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Randolph County Illinois
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John B. Hamilton

Hamilton, John B lived in T4 R5. He was born in Coshocton Co, Oh in 1839. During the Civil War he was in Co G of the 18th IL Inf, he was wounded. On 01 Oct 1868 he married Sarah M Burns the d/o Stewart and Sarah (Gillespie). Sarah was born 19 Apr 1841. Their children were: Sarah Ella and William John. John's father was named John and he was born in Ireland. His mother was Isabel Boyd who was born in OH. Both parents died in OH. They had 13 children: John B, Thomas, Johnston, Margaret, Jane and Alexander (d in Civil War). (1894)

James H. Hargis
James H. Hargis is a Tennessean by birth. The family sprang originally from England. William Hargis, the grandfather of James H. Hargis, emigrated from England shortly after the year 1790, and located in the central part of the State of Tennessee, one of the pioneers of that region. A wild and uncultivated country surrounded him. His nearest neighbor was twenty miles away, and in this solitary and romantic situation, he endured all the hardships of pioneer life, and raised a family of children. John Hargis, the father of James H. Hargis, was born here in the year 1794, and is still living in Tennessee, eighty years old. He married Parmela Uhls, also a native of that State, who is still living, also near the age of four-score. John Hargis and his wife had a large family of children, of whom James H. Hargis was the seventh.
He was born in Sumner County, Tennessee, on the twenty-fourth of September, 1824. The neighborhood had improved somewhat from the time his grandfather first settled there; farms had been made, houses built, and the population largely increased, but as far as schools were concerned, the community was about as well off as the average of western settlements forty and fifty years ago. Mr. Hargis is one of those who was blesses with little schooling. A period of six seeks embraces the sum total of all the instruction he ever received within the walls of a school-house. His knowledge and education were nearly all obtained by his own unaided efforts, much of it after he was married. He lived on his father's farm till he came to Illinois. In 1845, on the sixth day of March, he was married to Melissa Delia Ann Cragon, who was born and raised in Tennessee within three miles of her husband.
It was two years after he was married that he made up his mind to emigrate to Illinois, believing that there better facilities were offered for a farmer to get along in the world. In the year 1847, he accordingly came to Randolph County. He began, as his means allowed him, which at that time were small and limited. The first year he rented land. The next year he hired out on a farm. In 1849 he bought sixty acres of land two miles west of Ellis Grove, having obtained means sufficient to justify him making that investment. Mr. Hargis kept on farming, and by hard work and good management, his worldly affairs prospered, and he as able to secure a better footing. In the succeeding year, the spring of 1850, he bought the property on which hi now lives, which at that time was composed of eighty-two acres of land. He has since increased the land in his possession to a much larger amount, adding pieces of land from time to time as opportunities to purchase offered themselves. The farm on which he lives is composed of one hundred acres. In all, he has the ownership of between four and five hundred acres, the greater part of which lies in the Okaw bottom.
The seven children of Mr. Hargis were named William A., John Harvey, Parmela Elizabeth, (deceased), Sarah Jane, Charles Jefferson, Parmela Emeline, and Noah Franklin. The two oldest sons are married and live in the neighborhood, and the oldest daughter is also married, and a resident of Ellis Grove.
Mr. Hargis began his political life as an Old Line Whig, voting for Harrison in the memorable campaign of 1840, when a resident of Tennessee. On the decay of the Whig party, he followed many of the ablest men of that organization into the Democratic party, and has since been connected with it. Mr. Hargis' career in Randolph County is an evidence of what may be done by industry and energy, qualities without which success is seldom achieved. He began life with nothing, but has now obtained an honorable position among the substantial farmers of Randolph County. ["An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys". (1875) - tr. By Stephanie Thornton]

John Hodson
Hodson, John was born in Liverpool England 03 Feb 1827. At the age of 13 he lost a leg. In 1850 he came to the US via New Orleans. He was a clerk in Sparta. On 17 Jul 1851 he married Jane McDill the d/o William K. John's parents were William and Mary, both died in Liverpool, England. Their children were: John, William, Mary J, Hannah Ann and Elizabeth. Only John came to the US. (1875)
Harrelson, Paul was born 6 September 1760 in Orange county, North Carolina and was married to Mary Fulton on 18 December 1797 in Knox county, Tenn. He was drafted for three months serving several tours as a private in 1779. He was discharged from Captain Farquar and his brother Herndon Harrelson. He left Caswell county, North Carolina and went to Georgia with his brother Jonathan in 1795. He left Georgia and went to live with his brother James on the Holstein River in Tennessee. He moved on to Randolph county, Illinois in 1802. settling on the west side of the Kaskaskia river near the mouth of Camp Creek. He served as commissioner and county clerk from 1803 to 1809 and was justice of the peace in 1809. He applied and was granted a pension for his war service. He died 11 January 1834 in Randolph county. He died intestate and the probate proceedings lasted from 3 March 1834 to 3 March 1840 in which the administrator Samuel S. Guthrie was apparently able to milk the estate of a very large amount. His children were a daughter born before 1800, daughter Decy who married Lofton Bowman 30 January 1845 and son James born circa 1820. [Submitted by Klech]

Major James C. Holbrook
Holbrook, Maj James C (a lawyer) was born in Sherborn, MA on 27 May 1817. On 15 May 1845 he married Eliza Isabella McDill in Hamilton Co, OH. Eliza was born in Hamilton CO, OH on 28 Dec 1822 the d/o Rev David and Lydia McDill. In 1845 James came to RC to the Sparta area and in 1852 moved to Chester. His children were: the oldest a lawyer died at age 25, the second son died as an infant, Clara, Edward, Elizabeth (d 31 Jan 1893) and Lydia. His parents were Clark (b MA) and Betsy (Bullen). James' grandfather was James Holbrook born in MA (1894)

John N. Holloway
Among the members of the Randolph County Bar, is Mr. John N. Holloway, a native of Indiana, and a resident of Randolph County since the year 1872. The Holloway family is of English origin. At a period long before the Revolution, two brothers of that name came from England to America, and from these all the Holloways of the United States are now descended.
Mr. Holloway's father, Joseph Holloway, was born and raised in Delaware. When a boy he came to Ohio, and there married, about the year 1824, Sallie W. Timmons, a native of Ross County, Ohio. In the year 1832, Mr. Holloway removed with his family to Tippecanoe County, Indiana, where he lived till the time of his death. John N. Holloway was the eighth of a family of eleven children, and was born in Tippecanoe County, on the ninth of March, 1839. He was raised on a farm. In his seventeenth year, he left home, and became a student in the Indiana Asbury University, of Greencastle, Indiana. He was five years at college. He graduated in the regular classical course in the summer of 1862, receiving the degree of A. B., and three years after that of A. M.
After leaving college he taught school for four years in Indiana, and then in 1866 in consequence of failing health, went to Kansas. He here executed a work which stands a worthy testimonial to his industry and literary ability. In the same year of his coming to Kansas he began a History of the State which he published two years after, in 1868. It is a large volume of nearly seven hundred pages, the only general history of the State ever published, and was received with favor on the part of the leading men and prominent journals of the country.
After the publication of the work, Mr. Holloway came East with the view of issuing a revised edition. He was advised by him publishers to delay the matter for a time, and meanwhile accepted a position as principal of a school in Illinois.. He subsequently taught at several points in the State, studying law at the time, and in August, 1872, came to Chester as principal of the public schools of the city. He has since been a resident of Chester. In 1874, he was admitted to the bar. Some time previous to this he had formed a partnership with Mr. J. Perry Johnson, though his name did not appear in the firm until after his admission as an attorney. The firm, now known as "Johnson & Holloway," conduct one of the largest law businesses in this section of Illinois. Mr. Holloway was married July the first, 1862, to Miss Etta Hall, of West Lebanon, Indiana. The Holloway family were Whigs and Republicans, and Mr. Holloway himself has been warmly attached to the principles of the Republican party. [Source: "An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys." (1875) - tr. By Stephanie Thornton]

Alexander Hood
Alexander Hood has been a member of the Randolph County bar since 1862, engaged subsequent to that date as an attorney, serving one term as Judge of the County Court.
His father, John Hood, was born in the north of Ireland in the year 1801, and at the age of seventeen emigrated to America, and settled in South Carolina. He here married Sarah S. Burns, a native of South Carolina, but descended from the same Scotch-Irish stock as the Hoods. This marriage was productive of ten children. The second child, and the oldest son, was Alexander Hood, born at Chester, South Carolina, on the twenty-fourth day of July, of the year 1829.
The first sixteen years of his life were spent in South Carolina, and he obtained his early education in the schools of Chester. The family arrived in Randolph County, having exchanged their home in South Carolina for Illinois, in the month of December, 1845. For two years the family lived on Hill Prairie in the northern part of the County, and then located five miles west of Sparta, where John Hood entered public land. He still lives at the same place.
Alexander Hood lived at home till he was of age, and was employed in work on the farm. His education and study of law is a story of his own efforts. On reaching his majority, he determined to make law his profession. During the first five years he spent in Illinois, he had gone to school but little, and Mr. Hood felt the necessity for a more thorough education. He began his preparatory studies by entering as a student the Academy at Sparta, and for two years was in attendance upon its sessions. The money to pay his expenses was earned by his own labor. From Sparta, he went to Ann Harbor, and for two more years was a member of the law school connected with the University of Michigan. He had intended taking the regular classical course, but afterward devoted his attention wholly to the study of his profession, graduating from the law department of the University in March, 1861, and receiving his degree of Bachelor of Law. On his graduation, he at once returned to Randolph County, and taught school during the winter of 1862-62, at the same time giving some little attention to law practice.
In the summer of 1862, he filled the office of Deputy Assessor, and in the succeeding October, was regularly admitted to the bar in Illinois. He first opened an office at Sparta, but located at Chester in the fall of 1863. Judge Hood has since been a resident of the County seat, and has made constant advancement in his standing as a member of the bar. The first year he was a partner of Judge Snyder, a well-known and istinguished lawyer of Belleville. He then continued the practice of law by himself. For one term he filled the position of County Judge, having been elected to that office in the fall of 1869. At different periods he has also acted as City Attorney of Chester, two or three times, by appointment of the Board of Aldermen. He was elected to the office by the people in March, 1875. At this latter date, Mr. Hood also associated himself in partnership with Mr. Abram G. Gordon, a graduate of McKendree College. The firm, under the name of "Hood and Gordon," are enjoying a large and rapidly increasing professional business.
Mr. Hood's marriage occurred in May, 1854 to Eliza J. Hunter, of Indiana, by birth, but raised in Randolph County. Her ancestors were from North Carolina. Judge Hood has always been Democratic in his political antecedents, and in Randolph County has taken an active part in the work of that party. He is well known throughout the County as an earnest advocate of Democratic principles, and has done his share in most of the political canvasses. His tastes as a lawyer led him to the practice of criminal law, though his ability extends to every branch of the legal profession. In personal character, Judge Hood is a man of liberal and generous disposition, of fine social qualities, gifted with a mind naturally acute, and with energy and perseverance. Physically, he is a fine specimen of manhood, nearly six feet in height, looking much younger than he really is, and with a robust and vigorous constitution capable of enduring any amount of labor. Mr. Hood has won his way to his present standing at the bar by his own efforts, unaided by any outside influence or adventitious combination of circumstances. [Source: "An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys." (1875) - tr. By Stephanie Thornton]

Matthias Huth
Huth, Matthias was born in 1825 in Bieber, Hesse, Germany, the third of three children born to Adam Huth and Margaret Weigend. In 1836 the family came to America, landing in Baltimore and proceeding directly to Monroe County, IL. They settled in Red Bud and engaged in farming. Matthias learned the trade of blacksmithing, which augmented his farming. In 1847 he married Hannah Mehrs, a native of Hanover, Germany. The couple had ten children, five who survived to adulthood: Charles, Frederick, August, Anna, and Rosa. (1875)


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