James Warnock , resident on section 33, Alba Township , came to Henry County in the spring of 1873. He was born in Ireland , in County Down , March 25, 1834 . His parents were natives of the “Green Isle” also, and came with their son to the United States in 1848 and landed at the port of New York . James Warnock proceeded thence to Philadelphia , Pa. , and was a resident of that State until 1855. He was a painter by trade and he pursued that business while he continued in the Keystone State . The years 1855 and 1856 he passed in the city of Chicago , where he was similarly occupied. In the fall of 1857 he went to New Orleans and also remained until the latter part of the following year. In 1858 he came back to Pennsylvania and remained in the Quaker City until he entered the military service of the Government of the United States .
He enlisted April 26, 1861, under the first call for troops, in the 29 th Pa. Vol., Inf., and was mustered in July 4, following. The regiment was ordered to Harper’s Ferry. The first battle in which Mr. Warnock was a participant was the hard-fought field of Antietam , and afterwards the command was assigned to the Corps of General Banks, and took part in the fight at Winchester and in the three-days contest at Chancellorsville . The next engagement was at Gettysburg , where the brigade to which his regiment belonged was commanded by General Kane. Mr. Warnock has never recovered from the effects of wounds received at the battle of Chancellorsville . He was in the actions at Lookout Mountain and at Wahatchee, in Tennessee . He also fought at Mission Ridge and at Ringgold , Ga. , He held the rank of Sergeant Major when he went into the action at Gettysburg , and was there promoted to that of Second Lieutenant. In the engagement there he was in the thickest of the fight, and came out with clothing pierced with bullets. In 1864 he resigned his commission and returned to his home after a military service of three years. He continued in the city of Philadelphia until the 30 th day of March, 1873, when he came, as has been stated, to Henry County . He bought 120 acres of land in the township of Alba , on which he has since founded a home. Mr. Warnock is following the trade of a painter in connection with his business as a farmer. In the latter he is successful, and has a fine assortment of graded stock. He is the present Supervisor of Alba Township, and is serving as School Director, in which latter capacity he has operated six years consecutively. He is the Past Commander of Post T. T. Dow, G.A.R., located at Annawan.
He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah B. Moreland, Sept. 14, 1859 , and they have had five children, viz.: Mary Ann was born June 23, 1860 ; James Feb. 11, 1862; Hugh, Oct. 9, 1864 ; Sarah, Feb. 145, 1868; Jane E., April 5, 1875 . The oldest child died when seven months old. Mrs. Warnock was born March 1, 1837 , in County Down Ireland . Mr. Warnock is a Republican and is a member of the Congregational Church. Postoffice, Annawan.
1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois page 432
Transcribed by Jan Roggy
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