William Wayne. Among the respected farmers of Western Township is classed the subject of the following sketch. He devotes his time and attention to general farming, and resides on section 9. He was born in the city of Philadelphia , April 1, 1827 . His father, William Wayne, Sr., was also a native of the Quaker city, and a lineal descendant of the famous soldier, Anthony Wayne, and came from an old New England family of English extraction on both sides. William, Senior, was a hardware merchant in the great city during his life-time, and was an earnest, hard worker and prominent in the business affairs of the city. He was married in Philadelphia , to Miss Rebecca Walker, who came from Lumberton , N. J. Her father was a millwright, and of New England ancestry, and a descendant of the old Quaker families of that State, and the parents of the subject of our sketch inherited the same religious inclinations. His mother died in Philadelphia when William was only about six years of age. He continued to reside with his father, and received his schooling under a private tutor. Remaining at home until he reached his majority, he was married at Philadelphia and started out as an agriculturist. The maiden name of the lady, who thus signified her desire to share with him his fortunes and misfortunes, was Miss Edith Blackfan. She was born in Chester Co., Pa. , was the daughter of a physician, and was reared and educated at home. After having borne two children, Eliza, now deceased, and Mary E., now of Philadelphia , the wife died in that city.
After the death of his wife, Mr. Wayne came to Illinois and secured an unimproved farm in Western Township . At the time the tract of land consisted of 160 acres, which he has since put in a good state of cultivation, and fairly supplied with the necessary farm buildings, and where he has since resided. His success as a farmer is best told by stating that, besides the excellent farm upon which he lives, he owns an entire section of land in Sedgwick Co., Kan. , some of which has been well improved.
Mr. Wayne celebrated his second marriage in Osco Township , this county, Dec. 2, 1856 . His second wife was Sarah E. Leibee, a daughter of George and Margaret (Dean) Leibee. Her parents were formerly from Middleton, Butler Co., Ohio , where Mrs. Wayne was born, March 9, 1835 , and where she was reared and educated. She came with her parents to Illinois in 1856. They located in Osco Township , where her marriage to Mr. Wayne was shortly afterward celebrated. She is the mother of four children, all of whom are living, and a record of whom is as follows: George H. married Hattie Jones, and resides at Orion, where Mr. W. is engaged in the mercantile business; Margaret L. is the wife of Edward Duffield, a farmer of Western Township; Clara J. married Henry Crampton, and resides in Orion; Charles resides with his parents at home. Mr. W. has held the minor offices of his township, and politically is a Republican.
1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois page 455
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