Birdsall., who has found a broad and renumerative field in agriculture and stock-raising by his native energy and ambition, was born in Ellison Township, Warren County, August 19, 1863, a son of John and Abigail (Wentworth) Birdsall. His paternal grandparents were John and Mary (Fowler) Birdsall, both natives of Westchester County, N. Y.

John Birdsall was among the very early settlers of Warren County, locating here as early as 1838. After his marriage he pxirchased land in Section 6, Ellison Township, and became one of the successful farmers of his section of the State. He owns 240 acres of rich and well cultivated land, and is now living retired in Smithshire, where he has a good home with all modern improvements.

Mr. Birdsall was married near Biggsville, Henderson County, March 12, 1885, to Miss Eliza A. Boyd, by whom he has three children: Herbert 0., Lawrence D. and James R. Mrs. Birdsall was born in York County, Penn., December 7, 1863, a daughter of John and Mary (Johnson) Boyd. Her parents were born in Scotland, and came to this country when chil­ dren. They settled in Henderson County, Ill., in 1864. Her father, who was a farmer, died in 1880. Her mother is still living. Mr. Bird- sail, who is a Democrat, was elected Supervisor in 1800 and again in 1902. He belongs to the A. F. & A. M., at Kirkwood, and the Modern Woodmen of America.


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