Was born in Randolph County, January 6, 1837.The family is of Scotch-Irish ancestry.His grandfather (.......... ?) came to America from NORTH IRELAND, and settled in South Carolina, and there his son William was born in 1781.
The latter grew to manhood, and was a soldier in the war of 1812, under GEN. JACKSON.Soon after that war he came north to ILLINOIS, and settled in Perry County, on “Six Mile Prairie;”
subsequently removed to Randolph County to a place eight miles east of Kaskaskia, on the Shawneetown road.He died in Perry County while back here looking after the improvement of land that he had entered, the date of which was in 1856.He was also a soldier in the war of 1831-32, with Black Hawk, and was major of the regiment.He was appointed Receiver of the Land office, a few years before his death, and was in that position when he died.Soon after he first came to Perry County, he married the daughter of James BROWN.She died, leaving two children, one of whom is yet living.He afterwards married Mrs.. Rebecca LACEY, widow of John LACEY.Her maiden name was TAGGART. She was of Irish parentage, and born in South Carolina.She died in 1877, aged eight-two years.By this marriage there were two children, twins, son and daughter.
The daughter is the wife of Frank MOORE, a resident of Randolph County.