From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois
1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; page
326-327; a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold
by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Liberty G. Persinger, one of the most prominent farmers of Woodstock
township, was born in Alleghany county, Virginia, June 6, 1831, a son of
Allen and Paulina (Peters) Persinger. Allen Persinger was a native
of Virginia, born in Alleghany county, and resided there until he was twenty-three
years of age. He then emigrated to Ilinois, accompanied by his wife
and one child; the journey was made from Virginia in a one-horse wagon, and
when he arrived his capital amounted to $25 in cash. He went to work
with a will, and began the task of placing a tract of wild land under cultivation.
He afterward sold this, and entered eighty acres on another section; to this
he added as his means increased, until at one time he owned several hundred
acres. He built a log cabin in which he lived four years, and then
erected another one of more pretentious size, in which he died at the age
of seventy-four years; His wife passed her last days in the same house.
Politically, he was closely identified with the early history of the county
and State; he held many local offices, and represented his county in the
Illinois State Legislature. Liberty G. Persinger, who is named for
the old Revolutionary General, Liberty Green, remained with his parents until
he was twenty-one years of age. He was then married to Elizabeth Tharpe,
a native of Illinois, and a daughter of Jonathan and Anna Tharpe, who were
born in North Carolina and were early settlers of Schuyler county.
To Mr. and Mrs. Persinger have been born eleven children: ten of whom are
living; all are married: WilliamL. had five children; Paulina has five children;
Anna C. has three children: Cornelia J. is the mother of three children;
Naomi has two children; Louis M. is the father of two children; Allen J.
has a family of two children; Elmer E. and Edward have no children; Estella
is the mother of one child.
After his marriage, Mr. Persinger rented the land which he now owns;
he lived in a little log cabin for a year, and then erected another in which
he resided eight years; he then built his present home. He has 300
acres under good cultivation, 111 of which he inherited from his father's
estate. He carries on a general farming business, and has met with
more than ordinary success. The land was originally heavily timbered,
and has required no small amount of energy and labor to reduce it to a state
Mrs. Persinger is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Our subject takes no active interest in polities further than to discharge
his duty as a citizen by casting his suffage, which is with the Republican
party. He is a man of superior business qualifications and unquestioned
honor and integrity.