella md. Charles Cinders; Gracie md. Frank Yates; Gertrude md. Frank Pulton; and Blanche and William Shoemaker.

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John Wesley Lowder, farmer of Sec. 25, Mason Twp., was born there on July 10, 1850, a son of Gideon and Eliza (Pendelton) Lowder, natives of North Carolina,
Gideon Lowder came from N.C. First to Clay Co., Ill. and then to Effingham Co.., where in 1833, he entered land in Sect. 59 Mason Twp.
His first marriage took place here with Mary Bishop, dau of Benjamin Bishop, They had six children: Elizabeth md. Wm. McLean; Wm, and a Mrs. Randalls (nee Bailey); Henrys farmer of West Twp.; Nancy and 1st Sidney Neal, 2nd Thomas Holloway; Gideon md. Ann Baker and lived at Edgewood; Celia and David Montgomery (to Missouri).
The second marriage of Gideon Lowder was to Eliza Pendelton and had the following children: John Wesley; Aaron, farmer in Mason: Twp.; George, farmer, Edmond,, Okla,; Barbara md. James Bingman, farmer, Sinclair, Morgan Co., Ill.; Presley Funkhouser of Mason Twp.; Charles, worked for Illinois Central R.R., Mattoon, Ill.
Gideon Lowder fought in the Black Hawk War. He died Mar. 30, 1877, his widow surviving until 1904.
John Wesley Lowder md on Dec. 6, 1874 to Adeline Wright, born Oct. 18, 1851 in Jackson Co. Ind, dau of Rev. Clayburn and Charlotte (Clayton) Wright. They came to Ill. in 1861 and settled in Mason Twp., where Mr. Wright preached the faith of the Christian Church, Mr. Wright died June 21, 1895; his widow dying, Sept. 17, 1905. Their children were: Erastus, Reason, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Jonas of Lemar, Colo.; John of Mason Co.; Frank of Pueblo, Colo.- Ellen md. Wm. Sperland; Flora md. C.R.Brown; Alice.
Mr. & Mrs. Lowder were the parents of these children: Oscar, b. 1875; Everett, b. 1877; d. 1901; Alma, b. 1883.

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John Henry Clay Smith born near Laurel, Franklin Co., Ind., Apr. 26, 1831,son of Summer . & Sally (Buckley) Smith and a grandson of James & Elisabeth (Tanner) Smith,
Summer was a soldier in the War of 1812, serving under Col. Stratton. He went to Franklin Co., Ind, after his marriage, where he resided until he was in his eightys, when. John H.C, brought both his parents to Ill. Their children were: Hannah, died young; James B., died in Iowa; Sarah md. Ben Partlow and died in Effingham Co.; John Henry Clay; Nathan B. of Avena, Ill., md. a Miss Tooley; David, a store-keeper was killed by Indians in New Mexico; and Elizabeth md. Samuel Smoots of Joplin, Missouri.
John Henry Clay came to Illinois in 1853 and settled in the Devore Settlement in Summit Twp., Effingham Co., later moved to Moccasin Twp. He married July 16, 1854 to Mary Ann Devore, dau of Judge James Devore and had the following children: Wm. H., farmer, Dexter, Ill., md. Annie Taylor; Rachel, died age 20; Nathan Albert, of Nebraska, md. Nancy Blackwell; and David, a farmer of Dexter, md. Katy Taylor, Mrs. Smith died 1900, and Mr. Smith md 2nd, Mrs. Elisabeth (Carpenter) Turner, widow of W. W. Turner of Fayette Co.

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George W. Wright born in Summit Twp., Effingham Co., Ill. June 19, 1858, son of George and Thankful (Spading) Wright. His mother, Thankful, was born in the Western Reserve, Ohio in May, 1826; came to Illinois with her parents and married George Wright, Nov. 14, 1844. She died in 1892 in Dietrich, Ill., She was a dau of Phineas Spaulding, who was born in Conn., Nov. 7, 1790 and in 1822 moved to Ohio and on to Ill., in 1839, He md Thankful Moses, in 1845 moved to Iowa and died in 1847. Daniel Spaulding, father of Phineas was born in Norfolk, Conn., July 25, 1750 and was a noted Rev. patriot. He enlisted in Capt. Andrew Bucher's company, under Col John Douglas. Daniel was the son of Jacob who was born in Conn., Dec, 17, 1732 and his father, Edward was born at Chelmsford, Mass, in Sept. 1693, a son of Edward,, born Sept. 16, 1663, a son of John, born 1633 at Braintree,, Maine, and came to Chelmsford with his father, Edward, in 1630.
John Wright., the paternal grandfather of George W., entered the first piece of land in Effingham Co.., but was accidentally killed while working as a brickmason on the State House at Vandelia. John Wright came to Wayne Co. from Philadelphia prior to the birth of his son, George, on Aug. 31, 1820. In 1834 the Wrights came to Effingham Co. Mr. Wright died July 15, 1871. To him and his wife were born the following children: Thomas N., Emma A., Millina, Hannah E., George W., Mary A.,. and Mina.
George W. married Clara Beard, who was born in St. Francis Twp., Effingham Co., Sept, 10, 1867, and died Nov. 7, 1891, having borne two sons- Arland B., b. Feb. 1889, editor at Dietrich, and James A., b. Sept. 11, 1909 d. Aug, 3, 1907.
Mr. Wright md. 2nd, Nancy J. Woodward and had two children: Burral R. and George B.

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