Jos. Watson, a man of much force and enterprise, was born in Rensselaer county, New York; was a blacksmith by trade; came to Illinois in 1835, bought a mill of Houehin, at Warren, in company with Hopper; sold the mill, and bought the NW. of Sec. 12, and opened a successful nursery; was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church ; died May 9, 1874, of typhoid pneumonia.
Jason Lee Watson, son of preceding, born March 9, 1839; enlisted in 1861 in the 7th 111. Vol. Inf., for three months ; re-enlisted in Co. E, 33d HI. Inf., Col. Hovey; killed in an unsuccessful charge at Yieksburg, March 22, 1863:
William Turner came to T. 9, R. 5, about 1850, and farmed a part of the KW. J of Sec. 23; in 1854, bought a store in Olena: sold a year after, and bought the S. E. J of Sec. 23; removed to Kansas about 1870.
Elias Plumb came from New York about 1838; settled on the S. E. J of See. 25; removed to Michigan to engage in the fruit business.
Hugh Lee came from Ohio about 1839, and settled on the W. 1/2 of the NW. 1/4 of Sec. 25, and the S.W. 1/4 of Sec. 24; sold to Samuel and Geo. Curry, in 1852; removed first to Warren county, afterward to Oregon.
James Harbison came from Indiana about 1836, or 1837; bought in Sec. 26; died there.
Wm. Cowden came from Trumbull county, Ohio; settled on S. E. and S.W. J of Sec. 12, in 1835 ; was killed at Biggsville, by the.caving of a bank which he was undermining at the mill at that place, December 24, 1874, aged forty-seven years. He was active and prominent in public affairs.
Geo. W. Cowden was county sheriff previous to the war; enlisted in 1862 ; came home wounded; recovered; reenlisted in Co. K, 84th 111. Inf.; died August 20, 1864.
Hiram Brooks came from Michigan about 1838; settled on N. E. 1/4 of Sec. 32; died there October 1, 1846, aged sixty-two; the family removed to Colorado about 1850; his widow went with Mr. McFee to Kansas, and died there.
John Andrew was from Ohio; settled in 1835, on the Mendenhall place; afterward bought the S.W. 1/4 of Sec. 14, and the KW. J of Sec. 23; died in February, 1865; his wife survived him but a lew weeks.
William Ingerson was born October 31, 1817, in Jefferson county, New York; settled, after protracted wandering, in Henderson county. Taught the Warren school for several years, also various other schools. During the war he acted as enrolling officer for two drafts. Served a term as county superintendent of schools by appointment. Bought his farm in 1878, which he is conducting as a garden and fruit farm.
Ira Miller, born February 24, 1805, in Washington county, Pennsylvania. Removed to Ohio in 1814, where he .was equally well known as a teacher and cooper. Removed to Illinois in 1839, and settled near Warren. Died March 3, 1881.
Benjamin Franklin Foote, born in 1821, in Chenango county, New York. Was bound out at the age of eleven to a farmer; after his majority he worked out for two years. Came west in 1844; Bought the N. 1/2 of the S. E.1/4 of Sec. 34. in connection with his brother. After six years he bought his brother's interest. At his death he owned 2,300 acres in Henderson county, and several hundred acres in other states.
Rev. James MeArthur, United Presbyterian minister, born January 8, 1815, at Cambridge, Washington county, New York. Graduated at Franklin college, New Athens, Ohio, in 1841. Studied theology at Canon sburg, Ohio. Licensed July 3, 1845, by the Muskingum Presbytery; ordained by Cambridge Presbytery October 11, 1846. Was pastor at Ryegate, Vermont, from October, 1846, to December, 1857. Was settled over the Ellison congregation, Henderson county, July, 1859, and continued until he was retired as infirm. August, 1872. Has published a sermon on faith and a farewell sermon at Ryegate.
Stephen White was born in Pennsylvania, June 23, 1802. Came to Henderson county in the spring of 1838, and entered 400 acres of section 2. Died January 23, 1872.
Casparus Laut, born in Washington county, New York, in 1795; removed to Henderson county in 1839. He lived for fifteen years in T. 9, R. 4, and in 1854 removed to T. 9, R. 5. He is now infirm under his weight of years, but his wife is still hale at the age of eighty-three.
John Ginter came from Pennsylvania about 1837, and settled on section 26. After wrestling for several years with the lusts of the stomach, he returned to Pennsylvania " to eat one more huckleberry pie."
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