One of the esteemed and venerable citizens of Smithshire, Warren County, was born in Media, Henderson County, Ill., March 12, 1837, a son of William and Sarah A. (Harland) Galbreath. His father, who was born in Rowe County, Tenn., in 1814, died in 1880; his mother, born in Maryland in 1818, died October 16, 1900. His paternal grandparents were Thomas and (White) Galbreath; his maternal grandfather was Elijah Harland.
-William Galbreath came into Illinois with his parents when only fourteen years old, and made his home with them in Morgan County. Later on they sold out and came to Henderson County, where William Galbreath purchased a farm. This he sold, after which he spent some time in Iowa. Returning to Illinois he bought a home near Gladstone, where he continued farming.
In 1858 he disposed of this property and bought some 400 acres of land, on part of which Smithshire has since been established. Both the father and mother of Newton Galbreath were members of the Christian church, and were highly esteemed in their day. Newton Galbreatb was married March 17, 1861, in Cameron, Ill., to Mary June Sipe, who was born in Cumberland County, Penn., July 10, 1837, a daughter of John and Mary (Wise) Sipe. Peter Sipe, her grandfather, came from Germany, and her maternal grandfather, John Wise, was a native of Cumberland County, Penn. Her parents, who were farming people, are both dead.
Mr. and Mrs. Galbreath are devoted to a farming life, and are much respected in the community where their quiet and useful lives are passing. Their only child, Sarah Ellen, who was born in 1862, died the following year; and they are bringing up a little girl, Nettie, whom they took to their hearts and home, when very young. Mr. Galbreath owns a small but compact place of some forty acres, and has devoted his active years to farming and stock-raising. He has been School Director several terms, and is an enlightened and public spirited citizen. Mr. Galbreath is a member of the Christian church, and, in his political affiliations, a Democrat.
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