From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler, and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 134-135; a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Zebulon Allphin resides on section twenty-two, Huntsville
Township, and is not only a prosperous farmer, but a specimen of 1835,
born in Boone county, Kentucky, July, 1832. His father Reuben
Allphin, was a native of Kentucky in 1801, and was the son of Zebulon
Allphin, born in Virginia, but emigrated to Kentucky, where he died at
the age of ninety-six years. He had nine children, of whom two
are still living: William, Dollie, Jackson, Luke, Shelton, Ransom,
Rebecca, Nancy and Reuben. All came to Schuyler county
except Dollie and Ransom, who removed to Kentucky. Father of the
subject was a small boy when the family removed to Kentucky and was
reared a farmer and overseer on his father's plantation. He
married Susan Brumbeck. She was born in Virginia in 1800.
In 1835 they came to Illinois and settled at Camden. Some time
after they settled on section ten, Huntsville township, where he
purchased a claim. In 1840 he removed to Rushville and remained
five years, when he enlisted in the Mexican war. In 1848 he came
to McDonough county. In 1850 he returned to Schuyler county, and
after the Civil war went to St. Joseph, Missouri, where he pursued
farming until 1870. He then returned to Schuyler county and
passed his remaining years with his children. His wife died in
1852. They had eight children: William, Zarilda Thornhill, Sarah
Hills, Henry, James, George W., Zebulon, and Susan Brumbeck. The
parents were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The
father is buried in Rushville and the mother in Huntsville. Mr.
Allphin was a Democrat, and held local offices. He was reasonably
successful as a farmer, notwithstanding he was an uneducated man.
Zebulon was but three years old when he came to Schuyler county
and lived with the family until he married. He was educated at
the district schools.
He was married in 1852, to Mary L. Calvin, daughter of Samuel
and Phoebe Calvin, native of Ohio. After marriage Mr. Allphin
settled where he now resides and soon purchased 160 acres of unimproved
land. He has since resided on the same, and now owns over 240
acres of land. He is a general farmer, dealing in live
stock. Mr. and Mrs. Allphin have eight children: William C.
resides in Carthage, Missouri; James Henry resides in Huntsville
township; Addie, wife of Frank Seward, resides in Huntsville
township; Cornelia, wife of Harvey Hoover of Clark county, Missouri;
George M., at home; Leonidas, of Huntsville; and Jessie, at home.
Mr. Allphin is a Democrat in politics. He has been
Supervisor several times and has held minor offices. His wife
died February 25, 1890. She was a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. Mr. Allphin is a member of Huntsville Lodge,
No.465, A. F. & A. M. He has made all his property himself.
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