R.J. Coultas, MD
Coultas, R. J., M. D., Mattoon, Ill., was born in Scott County, Ill., July 19, 1864, the son of T. F. and Elizabeth Coultas, natives of England and Scotland, who came to Virden, Macoupin County, about 1870. R. J. Coultas received his education in the common and high schools of Virden with a course in Illinois College at Jacksonville, from which institution he graduated in 1887. He then attended the medical department of the University of Michigan, and spent some time in Bellevue Hospital, New York City. After graduating in July 1890, he began practice in Mattoon. He took a postgraduate course in the New York Post-Graduate Medical College in 1893, and has made a specialty of eye, throat and ear diseases. On August 12, 1892, Dr. Coultas was married to Miss C. L. Voigt, of Mattoon. In his political affiliations he is a Republican. He is a member of the Coles County Medical Society, Aesculapian Medical Society and Illinois State Medical Society, and is Special Examiner for the United States Pension Department for eye and ear complaints. [Source: "History of Coles County, Illinois"; By Charles Edward Wilson, 1905]
Edward Chilton Craig
A well-known and successful lawyer of Mattoon, Coles County, Ill., was born in Mattoon April 7, 1872, the son of James W. and Mary (Chilton) Craig, the former of whom was born in Morgan Township, Coles County, and the latter in Scott County, Ill. In early youth Mr. Craig was a pupil in the Mattoon high school, from which school he was graduated in 1889. He afterward attended the University of Illinois, where he obtained his degree in 1893 and subsequently pursued a course in the law department of Harvard University. He was admitted to the bar in January, 1896, and has practiced law in Mattoon since that time with constantly increasing success. On November 9, 1890, Mr. Craig was united in marriage with Fanny Ione Dilley, of Dallas, Tex., who was born in Shelbyville, Ill. Mrs. Craig is a graduate of Mary's Institute, at St. Louis. One child has been born to them, namely: George Mansfield Craig. On political issues Mr. Craig coincides with the policies of the Democratic party. He represented his ward for one term in the City Council of Mattoon, and has served as a member of the Board of Education. In religious faith he adheres to the Episcopal Church. Fraternally he is affiliated with the B. P. O. E. The nine years of his professional career, in Mattoon, have afforded ample assurance of a bright and useful future. [Source: "History of Coles County, Illinois"; By Charles Edward Wilson, 1905]
Elizabeth Scott Galloway
"As previously noted, the marriage of Mr. Galloway to Miss Elizabeth Scott was solemnized in 1872. Mrs. Galloway, now venerable in years, is a representative of a family that has been one of not a little distinction and influence in connection with pioneer history in various states of the west and middle west. Members of the Scott family were early settlers in Illinois, and in the early part of the nineteenth century the father of Mrs. Galloway, in company with his brother John, drove an ox team and cart from Kentucky to Ohio and thence into Illinois. The forests of Ohio were dense and only a few Indian trails marked the route to settlements and Indian trading stations. The Scott brothers were numbered among the earliest settlers of what is now Scott county, Illinois, and the county was named in honor of John Scott, the elder of the two brothers. James C. Scott, father of Mrs. Galloway, became a substantial farmer in Scott county, Illinois, and there Mrs. Galloway was born, on the 6th of July, 1845. Her father was a native of Kentucky and her mother, whose maiden name was Mary Cow- hick, was born in Ohio. They continued their residence in Scott county, Illinois, until the close of their lives. Mrs. Galloway remains on the old homestead that is endeared to her by the gracious memories and associations of the past, and she is still able to direct many of the domestic economies of the household. She is one of the revered pioneer women of Adams township, where she bore with her husband the trials and hardships of the pioneer days. This honored pioneer couple became the parents of four sons: Lee and James remain with their widowed mother on the old homestead and have the active supervision of the well ordered farm; Scott died when about six years of age; and Charles M. resides in the village of Adams, this county."
[page 861, "History of Gage County, Nebraska", By Hugh Jackson Dobbs, 1918 - Submitted by K. Torp]
Alexander D. Six
[From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 214-216, and reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971; Submitted by Sara Hemp]
Alexander D. Six, M. D., one of the successful surgeons and physicians of Versailles, was born in Morgan county, now Scott, in 1828. His father, David Six, was born in Tennessee, in 1799, and his father, John Six, was a native of the Shenandoah valley, Virginia, and his grandfather, the great-great-grandfather of the Doctor, was banished from Germany on account of his tendency toward mutiny, and settled in this country, where he founded the family of Six on American soil. The offence for which he was exiled from his native land was a small one, it being the infringement of the game laws with regard to hunting rabbits. His grandson, John, took a very active part in the Revolutionary war, and though a youth was one of the prison guards at Yorktown. His wife was Mary Duvall, of Pennsylvania, and they were married in the State where he was following his trade of carpenter and joiner. After marriage they removed to Tennessee, where their seven sons were born. This gentleman was a typical frontiersman and hunter, and was a pioneer of Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. The father of our subject, David, and his brother, John, were the pioneers of that family to Illinois, coming in the spring of 1823, landing near Springfield in June, making the journey with pack horses and bringing their families with the, David having two children, while his brother had but one. In a year or two they came to the western part of Morgan county, and their parents and brothers followed to Illinois a couple of years afterward, making the journey with covered wagons. The entire party was very poor, having nothing but their outfits and their willing hands, ready to engage in whatever offered itself. John Six had a family as follows: Abraham Six, died in Scott county, aged sixty-seven, leaving three sons and two daughters; Daniel, died in the same county, about the same age, leaving eight or nine children to mourn his death; John, the next, and his family are all buried, he dying in 1857, aged sixty-seven; Jacob, moved to Arkansas and died at an advanced age, leaving a large family; David, father of subject; Isaac, farmer of Scott county, where he died about the same age as his other brothers; William died at the same age; Mary, wife of James Taylor, of Scott county, a farmer, and they had a medium family; Elizabeth, wife of William Parker, died in Arkansas, leaving a large family; Catherine is still living with her daughter, in Missouri, aged ninety years, and is in fair health of mind and body; she had five children; Nancy, wife of Simon Taylor, died when about seventy, leaving twelve or thirteen children. These children were all farmers, or the wives of farmers, and they all crossed the plains to Illinois. The father and mother of the subject lived on a farm of 140 acres, near Mount Sterling, where the father died, aged fifty-nine years, leaving eleven children and one deceased daughter of five years. The name of the children were: Nancy, wife of a Mr. Green, of California, has a large family; Martha, died in Missouri, aged forty-eight, leaving the nine children she had born to her husband, George Scott; Daniel, a farmer of Mount Sterling, has a family of two daughters and the same number of sons; Abraham, a farmer two miles east of Mount Sterling, has seven children: Alexander D., subject; Mary, died aged forty-eight, in California, near Los Angeles, being the wife of Irving Carter, by whom she had six children; Isabella died when five years old; William died near Mount Sterling on the homestead, aged fifty-four, leaving a wife and two daughters; Elizabeth, now Mrs. William Bowen, of Knox county, Missouri, has six daughters; Cynthia, widow of W. A. Sieles, lives on her farm in Missouri with her seven children Oliver P. and James K. are both bachelors on the home farm. This family is among the earliest of the settlers, and the Six prairie in Mount Sterling is named after them.
The Doctor was reared to farm life and received his primary education in the log schoolhouses, with the puncheon floors and slag seats, without backs. The school that he attended, principally, was held in Mount Sterling. He left the subscription school at eighteen and went for a year to the Mount Sterling Academy when he was twenty-two. After this he taught school for four years, reading medicine all this time. He finished his medical course in Rush Medical College, graduating in the class of 1859, beginning his practice at Mount Pleasant. He went to Colorado in 1860 and two years later made an exploring trip through Idaho and Montana. He spent two years in Colorado and four years in Montana, and was one of the nineteen who discovered the gold mines in the last named State, at Big Hole, not long before the discovery of the Bannock mines. He was interested in these and other mines during the four years he spent in this State, but returned home, across the plains, by stage, a journey of 2,200 miles, an easier journey than the trip out, which was made with ox teams.
The Doctor bought his present farm of 400 acres about 1873, of J. P. Hambaugh for $9,000, with no buildings but the old log cabin. He built his farm house in 1875 and his barns in 1880 and 1889, one being 36 by 40 and the other 36 by 48. His farm is a grain and stock one, he raising wheat, corn and hay, feeding his stock at home. At times he has as many as forty-two head of horses, which he raises from colts. He has built a warehouse on his own land, at Perry Spring Station, where they ship a great deal of grain and stock.
This gentleman was married, in Lee township, to Elizabeth Osborn, still living. They have three living children, but have buried one daughter, Jessie, aged nine years. She was a lovely child and her untimely death cast a gloom over the entire household. The living children are: Charles, aged twenty-four; Fred H., twenty-two; and Mattie, the pet of the household, aged eight. The sons are both regular farmers and are now conducting the stock farm. Both have received a good business education, and are still single, residing at home. The little daughter is a sweet child and fills, to some extent, the aching void left by her departed sister.
The Doctor still practices, but only pursued his profession exclusively for about two years. H was of a great deal of use in the mines, where his professional skill was often called into play, at one time being blown up from a premature discharge of a blast of powder; the Doctor was injured, and it was some time before he recovered, having narrowly escaped death. This gentleman is a member of no secret society or creed, and believes in Democracy, but is hardly within party lines. He and his family are highly respected.
[Note: Mount Sterling is in Brown County, Illinois.]