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GEORGE ABBOTT was born in Delaware County, N. Y., May 30, 1820, a son of Ebenezer and - (Pomeroy) Abbott, natives of New York.  His grandparents were natives of Massachusetts; his great-grandparents, of England.  In 1823 his parents moved to Ohio, and settled in Mayfield Township, Cuyahoga County.  In 1845 he came to Illinois, and settled in McHenry Township, McHenry County, where he lived till 1868, when he moved to the farm he now owns, in Greenwood Township.  In 1857 he abandoned wheat-growing, and turned his attention to the raising of stock and dairying.  He is now breeding Scotch and English Polled cattle, and has a fine herd of black Aberdeen-Angus and red Polled animals, mostly imported from Scotland and England.  Mr. Abbott was married in 1844 to Emeransa L. Tanner, of Ohio, the only child of Henry and Lucinda (Winsor) Tanner.  They have three children-Francis A., Trusman A. and Charles T.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
Transcribed by Anne Kunzen


CASTOR ADAMS was born in Prussia, May 20, 1832, a son of Nicholas and Susanah Adams, natives of Germany, who came to America in 1841 and located in McHenry County, Ill., on the farm where our subject now lives, where his mother died in 1843, aged thirty-four years, and the father, June 26, 1879, aged eighty-one years.  Castor Adams attended school in his native country, but after coming to America was obliged to help his father on the farm and attended school only a month.  He was married Oct. 30, 1855, to Anna, daughter of John P. and Kate Huemann, natives of Germany.  They have eight children- John, Emma, Peter, Nicholas, Joseph, Katie, William, and Mary.  He has served as Assessor two terms, road commissioner four terms, and School Director several years.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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GEORGE ALLEN is a native of England, born in 1821, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Sykes) Allen.  Of a family of seven cliildren but three are living,-George, Thomas and Mary.  John, Anna, Ann and Eliza are deceased.  Mr. Allen remained in his native country till twenty-four years of age, and in 1845 came to America, and located in McHenry County, Ill.  He entered forty acres of land from the Government, and by industry and economy has increased his possessions to 400 acres.  He has 160 head of sheep, sixteen cows, and thirteen horses.  His residence and farm buildings are commodious and comfortable.  He has been an enterprising, progressive citizen, and is now one of the most influential in the township.  He was married in 1845 to Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Jane Harrison.  They have had nine children- J. Elizabeth (wife of A. Still); Mary A., Harrison, Mary (2d), Ann Eliza and Harrison (2d) Are deceased; William married Nellie Pierce, and has two children; Eliza and Fred are at home
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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Mrs. HARRIET BUNKER AUSTIN, author, born in Erie, Pa., 29th December, 1844. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Bunker, descending from New England, stock. Her greatgrandfather, Benjamin Bunker, was a soldier of the Revolution, and was killed in the battle of Bunker Hill. The hill from which the battle was named comprised part of the Bunker estate. On her mother's side she is related to the Bronson Alcott and Lyman Beecher families. When quite young, she removed with her parents to Woodstock, McHenry county, Ill., where she has since resided. Her education was received in the Woodstock high school and Dr. Todd's Female Seminary. At the close of her seminary life she was married to W. B. Austin, a prosperous merchant of that city. She has been a prolific writer, many of her poems having been set to music and gained deserved popularity. She has always taken an active interest in every scheme for the advancement of women, and is ever ready to lend her influence to the promotion of social reforms.
"American Women, Fifteen Hundred Biographies", Vol 1, Publ. 1897.
Transcribed by Marla Snow.




SEBREAN BALDWIN was born in Windsor County, Vt., Jan. 15, 1813, a son of Levi G. Baldwin and a grandson of Jesse Baldwin.  His father was a minister in the Baptist church, and died at the age of eighty-six years.  He was physically a large, strong man,but with a mild, amiable disposition, yet possessed of admirable powers of command.  He was a native of Massachusetts, but moved to Vermont when young, and there married Rebecca Taylor, danghter of Benjamin Taylor.  They had a family of nine children.  Betsey married George Wade.  She died in Missouri, aged sixty years.  Chancellor, a farmer of Bradford County, Pa., aged seventy-three years.  Sebrean, our subject.  Rebecca married George Franklin, and is still living, aged sixty-nine years.  Levi, a mechanic, died at the age of sixty years.  Frederick, a farmer, died at the age of forty years.  Olive B. married Solomon Snell, and died aged forty years.  Eliza married John Squire; is sixty years of age.  Irena married Isaac Cook, and died when thirty years of age.  Sebrean Baldwin left home when seven years of age, and lived with strangers till sixteen.  He received a good education, and taught five terms of school.  He went to Pennsylvania, and worked at farming till 1839, when he came to Illinois and settled in McHenry County.  He has held the office of Justice of the Peace sixteen years, and Town Collector several years.  He was married Oct. 1, 1835, to Lovina Stevens, a native of Pennsylvania, born Sept. 11, 1816, a daughter of Albigence and Thankful (Goff) Stevens.  They have had twelve children, nine of whom grew to years of maturity.  Norman enlisted in Company H, Ninety-fifth Illinois Infantry, and died at Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 19, 1862, from disease contracted in the army.  He was married about a year prior to his enlistment, and left one daughter-Nellie, now of Kansas.  Lucy married William Lee, now of Hebron, and has five children Norma, Elizabeth, William, Carrie, and Bertie.  Flora died at the age of eight months.  Levi died in 1860, aged nineteen years, while teaching school in Logan Countv, Ill.  Helen died aged five months.  Seth enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Forty-first Illinois Infantry, and died at Columbus, Ky., in August, 1864, aged nineteen years, of disease contracted in the army.  He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, McHenry County.  George F. is unmarried, and resides in McHenry Countv.  Sebre died in September, 1883, aged thirty-four years.  He was married, and left four children---Jessie, Louis, Sebre M., Florence and Bertha.  Aristodes is a dentist, of Chicago.  He was for three years a practicing physician of Stark County, Ill.  He is married, and has one child-Alice.  Jesse A. is an attorney at law in Chicago, Ill.; married and has one child--Louisa.  Julia died aged five years.  Henry R., a school teacher, of Hebron, is now filling the place of his brother Sebre, as Superintendent.  He is married, but has no children.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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REV. J.E.BASSETT was born in Rushville, Ontario Co., N.Y., Sept. 10, 1815, a son of Fortunatus Bassett, a native of New York, of English descent.  His mother died a few days after his birth and his father survived only a few years.  His boyhood was spent on a farm.  His educational advantages were limited to the common school, which he attended in the winter till twenty years of age.  He was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal church and in 1835 was licensed to preach.  He joined the Erie Conference and was under its appointment nine years.  He then located in Mentor, Lake Co. N.Y., and engaged in farming four years.  From there he moved to Chester, Ohio, and four years later to McHenry County. Although he now sustains no conference relation he devoted a part of his time to church work.  He was married Sep. 11, 1840, to Celestia, daughter of Eber and Eliphalet Norton.  They have had three children; but two are living- Wilbur F., now on the farm with his father, and Adeline, wife of David Magroon.  Mr. Bassett has a fine farm of 128 acres, which is well stocked, and his farm buildings are comfortable.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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CHAUNCEY BECKWITH was born in Newport, N.H., Feb. 16, 1811, a son of Jabez and Catherine Beckwith, natives of New Hampshire.  His father died at the age of thirty-five, and his mother at the age of forty years.  He received a good education, attending school in the winter till twenty years of age.  In May 1836, he left New Hampshire and came to McHenry County, Ill., and laid a claim.  At that time there were but three families in the township.  He remained one year, improving his land, and in June 1837, went to New Hampshire and was married to Sophonia, daughter of Elias and Sally Thatcher.  They were married August.8, 1837, and the same day started for their new home, arriving Sept. 10.  They have been industrious, and now own 250 acres of fine land.  They have had two children- Ira, died in 1869,leaving a wife and three daughters-Stella, Elona and Belle; George, married Ernestine Irish, and has four children, two living- Ella M. and Alta.  Nora E. died July 13, 1877, of scarlet-fever, and Chancey died July 19, 1882 of the same disease.  Politically Mr. Beckwith is a Republican.  He is an active member of the Congregational church.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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JOHN BELL is a native of Yorkshire, England, born April 24, 1826, a son of John and Mary (Latham) Bell.  His father died in 1841, aged forty-one years, and his mother in 1850, aged fifty years.  He received but a limited education, remaining on the farm with his parents till manhood.  In 1852 he came to America, and located in McHenry County, Ill., where he has since made his home, engaged in farming and stock-raising.  He owns 241 acres of fine land, well improved.  He was married in 1851 to Mary, daughter of Joseph and Fannie Coates, natives of England.  Her father came to America in 1852, and died in McHenry County, Feb. 17, 1870, aged about sixty-seven years.  Mr. And Mrs. Bell have six children- John W., Charles E., Fannie E., (wife if Robert Tweed), Fred H., Thomas Franklin and Delbert M., all in McHenry county.  Politically Mr. Bell is a Republican.  He has held several of the township offices.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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G.W.BESLEY, druggist, McHenry, Ill., was born in Oakland County, Mich., July 17, 1846, a son of William and Mary Besley, natives of England, who came to America in 1832.  William Besley is now President of Besley s Brewing Company, Waukegan, Ill.  He has been Mayor of that city two or three terms.  G.W. Besley attended school till fourteen years of age, and then went into the store of W.S. Pearce.,  Waukegan,  to learn the druggist trade. He remained three years, when he received his certificate, and went to Chicago, where he was employed by Joseph Sobey two years.  He then alternated between Waukegan and Chicago seven or eight years, when he went to Negaunee, Mich., where he was employed as head clerk for L.D. Cyr.  Subsequently returned to Waukegan, and two years later went to Chicago, but remained only a short time, when he returned to Waukegan and in July 1879, came to McHenry County and established his present [lace of business in McHenry.  He carries a full stock of drugs, paints, oils and notions. Mr. Besley was married in 1872 to Sophia A., daughter of Samuel Cone of Waukegan.  They have three children- Dora A., Walter O., and Mamie H.  Politically Mr. Besley is liberal, casting his suffrage with the party he considers in the right.  He is a member of McHenry Lodge, No. 158, A.F. & A. M.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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HENRY BINNIE, dealer in foreign and domestic dry-goods,notions, carpets, boots and shoes, groceries, etc.  Harvard, Ill., was born in Dundee, Kane Co., Ill., May 16, 1856, a son of David Binnie and Christina (Clyde) Binnie, natives of Scotland.  His parents were married in their native country and in 1849 came to America and settled in Kane County, Ill., where the father died Sept 13, 1873.  The mother is living in Chicago.  They had a family of ten children: six are living-Ellen, wife of Wm. M. Thompson, an extenssive dairyman and wholesale ice-cream dealer of Chicago; David, retired, Chicago, married Emma Ogden; James, a merchant now in Harvard, married Susan Elliott; Ada, wife of W.J. Reasner, a dairyman of Chicago; Henry W., our subject; Alexander of Alta, Iowa married Grace Clarkson.  Henry W. Binnie attended school till nineteen years of age and then began farming two miles north of Elgin.  A year later he bought a farm in Dunham Township, McHenry County.  In the fall of 1881, he rented his farm and moved to Harvard and bought and shipped stock till August of 1883, when he bought the store where he is now doing business.  He carries a full stock of everything in his line, valued at $12,000.00 or $13,000.00.  He occupies a building 108 x 24 feet with a basement 24 x 60 feet and a warehouse for groceries.  Mr.Binnie was married Oct. 27, 1875 to Haddie Nims a native of Wisconsin, daughter of Orval and Hannah (Hughes) Nims. They have one child-Lilly H., born Oct. 11, 1880.  Mr. and Mrs. Binnie are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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G. BOLEY was born in Würtemberg, Germany, Oct. 23, 1844, a son of G.G. and P.H. (Sayler) Boley.  His father died in 1867, and his mother in 1873.  He attended school till he was fourteen years of age, and then began learning the brewer s trade. In 1865 he went to Switzerland and France, and in 1868 to Bavaria, remaining there five years.  In the fall of 1873 he came to America, and in September 1874, to McHenry County, where he found employment in the brewery he now owns.  He worked there three and a half years, and then carried on a saloon a year; afterward was employed as agent for the Woodstock Brewery a year, and in 1880 bought the McHenry Brewery.  He was married in September 1874, to Josephine Pytlick.  They have three children-Katie, Josephine and Gottlieb.  Politically Mr. Boley is a Democrat.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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ELI W BRIGHAM, the first white settler of Hebron Township, was born in Franklin County,Vt., Jan. 22, 1810, a son of Eli and Mary (Harrington) Brigham, natives of Massachusetts.  He came West in the fall of 1833 and spent one winter in Du Page County, Ill. He then went to the headwaters of the Illinois River and in May, 1836, came to McHenry County and took up a claim about a mile and a half west of the present village of Hebron.  He now owns 420 acres of choice land.  In 1869 he moved to the village where he and his wife now reside.  He was married in 1812 to Mary D. Collison, a native of Cheshire, Mass.  They have had three children-Charles M., who is living on the old homestead farm; Mary A., and Eliza, who died in 1874.  Mr. Brigham has served his township as School Director and Pathmaster.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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RICHARD H. CARR was born in Yorkshire, England, March 1832, a son of Mathew and Sarah Carr.  In 1834 Mathew Carr, with his family, came to America.  He lived in Canada three years, and in June 1837, moved to McHenry County, Ill., and bought a claim of Dr. Hale, the only man in this section of the county.  When the land was surveyed he borrowed money at thirty per cent interest to make his first payment on the land he entered, and at the time of his death owned 480 acres.  He was one of the founders of Ringwood Methodist church, and for many years his house was the minister s home, and was used for public worship.  He died Feb. 7, 1848, aged fifty-three years.  His wife died Oct. 1, 1865, aged seventy-five years.  Richard H. Carr was reared on a frontier farm, and had but limited educational advantages.  When but sixteen years of age he was left to take charge of the farm and care for his mother.  He has been industrious, and now owns 400 acres of fine land.  He gives considerable attention to stock-raising.  He was married Oct. 28, 1860, to Jane, daughter of Robert and Ann Harrison.  They have had three children; one is living-Luella A., born Sept. 4, 1874.  Their only son, Clark H. was born Aug.1, 1865, and died May 2, 1880; Eliza M., born May 12, 1862 died Aug. 13, 1884.  Politically, Mr. Carr is a Republican.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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ELI T. CHASE was born in Johnson, Lamoille Co., Vt., Feb. 10, 1827, a son of Joshua and Mary Chase, natives of Newbury, Orange Co., Vt. His grandfather, Stephen Chase, was a soldier in the war of 1812.  He came with his family to McHenry County in 1852.  He died June 25, 1882, aged eighty-five years.  His widow is still living.  Eli T. chase received a fair education in the common schools and the academy at Johnson, Vt.  In the fall of 1848 he came to Illinois and located in McHenry County.  He owns a good farm of 130 acres.  In October 1858, he was married to Lucia, daughter of Moses and Anna Jones, and widow of Atwood Tabor.  Their only child, Florence M., died at the age of three years.  In 1864 Mr. Chase enlisted in the eighth Illinois Calvary, and served till the close of the war.  Politically he is a Republican.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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M.M. CHASE, night manager of the McHenry Pickle Factory, was born in Johnson, Lamoille co., Vt., July 21, 1835, a son of Joshua and Mary chase. In the spring of 1848 he came to McHenry County, Ill., and settled in McHenry Township.  May 24, 1861 he enlisted in the Fifteenth Illinois Infantry, as a private; was promoted to Third, then to Second Sergeant.  He participated in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg and several others, serving until June 14, 1864.  Aug. 24, 1864 he was married to Mary J., daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Stevens.  They have two children - Lois E., born June 3, 1866, and Emily M. born Nov. 19, 1872.  Politically Mr. Chase is a Republican.  Mrs. Chase s parents came to Illinois in 1844.  Her mother died Feb.1, 1868, aged forty-five years, and her father Dec. 19, 1882, aged seventy-five years.  Mr. Chase s father died June 25, 1882.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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ALLEN P. COLBY was born June 25, 1822, in Danville, Caledonia Co., Vt., the second son of Gideon and Olive Colby, his father a native of New Hampshire and his mother of Massachusetts.  He was a soldier in the Revolutionary was, and was with Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga, and with Washington at Yorktown.  After he was mustered out he returned home but soon after moved to Vermont, where he died September 1841, aged forty-six years. His wife is living in Minneapolis, in the ninety-fourth year of her age.   Allen P. Colby came with his parents to Illinois, and since attaining manhood has followed agricultural pursuits.  He was married October 1844, to Caroline M., daughter of John W. and Clara smith, natives of Vermont.  She died May 19, 1856, aged twenty-eight years, leaving four children-Emma, now Mrs. Frank Mead; Luella, now Mrs. Charles Mowrey; Wallace, and Clarissa, now Mrs. Bernard Harrison.    Oct. 11, 1857, Mr. Colby married Emily J. Sanborn, who was born Jan. 12, 1835, a daughter of Joel R. and charlotte Sanborn.  Her father died Nov. 13, 1878, aged seventy-two years, and her mother is still living.  Mr. and Mrs. Colby have three children- Carolina, wife of Edson Gilbert; Charlotte, wife of William Gilbert, and Cora.  Politically Mr. Colby is a Republican.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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CHARLES COLBY
is a native of McHenry County, Ill., born Sept. 14, 1844, a son of Page and Mehitable (Smith) Colby.  He attended school till eighteen years of age and then began teaching, but having a decided preference for agricultural pursuits, soon left the school-room and devoted his entire attention to the farm.  He now owns 220 acres of land, which is well improved.  He gives considerable attention to stock-raising, and has the best grades of short-horned cattle, American merino sheep, Norman horses and Poland-China hogs.  Mr. Colby was married Dec. 25, 1864, to Arminda F. Talbott, daughter of William Talbott, who came from England to America in 1820.  They have two children- Fred T., born Oct. 24, 1865, graduated from Jennings Seminary, Aurora, Ill., June 1884, and Caroline M., born Feb. 2, 1876.  Politically Mr. Colby is a Republican.  He takes special interest in educational matters and has served on the School Board several terms.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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HENRY COLBY is a native of McHenry County, Ill., born in September 1845, a son of Ira and Mary Colby, natives of Vermont.  His father was born Dec. 27, 1803, and came to McHenry in 1840, and has been a Justice of the Peace of this township twenty-two years, and has held other offices of trust. His mother died in 1859.  He remained on the farm, attending the district school in the winter till nineteen years of age when he began clerking in his brother s drug store.  Four years later he bought the store and carried it on alone for several years, when his brother bought an interest and they carried on a general store under the firm name of Colby Brothers, at the same time running a store at Nunda. In 1881 the partnership was dissolved O.C. taking the store at Nunda, and Henry remaining at McHenry.  Mr. Colby was married Sept. 6, 1870, to flora, daughter of David Harris.  They have four children-Maud, bon Sept. 7, 1873; Agnes, bon Aug. 25, 1875; William, bon Aug. 2, 1877, and James, born Nov. 19, 1880.  Mr. Colby is a member of the Masonic fraternity, McHenry Lodge, No. 158; chapter No. 34, and Calvary Commandery, No. 25, Woodstock.  Politically he is a Republican; Mrs. Colby is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. 
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IRA COLBY was born in Danville, Caledonia Co., Vt., Dec. 27, 1803, a son of Thomas Colby, a native of Newburyport, Mass., of English descent.  He remained in his native State till the fall of 1840, when he came to Illinois and settled in McHenry, living in the town about six months.  He established the first prayer-meeting in McHenry.  He was elected Justice of the Peace soon after his arrival and served twenty-three consecutive years.  He was School Treasurer several years and held other offices of trust.  He is now living on his farm retired from public life.  He was married in 1825 to Mary Stocker, a native of Vermont, of Scotch descent.  They had a family of eleven children-N.S., Mary A., Abigail, Sarah (wife of Robert Sherburn), Franklin, Ora, Flora, John, Gideon, Henry and William.  Mary, Abigail, Franklin and William are deceased.  Mrs. Colby died in 1859, aged fifty-four years.
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N.S. COLBY was born in Danville, Caledonia Co., Vt., Oct. 13, 1826, the eldest of eleven children of Ira and Mary Colby.  He remained in Vermont until fourteen years of age and in 1840 came with his parents to McHenry, McHenry County.  He remained with them until 1856, and then moved to the farm where he now lives a half mile west of McHenry.  He owns 144 acres of fine land, which is well improved.  He makes a specialty of stock-raising and has the best grades of horses, sheep, cattle and hogs.  He ships his stock to all parts of the United States, receiving for them the highest market price.  Mr. Colby was married Oct. 9, 1856, to Laura E. Parker, born Nov. 22, 1838, in Lyon, Oakland Co. Mich., moved from there to Greenwood, this county, in 1854 with her parents, J.J. and Mary Parker, natives of Ontario County, N.Y., but residents of Greenwo0od the remainder of their lives.  Her mother died Feb. 9, 1879, aged sixty-seven years. Her father died Oct. 15, 1884, aged seventy-three years.  Mr. And Mrs. Colby have had six children-May E. born June 12, 1860; Belle C., born July 26, 1865; Newell F., born Aug. 9, 1877; Mary Laura and two infants are deceased.  May was married Dec. 22, 1880, to D.E. Sayler.  They are living on their farm two and a half miles from McHenry.  They have one child- Maybell, born July 1, 1883.
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PAGE COLBY was born in Danville, Vt., Sept 22, 1822, the eldest son of Page and Mary Colby, natives of Vermont, of German descent.  His grandfather, Thomas Colby, was a native of New Hampshire, but moved his family to Vermont prior to the Revolutionary war.  His mother died in 1828, and having previously been deprived of his father, he wass left to the care of his grandparents, remaining with theme till twenty-one years of age.  His education was received in the district school which he attended three months in the winter till eighteen years old.  He then worked on the farm till 1842, when he came West, landed in Chicago, and the next day walked in company with another young man to McHenryCounty.  He bought eighty acres of land for $130, and went to work to improve it.  He makes a specialty of raising fine stock and has thoroughbred Berkshire hogs, Norman horses, and Spanish merino sheep.  Mr. Colby was married Oct. 11, 1843, to Mehitable E., daughter of Abijah and Thankful Smith, natives of Vermont, who came from Johnson to Illinois in 1840.  They have had six children- Charles C., Mary, Ellen A. (deceased), George W., Willard E., Ida (deceased).  Politically Mr. Colby is a Republican. He is a member of the Free-Will Baptist church, and has been one of the Trustees fifteen years.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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J.W. CRISTY (JOSEPH) was born in New Boston, N.H., Sept. 28, 1828, a son of John and Roxana Cristy, his father a native of New Hampshire, and his mother of Massachusetts.  In 1829 his parents moved to Johnson, Vt., where his mother dies in 1866, and his father in 1867.  Our subject spent his boyhood days on the farm, and when fifteen years of age went to Charlestown, Mass., and clerked in a store a year, then returned to Vermont and attended Lamoille Academy six months in the year for three years, teaching school in the winter.  When twenty years of age he went to Boston, Mass., and worked in Wm. P. Emerson s piano factory six years.  He then returned to Vermont, and in 1865 came to Illinois and bought land in Kankakee County.  In 1866 he sent for his family, and remained in Kankakee county three years, when he came to McHenry County and settled in Ringwood and opened a general store.  He carries a fine stock of goods valued at several thousand dollars.  In 1868 he was appointed Postmaster of Ringwood; afterward resigned but was again appointed, and is the present incumbent.  Politically Mr. Cristy has always affiliated with the Republican Party.  He is a member of McHenry Lodge, No. 158, F. & A.M. He was married Nov. 30, 1854, to Sarah L., daughter of Zachariah and Lucinda Whiting, of Vermont.  They have three sons-W.A., of McHenry; Joseph E., in company with his father, and Walter W.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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WILLIAM A. CRISTY, eldest son of Joseph W. and Sarah L. (Whiting) Cristy, was born in Johnson, Lamoille Co., Vt., June 6, 1858.  In 1865 his father came to Illinois and the following year sent for his family, and located on a farm in Kankakee County, remaining there till 1869, when they came to McHenry County.  Jan. 1, 1869, Joseph Cristy opened a general store in Ringwood, and is now one of the leading merchants of the town.  William A. attended the common schools in his boyhood, and in 1876 entered the commercial department of the Valparaiso, Ind., Normal School, graduating in the spring of 1877.  He was then working for his father till March 1, 1878, when he was employed as bookkeeper at the pickle factory in McHenry, and soon after became a partner in the firm. He was married in 1881 to Nina G., daughter of Samuel H. and Eliza H. Walker, of Ringwood.  They have one child-Harold E., born Oct. 22, 1883.  Politically Mr. Cristy is a Republican.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
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SOLOMON DODGE was born in Johnson, Lamoille Co., Vt., April 20, 1811, a son of Amos and Sally Dodge, also of Vermont.  He was reared and educated in his native county, remaining there till 1844, when he came to Illinois and settled in McHenry County.  He was by trade a carpenter and joiner, and followed his trade the greater part of his life.  He was married Sept. 19, 1869, to Mary A. Haley, a native of Illinois, born Sept. 8, 1840, a daughter of Edmund and Lucy Haley.  To them were born two children-Edmund H. and Lucy A., aged eleven and seven years respectively.  Mr. Dodge died Feb. 9, 1883, and buried by the Masons, having been a member of that order several years.  He had also belonged to the Odd Fellows order.
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HORACE DWELLY is a native of Onondaga county, N.Y., born March 9, 1820, a son of Jonathan P. and Lucy (Williams) Dwelly.  His parents died in their native State, his mother in 1861 and his father in 1868.  In 1843 he came with his father, yo Illinois to visit a brother and sister in Lake County. He obtained employment and remained in Lake County three months.  He afterward pre-empted a quarter section in McHenry County, but entered only 120 acres of it.  In 1850 he went to California and went into the mines remaining there two years. He was successful, and on his return bought a farm.  He made a specialty of raising wheat till 1865, when he went into the dairy business, continuing this fifteen years.  He is now engaged in general farming and stock raising, owning 110 acres of fine land.  He was married in November 1846, to Elmira, daughter of William and Catherine McCollum, natives of Ohio, now of McHenry.  They have had four children; but two are living- Alice C., wife of Edward M. Merrill, a merchant of Livingston, Ill., and Mattie A.   Mary M. died March 24, 1873, aged twenty years, and William E. Sept. 15, 1878, aged twenty-three years.  Mr. Dwelly is a member of McHenry Lodge, No. 158, F. & A.M.  Politically he is a Democrat. 
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