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History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois
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Casey Twp. -
DAVID BAIR, harness maker, Casey, came to Clark County in July, 1875, and has since been a resident of this township.  He was born in Dauphin County, Penn., Nov. 25, 1829, the fifth son and sixth child born to John Bair and Mary Moore.  He was born to John Bair and Mary Moore.  He was born in Dauphin Co. about he year 1791 and died in 1863.  She was born in Lancaster Co., Penn., daughter of Frederick Moore.  Our subject's grandfather was Samuel BairDavid was one of a family of ten children, seven sons and three daughters, all of whom lived to be grown and now living, except Jesse, who was killed at the battle of the Wilderness.  The children were Susannah, Jacob, John, Samuel, Jesse, David, Sarah, Mary, Jeremiah and Isaac, all living in Pennsylvania save Jesse, Isaac and David.  Isaac resides in Marshall County, Kan.  Susannah, wife of Solomon Matter; Sarah, wife of John Allbright; and Mary, wife of Abraham Crow.  These, with Jacob, John and Samuel, all reside in Dauphin County, Penn.  David was raised a farmer and remained with his parents until twenty-two years of age; then left home and ran on the river, boating and rafting on the Susquehanna Canal and river, and three years on the Sunbury & Erie Railroad - did job work also.  In the spring of 1861, he began keeping hotel at Clark's Ferry, Dauphin County, and for eight years ran this business.  He then disposed of his hotel interests and moved to Halifax in the same county, and was here elected Justice of the Peace, and for six years he held this office.  Then he emigrated to this State and located in Casey, where he has since lived.  For three years after his arrival here, he engaged in the grain trade; then he engaged in the harness business, which he still carries on.  He has recently built a large brick business house, 20x80 feet and two stories high, on Jasper avenue.  Oct. 30, 1860, he married Priscilla C. Freeland, born in May, 1834, daughter of George Freeland.  Mr. Bair has but one child, Ella, wife of C. A. Hartwell, railroad agent on the Vandalia Railroad.  Democrat.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 78
Casey Twp. -
GEORGE P. BAIRD, farmer, P. O. Martinsville.  This gentleman comes of Kentucky stock.  He first beheld the light of day Aug. 3, 1837, in Nelson County, Ky.  His great-grandfather on the paternal side was James Baird.  He was a native of Ireland and settled in Nelson County.  Shortly after the Revolutionary war, he and eight brothers made their settlement in that county and founded Bairdstown.  His grandfather was Joseph Baird, who married Lucy, who was a daughter of Proctor Ballard, a Virginian.  He (Joseph) was born in Hardin County, Ky., where his father removed, subsequently to his settlement in Nelson County.  Here the father of our subject was born Oct. 10, 1804.  His name is T. R. Baird.  He was married in Hardin County Oct. 28, 1830, where he was born, to Elizabeth, a native of Nelson County, born Aug. 3, 1805, daughter of George Dawson and Katie Ballard.  George Dawson was born in Pennsylvania and removed to Nelson County, and there raised a family.  The first member of the Baird family that came to Lawrence County, this State, at the close of the war of 1812, and remained here until his death.  George P. came to the State with his parents about the year 1850, and located with them in Crawford County, and after two years' residence removed to Clark County, where he has ever since lived.  After coming to this county, the family lived two years in Wabash Township, remaining here two years; then lived two years in York Township, and subsequently to Martinsville.  George P. remained at home until twenty-five years of age.  In 1861, he married, Anna E., born in 1842, in Shelby County, Ind.; she is a daughter of Jesse R. Laingor and Polly Cooper.  In the summer of 1862, he enlisted in Company F, Seventy-ninth Illinois Volunteers, and served in several hard-fought battles, among which were Perryville, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and at Resaca, where he received severe injuries which disables him, and was finally discharged on account of the disability, and has since been a pensioner.  Upon returned to civil life, he returned to this township and has since been a resident and engaged in farming pursuits.  He located on the farm he now owns in 1871; located on the northwest quarter of Section 3.  Has four children, viz., Alice, George E., Elie M. and Polly.  He is a genuine Republican.  Has served as Assessor of township and is a member of A., F. & A. M.  His mother died Oct. 19, 1879; father, yet living, is a man well preserved for one of his years, and has given his life to farming pursuits.  He has raised five children.  The eldest is Nancy then in order comes George P., Joseph, Margaret and Kate.  Nancy resides in this township, wife of William Beauchamp; Margaret in Martinsville, wife of Lewis C. Tingley; Joseph resides in Douglas County.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 84
Auburn Twp. -
WILLIAM H. BEADLE, farmer, P. O. Martinsville, was born in Clark County, Ind., Feb. 13, 1835.  His father, Abraham H. Beadle, was a Virginian by birth, which occurred Feb. 16, 1800, and when he was six years old removed with his father, James Beadle, to Kentucky, where he grew to manhood, removing to Indiana when twenty years old.  Here he followed boating on the Ohio in the winter and farming in the summer, and was married May 5, 1820, to Miss Sarah Carr, daughter of Elisha Carr, one of the pioneers of Indiana.  She was born May 25, 1800.  They made their residence in Clark County, Ind., until 1850, when they removed to Clark County, Ill.  During the residence in Indiana, five children were born, of whom but two are living.  The record of this family is as follows:  Nancy Beadle, born in Clark County, Ind., Aug. 28, 1822, and died Nov. 23, 1823, she married John Campbell of Indiana, and died in this county Oct. 10, 1850, leaving a family of two children: Mary E., married to John Garver, and Joseph A. Campbell, of Casey, Ill.; Ann Eliza Beadle, born June 13, 1829, married to J. H. Watson, of Martinsville Township; Edward E. Beadle, born Jan. 6, 1832 and died Dec. 1, 1834; and William H. Beadle, born as above stated.  He obtained the rudiments of an education in the primitive schoolhouse with puncheon floor, slab benches and greased paper window, and came with the family to this county in the spring of 1850.  He was married in July 1855, to Miss Sarah C. Jones, daughter of Abram T. Jones, of Dolson Township.  She was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, Jan. 4, 1833, and came to this county with her parents about 1853.  After marriage of William H. Beadle, his father gave him the control of the farm and moved to Marshall, where the mother died Mar. 24, 1859, and the father Apr. 3, 1859, the father contracting his sickness while attending the burial of his wife.  They were characterized by their public spirit, were members of the Christian Church and enjoyed the confidence of a large circle of friends.  Subject lost his wife by death Mar. 4, 1857, leaving one child, Sarah C. Beadle.  She was born Dec. 26, 1856, and married to Lewis Heath in February, 1877.  Mr. Beadle was married to his present wife Malinda Chilcote, on the 17th of April, 1859.  She is a daughter of Nichodemus and Anna Chilcote, formerly of Ohio, and natives of Pennsylvania.  The father died in Douglas County Dec. 24, 1879; the wife survives him and resides in Douglas County.  Mrs. Beadle was born in Morrow County, Ohio, Apr. 18, 1841.  Mr. Beadle is a member of the Knights of Honor, a Republican, and from 1878 to 1880 served the county as Sheriff.  He has also served his township officially for several years.  He owns a farm of 153 acres in Sections 22 and 23 of Auburn Township, has a substantial frame residence on the Westfield road eight miles west from Marshall, engaged in mixed husbandry.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 200
Darwin Twp. -
B. J. BEARD, farmer, P. O. Marshall; born May 16, 1816, in Muhlenburg County, Ky., grandson of Samuel Beard, born in Ireland; his son John was born in Virginia; he was married to Mary M. Unsel, born in Maryland; she was the mother of twelve children, of whom Benjamin J. was the youngest; he went to school in Kentucky.  In 1833, he came to this county; he was married to Elizabeth Maxadent, born in Indiana; she was the mother of six children- John, deceased; Lucinda, born May 7, 1844, wife of Robert Brannin, and the mother of five children - Laura E., Ricie P., Lola H., Lou C., Jafa T.; James, deceased; Wesley, he married Lucy Keeran, she is the mother of Eva E.; Charles E., born Apr. 15, 1856; Jacob S., deceased.  Mr. Beard has a farm of eighty acres.  He is identified with the Democratic party.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 163
J. B. BENNETT, liquor dealer, Marshall, is a native of Clark County, Ill., and was born on the 7th of May, 1846.  He is a son William P. Bennett, so long and favorably known in this county. His father was born in York State June 25, 1808, and settled in the township of York in the pioneer days of this county's history.  Here he was married to Miss Sarah Botsford.  She is a native of Belleville, Ill., born Apr. 2, 1820.  William Bennett was engaged in farming and milling, and for some years was the Sheriff of Clark County, and Circuit Clerk, offices which he filled to acceptance.  He assisted in the apprehending and breaking u0p of the memorable "Birch gang," who for years were such a terror to this county and adjoining country.  He went to California in 1849, and after returning was elected to the office of Circuit Clerk of Clark County for eight years.  He died in Marshall, where his widow still lives, on the 17th of July, 1880.  They have raised a family of eight children, of whom one is dead, and of Whom J. B. Bennett is the second.  Our subject was raised in Clark County, Ill., and educated in the common schools.  In 1872, he began work for a Cincinnati firm as traveling salesman, for whom he worked until he opened business for himself in Marshall in 1882.  He is a member of the Knights of Honor.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 - Page 7
Casey Twp. -
FRANK BRANAN, dealer in stoves and tinware, Casey, was born in Indiana, Marion County, July 17, 1851, son of Robert and Sarah Goff.  He was born in Pennsylvania and removed West when a young man, and settled in Ohio, where he married and lived several years, and finally located in Marion County, Ind., remaining until 1854, when he came to Auburn Township, where he settled permanently and lived until his death, June, 1879.  His wife died in 1875.  To them were born eight children; all grew up and seven are now living.  Frank was the fifth child, and remained at home until eleven years of age.  Worked on a farm until about twenty years of age, when he learned his trade at Martinsville with John R. Baily, and remained with him four years.  After learning his trade, he came to Casey in April, 1876, and set up in business and has since continued.  He is doing an excellent business, keeps one man, and at times runs several hands.  In February, 1875, he was married to Laura Snavely, who was born in Martinsville May 10, 1858, daughter of Samuel Snavely and Sarah (Barrett) Snavely.  Have three children - Nellie, Eddie and Frank.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 79
Casey Twp. -
J. F. BROWN, druggist, Casey.  John Franklin Brown, the efficient and worthy drug clerk of the firm of Lee & Wiley, was born June 15, 1844, in Niagara County, N. Y., the eldest son of Thomas Brown, a native of England.  His mother's maiden name was Margaret McDonuald; she was a native of Rochester, N. Y., daughter of Henry McDonuald.  Subject removed with his parents about the year 1853, and located at Marshall.  His father was for several years Master Mechanic on the Wabash Railroad for Busson, Shaw & Co.  He and wife are yet living at Marshall.  Subject remained at home until sixteen years of age, when he went to Westfield, this county, and for four years he worked for John Briscoe on a farm; in the meantime, in the spring of 1864, he went to Nashville, Tenn., and for eighteen months was in Government employ in the Quartermaster's Department.  He returned to Westfield and for two years was Deputy Postmaster, and clerked in a hardware and grocery store.  About the year 1870, he engaged in the drug business at Westfield for six years; then sold out and engaged in farming in Parker Township, and remained here two years; then came to this place and has been here since.  He was first in with W. L. Laingor, and afterward with Lee & Wiley.  Twice married, first in Brownstown, Ky., to Mollie M. Briscoe, born in Kentucky, daughter of Jacob Briscoe.  She died in about a year, at child-birth.  May 29, 1872, he married Sarah A., daughter of Andrew Lee, one of the prominent farmers and early settlers of the county.  Has two children - Edith M. and Rose P.  He has served as Coroner since 1878, and previous to this served an unexpired term; is now elected for his third term.  He is a Republican, and a member of the A., F. & A. M.  He began reading medicine when he first went to Westfield.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 79
Casey Twp. -
DR. W. W. BRUCE, physician, Casey, has been identified with the interests of Clark County since May, 1869.  He was born in Indiana County, Penn., in 1844, January 1.  He is a son of J. H. Bruce and Margaret Rankin, both natives of the same county and received a common school education, which was supplemented by an academic course, and afterward taught four terms of winter school; and began reading medicine in the spring of 1862 with Dr. Thomas St. Clair, of Indiana County, Penn., and continued with him two years and some months.  He attended medical lectures at Jefferson Medical College, and in the spring of 1866 he began the practice of his profession, for a time with his preceptor, afterward went to Burning Springs, Va., where he started on his own account, and continued one year, when he removed to Parke County, Ind., where we resumed the practice of his profession two years, remaining here until May, 1869, when he located in Casey, Clark County, and has since been identified with the interests of the county, not only as a practitioner of materia medica, but with other interests in the county.  He was married Jan. 1, 1873, to Sarah E. Guthrie, a native of Madison County, Ind., daughter of William M. Guthrie and Margaret Shroyer.  The Doctor has no children, but has raised a niece of his wife's, Jessie Sturdevant.  The Doctor is a member of the Presbyterian Church, also of the Masonic fraternity, and has been W. M. of Casey of Casey Lodge for the past five years, also Worthy Chief Templar of the Independent Order of Good Templars.  He is a sound Republican.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 80



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