From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 539-540, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
John W. McClintock was born in Ireland, August 12, 1812. His
father was also John, a farmer in Ireland, who died there in middle
life, when his son was a youth. His wife was Jane Thompson, the mother
of fifteen children. She lived to be quite aged. Of this family,
Isabella came to this country first, when a young lady and her sister,
Margaret, joined her. Our subject came next, when twenty-eight years of
age, bringing his wife and two children. His wife was Eliza Hebron.
They came in 1840 on the sail ship, Sardiana, and were six weeks and
three days between Liverpool and New York. They encountered a great
storm, and for two nights they were nailed below the decks. Mr.
McClintock had $100 after paying his way. They lived first with a
farmer of Chester county, named William Webb, a grand, good man, a
Quaker. Mr. McClintock lived with him for five years, in which he had
house rent, cow and feed, free. In 1846 they went to Ohio, and two
years later he bought two acres of land, for $200, at Youngstown, Ohio.
He lived here five years, farming, and within five years he bought
eight acres in the suburbs of that village, for $166 an acre, and brush
at that! At this time there were eight railroads there. This eight
acres brought him $500 in money and 120 acres of land in Brooklyn
township. His two acres brought him $500, and he came to his present
farm home in the fall of 1871.
They have buried one son, John, who died in 1882, aged
thirty-three years. The living ones are: William, a farmer on the old
homestead; Andrew, at home; Sarah, now Mrs. James Henderson, farmers in
this township; Hugh, on an adjoining farm.
Mr. McClintock has voted the Republican ticket since Horace
Greeley ran for President. They are members of the Baptist Church, and
have given heir children a good education. Although Mr. McClintock had
only $100 when he landed in this country, he and his family now have
300 acres of land, worth $30 an acre, with no mortgage upon it. They
are worthy people and are justly proud of their success.