From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 172, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Williams D. Scoggan was born in Lee township, Brown county,
Illinois, December 28, 1843. His father was Isham Scoggan, born 1807,
in Shelby county, Kentucky. He was the son of William Dotson Scoggan,
who settled in Kentucky at a very early day, living to be a very old
man, rearing seven children. Isham was the eldest son and on coming to
this county he bought 320 acres of land and in 1839 brought his wife
and two children. They made this journey by team. Some eight or ten
years later his brothers and one sister came, and with them the aged
father and mother. The mother of our subject was his father's second
wife and was named Eliza Jane Arnold. Her parents were Kentucky farmers
who lived and died there, leaving a family of nine children. The father
of Mr. Scoggan died September 8, 1861, in his fifth-seventh year,
leaving 700 acres of land and other property. The mother, in her
seventy-eighth year, is still living, but is in feeble health.
William received a common school education and was reared to a
farm life. He is now engaged in stock farming, raising great numbers of
cattle and horses. He has from 150 to 200 head of stock. His land is
very fertile and he is able to raise upon it corn, wheat, oats and hay
and, as it is rolling and has natural drainage, he has not been obliged
to do much tilling.
He was first married in Kansas, in 1875, but he lost his wife
and one child within two years. He was at that time a farmer of Labette
county, and remained there nine years. He owned 320 acres, which he
sold and then returned to Illinois to the old homestead. His present
wife was Susie Long, a native of Morgan county, Illinois, and daughter
of Andrew and Lizzie (Buckton) Long. He was married September 30, 1891.
Mrs. Scoggan is a Methodist, his mother a Missionary Baptist, his niece
a Campbellite, and he himself represents the outside world, supporting
them all. He is an ardent Republican.