From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 284-285, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
John Unland, of Beardstown, a practical farmer and stock-raiser,
was born in Hanover Germany, July 30, 1833. He was young when he came
to this country with his father, Rev. Casper H. Unland. The latter grew
up a farmer, was well educated and became early in life interested in
religion and while yet a young man began to exhort and preach
experimental religion. For this he was persecuted by the State church.
He married Maria Calres in Hanover, and, after the birth of eight
children, to better their condition they set out for the United States.
They left on a sailing vessel October 20, 1844, and landed in New
Orleans after a journey of eleven weeks. They landed in Beardstown in
the latter part of January, 1845, which was very remarkable, as the
river is usually frozen at that time. They settled near Bluff Springs,
on what is now known as the Tom Clark farm. After five years Mr. Unland
sold, and purchased land five miles northwest of Arenzville, where he
lived and died at the age of eighty-one years, his death occurring
March 8, 1890. He was prominent in Cass county as a farmer and
Methodist preacher, a good, noble man, a Republican, and the only one
of his family who came to this country.
John is the second child of a family of thirteen, of whom nine
are married and all have families. He remained at home until he became
of age and was married in this county to Elizabeth Christianer, born in
Germany. She came with her parents when but three years old to
Beardstown. Her father, Yost Christianer, died at the age of eighty,
and her mother died about the age of eighty, also. The name of the
latter was Gustling. She and her husband were members of the Methodist
Church and old settlers and good people of Cass county. Mrs. Unland was
carefully reared by good parents. She is the mother of seven living
children: George married Nancy Henners and is a farmer in Morgan
county; Lucinda a widow with two children, lives with her father; Mary
Higginson lives near Philadelphia, Cass county; and Nattie, Frank,
Henry and William (the twins) live at home.
Mr. Unland has lives in this county since 1845 and has been one
of its good citizens. He has lived on the farm, except three years, and
he has put in all the improvements. He purchased it in June, 1860, and
settled there in 1861. He has 200 acres in section 17, township 18,
range 11, and his good farm buildings and fine improvements show that
he thoroughly understands his business. He and his wife are both active
members of the Methodist Church, of which Mr. Unland has been
Class-leader since his twentieth year. He is a licensed exhorter. He is
a sound Republican, but no office seeker.
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