From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; page 563, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing
Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical
Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Nathaniel P. Meserve, a resident farmer of section 30, Lee
township, was born in Caledonia county, Vermont, March 25, 1825. His
father, Nathaniel, was a native of Barnstable, New Hampshire, born
about 1794, and died at the age of ninety-two, in Vermont.
The subject of this sketch was educated in the best New England
schools for a teacher, which profession he followed for over twenty
years, in the East and West. He taught several years in Illinois, both
before and after his marriage. He married Mary J. Meserve, a cousin who
was born in 1839. She was a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Meserve,
who were English people. The peculiar incident that led to this
marriage was romantic. After Mr. Meserve had been in Illinois some
time, he was shown a letter from this young miss, and he said to his
friend who showed it to him, "That girl shall be my wife," and sure
enough, when she came West she became his wife. They were married in
Brown county, in 1856, and settled on their present farm two years
later, first buying eighty acres and later 100 more. In 1870 they went
to Colorado Springs, where they remained six years. This move was made
partly on account of Mr. Meserve's failing health. While there he
invested in silver mines, and now owns one mine and has an interest in
another. They returned to their Illinois home. They have two children.
Ai Meserve, born in 1857, and Rosabelle, born in 1871. The son is a
farmer, and both are at home where they have enjoyed every advantage
and have improved every opportunity. Mr. Meserve is not strongly
partisan, but votes the Republican ticket. His wife is a Presbyterian,
and is an interesting lady. He is in failing health and strength, and
has retired from all business. They are both admirable people, and are
greatly esteemed by all who know them.