WELLS Family History

  WELLS, John, farming and stock; Sec. 24; P. O. Roanoke; was born in Cecil County, Maryland, June 29, 1823; he married Miss Caroline R. Allison, September 15, 1846; she was born in Ohio and died in 1848; they had one child, William M.  John Wells’  second wife was Mary E. Parker; she was born in Ohio; they were married in Tazewell County, Illinois, February 3, 1853; she died January 18, 1854; they had one child, not living; John Wells’ third wife was Mrs. E. E. L. Clark; she was born in Kentucky November 2, 1826, and married June 21, […] Read more »

YORDY Family History

  YORDY, PETER, farmer; Secs. 13 and 24;  P. O. Roanoke; was born in  Alsace,  France  (now  Germany), June 12, 1815; he married Miss Mary Burkey February 9, 1847; she was born in Germany, in 1816; they had eight children, seven living — Christian. Mary, Jacob, Elizabeth, Peter, Joseph. Barbara; he lived in Alsace two years, then moved to Byron, in Germany; lived there until 1838, when he came to the United States; in 1839, he came to Illinois, settled in Tazewell County, Illinois, followed farming; in 1867, he came to Woodford County, Illinois, and settled in Linn Township, on […] Read more »

VAN PELT Family HIstory

  VAN PELT, CHAS. (Charles) J., agent of the Illinois Central R. R. Co; P. O. Minonk; born in Highland Co., 0hio,  February 16, 1834. Came to Illinois in March 1858, locating at Bloomington, McLean, Illinois. Was first in the employ of the Illinois Central R. R. Co. at Normal in 1870, removing to Minonk, his present home, July 27, 1874. Served as Collector two terms while a resident of McLean County, Illinois. Charles Van Pelt married January 23, 1861, at Franklin, St. Mary’s Parish, Louisiana, to Miss Helen M Trowbridge, daughter of Capt. Isaac Trowbridge.  She was born in […] Read more »

TAYLOR Family History

  TAYLOR WM. (William) J., livery and feed stable; P. O. Minonk; born in Stark Co., Ohio, Oct. 4, 1825. but removed to Wayne Co. Ohio in early childhood, where he resided until 28 years of age. Spent several years traveling in the Northwest prior to his settling near Danville, Illinois, in 1860. Removed to Minonk, Woodford County, Illinois, his present home, in 1864.  Served as a member of the City Council in 1876, and is a member of the present board. Mr. Taylor is an importer and breeder of fine horses, having several very fine stallions at his stables. Read more »

BRIGGS Family History

  BRIGGS, James Albert, attorney; P. O. Eureka. One of the best known and highly regarded attorneys of Woodford County, Illinois; James Albert  Briggs was born February 12, 1839 in Willet, Cortland County, New York; is the son of John and Margaret (Jones) Briggs. James’ father, John Briggs, was a farmer and speculator. James Albert Briggs is the youngest of a family of eight children. At 17 years of age, James Albert Briggs started for Illinois with $3 in his pocket; he first stopped at Naperville, Illinois, and entered the law office of Vallett & Cody as an office clerk; here he devoted […] Read more »

BOSWORTH Family HIstory

BOSWORTH, Joseph P (JOS P), proprietor Bosworth House; P O Metamora; was born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, November 25, 1803. He was raised a farmer; married November 12, 1826, to Miss Bertha Barns, who was born in Plymouth, Connecticut,  September  18, 1791. They had eight children, the following of whom are living —Catherine, Angeline, Mills H, Alphonzo, Mary E and Dwight.  In 1842, he removed to the State of New York, and four years later to Erie County, Pennsylvania, where he engaged in  the  hotel  business  and  farming. Here he resided until 1858, when he removed to Wright County, Minnesota, […] Read more »

BROWN Family History

BROWN, ADAM, of the firm of Christ & Brown, manufacturers of wagons and carriages; P.O. El Paso; was born near Dayton, Ohio, December 11, 1838; when he was about four years of age, his  father’s family removed to Miami County,  Indiana, where he lived until 1856; he then come to Washington, Tazewell County, Illinois, and resided there until he came to El Paso, Woodford County, Illinois, in 1875; he was married December 12, 1865, to Miss Salome Tobias, of El Paso; they have three children — Benj.  F,  Albertus B and Lottie Read more »

BROWN Family History

BROWN, W P (Welcome Palmer), attorney at law and farmer; was born in Otsego County, New York, April 3, 1812; his father died when he was a child, leaving him but a limited patrimony; he received an academic education at Bridgewater, New York, and at the age of 19 years began the study of law, and came to Illinois in 1833; he was admitted to the bar in Jacksonville the same year, and settled in Bloomington and began to practice law. He served several terms as Justice of the Peace and Probate Judge, and was Postmaster at Bloomington about seven […] Read more »