Zuare E. Main

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; page 318, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Zuare E. Main was born on the farm he now owns, section 16, township 18, range 11 west, Cass county, March 30, 1849. He was reared and educated in the county, and has a fine and well improved farm of 167 acres, and forty acres in timber, and has a fine home in this county also. His grandfather was Joshua, who was born, lived and died in Willington township, Connecticut. He died at about the age of ninety, coming of English parents and was a prominent farmer in his township. His wife's name was Jerusha Lee, who lived and died in Connecticut. They were good religious people, and raised a large family. The father of our subject, Loderick L. Main, was born near Stafford Springs, Connecticut, in 1796, grew up to the carpenter's trade, and later was a seaman for a few years. After that he came to Ohio, settling near burton, and there married Ann E. Beard, of New York State. In 1837 they came to Illinois, and settled on a farm now owned by our subject, Zuar Main, east of Beardstown. Here Mrs. Main died, in the prime of life, in 1838, leaving several children: Amos B., Lucy Ann, Curtis, Lewis and Myron. Mr. Main married a second time, in Cass county, Sarah Calef, born near Lebanon, New Hampshire, and came when a young woman with her sister to Cass, and was married in 1840 to Mr. Loderick Lee Main. Her death occurred October 25, 1873, at the age of sixty-six. Mr. Main, (Loderick Lee) died t the same place in 1883. He was one of the well known settlers of this county, and he and his wife were strong Methodists. Our subject is one of five children. Zuar E. Main (fourth child), Ann E., Luther, Mary, Daniel L. (fifth child).
  He was married in this county to Ellen McKean, born and reared in the county. Her parents were John and Nancy (Childress) McKean, natives of West Virginia. They were married at Charlestown, West Virginia, and started on a wedding tour to the West, early in the ‘30s, settling in Monroe precinct, Cass county. On this they lived and died, he at the age of sixty two and she forty seven. They were well known good people. McKean was a native of Pennsylvania, and was reared in Ohio and married in West Virginia. He was the father of nine children, of whom six are yet living.
  Mrs. Main is a smart, intelligent mother of three children; two are deceased, - Minta and Lucas A. Miss Minnie, a bright young lady and a good girl, is the only child living. Mr. and Mrs. Main attend the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Main is a sound Republican. He is a member of the order of Masons and of the A.O.U.W., and is a very good citizen.

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