George Day, one of the prosperous and energetic farmers of Wethersfield Township , where he is a resident on section 20, was born in Richland Co., Ohio ,March 23, 1818. His parents, Lewis and Mary ( Hull ) Day, were natives of New Jersey . They were united in marriage and settled in Pennsylvania , where they lived several years, when the removed into Richland Co., Ohio , in which county they died.
George was the fifth in order of birth of his parents’ family of 11 children. He received a common-school education, and lived at home under the parents’ influence until he attained the age of 21 years, when he came to what is now Richland Co., Ill. , where he made a purchase of 160 acres of land, and another of 40 acres in Crawford County , when he again returned to Richland County , Ohio . About four years later he exchanged his Illinois land for a farm near Mansfield , Ohio , where he located and lived about six years, when he again sold, and this time came West into Illinois . Locating in the spring of 1851 in Henry County , he soon made a purchase of 160 acres of land in Wethersfield Township , on section 20, his present homestead, where he settled and has lived with the exception of three years, most of which time he lived in Pennsylvania . To his first purchase of 160 acres here, he has added until he now owns 240 acres, which by his industry and hard labor he has under excellent cultivation and improvement, with a fine substantial residence thereon, barns and necessary outbuildings.
Mr. Day was first married in Richland Co., Ohio ,Aug. 28, 1845, to Miss Elizabeth Ferguson, who was a native of Ohio . She died in Wethersfield Township , Sept. 1, 1852. He then formed a second matrimonial alliance in Peoria , Ill. , the lady chosen for his wife being Miss Elizabeth Gaskill, who was born in McLean Co., Ill. By this second marriage have been born seven children, namely: Losson L., Frances , Erna, Lewis L., Abby, Nora and Elzey H. The eldest, Losson L., is deceased. In politics Mr. Day is independent.

1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry County, Illinois page 499

Transcribed by Jan Roggy

©Wini Caudell and Contributors

All Rights Reserved

Illinois Ancestors