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History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois
Illustrated
Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
Lakeside Building
1883

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Wabash Twp. -
JOHN CASTEEL, farmer, P. O. Marshall, is a native of Bedford County, Penn.  He was born on the 25th of August, 1804.  His father was named Archibald, and grandfather was of English birth and named Shadrack Casteel.  He came from England accompanied by two brothers named Meshack and Abednego Casteel, and from these three brothers have sprung the families bearing their names.  Archibald Casteel was born in Pennsylvania, and was married to Rebecca Dew, of Maryland.  They had a family of eleven children, John being the tenth and the only one known to be living.  He came to Muskingum County, Ohio, with his parents when four years old.  Here he grew to manhood.  He became the principal of a fur company, and was sent among the Wyandot Indians when only sixteen years old.  Soon after this, he learned the trade of potter, at which he worked for several years in Ohio, and afterward in Indiana and Illinois.  He was married in Muskingum County, Ohio, on the 2d of December, 1824, to Miss Dorcas German, daughter of William and Sarah German.  She was born on the 22d of January, 1801, and died October 30, 1869, having raise a family of six children, of whom four are living, two of them in this county.  Mr. Casteel came to Clark County, Ill., in 1850, and settled in Livingston, near which place he bought land upon which his son lives.  He was formerly a merchant in Brownsville, Ohio, and afterward this county.  On the 9th of January, 1871, he was married to his present wife, Mrs. Mary F. Rolison, widow of Owen C. Rolison and daughter of Dr. Nathan Spencer.  She was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, on the 14th of October, 1826, and began teaching at the age of fourteen, and continuing until she was married in 174, to Mr. O. C. Rolison, who died in the fall of 1866.  Mr. and Mrs. Casteel are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Marshall.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 57
Wabash Twp. -
JOSIAH CHRISTINE, farmer, P. O. Macksville, Inc., son of David and Hannah Christine, who were natives of Pennsylvania, where they grew to maturity and married, soon after which they emigrated to Indiana, from whence they came to Clark County, Ill., in 1842.  They first settled at Livingston, but soon after bought a tract of land of Alexander McGregor, in the center of Wabash Township, where David Christine died Apr. 6, 1879.  He was of German parentage, and was a great hunter, on one occasion killing a stag with no other weapons than a club and his pocket  knife.  Mrs. Christine, mother of Josiah, is still living, and resides in Kansas City, with a daughter.  They had a family of eleven children, Josiah being the second.  He was born June 14, 1843, in Wabash Township, in which he remained until 1861, when, in May, he enlisted in Company H, Twenty-first Illinois Regiment, in which he served about four years.  He participated in the battles of Liberty and Hoover's Gap, Stone River and Chickamauga, and at the latter engagement was made a prisoner and held in various prison pens, including Bell Isle, Danville and Andersonville, witnessing and experiencing many of the horrors of those dens.  He was released in December, 1864, and afterward joined the Thirty-third Indiana, in which he served until the close of the war.  He was married, Dec. 31, 1867, to Miss Martha J. Brown, daughter of John and Rachel Brown, and was born Feb. 18, 1848, in Wabash Township.  Her father was a native of Maryland, where he was born Aug. 3, 1860.  The mother was born May 1, 1806, in Virginia.  They came from Ohio to Crawford County, Ill., where they made a short residence, coming thence to Clark County about 1845.  The father died September 25, 1878.  Mr. Christine has a family of four children, viz:  John E., born Oct. 9, 1868; Arthur E., Oct. 29, 1872; Charles, May 7, 1876, and Myrtie M., Oct. 30, 1877.  They own the old Brown homestead, consisting of eighty-three acres.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 57
Dolson Twp. -
SPERRY CLAYPOOL, farmer, P. O. Marshall, was born in Licking County, Ohio, July 3, 1812.  His father, William Claypool, was a native of Hardy County, Va., born July 3, 1781, a son of John Claypool, who came from England.  William Claypool served in the war of 1812, and died in the spring of 1845.  The mother of our subject was a native of Virginia, and died in Delaware County, Ohio.  The parents had eleven children who lived to maturity, our subject being the fifth of the family.  He received his early education in the old subscription schools of Ross County, Ohio, and also attended school a short time in Delaware County, of the same State, to which county his parents removed in the spring of 1826, where our subject lived about ten years.  He was married in Ross County, Ohio, Jan. 19, 1835, to Nancy Kirkendall, born Oct. 25, 1810, in Ross County, a daughter of Jeremiah and Phoebe (Hopkins) Kirkendall, who came from Pennsylvania.  In 1839, our subject came to his present place, and made a purchase of 320 acres, to which he has made several subsequent additions.  He has now a farm of 195 acres, having distributed large portions of his land to his boys.  Mr. and Mrs. Claypool are the parents of seven children, all of whom have farms in the immediate vicinity.  They are Jeremiah, Isaac, Joseph, Elijah, Elisha, John and Nancy.  Mr. and Mrs. Claypool are members of the Blue Grass Christian Church.  In political affairs, our subject does not draw any party lines, but votes for whom he considers the best man.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 210
Casey Twp. -
MRS. A. CLOSSON, Casey, was born in the State of Maine, Dec. 19, 1810, of a large family of children born to Philip Powers and Sarah Ferguson.  Philip Powers was born in New Hampshire, son of Francis Powers, a Revolutionary soldier, who died from a stroke of lightning in the town of Hollis.  Sarah was born in Maine, daughter of John FergusonPhilip Powers and family moved to Ohio and settled in Delaware County, and remained here until their death.  The subject of this sketch was married in Galena, Delaware County, Dec. 12, 1833, to John Closson, a native of Pennsylvania, son of Daniel Closson and Martha Devore.  John Closson removed with his father (of Holland descent) to Delaware County when a boy.  After the marriage of Mr. Closson he settled in Berkshire Township, where he engaged in farming, and continued here until the fall of 1844, when he sold his farm and came to Illinois and settled in Coles County, and came to this place in the spring of 1858, and bought here 400 acres; much of it was unimproved.  Here he settled and remained until his death, Sept. 17, 1872.  He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many yeas; he served as class leader and steward for many years.  He was a thrifty and prosperous farmer and a kind-hearted man, a good neighbor, a kind husband and an indulgent father.  He was a Democrat, yet he voted for the best men; in Presidential contests he adhered to his party.  He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and one of the charter members of the Casey Lodge.  They had five children - Martha E., Sarah J., John Milton, Daniel C. and James L.; but two living - Daniel C. and Sarah J., wife of Andrew Drumm; Daniel C., resides on the homestead; Martha E., was the wife of William Boyd and died July, 1872, leaving three children - John W., Milton L. and Mary A.; these reside with Mrs. Closson; Milton died, aged twenty-one, with typhoid fever; James L., has been away from home many years (residence not known).  Mrs. Closson resides on the homestead farm.  She has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church over forty-four years.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 80
Casey Twp.  -
M. G. COCHONOUR, furniture, Casey.  Marion Green Cochonour is the principal and only dealer in furniture and undertaking in town of Casey.  He was born Mar. 29, 1845, on the line of Clark and Cumberland Counties, and has been a resident of this county up to the present.  His father, David, was born Sept. 22, 1818, in Baltimore County, Md., and removed to York County, Penn., in 1820, and from here to Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1837, where he was married, Aug. 8k, 1839, to Rebecca Mouser, daughter of Benjamin Mouser, a Virginian.  She was born May 28, 1820, in Fayette County, Ohio.  May 26, 1842, David Cochonour landed in Clark County, and there settled and since been a resident of this locality, now of Cumberland County.  Of the children borne them now living are Marion G., Mary C., Susan R., Lewis W., Perry L., Hardin C. and Stephen D.  The brothers are farmers and residents of Cumberland County; one of the sisters resides in this township, wife of J. R. Emerich, and the other is the wife of William Kilgore, of Jasper County.  His paternal grandsire was Christian Cochonour, a native of York County, Penn; his progenitors were natives of Wurtemburg, Germany; his paternal grandmother was Catherine Mash, a Pennsylvanian, where she was born in 1782.  His mother's grandparents on both sides served all through the Revolution.  Marion G. came West with his parents at the time of their removal, and was brought up on a farm, where he remained until  eighteen years of age, when he went to learn the carpenter's trade, at which he worked until he came to Casey in July, 1870, where he engaged in the furniture and undertaking business, being the first to keep a general line of ready-made caskets, coffins and undertaker's supplies in Casey, and has since carried on a successful business.  He has been twice married, first time, Apr. 20, 1870, to Elizabeth Galbrath, of Charleston.  She died Mar. 6, 1871, leaving one child - Elizabeth, Nov. 18, 1873, he married to Marietta, daughter of Charles and Martha Geddes, of this county.  By last marriage he has one daughter - Ida L.  He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and also a member of the A., F. & A. M.  Politically, he is a Republican.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 81
Casey Twp. -
JAMES B. CONDE, retired farmer, Casey, was born May 24, 1811, in Oneida County, N. Y., the youngest child of Adam Conde and Elizabeth Wilson.  Our subject removed with his parents when three years old to Campbell County, Ky., and remained there about three years, when they removed to Rush County, Ind., where his parents died.  Our subject was raised on a farm and lived at home until forty years of age, making his parents' house his home until his removal to Illinois, which was in June, 1851, when he came to Jasper County, this State, bought a farm and engaged in farming, remaining here until September, 1870, when he removed to Casey and has since been retired.  Jan. 10, 1850, he married Elizabeth, who was born Jan. 13, 1830, in Nicholas County, Ky., daughter of Thomas Simms and Lucinda Hudson, both natives of Virginia.  From there they removed to Kentucky and remained there until about the year 1840, when they removed to Rush County, Ind., where a family of seven children.  Mr. Simms died in 1880, his wife in 1877.  Mr. Conde has but one child, Lucinda Olive, and resides in Willow Hill, Jasper County.  She is the wife of Charles Spurgeon.  Greenbacker.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 81
Casey Twp. -
M. L. COOK, mining, Casey.  Melvin Leroy Cook came to this county in 1849.  He was born July 21, 1840, in Chautauqua County, N. Y.  His father, John W. Cook, was born in the same county in 1809, and married Lodeca Drake, daughter of Hiall Drake, of Chautauqua County, who is yet living (1882) and has attained the remarkable age of one hundred and fifteen years.  In 1849, Melvin L. Cook removed West to Illinois with his parents, who settled in Casey Township and engaged in the nursery business, which his father carried on until 1876, when he removed to Arapahoe County, Colo., and there resides being engaged in the same business.  Leroy was but a lad when he came to this county.  He was raised up in the nursery business, which he carried on some time on his own account, beginning in 1870 and continuing about four years.  He afterward engaged in the hotel business and ran the National House for some time.  Since then he has been interested in the mining business in California, being Superintendent of the Casey Mining Company.  Mr. Cook has done much for the town of Casey in encouraging the erection of good buildings, and has put up the greater portion of the substantial brick buildings in the village.  He has recently completed a handsome and substantial brick building on the Lang corner, which contains three large rooms, admirably adapted for mercantile and business purposes.  Apr. 20, 1870, he married Eliza, the youngest daughter of John Lang, one of the old settlers and pioneers of Casey Township.  Mr. Cook has no children.  He had one son, Thomas F., born Nov. 1, 1880; died Jan. 4, 1882.  Mr. Cook is not a member of any church or society, but is a good Republican.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 82
Wabash Twp. -
EDWARD N. COOPER, farmer, P. O. Marshall, was born in York Township, of Clark County, Jan. 5, 1832.  His parents were Abner and Rebecca Cooper, the former a native of South Carolina and the latter of North Carolina.  His parents were married in Butler County, Ky., and came to Clark County, Ill., in 1828.  They made a residence of several years in Walnut prairie.  About 1840, they bought eighty acres of land of Cyrus Sharp in Section 31.  They entered 124 acres in Section 32, and on the farm thus acquired they spent the last years of their lives.  They raised a family of five children, of whom Edward N., is the younger, and of whom but two are living.  Although raised in the days of primitive schools, E. N. succeeded in gaining a fair business education, mainly under the instruction of his mother, who, though she never attended school but three days, had a very analytical and powerful mind.  She was born Oct. 11, 1796, and died June 24, 1879.  The Father was born in 1792.  Mr. Cooper was married, Jan. 17, 1865, to Miss Mary Stephens, daughter of Elijah Stephens and Ann Smith.  She was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, Aug. 9, 1843.  Their family consists of three children all of whom were born in Wabash Township.  Sheridan Cooper, born Oct. 8, 1865; Minnie Cooper, born July 30, 1867; Robert Cooper, born Feb. 23, 1870.  Mr. Cooper, born Feb. 23, 1870.  Mr. Cooper as a farming interest of 323 acres of land in Wabash Township and 114 acres in Darwin Township.  Residence, eight miles east from Marshall.  He is one of the most extensive and prosperous farmers in the county.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 58
Casey Twp. -
ISAAC W. COOPER, retired farmer, P. O. Casey.  Isaac Walton Cooper is a native of the Keystone State.  He was born on St. Valentine's Day, 1813, in Lycoming County, Penn.  His father was Andrew Cooper, a native of Lancaster County, son of James Cooper.  His mother's maiden name was Ann Walton, for whom he was named.  She was a daughter of Isaac Walton, whose wife was a Moore.  The Cooper family trace their ancestry to Scotland, while the Moores are of Dutch descent.  Isaac Walton, the subject of these lines, removed with his parents to Rush County, Ind., in 1825.  His father was a poor man, and rented land, and made several removes while in Indiana.  After three years' residence in Rush County, he removed to Franklin County.  Here they lived three years, then moved to Fayette County, where they sojourned for a time, then located in Shelby County; finally made a tarry of several years in Marion County.  Mr. Cooper has been twice married; first, while in Marion County, to Frances M. Parker.  She died six years after, leaving no issue.  Sept. 12, 1850, he married his present wife, whose maiden name was Melinda Makin, who was born Apr. 21, 1829, in Greenup County, Ky., eldest daughter of Charles Makin, who was born Dec. 3, 1800, in Russell County, Va., son of Cornelius Makin, who removed with his family to Greenup County, Ky., in 1809.  Charles Makin married Eunice Gilkerson, daughter of John Gilkerson, who removed with his family to Shelby County, Ind., in 1836.  Eunice died 1839, in Indiana.  Charles died here in this county Dec. 3, 1880.  To them were seven children born that grew up, viz., Daniel, James, Mrs. Cooper, Lucinda, Mary J., Cornelius and Eliza.  Mr. Cooper made the several removes with his parents in Indiana, as above narrated, and with them moved to Lee County, Iowa, where, after a short residence, they came to this county about the year 1852.  He purchased a farm in the northeast part of this township, located on the southwest quarter of Section 2, where he engaged in farming, improving his land, and in 1865 he located in Martinsville, and engaged in the milling business for several years.  He purchased the farm he now owns shortly after the close of the war, and returned here after his leaving Martinsville.  He had three sisters - Mary A., Martha and SarahMary  is the wife of William Johnson, and resides at Lyons, Neb.; Martha, Mrs. William Tomlinson, of Kansas; Sarah, in Casey.  Mrs. Cornelius.  Mrs. Cooper and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Mr. Cooper having been identified with this organization for forty years, and politically he was first a Whig.  Since the dissolution of that party, he has been a stanch Republican.  He has but one child, a daughter, Anna, wife of John Duncan who have two children - Pearl Cooper, born Aug. 28, 1877; Lulie M., born July 25, 1880.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 82
Wabash Twp. -
ANDREW CORK, farmer, P. O. Livingston, was born in Berkeley County, W. Va., on the 8th of July, 1802.  He is a son of George and Susan Cork.  The father was born in Maryland; the mother was born in Virginia, in which State they were married. They made their residence for several yeas in Virginia, on the east side of the mountains, where five of their family of ten children were born, the subject of this sketch being the fifth.  In 1804, the family removed to Harrison County, W. Va., where the other members of the family were born.  They moved from West Virginia to Ross County, Ohio, in 1822.  There Andrew was married, in 1834, to Miss Nancy Storm, of Ross County, Ohio.  She died in Ross County in 1845, leaving a family of four children, besides two who died previous to the death of their mother.  Their names are John, Jane, Eliza, Martha, Harrison and Nancy Cork.  The oldest of this family, John Cork, was killed in Ross County, Ohio, by a thunderbolt.  Mr. Andrew Cork was married to Miss Frances J. Clark, his present wife, in 1849 (April 2).  She is a daughter of Joseph and Sarah Clark, and was born in Highland County, Ohio, on the 10th of January, 1821.  They have one son, Andrew Cork, Jr.  He was born in Ross County, Ohio, on the 20th of December, 1854.  He was married in Clark County, Ill., Feb. 10, 1875, to Miss Zetta Ball, daughter of Morton and Elizabeth (Leach) Ball. Zetta Ball was born in Franklin County, Ohio, Apr. 10, 1858.  Andrew and Zetta Cork have four children - Frances J., born Nov. 20, 1875; William M., born May 16, 1877; Charles A., born Nov. 2, 1879, and Elizabeth A., born Jan. 29, 1882.  Mr. Andrew Cork came to this county in 1855, and settled where his brother, Joseph Cork, now lives.  He now owns 337 acres of land in Sections 5 and 6 of Wabash Township.  The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Livingston.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 58
Anderson Twp. -
THOMAS CRAIG, Jr., farmer, P. O. Marshall, son of William W. Craig and Catharine (Serwies) Craig, and grandson of Thomas Craig, Sr., was born in Anderson Township, Clark Co., Ill., June 27, 1853.  Mr. Craig's father, William W., was born in Indiana Sept. 21, 1826, and died in Clark County, Ill., in March, 1867.  Catharine (Serwies) Craig, mother of the subject of this notice, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1827, came to America with her parents in 1829 or 1830, and at this writing (February, 1883), resides in Anderson Township, Clark County.  Mr. Craig was the third of eight children, five of whom are still living, three having died in infancy.  Having completed his education in the public schools of his native county, Mr. Craig commenced business life as a school teacher, and has followed that occupation for ten years; in May, 1877, he was married to Miss Mary C. Holwick, daughter of Daniel and Adeline (Fogle) Holwick.  The wife's father was born in Ohio about 1830; her mother, a native of the same State, was born about 1835, are both living (February, 1883) in Darwin Township.  In politics, Mr. Craig is Democratic, and he ahs been elected to several offices by that party.  In April, 1874, he was elected Township Assessor, and served two years; in April, 1876, Township Collector, serving one year; in April, 1879, School Trustee, serving three years, and in April 1882, Justice of the Peace, which office he now (February, 1883) holds.  Mr. Craig has a well-improved farm of 160 acres in Anderson Township, on which he resides.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 217

 

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