|S. L. Calef
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 146-147, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
S. L. Calef, one of the old representative families lives on a
fine farm on section nine, township eighteen, range eleven, where he
owns 320 acres, all well improved except a few acres, and all lying in
the familiar and famous Sangamon bottom. On this fine land he has
erected two sets of fine buildings. He came to the country in the fall
of 1844, when he was a man of small means, but in a year's time he was
able to purchase his first land of eighty acres and began to farm on
his own account. Soon after this he bought another eighty, and some
years later invested in 160 acres more, making 320 acres in all. He has
as fine land as there is in the county, and it is all paid for. He has
a comfortable bank account in addition, and is considered one of the
well-to-do men of the county. He gave up active farming some fifteen
years ago, and since that time has been taking life easy, having rented
his farm to William Coleman (see biography). Mr. Calef came to this
county and State from New Hampshire, where he was born near Plainfield,
Sullivan county, June 25, 1820. He came of New England parents, born in
New Hampshire, of English ancestry. His father, Nathaniel Calef, was a
native of Salisbury, New Hampshire, son of Benjamin Calef, who was born
in New Hampshire, and lived and died in Salisbury, New Hampshire, being
a farmer all his life. He was an old man when he died, and had always
been a prominent member of society. He married a New Hampshire lady who
lived and died there when quite old. Nathaniel Calef was married twice.
He was married for the first time to Miss Elizabeth Hall, who died on
the farm where they had settled after marriage. She left several
children, of whom John Hall Calef is still living. He is on the old
Calef farm in New Hampshire, and is an old man, aged eighty-six. His
second wife, mother of subject, was Sarah Pettengill, she having been
first married and borne a family to a Mr. Little, who died, and she
married Nathaniel Calef, to whom she proved a good and faithful wife.
She bore him our subject and a daughter, Lucinda, who became Mrs.
Harrington, and died in New Hampshire, as died her mother, both old
people. Nathaniel Calef, the oldest half-brother of the subject of this
sketch, was a soldier in the War of 1812.
Our subject was married in Cass county to Lucy A. Main. She was
born reared and educated in Geauga county, Ohio, in 1829, and came to
Illinois when young, settling on a farm in Cass county with her
parents, Lodrick and Ann Eliza (Beard) Main. They were early settlers
and improved their farm, and died when old people. They were natives of
Connecticut and went to Ohio when young, marrying in Geauga county,
from which they came to Cass County, Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs. Calef have no children, but have raised and helped
several young people. They are very well known people and have made a
host of friends for themselves during their lives in this county. Mrs.
Calef is a Methodist, and her husband is a Republican in politics.
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