Lee County Biography

Nicholas Mossholder

South Dixon Township

Nicholas Mossholder Residence, South Dixon Township, Lee Co. IL

Nicholas Mossholder, who is a veteran of the late war, with an honorable record for bravery and devotion to the cause of his country won in some of the hardest, fought battles of the rebellion, is a very successful farmer, one of the foremost in his line of business in South Dixon Twp., where he has a beautiful farm and a very attractive home on sections 17 and 20. He is a son of the late Jacob Mossholder, who was a prominent pioneer of this section, beginning his life here on a slightly improved farm of 240 acres on which stood a sod stable and board shanty. He made a good home and died here in 1876 a rich man, having acquired a large property. For a further account of him see biography of William H. Mossholder.

Our subject is the second son and child of the family of eight children born unto his parents - five sons and three daughters. The survivors of the family are himself, his brother WIlliam, Mrs. Catherine Heckman and Mrs. Eva Allen, all of whom are living on farms in this township. He wsa born in Somerset County PA August 16, 1837, and was 19 years of age when the family came to this county in 1856. He has since been a resident of this township, and an interested witness of almost its entire growth from a tract of wild prairie. He has occupied his present farm 22 years, and it has been his property for 15 years. The 138 acres included in the farm are under the best of cultivation,a nd many additional improvements have been made since it has been in his possession. He has recently erected a handsome set of farm buildings, his residence (shown above) is a beautiful and modern style of architecture and his new barn is a substantial and roomy structure, 36 x 60 feet. Able management, thrift and unwonted skill in carrying on farming operations are manifest on every hand, and have given our subject a fine reputation as an agriculturist. He has otherwise been of benefit to his community as a man of exemplary habits and true Christian principles, who has een influential in promoting the religious and social interests in the township in his capacity as a consistent member of the Evangelical Church. His political views are in consonance with the Republican party.

Mr. Mossholder served long and well in the army during the most trying years of the Rebellion, enlisting August 9, 1862 in Company A 75th IL Inf. and with his regiment joined the Army of the Cumberland.His company and regiment fought desparately at the battle of Perryville KY and lost heavily in their encounter with the enemy. The next engagement was at Stone River; then followed Chicamauga, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge; after that, Buzzard's Roost and wile in the heat of the contest on that field, Mr. Mossholder was shot through the right thigh. While recovering he was compelled to lie in the hospital at Nashville, TN for 3 months and was subsequently detailed to duty in that institution for the space of six months. By that time the war was over and he received his discharge June 12, 1865, and returning from the South to his home in this county, has ever since been engaged in tilling the soil, raising stock, etc.

Our subject was first married in this township to Miss Isabella Evans, adopted daughter of William E. Ketchem, by whom she was reared in NY, her native State, and with whom she came to this township, in the latter years of her girlhood. She died in July, 1876 when only 28 years old, leaving behind her an unspotted name and a record as a true Christian, who had been a valued member of the Evangelical Association. She was the mother of four children of whom two are dead, Emma J., and Bertha A., the former dying at the age of 12 years and the latter when a child of 18 months. William J., who was well educated in the public schools, and married Hattie Rhodes affords his father valuable assistance in managing his farm; Mary F., a very bright young lady is at home with her father.

Mr. Mossholder was a second time married in this township, Miss Hattie E. Young becoming his wife. She was born in Somerset County PA in 1852 and was the daughter of Peter and Lucinda (Marteena) Young, who were also natives of PA. They came from that state to this in 1865, and settled on a farm in Nelson Twp. where Mr. Young died in 1872 at the age of 56 years. His widow, who was born in 1828, is still living on the old homestead, and in spite of her years is active and capable. She has been a member of the Lutheran Church all her days, and her husband was also a member.

Mrs. Mossholder lived with her parents until her marriage and was well trained in household duties. Her death in 1879 when she was but 28 years old, was a sad blow to her family as she had ever been an affectionate daughter. She was greatly missed in the Lutheran Church. She left two children, Jemima Grace and Charles H., both of whom are with their father.

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