Farmer, Monmouth Town ship, was formerly a carpenter and is now a well to do stock-raiser. He was born in Botetourt County, Va., in 1850, a son of David and Mary (Flaharty) Whitmer, natives of that State. His father, who was a planter, died there in 1866, his mother in 1851. Mr. Whitmer has a sister, Mrs. McClure, in Virginia. His father married a second wife, who bore him children as follows: Mrs. Heittner L. Sampson, 67 West Virginia, and John L., M. 0., Alfred, David and Mrs. Anna Vines, of Virginia. M. B. Whitmer was reared and educated in Virginia and, as a boy, heard more than once the booming of cannon fired in battles of the Civil War, and later observed the effects of the war on the country round about his home.
After leaving school he learned the carpenter's trade, at which he was employed in Virginia until 1895, when he came to Hale Township, Warren County, and engaged in farming. In 1898 he bought his present farm of 320 acres in Monmouth Township, and engaged in stock-raising in connection with general farming.
He married, in Virginia, in 1876, Anna Hutson, a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Reynolds) Hutson, planters of that State, and she has borne him children named as follows: Caroline R., Ira D., Ivy, Herbert, Itly and Mrs. Mary S. Crosby, the last mentioned of whom lives at Kewanee, Ill. Mr. Whitmer has done some work as a carpenter since he came to Illinois. He is active and influential as a Republican, and he and his wife are helpful members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Reed, Henderson County,
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