Adam Carper, Macon, was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, January 19, 1837. He is the son of John and Catherine (Smith) Carper, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania, but came to Bureau County in November, 1854, and died here. The mother died October 23, 1857, at the age of forty-four years. The father was born June 19, 1807, and died April 16, 1875. Of their children, six sons and two daughters yet survive them, and are residents of this county. He is brother of Jacob S. Carper of Macon, Illinois.
Our subject came to this county with his parents, and has since resided in Macon Township. His occupation has ever been that of farming and stock-growing. When starting in life for himself it was with little. In 1867 he bought his present farm of 100 acres, and has since added the best of improvements.
November 18, 1869, he was united in marriage to Mary Kegarice, who was born in Bedford County, Penn., March 18, 1844. She is the daughter of John and Margaret (Inscoe) Kegarice. The father was born December 10, 1811, and the mother June 20, 1813. The father died in Pennsylvania, but the mother in Bureau County, Ill. Six daughters and two sons yet survive them. The sons, Jacob and Philip, live in Iowa. Of the daughters, Mrs. Barbara Spencer resides in Buda; Mrs. Mary Carper, wife of our subject, in Macon Township; Mrs. Sarah Osborn, in Iowa; Mrs. Margaret Suiters, in Bedford County, Penn.; Mrs. Susan Amie, in Blair County, Penn., and Mrs. Nancy Roberts, in Nebraska. Two of the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Kegarice were in the war of the Rebellion, and received wounds, from which they died.
Mr. and Mrs. Carper have four children living, viz,: Mertie, born September 1, 1879; Irvin, born May 2, 1874; Josie, born September 27, 1876,, and Jacob Elmore, born August 30, 1878.
Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885