GEORGE WASHINGTON RAYBURN, cashier of the State Bank, Roseville , Ill. , is descended from ancestors who, in successive generations, have been well known in Kentucky . There George and Susan (Shafer) Rayburn, his grandparents in the paternal line, and his father, William R. Rayburn, were all born. The latter married Sarah A. Roberts, a native of Indiana and a daughter of John and Jane (Saiyers) Roberts, who were born in that State.

William R. Rayburn came to Ellison Township in 1854, and was a successful farmer and a citizen of influence, who was repeatedly elected to the office of Supervisor. He was one of the organizers of the State Bank of Roseville in 1891, and a director therein until his death. To him and his wife were born the following children: George W., subject of this sketch; Ida, deceased; William, deceased; Frank S.; John R.: Dr. .Charles Rayburn. of Kewanee; and Edward, deceased. William R. Rayburn died January 23, 1893 , and his widow lives on the homestead. George W. Rayburn was born at Roseville , Ill. , November 4, 1857 , and was married at Roseville to Minnie Luster, December 31, 1884 . His youth was spent on a farm and he was educated in the public school at Roseville .

He was actively connected with farming until he was twenty-three years old, and afterward was for five years employed in the postoffice at Roseville . He then engaged in the drug trade in Roseville , in which he continued six years. In 1894 he accepted the position of cashier in the State Bank at Roseville , which he has since filled with ability. He is an extensive land-owner and stockraiser, and has a fine residence on North Main Street , Roseville . He is a citizen of much public spirit, and is locally influential as a Republican. Fraternally he is a member of Roseville Lodge No. 519, A. F. & A. M., of which he has been master, and of the Knights of Pythias.

Minnie Luster, who became the wife of George W. Rayburn, was born in Berwick, Warren County, Ill., August 28, 1862 , a daughter of Thomas M. and Mary Luster, natives respect­ ively of Kentucky and St. Clair County, Illinois. Her father, who was a physician and surgeon, practiced his profession at Monmouth several years, and removed thence to Good Hope, where he died June 29, 1869 . Her mother died March 12, 1897 .


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