Biography of George W. Black of Walnut, Illinois

George W. Black, Walnut, was born November 22, 1829, in Perry County, Ohio. He is the son of Samuel and Rebecca (Skiuner) Black. The father was born in Pennsylvania August 1, 1808. At an early day he removed to Ohio, and died in Sandusky County, Ohio, April 11, 1846. The mother was born in Perry County, Ohio, April 22, 1912. She now resides in Bureau County, Ill., wife of a Mr. Ferguson. George W. Black is the oldest child and only son of a family of nine. The daughters are Mary Black, who lives with her mother; Lucinda (deceased); Emeline, wife of William Ferguson of Walnut, Ill.; Elizabeth, wife of James Brown, of Whiting, Kan.; Rhoda, wife of Alonzo Rider, of Adel, Iowa; Sophia, wife of William Cronkwright, of Adel, Iowa; Eliza J., wife of George B. Jones, of Princeton; Rebecca, wife of William Catherman, of Walnut Township.

April 18, 1850, Mr. Black was married to Mary C. Paden, who was born in Middletown, Md., December 31, 1829, and is the daughter of Alexander and Mary (Remsberg) Paden. The father was born June 8, 1806, in Funkstown, Washington Co., Md., and now resides in Bureau County, Ill. The mother was born August 10, 1810, in Middleton, Frederick Co., Md., and died in Bureau County, Ill., December 9, 1875, whither she had come with her husband in 1860. She was the mother of six daughters and five sons. Mr. and Mrs. Black are the parents of two sons, viz.: George F. and George W. Jr., George F. was born July 7, 1853, in Sandusky County, Ohio; October 12, 1875, was married to Laura F. Remsburg, of this country. They are the parents of four children, viz.: Harvey O., born October 16, 1876; Charles W., born February 13, 1878; Edward V., born September 7, 1879; Morris F., born October 25, 1881. George W. Black, Jr. was born in Cass County, Mich., August 30, 1856. December 23, 1877, was married to Miss Emma Wymer, of this county.

They are the parents of two children, viz.: Foster, born July 7, 1881; and Mabel C., born June 26, 1883. George W. Black was reared on a farm in Sandusky County, Ohio, but in 1853 removed to Cass County, Mich., where he remained till 1865, when he came to Bureau County, Ill. Mr. Black’s farm in Walnut Township contains 320 acres and is under a good state of cultivation.

Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885

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