James Withrow

James Withrow, a farmer of Henry County , was born Feb. 1, 1833, at Shawneetown, Gallatin Co., Ill. , and is the son of Neely and Polly (Eveleth) Withrow, pioneers of the same county, and of whom an account is given on another page of this work. He came to this county with his parents, and underwent the experiences of the son of a pioneer in an unsettled country. The educational facilities were of the same primitive fashion as the other surroundings, and the privileges were of the same grade. His life was passed on the farm until the country had need of his services in her defense, and he made three efforts to enroll as a soldier, but in vain, as he was physically disabled, and there was no such thing as escaping the vigilant eye of the examining surgeon. He was obliged to be content with the life of a civilian.

   His marriage to Mary A., daughter of Jonathan and Charlotte Allen, took place Oct. 3, 1857. She was born in the State of Pennsylvania . Their children are three in number—two sons and a daughter. Arthur married Luella Cherry and lives in Phenix Township . Mary A. died when she was three years old. Edward E. is a resident of Phenix. The mother died April 23, 1875.

   The family removed to Geneseo in 1865, and with the exception of one year, have been here ever since. In 1875 they were on the farm. The estate of Mr. Withrow contains 240 acres in Phenix Township , and 40 acres situated in the vicinity of Geneseo. He is also the owner of 240 acres in Nebraska . It is located in Merrick County , and joins the village called Central City.

   In political connection Mr. Withrow is a Republican of decided stripe, and he has been prominent in the local offices of the county. He has served 14 years as Deputy Sheriff, and has been Constable 12 years. He has officiated in the capacity of City Marshal two years. The Fair Grounds of Geneseo are on his property, and he takes great interest in good trotting stock.

1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois page 543

Transcribed by Jan Roggy

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