It was not until about 1854 that some of the best land in Illinois was made accessible to the settlers. At that time the old Military Tract Railroad was completed from Mendota to Galesburg , which, with its extensions north to Chicago and in all directions to Quincy , Burlington and Peoria , opened up the magnificent district known as the Military Tract. Among those to come in and take advantage of the situation was Joseph Robb, who now resides upon an excellent farm of 240 acres of land on section 27, of Wethersfield Township.
He was born in Ireland , March 5, 1825 , and came to America with his parents, Nathan and Eleanor (Monteith) Robb, in 1832. They first settled in Franklin Co., N. Y., where they lived until 1853, when they came to Stark Co., Ill. They subsequently moved to Little Rock , Ark. , where they died. Joseph lived at home until 26 years of age, when for two years longer he lived in Stark County , and the following year he passed in Marshall Co., Ill. He then, in 1855, came to. Henry County and made a permanent settlement, and has been successful in his calling. He has taken great interest in the local affairs of his township, and has served as Assessor, Commissioner of Highways, Constable and School Director. Politically, he is a Republican. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mr. Robb was married in Marshall Co., Ill., May 20, 1853, to Martha J., daughter of Samuel B. and Rachel (Hornmett) McLaughlin. Mrs. Robb was born in Peoria Co., Ill. , March 9. 1836. Mr. and Mrs. Robb have seven children living, viz.: Clara J., Samuel I., Rachel E., Mary L., Eva J., Ethel A. and Joseph M. The deceased are Lewis A., Elmer L. and Mabel B.
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