From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 536-537, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Angus McPhail was born in Glasgow, Scotland, April 25, 1810. His
father, Angus, was born on the island of Mull, and served an
apprenticeship in Glasgow, to the trade of haberdasher. He then went
into business for himself, but was not successful, losing all he had.
He then decided to come to America, and try his fortune in the new
world. His son, Angus, sent money to defray the expenses of his parents
to America in 1844. He spent his last days in Lee township, and died
aged eighty-four years. His wife's name was Jane, daughter of James and
Flora (McVicker) Crawford. She was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, and
died at the home of our subject. Her father was born in Renfrewshire,
Scotland, and descended from the early settlers of that place who fled
from France during the time of the persecution by the Roman Catholics.
He was a sailor, and followed the sea many years. He fell from the
mast, finally, and was killed. His wife passed her entire life in
Scotland. The mother of our subject reared seven children: Archibald,
Jane, and our subject, were the only ones that came to America.
Angus was reared in Glasgow, and served six years'
apprenticeship to the tailor's trade, and then did journey work in
different parts of Great Britain. He came to America in 1835, and
stopped in New York a few weeks, and then made his way to Toronto,
there bought property and opened a shop, continuing at his trade until
1837. Early in the spring of 1838, he left for the States by a
roundabout route, and at last reached St. Louis, which then contained
but 2,000 people. He stopped there a short time, and then came on to
Beardstown, a from there to Rushville, and here opened a shop where he
conducted his business until 1840, and then went to Mt. Sterling, and
there opened a shop and continued until 1850. He then moved to the farm
he now owns, and has since been engaged in farming.
He was married in Glasgow, in 1833, to Mary Crawford, born in
Scotland, who died in 1852. He was married a second time in 1855, to
Jane McCaskill, born in Sangamon county, Illinois, February 26, 1828.
Her father, Daniel, was born in North Carolina, and his father, John,
was born in Scotland, and coming to America settled in North Carolina,
and then went to South Carolina, where he died. The father of Mrs.
McPhail went to Indiana when a young man, and studied medicine, and
continued practicing there. He then became one of the pioneers of
Sangamon county, Illinois. He practiced medicine in that county until
1835, and then took eighty acres of Government land in Pea Ridge
township, and bought 240 acres more in the same township. He remained
there until his death, at the age of fifty-nine. The maiden name of the
mother was Esther Turner, the daughter of Archibald Turner, a native of
Ireland, who died at the home of the family in Pea Ridge Township.
Mr. and Mrs. McPhail have four living children: Daniel, William,
Archibald John and Flora Ellen. He has also four living children by his
first wife: Mary, Catherine, James and Scotland. They are members of
the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, and he is a Republican.
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