Catherine Whited Saunders
Catherine Saunders, who has kept
a little store for years at La Grange, Brown county,
Illinois, is the widow of John Saunders, and was born in
Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, in 1826. Her father, John
Whited, and her mother, Mary Sheckler, were the same place
in Pennsylvania. Her husband was from Maryland. Mrs.
Saunders is the fourth child of a family of eleven. As her
parents were poor, Mrs. Saunders has had no educational
advantages, but has worked hard from early childhood. She
was married at the age of twenty-three to William Thomas,
with whom she lived ten years, bearing him four children,
all of whom have died. In 1855, she came West to this part
of Brown county, where she has lived the most of the time.
She was married a second time when she was thirty-four years
old, to George Welbourn, of England. By this marriage, there
were two children, one of whom died in infancy, the other at
eighteen years of age. Mr. Welbourn died in 1862, aged
thirty-two years, of congestive chills. She was married to
her last husband, John Saunders, of Virginia. By this
husband, she had one daughter: Lizzie, now Mrs. John Cisco.
Her husband is a native of Ohio, and a farmer by occupation,
working by the day. They live at home with her mother. She
received a good education at the public schools, and now
conducts the store for her aged mother. Mrs. Saunders has
seen some hard times in her life, but she has bravely met
her troubles and conquered them. She owns her little home
and store, which are nestled under the hill on the banks of
the Illinois river, where she has done a snug little
business, paying as she went. Mrs. Saunders is not wealthy,
but she owes no one, and expects to finish her days here
happily. She is a good and worthy woman, and deserves much
praise for the way in which she has supported herself,
keeping out of debt as she has.
Biographical Review of Cass,
Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois
Publication date 1892
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