From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 240-241, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Flavius C. Price, one of the oldest of the native born settlers
of Mount Sterling, was born December 12, 1838. His father, William D.
Price, was born in Kentucky, near Leesburg, July 17, 1817. Grandfather
of subject, William D. Price, was born in Virginia, and removed from
there to Kentucky, being one of the pioneers of that state. He spent
his last years at Lexington. He served in the war of 1812, and was
taken prisoner by the British.
Father of subject was reared in Kentucky, and came from there to
Illinois about 1833, and located in that part of Schuyler county now
included in Brown county. He entered a tract of Government land on
section 2, built a log house, and at once commenced to improve a farm.
He was a resident there till his death, which occurred in 1848. The
maiden name of mother of our subject was Eliza A. Taylor. She was born
in Fayette county, Kentucky, October 17, 1817, daughter of John and
Elizabeth Taylor. Her parents came from Kentucky to Morgan county in
1832, and thence to Brown county in 1834. Mother of subject died
February 1, 1871.
Subject was reared and educated in his native township. When his
parents settled here, and for years afterward, the country was but
little improved, and deer, turkeys, wolves and other game abounded. He
attended the pioneer schools. These were taught in a log house, the
seats made of slabs, one side hewn smooth, and wooden pins for legs.
There were no desks, but holes bored in the wall, pins inserted, and a
plank laid on them served as a desk for the larger pupils.
He continued to reside with his mother on the farm till 1862,
when, August 8, he enlisted in Company D, One Hundred and Nineteenth
Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The regiment was organized at Quincy, in
October, and was one of the most active regiments in the army. He was
with the regiment in all its various marches, campaigns and battles.
The most important battles were the siege and capture of Fort de
Russey, Pleasant Hill, Yellow Bayou, Nashville, Tennessee, and Forts
Spanish and Blakely. He was discharged with the regiment and returned
home, and resumed farming till 1882, on the lot where he now resides in
section 1, Mount Sterling.
He was married May 10, 1861, to Narcissa Wilson. She was born in
Brown county, Illinois, daughter of James L. Wilson. She died August 9,
1886. He was again married on October 23, 1887, to Miss Nancy Sullivan;
she was born in Scotland county, Missouri. He has one child living by
his first marriage, Julia E., and by second marriage, one daughter,
Calista. Julia E. married Wm. Jones, of Scott county, and has one
Our subject is a Republican in politics. He and his wife are
both members of the Christian Church, as also was the first wife.