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Note: These are extractions, not complete transcriptions, except where noted.
If anyone would care to transcribe the originals to replace these extractions, we would be VERY grateful!


J. Perry Johnson
The Randolph County bar has no lawyer of higher standing among its members than the Hon. J. Perry Johnson. Covington, Kentucky was his birthplace, and the date October the thirty-first, 1835. His family, which was of Scotch-Irish descent, lived first in Main, moved thence to Ohio, and afterward to Kentucky. In 1836, his father removed to St. Clair county, Illinois. In 1845 Mr. Johnson, when nine years old, came to Monroe County for the purpose of attending school at Waterloo. His education was finished at St. Louis, where he attended school from eighteen to twenty, and where he also began the study of law.
At twenty-one he became a resident of Marion County, Illinois, and there followed merchandising till the year 1859, when on account of failing health he resolved to begin the practice of law. Four months were spent in reviewing his studies; he was admitted to practice, and one day the door closed on his career as a merchant and the very next opened on that of a lawyer.
For two years he maintained an office in Marion County, but the time was principally occupied in traveling. In 1861, he attended the spring term of court of Chester, and was so attracted toward the place, chiefly by reason of its rugged and romantic scenery, that he determined to make it his permanent home. Since the summer of '61, Mr. Johnson has lived in the town, and been busy with his duties as an attorney. In October,1862, he was married to Mary C. Prine. Her death occurred in December, 1866, and Mr. Johnson was again married, January 1, 1868, to Abbie F. Prine, a native of Chester.
Mr. Johnson has been one of the foremost members of the Democratic party in Randolph County. In 1863, he first canvassed the County, and addressed the people on the issues of the day. In 1864, he was made States Attorney for the second judicial district then composed of the Counties of Randolph, Monroe, Washington, Fayette, Marion, and Clinton. As a lawyer, Mr. Johnson is well versed in all branches of the profession, but he has made a special study of the law with regard to real estate. His powers of concentration are of high order, and few lawyers better understand the art of combining every circumstance and fact, and bringing them to bear on the subject under consideration, presenting his argument in a clear, logical, and concise manner. [Source: "An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys." (1875) - tr. By Stephanie Thornton]

Capt. Paul T. Jones
Jones, Capt. Paul T was born in Jackson Co, IL on 21 Nov 1834. During the CW he was in the 18th ILL Inf. After the war in 1867 he married Mary A Laird the d/o Isaac A. Their children were: Andrew (went to TX) and James M. Paul's father was Andrew Jones who married Mary Marshall. After Andrew's death Mary married George Brown. Paul's grandfather was also named Andrew, he was born in SC and moved to Jackson Co, IL. (1875)

Alfred C. Jordan
Jordan, Alfred C was born 09 Apr 1835 in Bowdoin, ME. He was a carpenter by trade. He came to RC in 1858 to Sec 13 T4 R7. On 15 Aug 1860 he married Mrs Sarah Ewing (Moore). Their children were: Samuel, John, Emma, Lizzie (d by 1875), Robert, Herbert and Lizzie. Albert's parents were Abijabt and Charity (Plummer). Abijabt was a shipwright. This Jordan family is in the direct line of Sir Robert Jordan of England who came to the US in 1640 to Cape Elizabeth, ME. (1875)





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