From: "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Illustrated 1908, edited by Newton
Bateman, LL. D. and Paul Selby, A. M., Volume II, Schuyler County", edited
by Howard F. Dyson, page 850, a Reprinted by Stevens Publishing Company,
Astoria, Illinois 61501, 1970, is sold by the Schulyer County Historical
Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Justus, Moses L. (deceased), for many years connected with the milling
business in Schuyler County, Ill., but who spent his last years in retirement
at Browning, same county, was born in Hancock County, December 12, 1831,
a son of George W. and Susan (Bates) Justus. The birth of Moses L.
Justus occurred while his parents were traveling by wagon to the west.
George W. Justus was born in Middle Tennessee about the year 1795, and in
1828 was married to Susan Bates, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bate,
of Kentucky. When a young man he followed the occupation of a teacher,
but in later years devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits.
They settled at Grand Island, Browning Township, Schuyler County but later,
for some time lived at Summum, Fulton County. George W. Justus became
the owner of considerable tracts of land. He died at the home of his
son, F. M. Justus, at the age of sixty-six years, his wife having passed
away one year previous to the decease of her husband.
The early life of Moses L. Justus was passed in Schuyler County, where
he received his education in the common schools. His marriage took
place in 1857, when he was united with Martha A. Steppe, a daughter of John
L. Steppe and wife, natives of Tennessee. In politics, Mr. Justus was
a supporter of the Democratic party. He was a habitual abstainer from
all intoxicating liquors, and a strong advocate of temperance principles.
His decease occurred January 30, 1908.