From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 401-402, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Henry W. Heaton, a well know farmer of Oakland township, has
been prominently identified with the agricultural interests of this
section of Illinois for the past thirty-seven years. He was born in
Bucks county, Pennsylvania, March 9, 1830. His father, Jeffrey Heaton,
was a native of England, born in 1807, but at the age of eight years
was brought across the sea to America; he was one of a family of four
sons and four daughters. He learned the weaver's trade, of which his
father was a master, and followed this vocation several years; he
finally abandoned it, however, to take up farming in Ohio, whither he
had removed in 1836; he rented land in Jefferson county until 1849, and
then went to Fulton county, Illinois, making the trip via the Ohio and
Illinois rivers. In 1850 he purchased eighty acres, on which he located
and there passed the remainder of his days; he died in January, 1858;
he left a widow and ten children, of whom our subject is the eldest;
the mother still survives, at the age of eighty-four years; she is
living in Oakland township with her son, Thomas. One son, Simon, was
killed in battle in the war of the Rebellion; he was twenty-nine years
of age, and left a wife, one son and a daughter. Henry W. Heaton was a
youth of fifteen years when his father began farming in Ohio; at the
age of twenty-one he began the search for his own fortune.
Four years later he was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca B.
Patterson, of this county and township, a daughter of Hugh and Ellen
Patterson, natives of Ohio and Pennsylvania respectively. Mr. and Mrs.
Heaton lived in Astoria township, Fulton county, where they rented land
until 1862; in that year they bought a farm on which they lived until
1866, when they sold the place and came to Schuyler county. They bought
the old homestead, a tract of 140 acres, on which they have since
lived. They buried one daughter, at the age of two years, named Ellen;
they now have eight sons and three daughters; the eldest is
thirty-three and the youngest is eleven years of age. Their names are
as follows: William H.; Franklin H.; Sanford W.; Andrew J.; James;
Lewis E.; Cornelius, Albert, Florence R., wife of Sylvester France;
Sarah Ann, wife of George Beghtol; and Rosa.
In politics Mr. Heaton votes for the man best suited, in his
estimation, for the office in question, but favors the principles of
the Democratic party. He carries on a general farming business, raising
grain and livestock. He began life without capital, except that with
which nature had endowed him, and by industry and wise management has
accumulated a competence for coming age.
The parents of Mrs. Heaton are both deceased, the father at the
age of seventy, and the mother at seventy-two years of age.