Lee County Biography


John Hoctor, now living a retired life in Amboy, located in that place in August, 1856. He is a native of County Tipperary, Ireland, having been born there June 13, 1826. He is a son of Patrick and Mary (Howe) Hoctor, both of whom passed their last days in their native land. They were the parents of four children: Mary, who still resides in Ireland, married James Corrigan; our subject, who is the second in order of birth; Patrick, who went as a British soldier to the West Indies where he died, and Margaret, who resides in Australia,

Our subject was the only member of the family to emigrate to the United States, and on coming hither, in 1853, stopped for a time in Philadelphia where he was married to a lady who was also a native of County Tipperary and who came to the New World in 1850. When in Philadelphia, Mr. Hoctor was engaged as n day laborer, and in 1856, as before stated, he came to Amboy, being in the employ of the Illinois Central Railroad, working in the blacksmith shop.

In 1861, the outbreak of the late war, he of whom we write enlisted in Company C, Thirteenth Illinois Infantry, and first saw active service in Missouri. Then followed the battles of Chickasaw Bayou, Miss.; Arkansas Post, Jackson, Miss.; assault and siege of Vicksburg; Tuscumbia, Ala.; Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Ringgold Gap and Madison, Ala. After a service of three years, his term of service having expired, Mr. Hoctor was on his way home when at Madison, Ala., he was taken prisoner, robbed of his money and clothing, and held in bondage until April 16, 1865.

On returning again to the peaceful pursuits of life, our subject entered the employ of the Illinois Central Railroad with whom he continued until 1885, making in all a period of twenty-seven years. He is the proprietor of two farms of one hundred and sixty acres, to which he gives his personal attention. In politics, he votes the Democratic ticket and served his fellow-townsmen as Road Commissioner for three years. In religious affairs he is a Roman Catholic. To Mr. and Mrs. Hoctor have been bora six children, the eldest of whom died when young. Daniel is a blacksmith in Chicago; John was killed near Elkhorn, Neb., meeting his death on the cars, at the age of twenty-three years. The remainder of the family arc Mary, William and James. Mr. Hoctor is what may be termed a self-made man, as he came to Amboy poor in this world's goods, but now ranks among the representative citizens of the county.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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