William C. Skiles

From: "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Illustrated 1908, edited by Newton Bateman, LL. D. and Paul Selby, A. M., Volume II, Schuyler County", edited by Howard F. Dyson, pages 929-930, a Reprinted by Stevens Publishing Company, Astoria, Illinois 61501, 1970, is sold by the Schulyer County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Skiles, William C. - the stern and substantial qualities which have inspired and accomplished successful pioneering in all places and stages of the world’ progress, were manifest in the Skiles family at a very early period of the history of America, and ever since have spelled success and honor for the numerous members widely scattered over this broad continent and especially well represented in Schuyler County, to which the first arrival came in the middle ‘twenties {1820s}.  Of the latter-day exponents of honorable and useful living, one of the best known and most successful is William C. Skiles, owner of a farm in Section 14, Browning Township, in which township he was born October 1, 1844, a son of Moses and Mary (Luttrell) Skiles, natives of Kentucky.  Mr. Skiles’ grandsires were soldiers in the Revolutionary War, the paternal grandfather coming to Schuyler County, Ill., from Missouri, the maternal grandparents arriving from the south.  Both were with General Jackson at the battle of Horseshoe Bend, both practiced agriculture with excellent results in Schuyler County, and both lived to the ripe age of ninety years.  The grandmother Luttrell was a remarkable woman, and attained the age of 102 years.  During the early settlement of the county she had many of thrilling experiences with the Indians.  Her husband first settled in Browning Township, but later moved to the upland and the first yoke of oxen he used in the township was loaded him by the father Skiles.  His daughter, Mary Luttrell, was the second wife of Moses Skiles, and the mother of two sons and one daughter, of whom James Skiles is a retired farmer of Nebraska, and the daughter is the widow of Thomas Tracy, of Schuyler County.  The first wife of Moses Skiles was formerly a Mrs. Swazey, whom he married in Missouri, and who’s son, T. J. {Thomas Jefferson} Skiles now lives in Browning, Ill.  The third Mrs. Skiles in girlhood was known as Melinda Lynch, who became the mother of five children: Verna, widow of James Mitchell of Browning; Rosa, widow of Martin Glover, of Astoria, Ill.; Moses is a farmer of Browning Township; Lewis died in Nebraska at the age of thirty years; David L., Charles C. and George, all three, deceased.
  William C. Skiles’ mother died when he was about seven months old. And he was the taken to the home of his maternal grandparents with whom he remained until attaining his majority.  His youth was filled with hard work and responsibility, but he managed to acquire a practical common school education, upon which he has built by research of later years.  In 1861 he was united in marriage with Margaret J. Price, daughter of Permenius Price, a native of Tennessee, with whom he started housekeeping on the old Luttrell farm, where seven of their children were born to them, one being born before the breakout of the war.  Of these, William is a farmer of Littleton Township {Schuyler County}; Mary is the wife of L. Parker, of Browning Township, and has seven children: James I. Is a farmer of Browning Township; Amanda (deceased) was the wife of John Stambaugh; Thomas is a farmer in Fulton County; and Ross is a resident of Peoria, Ill. The mother of this family died in 1875, and in 1889 Mr. Skiles married Mrs. Maria Perkins, born in Schuyler County, July 3, 1850, daughter of Elijah Wisdom, who came as a boy from Tennessee in 1827.  Mr. Wisdom still is living with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Skiles, the only survivor of fourteen children, which his mother reared among the crudest of surroundings, never owning or using a cook stove, or any artificial light save a tallow dip.  Mr. Wisdom has two children living, Mrs. Skiles and Fannie, wife of Charles Hendricks, of Quincy, Ill.  He was a member of the Eighty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.  He is now eighty-four years old, his wife having died in 1871 {this sentence is confusing - think it Elijah Wisdom}.  Mrs. Skiles has been thrice married, her first husband being Allen Robertson, by whom she had four children; Curtis, of Browning Township; James of Beardstown; William, of Browning Township; Carrie, wife of Ernest Skiles, of Browning Township.  The father of Allen Robertson {should be “The father, Allen Robertson”} was a soldier in Company C, Third Missouri Cavalry, during the Civil War, and his death occurred in February, 1877.  The second husband was H. P. Perkins, who was a soldier in the Third Illinois Cavalry, during the Civil War, and died in 1889, leaving one daughter, Wealthy, now deceased, who was the wife of B. F. Lancaster.  Mr. and Mrs. Skiles have a daughter, Fannie, now in school.
  After his last marriage Mr. Skiles took charge of his farm of forty acres on Section 16 in Browning Township, where he has a comfortable home within half a mile of where he was born, and where he been engaged in general farming and stock raising.  He is a Democrat politically and has held a number of local offices, including that of member of the Board of Supervisors.  Mr. Skiles is a man of firm character and excellent judgment, and well sustains the reputation for integrity and usefulness established in the dawn of the county’s history by the sires on both sides of his family.
  { } are corrections by Sara Hemp

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