From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 193-194, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Andrew J. Hedgcock, a prosperous farmer and esteemed citizen of
Schuyler county, Illinois, was born in Davidson county, North Carolina,
November 25, 1831, and is a son of John and Temperance (Bodenhamer)
Hedgcock. Three generations of the family were born in the old North
State; the subject of this sketch, his father, John, and his
grandfather, Elisha. The originator of the family in that State was
Elisha's father, John, who removed to North Carolina from within
sixteen miles of Baltimore, Maryland. This was about six years before
the Revolutionary war. William, an older brother of John's, was a
soldier in that war; and it is more than probable that John also fought
with the Colonies for independence. Elisha, son of John, spent his
whole life in North Carolina. He had four sons, all dead but one. His
son, John, a farmer, removed to Illinois in 1834, with his wife and
three children. The long trip was made overland with a one-horse wagon,
and consumed about eight weeks. He at first settled near Rushville, but
afterward removed to Birmingham township, where he bought seventy-nine
acres of wild land. On this he built a log cabin, 16 x 18 feet, in
which his family lived for sixteen or eighteen years. He then erected a
nice frame house, where he resided until his death, at the age of
seventy-five years. He was well and favorably known in his community,
and was sincerely mourned by many friends. In politics, he was
originally a Whig, but joined the Republican party on its organization.
He was a devout church member, and interested in all good works. His
worthy wife died on the same farm, aged fifty-five years.
Andrew is one of the eight children, seven of whom are yet
living, nearly all in this county. He remained on the old farm until he
was twenty-two years old working with his father at the cooper trade,
and attending the subscription school. He married early in life, and
rented a farm for two years, but at the end of that time he bought
eighty acres that were but little improved, on which he built a log
house. Here they lived for four years and then he replaced the old
house by a neat frame one. He has 520 acres now, and it is divided into
several as good farms as are in the county, all having fine farm houses
and buildings upon them. Mr. Hedgcock has always been a strong
Republican in politics, and voted for John C. Fremont. He and his wife
are prominent members of the Congregational Church, he having joined in
He was married April 17, 1855, to Miss Martha P. Hall, of
Iredell county, North Carolina. She is the daughter of Robert S. and
Annie (King) Hall. Her parents were married in 1819 and came to
Illinois in the spring of 1835, for the purpose of freeing their
slaves, of whom they had some eleven or twelve by inheritance, which
they succeeded in doing after several years of trouble and expense.
They had ten children. Mr. Hall was a good man, and always acted up to
his convictions of right and wrong. He lived in Indiana for some time
and then returned to Illinois, and died here at the age of seventy-two.
The whole family were very prominent wherever they lived.
Mr. and Mrs. Hedgcock had eight children, seven of whom are
still living: Robert S., born February 28, 1856, married Laura Balton,
and they have three children; Mary J., born September 10, 1857, married
Albert S. Glass, and they have one child; John F., born November 3,
1861, married Anna E. Wade, and they have four children. He is Township
Treasurer, to which office he was elected in 1886. He is a farmer, and
resides on his own farm. The fourth child, Bessie E., born June 14,
1864, married George Dorsett, and they have one child; Matilda A., born
September 25, 1866, and Anna E., born May 16, 1875, are both at home.
Lillie E., born November 8, 1870, married William E. Dorsett, September
All but two of the children have been at Plymouth High school,
of which three are graduates. Most of the family are active in church
work, and the occupation of them all is farming and stock raising. This
is a family of whom the county may well be proud.