John Nightingale, merchant and Postmaster at Morristown , this county, is a native of England , in which country he was born Aug. 7, 1830, and there resided until he reached his 20 th year, following the occupation of a tailor, which trade he had learned after an apprenticeship of seven years.
In 1851 Mr. Nightingale emigrated to the United States , and lived near Rome , N. Y., where he followed his trade for some eight years. Leaving the latter place, he moved to Davenport , Iowa , and worked at his trade in that city for two years. In January, 1861, Mr. Nightingale came to Morristown , this county, where he has since resided. He has been Postmaster at that place for four years, receiving his last appointment during the administration of President Arthur. In connection with his office he has a general stock of merchandise, and by fair and honest dealing has established a good and paying business.
The marriage of Mr. Nightingale took place in the land of his nativity, May 15, 1849 , when Miss Elizabeth Monkman became his wife. She was a native of England . Five children were born of their union, namely: George H., born in England ; Frank, Charles W., Bessie and Thomas; the last four, born in this country, and died in their infancy, all of whom have been placed beneath the sod, their souls returning to God who gave them.
Mr. Nightingale, in addition to his office of Postmaster and his business, has held the position of School Director at Morristown . He is the owner of two houses and several lots in the village. Politically, he is a believer in and a supporter of the principles of the Democratic party.
1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry County, Illinois, page 494
Transcribed by Jan Roggy
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