From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 404-405, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Captain William N. Mumford of Mound Station, Illinois, was born
in Nova Scotia, January 24, 1824. His father, William, was a farmer of
that country who lived and died there, having reared nine children. The
mother of these was Jane McHattie, of Scotch parentage. The grandfather
of the subject was George Mumford of Rhode Island, who died at an
advanced age in Nova Scotia.
The Captain grew up a farmer boy with only the common schooling
of the period. In his twenty-third year he left home and came to New
York city, and from there went on to Alpine depot on the Baltimore
& Ohio in Morgan county, West Virginia, where he taught in the
public schools. He had experience in his own neighborhood and after
that as assistant in a grammar school at Halifax. After closing his
three months' term in Morgan county he engaged in a general store as
salesman. He brought little money with him, hoping to improve his
financial condition. He remained two years in the store, then went to
St. Louis and on to Mount Pleasant, Illinois, where he engaged as clerk
for S. C. Raymond. While here he was married to Mary Jane Davis,
daughter of John and Charlotte (Sears) Davis, both natives of Illinois.
In 1861 they moved to Mound Station, then just started, the railroad
being just completed. He clerked here until August, 1862, when he
enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and Nineteenth Illinois Volunteer
Infantry, being unanimously chosen Captain. In September his regiment
was organized, Colonel Kinney commanding. The Captain remained on duty
for two years, when he was discharged for physical disability at
Memphis, Tennessee, and came home to his wife and two little boys at
this place. He and his family went on a visit to his Nova Scotia home,
but before he reached there his father had died, aged eighty-two years.
A striking coincidence in this family is that six of his father's
brothers and sisters, including himself, died at the age of eighty-two
years. The mother died at the age of eighty-four years. They have three
children, Augustus, now practicing physician at Kendall, Minnesota;
William, a lawyer at Pittsfield, Illinois, and Charlotte, a wife of J.
W. Moore, now residing in Chicago, conducting a stock and commission
business. The Captain was Postmaster here under Presidents Arthur and
Harrison, but as he is in failing health his step-daughter, Mrs.
Deering, acts for him. He buried his first wife June 16, 1868, and was
married April 4, 1869, to Mrs. Rebecca Poe, the widow of T. J. Poe and
the daughter of the Rev. Granville Bond, a Methodist preacher, well and
favorably known in this county. Mrs. Mumford was the widow of T. J.
Poe. The Captain is an Episcopalian, but both his wives attended the
Methodist Episcopal Church of which the present wife has been an active
member for fifty years. Mrs. Mumford has three children of her own and
all the family relations are most harmonious and affectionate. A better
citizen, neighbor, father or husband could not be found.