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Cruger Tax Payers
Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy Trails
Source: Past and Present of Woodford County, Illinois, 1878, pg 536-47
Contributed by D. Whitesell

AUGSPERGER,   DAVID,   farmer; P. O. Cruger.
BOSIER, NICHOLAS,farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Brooks, Wm., P. O. Eureka.
Brubaker, David, far. hand ; P. O. Cruger.
Baker, Paul, farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Brady, Jno. W., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Baumgartner, John, shoemaker; P. O. Cruger.
Bradle, John, farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Bradle, Fred., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
BOYD, GEORGE, retired farmer; P. ). Eureka; was born in Christian County, Kentucky, Dec, 3, 1816; his parents are Hardy and Mary (Torian) Boyd, who were born in Virginia, east of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Potomac River; both died at an early day. Mr. Boyd remained in his native State until 1850, when he started for Illinois with his wife and one child in a two-horse wagon, and settled on a farm about three and a half miles northeast of Eureka, Woodford County ; here he remained until about 1868; he then moved on the place where he now lives. Was Supervisor for two years; is a Greenbacker in politics, and a member of the Christian Church.    Married Miss Eliza Jane Pearee, of Christian County,Ky.; have eight children-Lucy Ann, Joshua.  John,  Sarah, Virginia,  Alice, Susan and Charles.
BLOOMENSHINE, K. PHILIP farmer,   P.   O.  Cruger;   was  born  in Darmstadt, Germany, in  1825, is the son of John and Annie M. Bloomenshine, of Germany; his mother died in Germany;   his father came to America in 1834, and settled in Tazewell County, on   40 acres of land.     Mr. Bloomenshine was engaged in  the bakery business  in the old  country ; in 1848, he emigrated to America   and   landed   in Baltimore; remained there but a short time; he then went to Pittsburgh. Pa., here remained one year, engaged in the bakery business; thence to Illinois, and settled  in Tazewell  County, and commenced   farming:   thence   to   Peoria, Washington   and   Knoxville, where he was engaged at his trade (baker), thence on a farm and engaged in farming;   in 1875, he came to Woodford County and purchased 80 acres of fine land in Cruger Township, where he has been living ever since.    Married in 1852  to Miss Mary C. Rarnbo, of Sbippensburg, Cumberland   County, Pa.;   they have   six children-John F., George W.. Charles W., Henry H., Emma C. and Ella.  Is Republican in politics, and a member of the Evangelical Church. 
BLUMENSHINE, J. P., farmer; P.  O.   Cruger: was born in Tazewell; Co., Ill., Nov. 10, 1835; is the son of William and Elizabeth Blumenshine, of : Germany, who are among the first settlers of Tazewell Co., having emigrated  to America and settled in Tazewell Co, in 1831; they came here with but little  money, settled on a farm of 160 acres, and  commenced  farming, and part of his time shoemaking: in America, with hard labor and good management, they; were very successful in life; his father died in 1872; his mother is still living. Mr. Blumenshine remained  on   his father's farm until he was twenty-three years  of age:  he  then  removed  to Woodford Co. and settled on the place that his brother now lives on; he then purchased the place he now lives on, of 220 acres of fine improved land; married Oct.  19, 1858, to  Miss Barbara Himmel, of Mason, Ill.: eight children- C. Elizabeth, born Nov. 22, 1859; Mary R., born April 5,1861: Henry L., born Sept, 2, 1865: Sarah E., born June 2, 1867; William C, Johnnie, born Sept. 20. 1870: E. Emmanuel, born March 1,1873; Wesley, born Nov. 12, 1S76 ; George Franklin, born July 30. lS63r died 'June 22, 1865 ; F. Malinda. born Dec. 25. 1874, died July 13. 1875; his politics are Republican; member of the Evangelical Church.
BLUMENSHINE, JOHN  W.,farmer; P. O. Cruger; the above named gentleman was born in Tazewell Co., Ill, May 16, 1833; son of Wm. and Elizabeth Blumenshine, of Germany, who emigrated to America and settled in Tazewell Co. Ill., in 1831; were among the first settlers of that Co.: his father died in 1872 ; his mother is still living on the old homestead. Mr. Blumenshine remained on his father's farm until he was twenty-four years old, farming, and in the Winter months attending the district schools of the period: he then moved to Woodford Co., and settled on the farm that he now lives on, of 200 acres, and today, is one of the best improved farms in Woodford Co.; all made by knowing how to farm; married twice, first wife was Miss Annie Rhoebeck, of Germany, who died in 1855; second wife was Mrs. Sarah Lohr, Pa.; married in 1876; born Aug. 27, 1846: seven children; member of the Evangelical Church. Republican in politics.
COOK, FRED, farmer ; P. O. Cruger.
Compton. J. W., farmer; P.   O. Cruger.
Cook, Lewis, farmer: P. O. Cruger.
Christolph. A. B., farmer ;   P. O. Cruger.
Clutter, Mary A.;  P. O. Cruger.
Crow, Abraham, far. : P. O. Cruger.
Close, Francis, farmer:   P. O. Cruger.
DEIBERT,   J.   W.,   farmer; P.   O. Cruger.
Dorward. Peter, far. : P. O. Cruger.
Davidson. C. G., far.; P. O. Cruger.
Dingledim, John,  H., far.: P. O. Cruger.
DAVIDSON, M. E., farmer: P.O. Cruger: was born in Barren Co., Ky., May 24, 1823. Is the son of Caleb and Martha Davidson, who emigated to Illinois from Kentucky and settled in Woodford Co. on a farm near Eureka in 1831; here Mr. Davidson spent his younger days in farming; in 1846, he married Miss Virginia C. Gorin, of Kentucky, daughter of Sanford P. Gorin; he then moved to a farm one mile east of his father's farm; here he remained ten years; in the Spring of 1856 he moved to Washington, Taze-well Co., Ill, and there engaged in the mercantile business; while at Washington he had a branch house (mercantile business) at Cruger, which stock was sold out in 1858, and in 1859 he sold stock at Washington; in 1860, he commenced mercantile business in Eureka; in this business until 1866; he remained as a resident of Eureka until 1871; he then moved on the farm he now lives on. Mr. Davidson is Supervisor of Cruger Tp., which office he has very creditably filled for the last six years; also Justice of the Peace; has held the office of Treasurer of Township and Collector of Township; in all of these offices he has acquited himself in a very creditable and efficient manner. In Dec. 10, 1856, his wife, Miss Virginia C. Gorin died. He married the second time in 1858 to Miss Mary A. Devore, of Ohio, daughter of A. J. Devore; has seven children. Mr. Davidson's political opinions are Democratic. He owns a fine farm of 500 acres in Missouri, where he intends to move.
Danahay, C., saloon; P. O. Cruger.
Dickinson, R. B., farmer; P. O. Eureka.
Davidson, Martha, P. O. Eureka.
DAVIDSON, WM. A., farmer; P. O. Eureka; was born in Woodford County, Illinois, one mile northwest of Eureka, April 5, 1837; his parents are Caleb and Martha Davidson, who were among the earliest settlers of Woodford Co., having made their home here in 1831; they came from Barren Co., Ky., in wagon drawn by two horses and one extra horse; Mrs. Davidson rode the horse part of the way; they settled on the farm one mile northwest of Eureka (the old homestead.) Mr. Caleb Davidson died 1870, at the age of 73 years old. Mrs. Martha Davidson is living on the old homestead. Mr. D. spent his boyhood days farming on his father's farm. At the age of 17, he entered Bell's College, at Chicago, where he graduated; thence to Washington, Ill., where he accepted a clerkship in a dry goods store and remained there three years; he then went to Eureka, Ill., and commenced business in the dry goods line for himself. At the breaking out of the late war, he enlisted as Second Lieutenant in Company E, 108th I.V.I., for three years or during war; participated in some of the hard-fought battles under Gens. Sherman and Grant twenty one battles in all; was mustered out as Captain Aug. 12, 1865; at the close of the war, he returned home and sold out his dry goods store in 1866; he then went to farming on the " old homestead" in 1868; remained here until 1877, then moved on the place that he now lives on. His political opinions are Democratic. Married Miss Jane C. Ewing of Ohio: two children- Annie Ewing and Claude L.
ELLIS,  THOMAS,  farmer;    P.   O. Eureka.
FREESE, G. W.,  minister;    P.O.  Washington.
Freese, Henry, farmer: P. O. Washington.
Fleming, W. J., farmer ;  P.   O. Eureka.
Farni, Jacob, farmer ; P. O. Eureka.
Freese, G. M., farmer; P. O. Washington.
FREESE, GEO. M., REV., far., was born in Pickaway Co., Ohio, 1825. His parents are Jacob and Polly Freese; his father, Jacob Freese, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1799; his mother, Polly Freese, was born in Virginia about 1802. In 1858, he emigrated for Illinois with his wife, six children, and his brother, Jonathan C. and settled on the farm that he now lives on, he and his brother purchasing a quarter section, and commenced farming. He was ordained a minister of the United Brethren Church, at the Annual Conference held in Decatur, Maeon Co., Ill., Sept. 29, 1865. He married, in 1848, Miss Lavinia Long, of Ohio, daughter of Abraham and Elinor Loug. She was born in 1823. Nine children-Elmina C., George W. M., Levi J., Lavinia V., Elinor E., Huldah L., Jane M. E.; two dead-Lewis A. and Zethan E.
GARDNER, JAS. M., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
HOYT, JAS. L., farmer;   P. O. Eureka.
Hoker Jacob, farmer ; P. O. Cruger. 
Hiltman, Chas., farmer; P. O. Cruser.
HARLAN, JAMES N., grain and stock dealer ;  P. O. Cruger;   resides in Eureka; was born in Christian Co., Ky., July 12, 1826.    His parents are James   and   Mary (Orick)  Harlan, of Va., who were  among the first settlers of Woodford Co., Ill., having come here, with  a family of seven  childaen, from; Kentucky, in one wagon, drawn by four  horses and  one-horse  carry-all wagon, and settled on a farm of 400 acres, on Deer Creek, about eight miles south-  west of Eureka, in 1833.    Here they remained,  and  engaged in farming. James Harlan, born  March 17, 1784; died Oct. 16, 1854; and Mary (Orick) Harlan, born Dec. 19, 1791, died May 29, 1862.  Mr.  Harlan remained on his father's farm, where he was engaged in farming, and in the Winter months attending school.  In 1852, he commenced clerking in a general merchandise store, in Washington, Ill., where he remained about eighteen months.  On account of the death of his brother, he returned to the old homestead, and commenced farming. In 1855, he returned to  Washington, and opened a  general merchandise store. Here he remained until 1861; he then commenced traveling for a New York wholesale house. Here he remained for four years.  In 1867, he purchased property in Cruger, and commenced grain and stock dealing, which he has carried on very successfully ever since; owns a first-class elevator, at  Cruger, Ill., with a capacity of storing 25,000 bushels of grain.    Here he  handles  from 140,000 to 150,000 bushels of grain yearly.   Mr.  Harlan is a member of the firm of Harlan, Hedges &  Co., stock  dealers, who are among the largest  stock dealers in Woodford Co.  For  the year  ending 1877, Messrs. Harlan &  Hedges bought 5,103  head of  hogs,   at a cost  of $79,721.95.   Year  ending 1878, Messrs. Harlan. Hedges &  Co. bought 6,718 head; cost, 875,426.33.  Mr. Harlan's political opinions are Republican. Married Miss   Margaret Andrews, of  Ohio, daughter of Rev. Wells Andrews.   Four children-Mary, James A., Charles C. and Cary.
HEDGES, J. K., farmer; P. O. Eureka; was born in West Va., Nov. 13, 1852. His parents are Aaron H. and Catharine A. Hedges, of W. Va., who emigrated west to Illinois, and settled in Woodford Co.. Cruger Tp., in 1864. Mr. Hedges has been engaged on the farm most of his life. He married Miss Jennie Boyd, of Woodford Co., Ill., daughter of George and Eliza J. Boyd. of Christian Co., Ky., who settled in Woodford Co. in 1850. His political principles are Republican; owns a fine improved farm of 161 acres. Three children-Charles A., Brook T. and Lula H.-all born in Woodford Co., Ill.
HAYNES, JAMES, farmer; P. O. Eureka; was born in Europe in 1810; son of Nathan and Mary Haynes. When he was about 18 years of age, he learned his trade at shoemaking in Europe. He emigrated to America in 1834 and landed in New York; thence to Mason Co., Ky. Here he was engaged at his trade. In 1845, he married Miss Amanda Hampton, of Kentucky. In 1852, with his wife and five children, moved to Illinois and settled on the farm that he now lives on. He purchased 90 acres of land and built the house he now lives in at that time, the only house between here and Washington, Tazewell Co. Here Mr. Haynes set out to be a farmer, his first experience. He labored hard and managed well; today is one of the successful farmers of Woodford Co. His son, Nathaniel, enlisted in the late war in Co. A, 86th 111. Vol. Inf., for three years, but, on account of sickness, was honorably discharged, returned home, and afterward enlisted in the one hundred day service. Mr. Haynes is a member of the Christian Cnurch; owns 180 acres of improved land; eight children.
HUMPHREY, MILES S., farmer; P. O. Cruder; was born in Tompkins Co., N. TT, July 29, 1827; son of Luke and Eliza (Bishop) Humphrey. Luke Humphrey, born in Hartford, Ct., Oct. 26,1800, with his wife, Eliza Humphrey, of  Pennsylvania, and six children, started for the West in the Spring of 1834, and settled in Knox Co., O. Here they remained but a short time (eighteen months), then moved to Illinois and settled in Auburn, Tazewell Co. In 1838, they moved to Washington, Ill. On March 15, 1876, Mrs. Eliza Humphrey died, aged 74 years 4 months. Mr. Luke Humphrey then lived with his daughter a short time. He then purchased property in Washington, where he remained until his death, which occurred March 25, 1878; age 77 years 4 months and 25 days. Mr. Miles S. Humphrey came to Woodford Co. and settled on the farm that he now lives on Feb. 15, 1863. Here he has remained ever since engaged in farming; has held several offices of trust-Commissioner of Highways-at present School Director of Cruger Tp. He had two brothers in the late war. Stephen D. enlisted in Co. B, 47th I. V. I., private, for three years; was killed at the battle of Corinth, Miss., Oct. 3, 1862. William H. enlisted in the 11th Ill. Cav. for three years; participated in some of the hard-fought battles under Gens. Grant and Sherman; was honorably discharged at the close of the war. Mr. H. married, in 1862, Miss Mary Crosby, of Morton, Tazewell Co., Ill.; born Dec. 28, 1842; daughter of Uriah and Margaret Crosby. Six children-Louisa, Charles S.. Uriah H.; Olive M., died 1874: Edwin M., Edith. He is a member of the Methodist Church.
Hartman, Fred., farmer; P. O. Eureka.
Hegerty, Pat., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Hedges, Aaron, farmer; P. O. Eureka.
JOHNS0N, JAMES, sec. hand; P.O. Cruger.
Jennings, W. J., P. O. Cruger.
KORNHAUS, JOS., retired; P.O. Cruger.
Keller, Jacob, farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Kinnear. J. R., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Kornhaus, Catherine, far.; P. O.  Cruger.
KINNEAR, L. A., farmer; Pro. Cruger; was born in Koss Co., Ohio, Oct. 8, 1847 ; his parents are Charles and Ellen A. (Richie) Kinnear, of Ohio, who were among the early settlers of Woodford Co.; they left Ohio for Illinois with two wagons and one car riage drawn by horses, and arrived at Bloomington in the Spring, 1849, and remained there during the Winter; they then came to Woodford Co., and settled on a farm of 800 acres of land, near Eureka; here Mr. Kinnear has remained in the neighborhood all his life, engaged in farming; he has held several offices of public trust, and has acquitted himself in a very creditable manner-Town Collector for one year, and Town Clerk for three years; he married Miss Martha J. Woosley, of Woodford Co., Ill, the daughter of W. T. Woosley, who is one of the first settlers of Woodford Co.; one child- Cena Ellen; Mr. Kinnear's political opinions are Republican; owns 365 acres of fine improved land.
KAUFMAN, JOHN, farmer; P.O. Cruger; was born in Kichland Co., Ohio, Jan. 20, 1S28; son of Benjamin and Susan (Brubaker) Kaufman, of Lancaster Co., Pa.; his father was a miller by trade; in 1842, with his father, mother and five children, they moved to Mackinaw, Tazewell Co., Ill., his father purchasing an interest in a flour-mill, and commenced milling on the Mackinaw River; here they remained until 1845; thence, near Washington, Tazewell Co., farming; returned to the milling business at Adam's mill, east side of Peoria; here his father died, in 1847, leaving his family in poor circumstances. Mr. Kaufman being a young man, and willing to work, he accepted a place in the flour-mill here; he managed to support the family; they moved to Mackinaw, and April 14, 1854, he started for the gold fields of California, via New York and Panama; arrived at San Francisco June 1, 1854; was engaged in mining in the counties of Eldorado, Calaveras and Benton, three and a half years ; he then commenced a bakery and restaurant business in Tehama, Tehama Co., Cal.; here he remained for three years, and was very successful; he returned home the Fall of 1860, to Washington, Ill., where he built a business block, with the intention of he and his brother going into business, but on the breaking out of the late war his brother enlisted in the army, so he abandoned the idea; in 1864, he moved to Woodford Co., and settled on the place he now lives on; he married Dec. 8, 1862, to Miss Susan M. Kice, born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Oct. 1838; five children-Ida Jane, born Sept. 29, 1863; Mary E., born Oct. 6, 1865 ; Frank H., born April 27, 1869; Benjamin J., born March 9. 1872; Charles L., born Jan. 2, 1877 ; Republican in politics; had two brothers in the late war, Isaac and Benjamin; Benjamin died in the Southern prison. Mr. Kaufman is a member of the Christian Church.
KINNEAR, CHARLES, farmer; P. O. Cruger; was born in Pickaway Co., Ohio, Dec. 30, 1808; is the son of David Kinnear, of Ohio, who was Associate Judge of Ohio for twenty-one years, and Mary Kough Kinnear, who were among the earliest settlers of Ohio. Mr. Kinnear remained on his father's farm until he was sixteen years old; he then learned his trade as cabinet maker in Circleville; here he remained about two years; he then moved to Ross Co., where he commenced farming in 1849 ; he started with his wife and five children for Illinois in two wagons, and one carriage drawn by horses-12 days out-arrived at Bloomington, Ill., and remained there during the Winter; thence to Woodford Co., and settled on a farm of 800 acres of land near Eureka; here he set out in farming on this place, and has remained here ever since; he has given to each of his children a fine farm, and to-day himself and wife are living happy together on the old farm. He married Miss Ellen A. Ritchie, of Ross Co., Ohio, in 1831; five children- George, Eliza, John R., Rachel, Ellen and Lockwood A. Republican in politics. Two sons in the late war-George, was Captain 47th I. V. I.; John, was private 86th I. V. I.
LEHMAN,  HENRY,  farmer;   P O. Cruger.
Long, U. A., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Lehman, D. J., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Long, S. H., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
MERITHEU, HORACE, P. O. Eureka.
Morland, Benj., hunter; P. O. Cruger.
Montier, John, Sr., P. O. Cruger.
Miller, Jno., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Montier, John, Jr., P. O. Cruger.
MYERS, LEWIS H., farmer; P. 0. Washington; is one of the best known and highly regarded farmers of Cruger Township; was born in Schuylkill Co., Pa., Feb. 10,1836; is the son of George L. and Julia Heffner Myers. Mr. Myers remained at his native State until he was eleven years old; with his parents they moved to Pickaway Co., Ohio, engaged in farming; in 1856, he married Miss Christian Helvering, of Ohio, and in the Spring of 1856, he moved to Adams Co., Ind., farming; here he remained but a short time, and in 1857, he returned to Pickaway Co., Ohio, and in 1858, he moved to the State of Illinois, and settled on the farm that he now lives on. Mr. Myers has held several offices of public trust in his township, and has acquitted himself in a very creditable and efficient manner. Constable for six years; Commissioner of Highways two years. Socially he has a pleasing address that wins the respect of all. He is a member of the United Brethren Church. His political opinions are Democratic. Seven children-Julia, Squire W., Flora Belle and Jenny Lind, George, Charles and Howard.
McCoy, Daniel, laborer; P. O. Cruger.
McCoy, Benj. H., laborer : P. O. Cruger.
McNiff, Jno., retired: P. O. Cruser.
MEEK, JOSEPH, farmed; P. O. Eureka; was born in Fayette County, Ky., June 7, 1797 ; is the son of Bazal and Ellen (Roberts) Meek; with his parents they moved to Indiana and settled in Jennings County, where he remained until 1830; in Spring of 1830, with his wife and four children, they started for Illinois in a wagon drawn by two yoke of oxen, and arrived and settled in Woodford County on the place that he now lives on; he built him a log cabin soon after he arrived, which stood until the Spring of 1875, and was destroyed by fire;, when Mr. Meek first came here, he was worth about $740 ; he invested in farming land, and with success and good management, he was at one time worth 1,340 acres of fine land; he has given to each of his children a fine farm, and to-day owns 240 acres of improved land; Mr. Meek has held several offices of public trust; was one of the first County Commissioners of Woodford County, which office he held for six years, also held the office of County Supervisor for one year; is a member of the Christian Church; a Democrat in politics; married twice; his first wife, Uraney Sullivan, of South Carolina, who died Jan. 21, 1848, aged 48 years and nine days; his second wife, Mrs. Barbara Shaffer of Va.; born Oct. 10,1810; children by first wife-Daniel. Marshall, Ezra and Jessie; by second wife-Joseph; Mrs. Shaffer had three children living when Mr. Meek married her-Elizabeth Jane, Simon and Mary Ann.
MEEK, HENRY B., farmer; P. O. Eureka; the subject of this sketch is one of the oldest living settlers of Woodford Co.; was born in Pukski Co., Ky., Aug. 11, 1804; is the son of Bazel and Ellen (Roberts) Meek; his father, Bazel Meek, was born in Virginia, March 7, 1763, and died Jan. 12, 1844; his mother, Ellen Roberts Meek, was born in North Carolina, Sept. 28, 1777, and died Nov. 10, 1847. Henry B., at 12 years of age, with his parents, moved to Indiana, and settled in Jennings Co., where he was engaged in farming until 1830; in the Spring of this year, with his wife and son (Bazel), they started OD horseback for Illinois, and arrived and settled on the farm that he now lives on; when Mr. Meek first came to this county, he was worth about 300 cash, and a few head of stock; his brother, Daniel Meek, arrived and settled in 1826 ; he made his home with his brother until he built him a log cabin; he then moved his family in, and commenced farming; was worth, at one time, 1,600 acres of fine land; he gave to each of his children a fine farm, and today he owns one of the best farms, of 700 acres, in Woodford Co.; all this made by hard labor and good management ; when he first came here, prairie wolves were numerous and familiar neighbors; few foxes and many deer; Mr. Meek states that he has killed over 100 wolves, and a great many deer; at one time he had hanging in his cellar seven deer, and states that he was not much of a hunter. Married Miss Theny Perry, born in Blunt Co., Tenn., 1810, and is the daughter of Ransom and Catharine (Martin) Perry; with her parents moved to Jennings Co., Ind., in 1818; married Jan. 3, 1828; six children-Col. Bazel Meek, born in Jennings Co., Ind., Dec. 6, 1828; Ransom, born March 7, 1831; Noil, bora Sept. 1, 1833; Missouri, born April 7, 1836; Mary, born March 1, 1843; Joshua, born May 18, 1840, and died Sept. 10, 1841.
MEEK, EZRA P., far.; P. O. Eureka; the subject of this sketch was born in Jennings Co., Ind., Nov. 20, 1828, and is the son of Joseph and Uraney (Sullivan) Meek, who were among the first settlers of Woodford Co., having made their home here in 1830 ; Mr. Meek has spent the greater part of his life with his parents on the old homestead, engaged in farming; has held several offices of trust in his township; Road Commissioner and School Director; he married in 1850, to Miss Mary A. Boyd, of Ky.; she was born Feb. 5, 1833, and is the daughter of Isaac B. and Elizabeth (Graves) Boyd; her father, Isaac B. Boyd, was born in Va., March 15,1812 : her mother, Elizabeth Graves Boyd, was born in Cumberland County., Ky., Jan. 31, 1813 ; died May 9, 1852 ; who emigrated to Illinois and settled in Woodford County near Versailles, April 9, 1846; four children-Amanda J., born Jan. 27, 1851, married John Compton; Julia E., Dec. 13, 1852 ; William M., July 3, 1855 ; Parthenia, April 1,1859; Jessie C, Jan. 9, 1866 ; owns 160 acres of land; is a member of the Christian Church ; his political opinions are Democratic.
MEEK, RANSOM P., farmer; P. O. Eureka; the above named gentleman was born in Woodford County, Ill., and is one of the oldest living residents that were born in Woodford County; born March 7,1831, and is the son of Henry B. and Theny (Perry) Meek, who were among  the first settlers of Woodford County; Mr. Meek has spent a greater part of his life in farming  on the old homestead; in 1858, he emigrated West to Kansas, and settled on a section  of land and  commenced  farming; he remained there but a short time; returned to his father's farm; has been married three times; his first wife was Miss Isabel C.McClure, of Illinois; died 1857; second wife, Miss Nancy Ann Killiard, of Ill.; third wife, Miss Bettie West, of Woodford County, daughter of James and Nancy West, who were among the old settlers of Woodford County; three children-Minnie, Nannie and Bazel; Mr. Meek, in his political opinions, is Greenback; is a member of the Christian Church.
MEEK, JESSE, farmer; P. O. Eureka; the subject of this sketch was born on his father's farm near Eureka, Woodford County. Illinois, April 5, 1834; his parents are Joseph and Uraney Meek, who are among the earliest settlers of Woodford County, having made their home in Woodford County in 1830: Mr. Meek remained on his father's farm, where he was engaged in farming, and in the Winter gathering what instruction the district school could afford; October 8, 1857, he married Miss Millie Lamb, of Augusta County, Va., born March 17, 1838, daughter of Benjamin and Susannah (Huff) Lamb; her father was engaged in the revolutionary war; he lived with his daughter until his death, which occurred Oct. 15, 1865; he was 78 years old; when Mr. and Mrs. Meek commenced housekeeping, they arrived at the house they now live in, in a wagon drawn by two horses, having all their furniture and a half of a load of wood; they set out in life together, and to-day it is one of the comfortable and happy homes of Woodford County; Mr. Meek has held the office of Town Assessor of Cruger Tp. ever since the organization of that township; Democrat in politics; member of the Christian Church; owns owns 200 acres of fine improved land, value $75 per acre; one child-William Henry, born Feb. 28, 1862.
Miller, Jacob, farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Murray, J. D., farmer ; P. O. Eureka.
Meek, Jos. W., farmer; P. O. Eureka.
Meek, W. M., farmer ; P. O. Eureka.
McCLURE, SAMUEL H., farmer; P. O. Eureka. This gentleman is one of tbe best known and highly regarded farmers of Woodford Co.; was born in Vermilion Co., Ill.. Nov. 2, 1827. His parents are James and Mary (Campbell) McClure, of Kentucky, and were among the first settlers in Illinois, having made their home here two years before the State was admitted to the Union, in 1816. His father, James MeClure, was born in 1795; he was in the Indian war of 1811, under Gen. Harrison, at the battle of Tippecanoe, and participated in the Indian war of 1812; died in 1870. Mr. McClure was engaged on his father's farm until he was 18 years old. He then accepted a clerkship in a general merchandise store in Washington, Ill. Here he remained for two years; he then went to Peoria, and accepted a similar position. On account of his health, he returned to farming in Woodford Co. From here he went to Oskaloosa. Iowa, and was engaged in the general merchandise business for seven years. In 1861, he returned to Illinois, and settled in Cruger Tp., where he has lived since, engaged in farming; moved on place he now lives on in 1873. Married in June, 1856, to Miss Missouri Meek, born in Woodford Co. Ill., daughter of Henry B. and Theny Meek, of Ky., who were among the first settlers of Woodford Co., Ill., having made their home here in 1831. One child-Annie J., born 1864. Mr. McClure has held several offices of trust in his township- School Trustee, Supervisor, Justice of the Peace. His political opinions are Green backer; member of the Christian Church; owns 2902 acres of improved land.
NORT0N,  W.  C., farmer;   P. O. Cruger.
OYER, CHRIST,   farmer;   P. O. Deer Creek.
POYNTER,  W. C., preacher; P. O. Eureka.
Pfeffinger, Benj., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
POYNTER, WM. A., farmer; P. 0. Eureka; the subject of this sketch was born in Woodford Co., Ill., May 29, 1848; is the son of Rev. Wm. C. and Huldy J. Poynter. Wm. J. Poynter spent his childhood and early youth on his father's farm; engaged in farming from the time he was able to hold the plow; in the Winter gathering what instructions the district school could afford; at fifteen years of age he entered the Eureka College, of Eureka, Ill., and in four years graduated and received his diploma; he then commenced teaching school in Tazewell Co., Ill., which business he followed for two years, thence in the mercantile business in Eureka, Ill., for seven years; owns a farm of 105 acres of fine improved land, valued at $8,000; he married Miss Maria J. McCorkle, of Eureka; one child-Charlie, born July 16, 1875.
RAILS,  JACOB, farmer and blacksmith; P. O. Cruger.
Rife, S. A., farmer; P. O. Eureka.
Rork, Daniel, fanner; P. O. Cruger.
RAY, THOMAS, fanner; P. O. Eureka; was born in Butler Co., Ohio, Sept. 12, 1826; son of Phillip and Elinor (McCain) Ray, who were among the first settlers in Ohio; he remained on his father's farm until 1850; he then went to California, where he remained for six years, engaged in mining and farming; he returned and settled in Douglas Co., Ill., farming for seven years; from there he came to Woodford Co., and settled on the farm he now lives on. Mr. Ray has held the office of School Director for seven years; his political opinions are Republican; had four brothers in the late war; one of his brothers, Henry C, was killed at the battle of Chickamauga; his father, Philip Ray, was born March 16, 1788, died Fall of 1849; his mother, Elinor Ray, was born March 6, 1806; is living on the old homestead, in Butler Co., Ohio; he married March 12, 1861, to Miss Mary E. Wright, of Pa., born March 6, 1833, daughter of James Wright; five children -Nellie was born July 9, 1862; Annie H., born March 18, 1866; Henry C, born April 21, 1870: James W., born May 23, 1871; Edith C, born April 4, 1873.
REECE, JOHN S., farmer; P. O. Cruger; was born in Pennsylvania April 19, 1812; is the son of Jeremiah and Rebecca (Robinson) Reece, of Pennsylvania. Mr. Reeee remained on his father's farm until he entered a blacksmith shop in Wheeling, W. Va., where he learned that trade; in 1853, he emigrated west and settled in Peoria, Ill., where he remained about two years, thence to Brimfield; from there he came to Woodford County, Ill., and settled on the place where he now lives, which consists of 325 acres of fine land, and improvements, all of which has been made by hard labor and good management. Mr. Reece, socially, has a pleasing address and genial manners that win the respect of all. He is a member of the Methodist Church; his political opinions are Republican. He married Mrs. Ellen Holmes in 1867; have five children-Effie, Sherman, Johnnie,Winfield and Grant.
SMITH, CHRISTIAN, farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Souder, Henry, farmer;  P. O. Cruger.
Shortridge, Sanford, farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Swisher, H. K., farmer; P. O. Eureka.
Schamberg, Frank, blksmith: P. O. Cruger.
Schreider, Jos., Postmaster; P.O. Cruger.
Stemke, Fritz, farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Stalter. Joseph, farmer;  P. O. Cruger.
Stalter, Chris, farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Stuckey, John, farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Smith, Emily L., P. O. Cruder.
SCHREIBER,   FRANCIS   J., merchant; P. O. Cruger; was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1828; he emigrated to America aud settled in Woodford Co. in 1853; he came here in moderate circumstances; he commenced work in a brickyard in Germantown; here he saved a little money in the brick yard business and farming; he then came to Cruger in 1859 and opened a small general merchandise store, and to-day with his hard labor, good management, and fair dealing, is the owner of one of the best general merchandise stores in Woodford Co.; was appointed Postmaster of Cruger in 1860, which office he has held ever since; has held office of School Director and Town Clerk; married Miss Adline Happ, of Germany; five children. Mr. S. is Liberal in his politics; member of the Catholic Church.
TULLIS, WM., farmer; P. O.  Eureka.
Tomb, R. D., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Timothy, Michael, R. R. laborer; P. O. Cruger.
Tomb,   M.   W.,  farmer;  P. O. Cruger.
Tomb, W. S., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Tucker, Thos., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Thompson, Jas., farmer;   P. O.  Cruger.
WRIGHT, ALBIN, farmer; P. O.Cruger.
Wilson, Mary,  P. O. Cruger.
Wallahan, F. W., farmer ;   P. O.  Cruger.
Watson, John H., farmer; P. O. Cruger.
Watkins, W. C, retired, P. O. Eureka.
Wallahan, Elizabeth, P. O. Cruger.
WALLAHAN, GEO. A., farmer and stock raiser; Sec. 3 ; P. O. Eureka; is a native of Columbiana Co., Ohio. He was born on the 26th of May. 1817; he has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits; in 1856 he removed to Rock Co.; Wis., and after four years came to Woodford Co.; spent one year near Eureka and then settled on his present farm, where he owns 160 acres of land valued at $9,600. He also owns a farm of 160 acres in Metamora Tp., valued at about the same price. Mr. Wallahan was married Dee. 29, 1840, to Miss Elizabeth Hardman, who was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, Oct. 31, 1822. They have had four children, three of whom are living-Susan, Frank W. and Ida A.


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