Macoupin County

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Biography of William Baird

William Baird is the owner of a fine and well-improved farm of eighty acres situated on sections 21 and 22, Bunker Hill Township, where he has resided since 1864. He has made his home in the county since 1846, coming here from Crittenden County, Ky., where he was born on the 22d of July, 1823. His father Simon Baird, was a native of South Carolina and his parents, Hugh and Mary (Gibson) Baird, were born on the Green Isle of Erin. When young they crossed the Atlantic to America and were married in South Carolina, where for many years they …

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Robert Bacon

Biography of Robert Bacon

Robert Bacon. Of the many English landowners who have made settlement in our State and have carried into execution the theories and practice of farmers in their native land, a prominent place belongs to the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. He is the owner of a fine farm located on section 30, South Otter Township, which has been highly improved under his careful supervision. He is of English parentage, his father, Richard Bacon, having been born in Norfolk, England, his mother, Mary K. (Sayers) Bacon, was also a native of Norfolk. Our subject’s parents left England and emigrated to …

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Biography of James M. Atchison

James M. Atchison, who is engaged in general merchandising in Gillespie, is one of the native citizens of this county. He was born in Bunker Hill, January 10, 1860, and is a son of Eldridge Atchison, a native of Tennessee, who in his youth learned the trade of a carpenter and cabinet-maker. While still single he came to Illinois and in Edwardsville met and married his wife, whose maiden name was Eucebia Wilson. She was born in Kentucky and during her maidenhood settled in Madison County. Some time after their marriage Mr. Atchison and his wife came to this county, …

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Biography of Dr. John Ash

Dr. John Ash, who stands in the front rank among his professional brethren of this county, is now engaged in practice in Brighton, where he has made his home since 1853. He claims Pennsylvania as the State of his nativity, having been born in West Callen Township, Chester County, November 29, 1818. The family is of German origin and was founded in America by the great grandfather of our subject, Joseph Ash, who emigrated from Germany prior to the Revolutionary War. He lived in the city of Philadelphia for a short time and there married a German lady, after which …

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Biography of John H. Arnett

John H. Arnett. Among the public spirited men of Southern parentage who have helped to make Macoupin County what it is today, we are pleased to note the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch, who is now Postmaster of Delay and was for some time Supervisor of Bird Township. His father, Thomas Arnett, was born in North Carolina, and his mother, Elizabeth Reader, was a native of Tennessee, where they were married and made their first home in Overton County. At that time many residents of Tennessee and Kentucky were emigrating to Illinois, and they followed …

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Biography of George W. Arnett

George W. Arnett, who is now living in retirement in one of the attractive homes located on College Avenue, is still connected with the agricultural interests of this county as the proprietor of one of the many highly improved farms found within its bounds. He is a son of one of the early pioneers of this section of the State, and though a native of Overton County, Tenn., born there June 24, 1829, the most of his life has been passed here, and he has lived to see the country develop from a wilderness to a well settled and flourishing …

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Biography of Christopher C. Armstrong

Christopher C. Armstrong is classed among the business men of Girard who have been most active in advancing its material interests, as for many years he has successfully conducted a general store here, and he has also aided in the administration of public affairs. He is a fine representative of one of the old pioneer families of Illinois, and is himself a native of this State, born on a farm near Fielden, Jersey County, January 2, 1837. Our subject’s father was named Maurice Armstrong, and he was a native of Kentucky, a son of one of its early pioneers, Joshua …

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Biography of Meint Arkebauer

Meint Arkebauer, who owns and operates a fine farm of two hundred and eighty acres on section 10, Mt. Olive Township, is numbered among the substantial and respected citizens of this community and his property has all been acquired since he came to this county in 1855. In addition to the homestead, he owns forty acres of land adjoining the village of Mt. Olive and a timber tract of one hundred acres. His home and the other buildings upon the farm are first-class in every particular. His fields are well tiled and the stock which he raises is of excellent …

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Biography of Henry Arkebauer

Henry Arkebauer, a successful and thrifty German of the village of Mt. Olive and doing business as a dealer in wines and liquors, is located on the corner of Main and Oak Streets, at which place he built up his house and started in business in 1878 and has since remained at this stand. He is a thorough-going business man and has made his calling a respectable one of the kind. Our subject has spent most of his life in this town and vicinity. He was born in Alton, Ill., March 1, 1852. Mr. Arkebauer’s parents were born in Hanover, …

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Biography of William E. P. Anderson

William E. P. Anderson, of the legal firm of Anderson & Bell, of Carlinville, and Master of Chancery (for Macoupin County) stands well at the head of his profession, his clear apprehension of the fundamental principals of law, his success in his practice, and his high personal character, having early won him a prominent place at the bar of this State. Our subject is a native-born citizen of this county, and is a representative of a family whose name has been associated with the rise and progress of this section of Illinois from the early years of its settlement. Mr. …

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