From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 355-356, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Henry S. Savage was born in Morgan county, Illinois, April 22,
1824. His father, John Savage, was a native of New York State. He
emigrated from there to Illinois, making the journey with teams, and
becoming one of the first settlers of Morgan county. He located at
Diamond Grove, near Jacksonville, and worked at the trade of carpenter
for some time. He built the first frame house ever erected in
Jacksonville. From Morgan he came to Cass county, and settled six miles
southwest of the present site of Virginia. Here he bought a tract of
land, built a log house, and subsequently a frame one, and passed the
rest of his life on this farm. In politics he was a Whig until the
organization of the Republican party, when he identified himself with
it. He served as Sheriff of the county. His wife, Elizabeth Smith,
daughter of Guy Smith, Esq., was a native of New York. She died on the
home farm. The names of their seven children are as follows: Emily,
wife of Hon. John W. Pratt; Spencer; George; Henry; Harriet, wife of O.
J. Silverthorn; John W.; and Charles W.
Henry S. was reared and educated in Cass county. He remained on
the farm till he was sixteen, when he engaged in clerking in Virginia.
He clerked here some years and was then employed in the same capacity
in Beardstown. He subsequently purchased a farm south of Virginia, and
devoted his time to farming, residing there at the time of his death,
March 29, 1865, meeting death by accident, having been thrown from a
horse. Like his father, he was first a Whig and afterward a Republican.
January 10, 1844, he married Sarah Frances Ward, who was born in
Scott county, Kentucky, August 8, 1828. Her father, Jacob Ward, was
born in Kentucky in 1800, his parents being natives of Virginia and
pioneers of Scott county, Kentucky. Grandmother Ward died in Scott
county, and grandfather Ward afterward moved to Missouri, where he
spent his last years. Jacob Ward was reared and married in Kentucky,
and came to Illinois in 1830, making the journey overland with teams.
He located near the present site of Arcadia, where he engaged in
farming for a short time, after which he moved into the village of
Arcadia and opened a dry goods and grocery store, at the same time
operating a blacksmith and wagon shop and conducting a hotel. Indeed,
he was the proprietor of the greater portion of the business there. A
number of years later he moved to Cass county, and bought a farm three
miles south of the city of Virginia. From this he subsequently moved to
a farm on the State road, near Virginia, and was a resident there at
the time of his death. He was a prominent and influential man. He
served as Associate Judge of the county, having been elected in 1851.
The maiden name of his wife was Eliza J. Stevenson. She was born in
Kentucky, in 1807, spent her last years in Cass county, Illinois, and
died on the farm near Virginia.
Mrs. Savage was small when her parents moved to Illinois. She
remembers well the incidents of their pioneer life here, and vividly
describes the primitive log school houses with their rude furnishings.
She resided with her parents till her marriage and for some years past
has occupied a beautiful home in Virginia. She has five children
living, viz: Charles W., Edward E., Lewis L., Ella Belle and Henry S.
Charles W. married Kittie Kelly and has five children; Louise, Bertha
May, Harriet, Katie and Chase. Edward E. married Alice Heaton and has
four children: Henry H., Walter W., Bessie and Zella. Lewis L. married
Emma L. Stribling and has five children: Ada F., Charles J., Fred D.,
Lewis L. and Tom. Ella Belle is the wife of Henry W. Collins, and her
children being G. Ward and Elizabeth.
Mr. and Mrs. Savage both joined the Christian Church before their marriage.