Samuel Madison Horney
Biography

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, pages 848-849, a Reprinted by Stevens Publishing Company, Astoria, Illinois 61501, 1970, is sold by the Schulyer County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Horney, Samuel Madison, who is known from one end to the other of Schuyler County, Ill., as one of its most prominent and prosperous farmers, is a native of the same county, having been born in Littleton Township, May 26, 1844, a son of Leander and Jane (Crawford) Horney, North Carolinians by birth.  Samuel and Amelia (Charles) Horney, the paternal grandparents, were also natives of North Carolina.  Samuel Horney was a soldier in the in the War of 1812, and as a result of such services received a land warrant from the Government, under which he obtained 160 acres of land in Buena Vista Township, Schuyler County.  He served also in the Black Hawk War, thereby securing land in Littleton Township.  The grandparents of the maternal side, William and Melinda (Thompson) Crawford, were Kectuckians by nativity, and came form that State to Schuyler County, Ill., early in the 'thirties, settling in Littleton Township.  Leander Horney, father of Samuel M., was an infant when brought to Schuyler County by his parents.  He grew to manhood on the home farm, and in 1846 took part in the Mexican War, being wounded in the hip at the Battle of Buena Vista.  Returning home in 1848, he settled down to farming in Littleton Township, and in course of time became the owner of 1,3000 acres of land in different parts of Schuyler County.  Five Hundred acres of this property were in Littleton Township, mostly covered with timber, some of it being swamp land along the river.  He served as County Surveyor previous to 1861, holding that office twelve years.  On August 6, 1861, he enlisted for the Civil War, becoming a member of the Tenth Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry, at St. Louis, and rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He was killed in battle at Champion Hills, Miss., near Vicksburg, in May 1863, and was buried there, his body being removed after the war and laid in Thompson Cemetery, Littleton Township.  His widow made her home in the same township until her death, February 20, 1907, at the age of eighty-three.  They reared a family of three sons and four daughters.
  Samuel M. Honey was the second son of the seven children born to his parents.  He remained at home until he reached the age of 21 years, attending the district schools, and being for eight months a pupil in the select school of Mr. Marpel, at Rushville.  On attaining his majority, he began farming for himself.  Two years later he bought eighty acres in Section 30, Littleton Township, a part of it being prairie land and the rest covered with brush.  This he improved, and occupied from the spring of 1867 until the spring of 1891, selling it in the latter year and moving to a farm of eighty acres, partially improved, which he had purchased in Section 18, of the same township.  Subsequently, he bought eighty acres more in Section 19, and has since thoroughly improved the entire dimensions, with a story-and-a-half ell, and has 18-feet posts.  In the spring of 1907, he bought from his mother eighty acres of land in Section 20, which adjoins the home place.  Besides general farming, he is engaged in raising horses, cattle, and hogs, his labors being attended by profitable results.  He feeds and ships two car {railroad} loads of stock each year.
  Mr. Horney has been twice married, his first wife being Elizabeth Sellers, to whom he was wedded in September, 1866.  She was born in Littleton Township, Schuyler County, Ill., a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ritchie) Sellers, respectively natives of Tennessee and Pennsylvania.  Four children resulted from this union, as follows: Loren L., who is engaged in the general mercantile business in Littleton, Ill.; Harlan E., a physician residing in Van Alstyne, Tex.; S. {Samuel} Fleming, who is connected with a gocery store at Littleton, Ill.; and Eva Pearl, wife of Fred Scott, a farmer of Littleton Township.  The mother of this family died in March 1885.  In May 1887, Mr. Horney was united in marriage with Frances L. Raper, born in Littleton Township, Schuyler County, and a daughter of Cyrus and Emily (Irvin) Raper, the former being born in North Carolina and the latter, in Kentucky.  The issue of the second marriage was seven children, namely: Verna, who married Wallace Winters, a liveryman, of Littleton, Ill.; Clifford, Dana, Athel, Speed M., Merle and Clara R., who are with their parents.  In politics, Mr. Horney is identified with the Democratic party, and he and his wife maintain a high standing among the citizens of Schuyler County.


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