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

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Casey Twp. -
FERGUSON BROTHERS, dealers in marble and granite, Casey.  Ferguson Brothers, Samuel J. and Morris K., represent the marble and granite works in this portion of the county.  They began business here in 1865, and Samuel J. being the senior member of the firm, who first started the business.  Morris K. learning the trade under his brother Samuel.  The partnership began in the spring of 1874, and they are doing a good business.  Samuel J. was born in this county Sept. 22, 1845, in Wabash Township, being the third son of Robert A. Ferguson, a native of Indiana, who came to this county about the year 1828, and remained here until his death, which took place Mar. 2, 1865, being sixty years of age.  His wife died Dec. 27, 1874, aged fifty--eight.  He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years.  They had nine children born to them, viz.:  James H., who was killed in the battle of Pea Ridge, being a member of Company F, Ninth Missouri, afterward of Fifty-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry; Celia E. resides in Oakland, Coles County, wife of N. R. Duet; John A., resides in Newman, he also served in the late war; Samuel J.; Laura A., wife of Joseph Ingle; Morris K.; Barton R.; Mary A., of Bell Air, wife of Robert Ferguson, and Frank L. are the names of the children.  Samuel J. is the eldest son.  He learned the marble-cutter's trade, and subsequently engaged in business with Ben Bancroft, which association lasted but a few months. March 16, 1872, he married Elizabeth L., born in Shelbyville, Ind., daughter of Martin Jones and Mary Harrison.  Samuel J. has one son - FayMorris K. was born Nov. 11, 1851, in Wabash Township, the fourth son of his parents, with whom he remained until the death of his mother.  Since that time he has been a resident of this town.  Samuel J. is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Both brothers are Republicans.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 84
Auburn Twp. -
GEORGE FREDENBERGER, farmer, P. O. Clark Centre.  The subject of these lines is a native of this county, Auburn Township, July 31, 1848, son of John A. and Elizabeth (Wendel) Fredenberger.  The father was born in Bavaria, Germany, as was also his grandparents Fredenberger, and came to this United States about 1833, and located for a short time in Ohio, and soon after came to what is now Clark County, and assisted in the construction of the Cumberland road, and afterward entered land in Section 30, where he lived until the time of his death, which occurred May 18, 1879, in his seventy-fourth year.  He was a member of the Evangelical Church of Marshall county many years, being among the organizers of that society, and had meetings in his private house before the founding of the Marshall society.  He was a man who enjoyed the confidence of all who knew him.  The mother of our subject, Elizabeth Wendel, was a native of Prussia; was born about 1806, and grew to maturity in the old country.  She died in the old homestead in September 2, 1878.  She was also for many years a member of the Evangelical Church.  Had a family of six children, of whom two are deceased and of whom George is the youngest.  J. P. Fredenberger, the oldest, was killed in battle at Perryville, Ky.; Elizabeth Counts, of California; Catherine Lutz, Dolson Township, and educated in the common schools; married, Feb. 22, 1872, in Marshall Township, to Miss Sarah A. Bierbaum, daughter of Christian and Mary (Salter) Bierbaum.  She was born in Indiana, Marian County, May 6, 1850.  The parents are residents of Marshall Township.  They have a family of six children - John W. Fredenberger, born May 11, 1873; Edward W., born Oct. 7, 1874; Mary A., born Oct. 1, 1876; Emma L., born Aug. 17, 1878; Cora M., born Feb. 17, 1882, died May 18, 1882; infant, born Feb. 27, 1883.  They are both members of United Brethren Church, Marshall Township.  In April, 1880, Mr. F. was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace for the township of Auburn.
Source:  History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois - Illustrated - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883 ~ Page 201

 

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