From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 213-214, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William T. Treadway came to Cass county (then Morgan) with his
parents in 1829. He was the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Anderson)
Treadway, natives of Maryland, raised near Baltimore. They moved from
there after marriage, to Hamilton county, Ohio, and from there to this
county. The family is English-Scotch. They had eight children, of whom
the subject was the fourth; only three are living, and he is the
oldest. They are Edward, Owens and Elizabeth. The parents died here and
are interred in the Monroe cemetery.
William was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, August 22, 1819,
hence was ten years old when he became a resident of Cass County.
Sixty-three years of his life have been spent in this county, forty-one
of them on his present farm. He was educated in the subscription
schools, grew to manhood a farmer, and followed that occupation all his
life. He is now enjoying the fruit of his early industry, and is living
a retired life. During his residence in this county Mr. Treadway has
witnessed a wonderful transformation from a wilderness to a populous
and prosperous community. His farm in this precinct was partly improved
when he bought it, and this was his first real estate in the county,
though he spent about twenty-one years here before this purchase. He is
a Democrat in politics, and has held the various county and precinct
offices. He owns 290 acres of tillable land, has a good house and fair
improvements. His farming is divided between grain and stock raising.
The Treadway family has always been noted as a robust race, always
enjoying long lives, and have been represented in America for six
He was married in this county, in 1850, to Mary McHenry, who has
borne him nine children, all living: Jacob, Margaret, Mary, Nancy,
James, John, Louisa, Joseph and Jefferson. Two daughters and one son
are unmarried. The others are all married and are farmers, except
Joseph, who is in the agricultural business at Virginia City. Mrs.
Treadway died in 1879, and her husband is still unmarried.