From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 140-141, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Mrs. William Price, a resident of Rushville, Illinois, has the
honor of being one of the earliest settlers of Schuyler county,
Illinois, her parents removing there in 1826. She was born in Crawford
county, Indiana, October 8, 1816, a daughter of William and Cassie
(Frakes) McKee, whose history appears on another page of this volume.
She recalls many incidents of life on the frontier, and has not
forgotten the privations and hardships endured by those who were
courageous enough to undertake to subdue the wild land and convert it
into fertile farms. She was married at the age of sixteen years, to
William Price, a native of Tennessee, born October 8, 1809, a son of
Samuel and Beersheba (Atehily) Price; his father removed from Tennessee
to Illinois, and was a pioneer of Schuyler county; he afterward removed
to Arkansas, and lived there until after the death of his wife, when he
returned to Illinois; he spent his last years at the home of Mrs. Price
in Rushville. William Price was reared in his native State, and there
learned the trade of a blacksmith; he remained in Tennessee until 1830,
when he emigrated to Schuyler county, Illinois, where he resided until
his death. At the time of his marriage he settled on the land now
occupied by Mrs. Mary Price, which was the gift of her father; he
followed his trade, and at the same time superintended the cultivation
of his farm; he made many excellent improvements, erecting good
buildings, and bringing the land to a high state of productiveness. His
death occurred March 21, 1887.
Mrs. Price has four children living: John married Margaret Owen;
George married Emma Meadow; Agnes is the wife of Oscar B. Hite; James
F. married Nannie Bodenheimer.
In his political views Mr. Price adhered to the principles of
the Republican party. He was a man of great integrity of character, and
enjoyed the respect of all who knew him.
Note: Mrs. William Price's 1st name is Mary.