From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; page 181, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing
Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical
Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Cyrus Horrom dates his birth in Dearborn county, Indiana,
September 4, 1820. His father, Benjamin Horrom, was born in New York
state, and when a young man moved to Ohio. A few years later he
continued his way westward, and took up his abode in Dearborn county,
Indiana, where he lived till December, 1828. At that time he started
with his wife and nine children for Illinois, making the removal with
ox teams, and landing in Cass county the following March. Here he
entered a tract of Government land in township 18, range 10, and
erected a log house. The maiden name of his wife was Sarah Austin, she
being a native of the same locality in which her husband was born. They
reared their children, and on the home farm the parents died.
Cyrus Horrom was eight years of age at the time the family moved
to Illinois. At the time Central Illinois was sparsely settled, and in
the northern part of the State the only inhabitants were Indians. Game
of all kinds was plenty throughout the State, and the people dressed in
homespun. Little of the land in Cass county had been entered, most of
it belonging to the Government. The means of transportation being
limited, farm produce necessarily brought a low price. Corn was ten
cents per bushel, good steers sold at half a cent per pound, and pork
brought seventy-five cents per hundred pounds.
Mr. Horrom lived with his parents till he reached his majority.
He then went to Marshall county and worked on a farm three months.
Returning to Cass county, he rented land of his father, and in 1845
settled on the farm he now owns and occupies. This farm is located on
section 17, contains 145 acres, and is well improved with good
Mr. Horrom was married in 1845, to Mary J. Briar, a native of
Pennsylvania, and a daughter of James and Mary (Davis) Briar. Joseph
Briar, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume, is a brother
of hers. Mr. and Mrs. Horrom have seven children living, viz: John H.,
Matilda J., Mary E., William H., Martha Ellen, Preston W., and Cora
Alice. Charles, Addie, Millard and George A. are deceased.
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