From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 608-610, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Ebenezer Spink, the able editor of the Sangamon Valley Times, of
Chandlerville, Illinois, was born in Mason county, this State, January
8, 1857, his parents being Ebenezer and Fannie (Baylor) Spink.
The originator of the paternal branch of the family in this
country was Daniel Spink a native of England, who emigrated to America
in middle life, settling in Rhode Island where he spent the rest of his
life. Samuel, his son, was born in Rhode Island, about 1784, and
married Ruth Slocumb, also a native of that State. Her parents were
Pelick Slocumb and Ruth (Cappes), her mother also being a native of
England, and both parents residing in Rhode Island until their death.
Both Samuel Spink and his wife resided in the State in which they were
born until their death, which occurred in 1814, at the age of thirty
years. They were the parents of four children: Washington, William,
Louise Ann and Ebenezer, the father of the subject of this sketch.
Ebenezer Spink, Sr., was born in Prudence Island, in Narragansett Bay,
Rhode Island, April 12, 1812. After the death of his father, Ebenezer
went with his mother to Wickford, on Narragansett bay, and thence to
Providence, in 1822, where he received instruction in the rudimentary
branches of education. In 1825, he left home and worked in various
localities, doing whatever he could to turn an honest penny. He finally
went to Boston, Massachusetts, where he met and married his first wife,
Juliet Nichols, their marriage taking place in 1832. Two years later,
he removed with his family to Indiana, whence they moved, in 1836, to
Kentucky. Two children, Alonzo and Melissa, were born to this marriage.
Mr. Spink, Sr., was, sometime later, separated from his wife,
and in 1843 married Fannie Baylor, an estimable lady and the mother of
the subject of this sketch. Her parents were George P. and Louise E.
(Moy) Baylor, who were married in Pennsylvania in 1823. Her father was
a native of Germany, and served twelve years in the Revolutionary war,
for which he received a large tract of land in Fulton county, this
State; her mother was a native of Pennsylvania, where she was born in
1803. They were the parents of eleven children, seven now living, their
daughter, Fannie, the mother of our subject, having been born in
Pennsylvania, July 18, 1826. The parents eventually removed from the
Keystone State to Fulton county, Illinois, where they both died, the
mother at the age of fifty-one years and the father aged seventy-two.
In 1853, Mr. Spink, Sr., removed with his wife and children to
Illinois, by boat, landing at Havana, and continued to reside in and
near that city until his death, August 14, 1892, aged eighty years,
three months, and twenty-seven days.
There were twelve children born to bless this union. Two
daughters died in infancy. The eldest, Charles H., was born in
Kentucky, February 11, 1844. He enlisted in Company B, Eighty-fifth
Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, in 1862, and was killed in the battle
at Peach Tree creek, Georgia, July 20, 1864. The remaining children are
as follows: Mary E. Haynes, of Blue Mound, Kansas; Isabelle Chambers,
of Mason City, Illinois; Joseph E., of Guthrie, Oklahoma; George W., of
Petersburg, Illinois; Clara Yates, of Havana, Illinois; Ebenezer, of
Chandlerville, Illinois; Walter W. and James W. of Havana, Illinois;
and Lilly M. Morgenstein, of Topeka, Illinois.
Ebenezer Spink, Sr., being one of the pioneer settlers of Mason
county, was well known by all the older residents, and was held in high
esteem as a neighbor and friend. In 1856 he joined the New Lebanon
Baptist Church, on Crane creek, and lived a consistent Christian life
ever afterward. Having a large family he never accumulated much
property, but was ever a most kind and indulgent father and husband.
Ebenezer Spink, Jr., whose name heads this notice, attended the
schools in his vicinity and learned the printer's trade in Havana,
Illinois. He resided in Havana until 1879, when he came to
Chandlerville and engaged in the publication of The Independent,
returning in 1881 to Havana. The following year, however, he again
removed to Chandlerville, and bought out the Independent and changed
the name to The Sangamon Valley Times, which he has ever since
continued to edit and publish.
When eighteen years of age, he was married, in Havana, Illinois,
August 8, 1875, to Miss Anna R. Morrison, an estimable lady, a native
of Havana, where she was born January 19, 1859. She was a daughter of
John and Virginia (Derry) Morrison, prominent and early settlers of
Illinois. Her paternal grandmother's people came directly from the
Emerald Isle to America, where her grandmother married Thomas Morrison.
They had four children, one of whom was John Morrison, the father of
Mrs. Spink. He was born in Pennsylvania, December 27, 1821, and came to
Illinois in an early day. He was a blacksmith, which occupation he
followed through life. He was twice married: first to Aurilla E. Jones,
July 1, 1848, and they had two children: Amelia A. and Marcus J. The
latter child was born December 27, 1852, and became a prominent man; he
died October 16, 1883. On February 16, 1853, the devoted wife and
mother died, leaving the son to the care of her husband, the daughter
having died in infancy. On December 31, 1854, the father married again,
the only child by this marriage being Mrs. Spink. The father died in
Havana, Illinois, November 25, 1859. Mrs. Spink's mother, Virginia
Derry, was born February 14, 1832, in Virginia, and was a daughter of
Jacob and Mary A. S. Baggett both natives of the Old Dominion, the
latter having been born near Alexandria, Virginia, on September 20,
1808, and died September 21, 1890. The couple were married March 14,
1834, and reared eleven children, eight of whom are now living, there
being also thirty-four grandchildren and twenty-nine
great-grandchildren. Virginia Derry's grand parents were Townsend
and ____ (Howard) Baggett, both natives of Virginia, who, as far
as known, lived and died there, surviving to an advanced age.
Mr. and Mrs. Spink have seven children: Marcus L., born in
Havana, July 21, 1877; John C., born in the same place, January 7,
1879; Ernest O., born January 23, 1881; Fay R., born February 21, 1884;
Earl M., born March 16, 1888; Flossie M., born January 8, 1890; and
Wallace, born January 31, 1892.
Mr. Spink belongs to the Republican party, casting his first
vote for General James A. Garfield, for President. The citizens of
Chandlerville have honored him with official positions several times.
He served two terms as Treasurer of the village and is a member of the
School Board. He is a prominent member of the Woodmen, and attends the
Congregational Church. Mrs. Spink is an earnest member of the Woman's
Christian Temperance Union.
It is eminently fitting that a person who wields the influence
of an editor should be of high moral character and possess the courage
to express his honest convictions, both of which are characteristics of
the subject of this sketch, and as such he deserves the commendation
which he so widely receives.
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