NATHAN FRANKLIN CONRAD

Farmer; Cold Brook Township, Warren County, Illinois (postoffice address Rural Delivery, No. 1, Galesburg); traces his ancestry to John Conard, who was born and died in Loudoun County, Virginia, and whose wife was buried at Newark, Ohio. They were the great-grandparents in the paternal line of the subject of this sketch. Their son Nathan Conard, Mr. Conard's grandfather, was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, in 1779, and died in Licking County, Ohio, in 1852. Hannah Butcher, who became his wife, was born in Virginia. January 7, 1779, and died in Licking County, Ohio, in 1872. Their son, Amos, was born in Licking County, Ohio, and married Sarah Smoots, a native of Highland County, Va., and a daughter of Philip and Elizabeth (Hass) Smoots. Philip Smoots was a son of Mathias Smoots, who was born in Shenandoah County, Va., and was the great-grandfather in the maternal line cf the subject of this sketch.

Nathan Conard, emigrated from Virginia to Licking County, Ohio, before the Indians had left that part of the country, taking with him six hundred dollars in cash., with which he bought a farm to which he added until he owned many acres which he divided among his children. Amos Conard came from Ohio to McLean County, Ill., in 1865, and soon afterward purchased a farm in Piatt County, on which he lived until his death, which occurred when he was eighty- eight years old. His wife died April 10, 1899, at the age of eighty-six years while on a visit to her son, Nathan Franklin Conard, in Cold Brook Township. She was of German descent and was born at Johnstown, N. Y. Nathan Franklin Conard is a Methodist and a Republican: was married in Piatt County. Ill., November 19, 1S74, to Elizabeth Suver, who was born there July 2, 1848, a daughter of John and Christina (Robertson) Suver. John Suver, grandfather of Mrs. Conard, settled near Mar- tinsburg. W. Va., about. 1802. and later re­ moved to Ohio. Mrs. Conard's father was born near Martinsburg in 1814: her mother was born in 1819: he died in 1856, and she in 1848.

He and his brother entered 1600 acres of land in Piatt County, Ill., and, in 1854. he sold out his interests there and bought about 580 acres in Cold Brook Township.

Mrs. Conard has borne her husband four children, as follows: Eugene S., Frances Lois, Ella Florence and Mary Esther—to whom Mr. Conard has given good educational advantages in the high school and at Knox College, Galesburg. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Conard settled on a farm of ninety-six acres in Cold Brook Township which the latter owned and upon which he lived eight years, when they sold it ia order to buy their present farm of 175 acres in Section 24. Mr. Conard is an up-to-date farmer who gives much attention to stock raising. He is influential in his township, and for twenty- two years has served his fellow citizens as school director.

 

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