From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 256-257, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Hiram Jaques was born in Schoharie county, New York, August 17,
1814. He was the son of Jesse and Maria (Boice) Jaques. They both died
in New York. They had twelve children, but only one or two are living.
Hiram remained at home with his parents until their death, when he
worked by the month until the spring of 1837, when he came to Illinois
by the Ohio, Mississippi and Illinois rivers, with one of his brothers
and two neighbors. They first built a mill race, working it by day,
month or job for two years, and then took an interest in a saw and
grist mill, and later bought it all and 200 acres of land.
Mr. Jaques was married in 1838 or 1839, to Nancy Reeves of
Kentucky, where her father and mother were early settlers. They had
very few neighbors, but there was an abundance of wild game. Mr. Jaques
has lived on the farm he first purchased ever since his marriage,
except two or three years. He first built a log house in which they
lived until the present one was built.
They have had nine children, four of whom are yet living:
Louisa, wife of Dr. Scanland (see sketch); Alma, married, and has one
child; he served four years during the late war, was wounded three
times, and now resides at Colorado Springs; Nephi Jaques served in the
Tenth Illinois Cavalry two years and has since died, leaving two
children; Rachel, who married Mr. Scanland, and has three children
living; George, married, and has two children; Wallace W., married.
Mr. Jaques has always been an Andrew Jackson Democrat, and now
votes the People's ticket, as he is now a member of that party,
although he voted for Andrew Jackson. He has been engaged in general
farming all his life, and he and his wife are greatly respected by all
who know them.
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