From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 381, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill, 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William L. Demaree is a native of Rushville township, having
been born there June 7, 1858, and while a young man is a successful
farmer, and one who enjoys the confidence and the respect of his
friends and neighbors. His father, Ludwell H. Demaree, was born in
Mercer county, Kentucky, and his grandfather spent the last years of
his life in that State. Ludwell Demaree, after marrying in Kentucky, a
lady by the name of Martha J. Yankee, of Washington county, that State,
removed to Illinois in 1857, buying a farm in section 16, Rushville
township, where he lived until his death, in 1872. He was one of the
founders of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, in this county, and
spared neither time nor means for its advancement. His wife survived
him by sixteen years. Six of her eight children are living, viz.:
Belle, married to Leonidas Scott; Laura, married to Alexander Acheson;
William L.; John H.; Nora, married to J. C. Harrison; and George L.
William L. Demaree received his education in the schools of his
native town. Appreciating the importance and value of a good education,
he sought to improve every opportunity. He was but fourteen years of
age when his father died, and he continued as before to reside at the
home place, only leaving it at the time of his marriage, in 1883. This
event took place very happily in that year, to Rebecca Hamilton,
daughter of a worthy and esteemed couple, John and Margaret Hamilton,
and he then settled upon the farm where he now resides. In 1891, Mr.
Demaree added to his possessions by buying another farm in section 22,
Rushville township, so that he now owns 460 acres of land, all in the
township named. He carries on general farming and stock raising.
Mr. and Mrs. Demaree have two children, Dwight E. and William P.
They are earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, Mr.
Demaree being the builder of the McTyeire chapel in 1890. In politics,
Mr. Demaree is a Democrat.