JOHN H. GARNER.
John H. Garner, comfortably situated in life as the result of his capable business management and enterprise, his home being Augusta township, was born near Clayton, in Adams county, Illinois, May 15, 1846. His parents, William and Elizabeth (Garner) Gamer, were natives of Indiana, bom in the vicinity of Terre Haute. They were representatives of pioneer families of that part of the county, and the grandfather and the father of our subject both lived in log houses, which were covered with shingles that they themselves shaved. William Garner, the grandfather, was ninety-five years of age when he passed away at his son's home near Denver, Illinois. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and he lived under every presidential administration from Washington to Cleveland, his death occurring in 1888. He was married in 1817 to Sarah Robbinson and emigrated westward to Illinois in 1831, becoming a pioneer resident of Hancock county and one who contributed in substantial measure to its early development, when it was still a frontier district. He
was not the only member of the family who has done military service for the country, for James and George Garner, brothers of our subject, were soldiers of the Union army in the Civil war, the latter serving for about eight months. The former enlisted in 1861. and being captured, was held as a prisoner in both Libby and Andersonville prisons. Mr. Garner of this review also occupied a home in his early life that was built of logs. William Garner was a farmer by occupation and coming to Illinois when about twenty-two years of age settled in Adams county when it was a frontier district. In 1848 he removed to Hancock county, where he lived until his death. He was laid to rest in West Point cemetery, while his wife was buried in Adams county near Hebron church. Both were members of the Methodist church and were people of the highest respectability and worth. They had seven children, of whom the following still survive: Frances, the widow of Rev. X. A. Walker, and a resident of Beloit, Kansas: James R., living in West Point, Illinois; John H.. of this review; George, uf Red Cloud, Nebraska: and Fletcher, of Quincy, Illinois.
John H. Garner at the usual age began his education, pursuing his studies in West Point (Illinois) district schools. He afterward remained with his parents until twenty years of age and was then married, in 1866, to Miss Angelina Blake, who was born in this county, December 28, 1846, a daughter of Gideon and Mary Blake. Her father was of German parentage, while her mother was born in the east. He followed farming in order to
Loading...Loading...provide for his family and both he and his wife have now passed away, his death having1 occurred about fifteen years ago, while his wife died twenty years ago. They had ten children, four of whom are now living: Ellen, the wife of Marion Bagley, of Chicago; Joseph, of Kansas; Cora, the wife of John Adams, of Johnson county, Missouri; and Enoch, who lives in Colorado.
On the 4th of July, 1873, Mrs. Garner departed this life, leaving a son, James Edward, who was born in Chili township, December 23, 1866. He married Miss Rosa Symmonds, and lives in Monroe county, Missouri. They have four children, Helen Ethel, Ernest Ellwood (deceased), Lttella and John Edward. On the 3d of December, 1874, Mr. Garner was again married, his second union being with Miss Mary F. Dudman, who was born in Clark county, Indiana, September 17, 1846, a daughter of Robert Jackson and Phoebe Ann (Mills) Dudman, the former born in Adams county, Indiana, March 13, 1821, and the latter in Pennsylvania, October 30, 1818. Mr. Dudman was a cooper by trade and also followed the occupation of fanning. In 1849 he became a resident of Adams county, Illinois, and while carrying on general agricultural pursuits there he also found time and opportunity to take an active part in the work of the Methodist church, of which he was a member and in which he served as class leader and steward. He died December 28, 1873, leaving his family the priceless heritage of an untarnished name, and his wife, a most estimable lady, passed away May 25, 1861, both being laid to rest in Chili
cemetery. They had eight children, of whom five are now living: Mrs. Garner; Thomas, of Macomb, Illinois; Anna E., the wife of J. A. Veach, of Blooming- ton, Illinois; Lizzie Koehler, of Elder- ville, Illinois; and William Finley, who lives in Roanoke, this state, and is a minister of the Methodist church.
At the time of his first marriage Mr. Garner located in Chili township, where he lived until 1869, when he removed to a farm in Johnson county, Missouri, there spending three years. In 1873 he returned to Hancock county and for sixteen years made his home upon another farm in Chili township, coming thence to Augusta township in 1892, when he purchased forty acres of land on section 18, and twenty-five acres on section 7. He has since added to the home place and he now owns forty acres on section 8. He has improved his residence, built good barns and outbuildings and has a well equipped farm property, the main features of which indicate his careful supervision and spirit of thrift and enterprise. His attention is given not only to the development of the fields but also to stock-raising, and he likewise has four acres in a peach orchard, containing one thousand fine young trees, which in the present year, 1906, have borne bountifully. This is one of the finest orchards in the county. In the work of carrying on his farm he displays thorough knowledge of agricultural interests and as all who know him are aware, his property has come to him as the legitimate reward of his persistence and labor.
Mr. and Mrs. Garner are the parents of a daughter and two sons, all born in
Loading...Loading...Chili township but Helen Ann, who was born December 1, 1875, died April 15, 1895. Orville Ellwood, born June 13, 1878, is mail carrier on the Augusta rural route No. 2. Fred Garfield, born June 25, 1880, married Mittie Catherine McGinnis, and lives in Augusta township. They have two children, Martin Henry and Elbert Ellwood. Besides their own children Mr. and Mrs. Garner have reared a little daughter, Ruth Tucker, who came to them when two years of age and is now twelve years old. She was born November 28, 1894. Mr. Garner votes with the Republican party and has served as township collector and as a member of the school board. He and his wife are members of the Methodist church and their salient characteristics are such that all who know them speak of them in terms of warm regard and admiration. They have worked persistently together in the building of a home and the acquirement of a comfortable competence and are now pleasantly situated in life.
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Biographical Review of Hancock County, Illinois
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