Biographies of Peoria County People


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Heinrich Hagemann William Hazzard
Joseph Hagemann Robert Hill
Rev. Anthony Hakes Lewis Hines
John Haller Jason Hinman
John Hamilton Daniel Hitchcock
William Hamilton Noble Holton
Dexter Harkness Hovenden Family
Henry Harkness George Hovenden
Patrick Harmon William Hovenden
George Hart Thomas Hunt
Jerome Hawley more to come...


HAGEMANN - A pioneer Peoria IL family descended from two young German brothers who came to this country in the mid-1800s.  Who they were, where they came from, how they got here and what they found is contained in this short narrative.  All the information is based on family history and genealogical research done by the author in the USA and Germany.    

German BackgroundComplete lineage of the Peoria Hagemann family traces back to the earliest documented ancestor, Borchers Hagemann, in the small village of Dingelbe, Germany in the period during the Thirty Year War (1618-1648).  Current efforts to research further into antiquity have been thwarted by lack of documentation.  The German Hagemann’s, however, blessed us with their “stay at home” nature of farming and their firm adherence to the Catholic faith.  The latter church records have permitted us to fully document Borchers and his descendants for an additional 250 years.  Here we find that succeeding generations farmed in Dingelbe, Wöhle, Borsum, and Machtsum Germany.  These small villages (all within comfortable walking distance of each other) were the Catholic strongholds in this region during the Reformation. Nearby, the much larger city of Hildesheim continued its growth (having been officially declared the seat of the bishop in the year 815) and served as the city of regional jurisdiction[1]

Hagemann’s in Machtsum:  In 1783 our direct Hagemann ancestor, Franz Joseph Hagemann, and his new wife moved to nearby Machtsum. Their first-born son, Johannes Dirk Jacob, eventually took over the family “farm” through sole, direct inheritance, as was the custom at the time.  Four children were born into the Johannes Hagemann family. The youngest sons (Joseph and Heinrich) grew up on this small 20 acre plot nearby to the village of Machtsum.  The political unrest in Germany, the prospects of military service, and the recognition that they could never inherit the family farm (it went to the eldest son, Christoph a few years later) drove them to consider leaving Germany forever.  The first to leave was Joseph (age 24) and the next was Heinrich (age 23)[2]

Why consider Peoria? -- Lost over the years is the reason the two brothers selected Peoria as their ultimate home. It is quite possible that the already established German community in Peoria had been known in Machtsum and that the Peoria area was similar in rich earth and climate to the north of Germany.  In any event, both brothers selected Peoria as their final destination – a choice to be appreciated by succeeding generations of Hagemann descendants.

Joseph Joachim HagemannThe first son to arrive in the USA in early 1850 was Joseph (born 1 October, 1826 in Machtsum).  He quickly settled into the German farming community at the edge of Limestone Township (near to Krause and Laramie Street).  He married first Theresa Rohmann in Peoria on April 25, 1854 and they had twin girls (Magdalena and Catherina) born March 4, 1855.  In 1855 Joseph became a U.S. Citizen.

Tragedy struck a few years later in 1859 when his wife, Theresa, died.  Two years later (1861) he remarried to Louisa Winkelmann.  Five additional children were born to them between the years 1862 and 1873.  All were baptized at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Peoria (now known as St. Martin de Porres parish).  Joseph took an active role in the early formation of the parish.  After farming for a while, he engaged in town-to-town peddling of small merchandise from a horse-drawn wagon.  Family lore said that he was quite often gone for 6 days at a time, always returning in time for Sunday Mass at St. Joseph’s with his family.  By 1880 he owned a small grocery store in Peoria.  His twin daughters had married by this time and had moved to the western part of the U.S. known then as the Washington Territory. 

Westward expansion by the railroads permitted passengers to be conveniently transported to this area and about 1883, Joseph and his wife, in addition to the children -- Anna Mary[3], Mary Louise, Christian J[4]., and Henry -- moved to Whitman County, Washington.  Here the children eventually married and began to raise their own families, attending the Uniontown Catholic church of St. Boniface.

Joseph was nearly 60 years of age when he moved West with his family.  He bought a small parcel of property (40 acres) and raised wheat and barley. In addition, he built a very small two-room “box house” measuring 12 feet by 24 feet.  He had 4 horses, 2 head of cattle, 32 pigs and 72 chickens.  His entire net worth in 1889 was $465.   

Here they continued to farm until old age forced them into the actual city of Uniontown where they lived their few remaining years, surrounded by their children and 29 grandchildren.  Louisa died at age 65 in 1901 and Joseph died four years later in 1905 at age 78.  Life in America was a struggle:  the Civil War, the state bankruptcies, the drought conditions of the 1890s, and the on-going cholera difficulties all painted a much darker picture than originally envisioned by the young Joseph when he left Germany. 

Although his estate was valued at less than $1000 when he died, he left behind a rich legacy of American descendants numbering over 500 and spread throughout the western states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and California. He and his wife are buried in the St. Boniface Catholic cemetery in Uniontown, Washington. 

Heinrich Conrad Hagemann: The second son to arrive in the USA was Heinrich (born December 27, 1830 in Machtsum).  He arrived three years after his older brother, Joseph.  Heinrich came to New Orleans, LA from Bremen, Germany on the 3-masted sailing ship called “Post”, arriving on 18 November, 1853.  From New Orleans he traveled up the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to Peoria where he took up residence with his brother.  As a young man, he worked as a “collier”[5] in the coal mines of Limestone Township.  It was often said that he was an “engineer” because of his ability with geometry and mine shaft angles.  He eventually turned to farming, however, when he was able to accumulate enough money to purchase 20 acres of land in the S.S. Clarke subdivision (corner 20 acres at Laramie St. and Middle Road, Peoria, IL)

In 1861 he married Gertrude Elizabeth Wolf (born Ottbergen[6], Germany) at St. Joseph’s. Shortly thereafter in 1862 he became a U.S. Citizen, no longer claiming allegiance to the “King of Hannover”.  His marriage was blessed with four children, who all lived to be adults:  Joseph L., Theresa, Henry C., and Christoph A. Hagemann.  All were baptized and educated at St. Joseph’s.  

St. Joseph’s parish was the “German church” of Peoria and was substantially overcrowded because of the number of arriving German immigrants. In 1881, twenty-six families petitioned Bishop Spalding for permission to establish a new parish.  Heinrich Hagemann served as one of the members of the building committee and St. Boniface parish (later named St. Ann) was born in the same year, to be located on Antoinette Street.  Here Heinrich’s grandchildren and scores of descendants were to be baptized, educated, married, and buried.  The school was demolished in August of 2006.  

Heinrich was a very active member of the church and was a founding member of the St. Bonifazius Unterstuetzung Gesellschaft in 1883.  His wife, Gertrude, was also kept very busy with church work.  Heinrich died in 1893 at the age of 62.  His wife died much later in 1918.  Her 4 children and 21 grandchildren were living at the time of her death.  Both are buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in West Peoria. 

The four children inherited the 20 acres of property and the three boys continued to farm the land and to raise their respective families on these small parcels of excellent land.  Additional acreage was leased from other owners in Peoria.   

Heinrich stayed in Peoria after his immigration from Machtsum.  He contributed to and enjoyed the fruits of the ever-expanding community.  Yes, life was difficult for him, too, since his arrival from Germany.  The economic uncertainties of farming, the precarious shape of local financial institutions, and on-going health problems added to the daily burdens.  But there certainly were many joys in seeing the progress in the community.  Could Heinrich have seen Charles Duryea driving the first gasoline-powered automobile on the streets of Peoria in 1892?  Family lore does not share this memory, but it is a distinct possibility.  As an early “engineer”, this would have drawn his attention for sure.  

Heinrich’s descendants number in excess of 600 and they mainly reside in the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Tennessee.  The majority of his children and grandchildren stayed in the immediate Peoria area and expanded their sphere of influence well beyond agricultural endeavors[7].   Heinrich’s one son, Christoph Hagemann, was granted a patent in 1908 for his work on thermal glazing.  All descendants contributed to the community in a variety of ways; political efforts, community involvement, church and school committees – all in support and appreciation for the blessings bestowed on the family. 

General CommentaryThe Hagemann name is often found without the “extra letter n” at the end.  This was often seen in the early church records.  Some family members elected to drop the “German ending” at the outbreak of WWI hostilities in a show of support for their U.S. homeland.   Others have simply dropped the “redundant n”.  

As the family historian (self appointed and re-elected as the sole nominee every year) I am sometimes asked where the name Hagemann came from.  From my aunt, Magdalen Hagemann, I was told that our name meant something akin to “living along a hedge row”. Nothing is for certain, of course, but this is probably not far from the truth.  A HAGEN is an enclosure or hedge.  Single, young men, often lived away from their families after a certain age in these small hedge-like enclosures – or huts.  Perhaps at some point in our ancient Hagemann history there was a need for a surname identifier and the name was selected to reflect the residence of the individual at the time.   

A Visit to the Old Country:  From a very small scrap of information I was able to initiate communication with a local enthusiast and expert of family history in Borsum, Germany who faithfully searched the Catholic archives for our ancestors.  His efforts, discoveries, and methodical searches through small libraries provided us with 250 years of records and information.   The ancestral angels were certainly with me as Vinzenz Gentemann uncovered one ancestor after another in the various small villages surrounding his home near Hildesheim.  Newer miracles occurred when he discovered that his wife, Adelheid, and I share a common 3g-grandfather – Vinzenz is married to my distant cousin!  Further work showed Vinzenz to be related to us also through a common Hagemann ancestor on his maternal side.  Amazing! 

After nearly 145 years, I was the first Hagemann to return to Germany in 1996.  Entering the small village of Machtsum I was greeted by the mayor, a newspaper photographer, a resident who now lives on the original Hagemann property, and an elder citizen whose grandfather would often speak of the “two Hagemann boys who went to America”.  The golden wheat fields of Machtsum, the surrounding corn, the flatness of the land, the community of happy people all woven together by their faith gave me a picture of what Peoria must have looked like to Joseph and Heinrich when they first came to America.  They were seeking new, wonderful opportunities in familiar surroundings.                                                         By Lawrence A. Hagemann[8]                                                       

[1] - The history of Hildesheim is, in itself, a very interesting story.   Archeology studies have shown it to have been occupied during the time of Christ and in subsequent Roman days. It is known that Charlemagne's campaigns took him into this region as early as 775.  The written history of the city is well documented after 993, the year that Bernward became the Bishop of Hildesheim.  Ancient and colorful homes and buildings, carefully preserved since the medieval days, were all destroyed by fire in less than 20 minutes on March 22, 1945 in the waning days of WWII.  Now rebuilt in the “old style”,  the city today boasts over 100,000 inhabitants and an array of beautifully reconstructed churches and historical sites. 

[2] - The sustained oral tradition in Machtsum of these two boys leaving their village for America was replayed for this author during his initial trip in 1996, despite the fact that all communication had been lost for nearly 110 years.

[3] Anna Mary Hagemann married Paul Fuchs. One of their 11 children was the famous Alaskan missionary Jesuit, John P. Fox, S.J. - Fr. Fox visited Hagemann relatives in Peoria every ten years or so.  He died in 1983 at the age of 90 and is buried at the Jesuit cemetery in Spokane, WA. 

[4] Christian Joseph Hagemann  married Clara Vogt.  One of their 12 children (Sister Louisa Hageman) was the source of much information on this branch. She died at age 101 in 2005 in Spokane, WA.

[5]  From the census of 1860

[6]  A complete genealogy of the WOLF family of OTTBERGEN has been compiled by the author

[7] It is interesting to note that Heinrich’s branch of the family also produced two religious vocations.  Sister Rosina (Frances Hagemann) taught school and lived to age 98.  Sister Angeline (Julia Mary Hagemann) also taught school & retirement crafting. She died at age 100 on Jan. 5, 2004.

[8]  10146 Mizner Lane, Raleigh NC 27617, USA              e-mail:           Aug. 26, 2006

(Written and submitted by Larry Hagemann)

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REV. ANTHONY HAKES, who is closely connected with the farming and stock-raising interests of Hallock Township, of which he was an early settler, as one of its most intelligent and successful agriculturists, is also engaged in ministerial work here, he being one of the leading ministers of the Seventh Day Baptist denomination, and has filled the Advent pulpit in this place for twenty years. He used to preach here in early times, often conducting funerals, not only here but in various parts of the county, and may well be regarded as a pioneer preacher. He holds a warm place in the hearts of the people far and wide, regardless of creed.
     Our subject was born in the township of Berlin, Rensselaer County, N. Y., June 2[n?], 1817. His father, Rensselaer Hakes, was also a native of that county, from which he derived his name. He was born in the township of Berlin in 1788, of an old and respected family. He grew up to the life of a farmer and was married, in his native county, to Lucy Eymer, also of that county. After marriage they lived on the old homestead that had been his birthplace until her death, when she was in middle life. She left a family of six children, five of whom are yet living, four sons and one daughter, and one daughter is dead. Mr. Hakes was married a second time, Lucinda Hendrick, a native of New York State, becoming his wife. They came West as far as Illinois and settled on a small farm at Lawn Ridge, in this county, and there both died, he in 1862, and she a few years prior to that, when she was past sixty years old. He rounded out a busy life at seventy-four years, and left an honorable record as a virtuous upright man and a true Christian. They were both devoted members of the Regular Baptist Church.
     Anthony Hakes was the second son and fourth child of his parents, and was reared in his native State and county, coming thence to Illinois in 1815 when he was twenty-eight years old, with his brother Alanson (of whom see biography on another page of this work). The two brothers purchased forty acres of wild land with a log hut on it, and this was one of the first homes that was built out on the prairie. They made some improvement and by subsequent purchase, became owners of large tracts of land. Our subject personally has owned about three hundred and fifty acres of land, one hundred and sixty of which he has given to his children. He has a choice farm on section 30, Hallock Township, which has been his home for thirty-five years, arid the substantial improvements that make it one of the best in its vicinity are the work of his own hand. The farm comprises one hundred and sixty acres under good tillage and well supplied with all the necessary farm buildings.
     The Rev. Mr. Hakes has been connected with the ministry here the most of the time since he came to the county. He began his work by presiding at funerals and was called far and near when ever a death occurred among the settlers, and at one time was known all over the county. He has preached for all orders, never having made religion a subject of controversy. After he had been here a good many years he wag regularly ordained by an association of Seventh Day Baptists at Walworth Wis., and for the past twenty years, as before mentioned, has preached acceptably before the Adventists of this locality, and has often been called upon to fill the pulpits of different churches in the township.
     Our subject had been married in his Eastern home in his native county, before he took up his abode in the Prairie State, The maiden name of his wife was Susannah Saunders. She was born in the Empire State, September 29, 1821, a daughter of Charles and Mary (Lamphere) Saunders. Her parents died in this county, where they spent their last years, coming here from New York, and settling on a farm with their son William. They were natives, respectively, of Rhode Island and New York, and were married in the latter State. Mrs. Hakes was one of four children of the second marriage of her father. She was carefully reared and became an adept in all household affairs, and has greatly assisted our subject in the prosecution of his labors, both as farmer and as a minister. She is the mother of two children—Mary S. and Egbert E. The latter, who married Mary Rankin, lives on his father's farm; Mary is the wife of Julius Potter, a farmer of Akron Township, and they have two children—A. U., a merchant at Edelstein, and Edna, at home.
     As a man of wisdom and probity of character, our subject is naturally selected by his fellow-citizens to fill offices of responsibility and trust, and three times he has been called upon to represent the township on the County Board of Supervisors, and he has been Assessor and has been otherwise connected with the management of public affairs. Politically, he is a firm advocate of the principles of the Republican party. A man of deeply earnest, religious nature, it is pleasing to him that his wife and children are of the same faith as himself and are active supporters of the church. (Portrait & Biographical Album of Peoria, Illinois (1890), pages 427-428, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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HON. WILLIAM HALE – One of the prominent benefactors of Peoria, now deceased, is the subject of this brief record. William Hale was born in Pawlet, Vermont, on the 7th of December, 1783. His early life was spent on a farm, where he received the advantage of a good common school education, and, like many young men of the Green Mountain state, spent a portion of his time in teaching. He settled on a farm in Oswego county, New York, and, while living there, became one of the leading men of the county. For many years he held the position of justice of the peace. He was then appointed to the associate judgeship, held the office of deputy sheriff, then sheriff, of the county.
     In 1835 he came to Peoria, and in company with his brother, Asahel Hale, and George G. Greenwood, erected a saw and grist mill on the Kickapoo river. At the first town meeting after township organization was adopted, on the 2d of April, 1850, he was elected one of the first board of supervisors. He was also the first mayor of the city of Peoria, receiving his election at the adoption of the city charter, on the 28th of April, 1845.
     The business life of Mr. Hale, after leaving the mill, was mostly spent in dealing in real estate, in which he became quite wealthy. He bought at an early time eighty acres in the central portion of the east part of the city, including now some of the finest residences, and laid it out into streets and lots, from which he received a handsome income. We are informed that he purchased the whole eighty for seven hundred dollars, scarcely the price of one lot at the present time. Mr. Hale added Hale's first, second, and third, additions to the city of Peoria.
     Mr. Hale was a prominent member of the order of Freemasons, and donated the ground for a masonic cemetery. He also gave liberally of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was a member. In politics he was a democrat, and his first vote was cast for General Jackson, the second term of his election to the presidency.
     He was married on the 27th of March, 1830, at the age of forty-two years, to Miss Hanna Twitchell, who is still living at her husband's late residence, on Perry Street. Mr. Hale died November 25th, 1859. (Atlas Map of Peoria County, Illinois, 1873, page 81, submitted by Kup Fercell)

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JOHN HALLER is a substantial farmer and stock-raiser, making a specialty of breeding Poland-China hogs, from the sale of which he derives an excellent income. He carries on his farming operations in Timber Township, of which he is one of the leading citizens, being prominent in its public and political life.

Mr. Haller was born December 27, 1846, in Wurtemberg, Germany. His parents were Ludwig and Anna Maria (Merktlin) Haller, and they were born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in the same place as himself, in the town of Kottweil. The subject’s paternal grandfather was Ludwig Haller, and he had the following children: Frederick, Adam, Ludwig, George, Rosina. Frederick and Adam came to the United States about the year 1836, and settled in Pennsylvania where they carried on farming. Frederick came from there to this county in 1851. He was a married man and reared a family of three sons and three daughters. An uncle of the father of our subject also came to this county and settled in Pennsylvania.

The father of our subject came to this country with his entire family of six children, and landing in Peoria June 14, 1859. They were sixty days on the ocean, and the voyage from New Orleans by river occupied eight days more. Mr. Haller settled in the northeastern part of Timber Township on an eighty-acre tract of wild land. He toiled hard and after a great deal of pioneer labor developed a good farm and in the comfortable home he built up here died in the month of June, l878, at the age of seventy-seven years, he having been born December 2, 1802. His wife who was born June 6, 1806, survived him until April 15, 1889, when she too passed away. They were the parents of the following children: Ludwig, a resident of Jacksonville; Mary, deceased; Fredericks, deceased; Rosina who died young; George and John.

John Haller of whom these lines are written, grew to man’s estate on the farm, and early learned the rudiments of agriculture. He acquired an excellent education in the schools of the Fatherland which has been of benefit to him in his after career. He was a lad of thirteen years when he accompanied his parents to this county, and was of great assistance to his father in the work of conducting his agricultural interests. In the fall of 1869 he utilized his education by entering the teacher’s profession and taught for eighteen years, and for several winters attended school as a student, being ambitious to still further increase his book lore. He had charge of one school for eight consecutive years and in the summer carried on farming. Wishing to devote himself more exclusively to agricultural pursuits, in the spring of 1875, he purchased eighty acres of land where he now resides. He has since been busily engaged in placing it under cultivation and improving it and has made of it a choice farm, supplied with excellent buildings, and all the necessary appliances for tilling the soil, and from it he reaps good harvests, and is laying up a comfortable income.

Mr. Haller has not been without the assistance of a capable, cheerful helper in the person of his wife, to whom he was married August 24, 1874. To them have come two children—Boyd and May. Mrs. Haller is a native of this township and county, and is a daughter of Shadrack and Lucy Ann (Doan) Scott, natives of Kentucky and New York and pioneers of this section of the country.

A man of Mr. Haller’s caliber, steady habits, and intelligent mind, is useful in any community and this township was fortunate in securing him as a citizen. He has been one of its most valuable civic officials, he acted as Road Commissioner for six years, was Supervisor for two years and held the position of Accessor of the township six years. He is very prominent in Democratic circles, and has attended county and State conventions. (Portrait & Biographical Album of Peoria, Illinois (1890), pages 819-820, submitted by Susan Hare)

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                                                   John Hamilton was born in Venango, Pa., in 1826, and received his medical degree in Columbus, Oh., and moved to Peoria in 1850 and lived initially with his brother, Dr. William Reynolds Hamilton. He played a primary role in the founding of Proctor Hospital and was publisher of the Peoria Medical Monthly. From "The Physician of Yesterday and Today"...was in practice with his brother, William Reynolds Hamilton. He was the first to perform a successful abdominal operation under the newly developed Lester Technique.

He died in 1893 and is buried in the Springdale Cemetery.

Transcription of hand written will dated 7/9/1892 with codicil dated 5/16/1893 attached to Peoria County Probate Court Letters Testamentary dated 9/5/1893 in possession of Warwick Tobias 1/2002.

In the Name of God, amen:

I, John L. Hamilton of the City of Peoria, County of Peoria and State of Illinois being of sound mind and memory, but weak in Body and being desirous of making such disposition of any worldly goods and effects as to me seems just and equitable do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all Wills & Testaments as well as Codicils by me heretofore made.

First It is my will that all my just debts, including my funeral expenses be fully paid

Second, To my beloved wife Fannie D. Hamilton, I give and devise the following described Real Estate, to-wit: Forty eight (48) feet off the North East part of Lot number Two (2) in Block number Eleven (11) in Old Town (Now City) of Peoria to be hers absolutely in Fee Simple.

Second To my daughter Frances D. Hamilton I give and devise the South West Twenty four (24) feet being the remaining portion of Lot number Two (2) Block Eleven (11) above described to be hers in fee simple.

Third To my daughter Emma F. McIlvaine, I give and devise the North East half of Lot number Three (3) in Block Number Eleven (11) in Old Town now City of Peoria in fee simple, subject however to this condition that she pay or cause to be paid to my Executor herein after named the sum of Twelve Hundred Dollars
Of which sum it is my will that Five hundred dollars be applied to the erection of a Monument to my memory and the taking proper care of the Lot upon which the same shall be erected and the balance thereof if sufficient remains to the payment of any debts known to them to be just and owing on property allowed against my said Estate.

Fourth: To Martin W. Hamilton I give and devise Lot number Twelve in Block number Seventy nine (79) in Munson and Ian Ford's Addition to the City of Peoria in Fee Simple.

Fifth: It is further my will that the following described piece or parcel of land, commencing Twenty Four (24) feet on Adams Street from South West corner of Lot number Ten (10) (by depth of Lot) being part of Lot Nine in Block Thirty six (36) in Original Town of Peoria, the same to be held in Trust by my Executors for the period of Ten (10) years and rented, controlled, and managed by them and the proceeds arising therefrom after deducting all taxes and necessary repairs as well as Insurance to be paid monthly to my wife Fannie D. Hamilton, should live so long, and at the expiration of said period of Ten years or upon the death of my said wife should she die before that time it is further my will that said Real Estate shall be sold by my Executors and from the proceeds arising therefrom the sum of Five thousand dollars shall be paid to my son Charles I Hamilton and the balance there of be equally divided between my said Wife, Robert W. Hamilton and Francis D. Hamilton and I hereby give to my said Executors or the survivor of them should either die before the period of distribution herein provided, full power to Execute any and all deeds of conveyance, necessary to transfer the full and complete title thereto to the purchaser or purchasers of the same or in the event of the death of both of them before the period aforesaid for the execution of the Trust hereby established, I hereby designate my son Robert Hamilton as successor in Trust with like powers of my said Executors in all respects as regards said Real estate.

Fifth It is further my will that after the payment of my just debts that all my personal estate shall belong to and is hereby bequeathed to my said Wife, Fannie D., Except my Medical Books which I hereby give and bequeath to my son-in-law Dr. Thomas McIlvaine.

I hereby constitute my brother W.R. Hamilton, Jr. & Dr. Thomas M. McIlvaine Executors of this my Will and request that they shall not be required to give Bond as such Executors.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the 9th day of July A. D. 1892
John L. Hamilton SEAL

The above codicil to the last Will and Testament of Dr. J. L.. Hamilton was by him signed in our presence on this 16th day of May 1893 of us and in the presence of each of us and we then and there in his presence and at his request signed our names as witnesses thereto and we further certify that the said John L. Hamilton was at the time of signing the same of sound mind and memory and under no constraint and no fraud or compulsion in the execution of the same appearing.

Witness our hands the day and year above written.
Lawrence W. James SEAL
Elizabeth W. Dennison SEAL

(Biography, will and photo submitted by Wick Tobias)

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William R. Hamilton
, a native of Venango County, Pennsylvania, was born the 18th of February, 1816, and is the son of Richard Hamilton and Ann Reynolds. He passed his early life on his father's farm, dividing his time between study and farm-work, and when twenty years of age went to Ohio, performing the journey on foot and having in his pocket five dollars and sixty-two and a-half cents, and his clothes tied up in two cotton handkerchiefs. Settling at Braceville, Trumbull county, Ohio, he engaged in teaching for four months, and afterward spent two summers studying in the Windham Academy, and taught during the winters.

In the fall of 1837 he removed to Clark county, Ohio, and again engaged in teaching, and, purchasing the requisite books, employed his spare time in the study of medicine.

In the spring of 1838 he entered the office of his brother, James W. Hamilton, of East Liberty, and continued his studies, and in the winter of 1839-40 attended a course of lectures at Willoughby, Ohio. In the ensuing spring he began the practice of his profession in Huntsville, Logan county, Ohio, and during a period of eight years conducted a successful and lucrative practice. At the expiration of that time, believing that the West offered superior inducements, he closed up his affairs and removed to Peoria, Illinois, his present home, and for twelve years engaged in his professional work, making for himself a wide and worthy reputation; and during this time served as alderman for four years, and as mayor of the city during two terms. In 1860 he went to the oil regions of Pennsylvania, and in the five years following made twenty thousand dollars. Returning to his home in Peoria in 1865, during the following year he began the erection of the Hamilton block on South Adams street, which he completed in 1867, and still owns. At the organization of the Peoria and Rock Island Railroad Company, about this time, he was elected its president, and still holds that office. He is also president of the Wesley Coal Company.

Physically Dr. Hamilton is strong, healthy and vigorous, five feet eleven inches in height; he is well proportioned and has a dignified bearing and commanding appearance. Though his hair is slightly silvered, he still retains all the activity and vigor of early manhood, and for thirty years has not lost a day by reason of illness.

Personally he is a man of rare qualities; courteous and affable in manners, generous and benevolent in disposition, he is yet prompt and decided in all his dealings , and by an upright, honorable life has not failed to leave upon all with whom he has had to do the impression of his own true manhood.

In politics he was formerly a whig, but is now identified with the republican party. His religious views are Presbyterian. He was married on the 2nd day of October, 1839, to Miss Catherine Wright, daughter of George Wright, Esq. of Faquire county, Virginia, and by her had three daughters. In March, 1867, Dr. Hamilton married his second wife, Miss Fannie P. Norton, a native of Litchfield county, Connecticut, and by her has had two children.

Pecuniarily Dr. Hamilton is in easy circumstances, owns a large amount of real estate, and is amongst one of the largest tax-payers in the city. He has done perhaps as much, if not more, than any other man now living in the city to promote its growth and prosperity. ("The United States Biographical Dictionary", submitted by Wick Tobias)


WILLIAM R. HAMILTON. The growth of Peoria has been witnessed by Dr. Hamilton since 1848, at which time he arrived here, and during the years of his residence he has become widely known for his enterprise in the behalf of her interests as well as for his own individual advancement. He is now living in retirement, looking after his extensive property interests, and enjoying the esteem of all to whom his labors are known. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and his Christian life adds to the regard bestowed upon him for his professional skill and business tact.
     The immediate progenitors of our subject were Richard and Ann (Reynolds) Hamilton. The former was born in Cumberland County, Pa., and the latter in Birmingham, England, whence she was brought when six years old. Mr. Hamilton was a farmer, and was the father of eleven children, those who now survive being Mrs. Mary C. Elliott, of Denver, Col., William R., and Dr. John L. The mother died September 17, 1830, and the father in December, 1844.
     The gentleman of whom we write, was born in Venango County, Pa., February 18, 1816, and received his education in his native State and in Ohio. When about twenty years old he started on foot for the Buckeye State, having $5.62 1/2 in his pocket. For two years he taught in Portage County, alternating his teaching with attendance at Windham Academy. From that section he went to Clark County, where he also taught, as he likewise did in Logan County, during this time beginning the reading of medicine. In his medical studies he was guided by his brother, James W., who practiced many years in Logan County, dying there in 1879.
     After attending lectures at Willoughby, Lake County, the young physician began practice in Huntsville in 1840. There he remained eight years, successfully pursuing his chosen vocation and building up the largest practice in the county. In those days the life of a physician was even more arduous than at present, as the roads were not so good and much riding had to be done on horseback. Dr. Hamilton possessed a wonderful stock of vitality which carried him through an experience which would have proved very wearing upon many men. When he determined to move farther west and selected Peoria as his new home, he made the journey hither on horseback, entering this place an entire stranger.
     Opening an office Dr. Hamilton resumed his professional labors, to which he had devoted his attention for twelve years when he was elected Mayor and gave his attention to the affairs of the municipality. He was elected on the Republican ticket by a majority of two hundred and fifty-two, although but three weeks before the Democratic ticket with Douglas at its head had been carried by three hundred majority. Dr. Hamilton therefore had a part in the organization of the Republican party in this section. He had formerly been a Whig, voting for William Henry Harrison in 1840. Prior to his election to the Mayoralty he had served as an Alderman.
     In 1860, Dr. Hamilton went to Pennsylvania and engaged in the oil business. Immediately after the battle of Chattanooga, in 1863, he went South as a volunteer surgeon under a commission from Gov. Morton, of Indiana. He and his companions were the first surgeons from the North to reach the battle-ground. In 1864, he was again a volunteer surgeon after the battle in front of Petersburg. In 1865, he returned to Peoria and during the succeeding year built a fine block on the corner of Adams and Liberty Streets, which is a splendid property. In 1867, during the agitation regarding the Peoria & Rock Island Railroad, he participated in the work, was elected a Director and then made President, a capacity in which he served seven years. He succeeded in raising between $600,000 and $700,000 in subscriptions along the route. He made all the arrangements for ironing and equipment of the road, making a trip East to accomplish this end. In 1875, the Doctor engaged in the coal trade, continuing in the business until 1881, when he sold out. Since that time he has not been engaged in active business further than that of looking after his property interests.
     Dr. Hamilton has been married three times. His first matrimonial alliance was contracted in 1839, his bride being Miss Catherine F. Wright, who died in 1866, after nearly thirty years of happy wedded life. The union had resulted in the birth of four children, two of whom are now living. They are Mrs. Catherine Hill of this city, and Mrs. Amanda Gregg, a widow, living with her father. In 1867, Dr. Hamilton married Miss Fannie T. Norton, who survived until April 27, 1879. She bore her husband two children --- Mary and William, the latter now in the drug business in this city. The lady who now occupies the place at the head of Dr. Hamilton's household, became his wife in May, 1880, prior to which time she was known as Mrs. Sarah M. Dewey.
     A lithographic portrait of Dr. Hamilton appears elsewhere in this work. (Portrait & Biographical Album of Peoria, Illinois (1890), pages 237-238, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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HARKNESS, DEXTER F. farmer, Sec.4, P.O. Farmington, was born in Peoria county on the 4th day of Nov., 1849, where he was reared on a farm and attended the common school. Married Miss Jennie E., daughter of Nathan Manock, born in Elmwood township, Aug. 28, 1858, who bore him two children, Frank P. and Harland. Mr. H. has 420 acres of land, valued at $15,000; makes a specialty of manufacturing cider vinegar, and has been in the business for a number of years; has run as high as 40,000 bushel of apples, and made and stored as high as 1,500 to 1,800 barrels per year. His principal sales are in Kansas. (The History of Peoria County, Illinois, 1880, page 847, submitted by Robin O'Neill)

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HARKNESS, HENRY S. farmer, Sec. 32, P.O. Elmwood. Was born in this county on the 21st day of January, 1832, the first white person born in Trivoli township. Married Miss Sarah Parker. She was born in New Jersey in 1832. Two children blessed this union, Hattie and Charlie. Has 100 acres of land under good cultivation, valued at $5,000. Mr. Harkness has lived here since the township was in its infancy, and has seen its development. (The History of Peoria County, Illinois, 1880, page 743, submitted by Robin O'Neill)




HENRY S. HARKNESS. Elmwood Township has no more worth representative of its flourishing agricultural interests than this gentleman, who was born within the borders of the county, educated in its schools and in the opening years of vigorous manhood, took his place among its busy farmers. While actively engaged in laying up a competence, he has also aided in promoting the material welfare of his native county. He is the son of a pioneer of this region who assisted in the development of its resources and reclaimed a fertile farm from the primeval wilds. He has now retired from the active labors of life, although still occupying his homestead, which is under the efficient management of his son.
     The immediate progenitors of our subject were Isaac and Sarah (Wilson) Harkness, the former a native of Pelham, Massachusetts, and the latter of Pennsylvania. They were married in the Keystone State [Pennsylvania], residing there until 1830 when the husband walked to Illinois with the intention of selecting a location on which to make his future home. In Trivoli Township, Peoria County, he chose eighty acres of land on which he broke a few acres of sod and planted corn. He then returned to Pennsylvania where he remained during the winter. It proved an extremely hard season in this section and a great many Indian ponies died from want, but the corn which Mr. Harkness had left growing was untouched by the savages, whose honesty in this instance, affords a striking example to more civilized people.
     In the fall of 1831 Isaac Harkness removed with his family to his claim, where he spent the remainder of his life, accumulating worldly goods and assisting in various frontier labors. He helped to organize the township and afterward held the office of Constable. He eventually secured two hundred acres of land, built an excellent stone house and barn, and otherwise made of his estate a home of comfort. It is worth of record that he never killed but one thing with a gun, that being a crow. He died in 1879, on the forty-ninth anniversary of his arrival in this section. His faithful companion survived until February 8, 1885, when she too entered into rest. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They were the parents of thirteen children, eight of whom are yet living [1889].
     The subject of this notice is said to be the first white child born in Trivoli Township, and is certainly the first native of Harkness Grove. His natal day was January 21, 1832. He attended one of the first schools organized in this section, continuing to pursue his studies during the winter and assisting on the farm during the summer. He remained an inmate of the parental home until about twenty-three years old when, on April 30, 1854, he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah C. Parker with whom he set up his own home.
     Mrs. Harkness is the third child born to Samuel A. and Harriet (Potter) Parker and was born in Ocean County, New Jersey, May 24, 1836. Her mother was born in the same county, December 15, 1800, and her father in Monmouth County of the same State, July 30, 1800. Their home was in New Jersey until 1844, when they removed to Indiana, residing there seven years. They then changed their location to Peoria County, Illinois, living in Trivoli Township until 1876, when they came to make their home with our subject. Mr. Parker died March 7, 1886, at the age of eighty-five years, seven months and seven days. The widow still survives [1889] and although she has reached the advanced age of ninety years, still enjoys fairly good health and an unusual degree of brightness of mind. John Parker, the brother of Mrs. Harkness, was a member of the Eighty-sixth Illinois Infantry, and died from disease in 1863 in a hospital near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Another brother, William, who belonged to the same company and regiment, suffered from sunstroke there.
     The farm of Mr. Harkness now comprises one hundred acres on sections 29 and 32, all the buildings upon which and all the improvements have been added by himself. Fine specimens of Hereford cattle, which Mr. Harkness believes best for the market, are raised there, while the other stock is of good grades. A noticeable feature on the estate is the large assortment of small fruit. Taken all in all the farm is one of the most attractive in this section and affords a very pleasant home in which to spend the peaceful year of declining life. Mrs. Harkness is very intelligent, with a thoroughly womanly nature, and presents a fine example of the model wife and mother. The family consists of two children, Hattie and Charles. The former, who was born July 9, 1855, is living in Montgomery County, Iowa, being the wife of Daniel Hovenden, and the mother of four children. The latter, who was born June 5, 1863, is unmarried. He is a young man of fine mental ability, well educated, and has had a successful experience of two years as a teacher in this county, being now Principal of the graded school at Glasford.
     From his youth Mr. Harkness has bee deeply interested in political questions and since he was entitled to the right of suffrage has missed but two elections, either general or local. He belongs to the Republican party and is well known as one of its staunchest members. For fourteen years he has been Director of his school district and he has also served as Pathmaster [sic]. His excellent character, general intelligence and industrious life have secured to him the hearty respect of an extended acquaintance, in whose estate his wife and children share. His brother, Kelton W. Harkness, now of Linn County, Kansas, served in the Union Army three years during the late war. (Portrait & Biographical Album of Peoria, Illinois (1890), pages 675-676, submitted by Robin O'Neill)



Harkness, Henry S. Biography
Source: Glasford Gazette dated 1904 [Illinois] Biography of Henry S. Harkness
Submitted by Robin O'Neill

Henry S., son of Isaac and Sarah Harkness, was born in Trivoli Township, Jan. 21, 1832, and consequently was one of the earliest settlers, and the earliest of which we have any date for a write up. His parents came from Pennsylvania in 1831, arriving in Trivoli township on Christmas Eve and settled on Section 4, 3 miles west and 3/4 miles north of where Trivoli now stands. Here Henry was raised until he was 24 years old when he moved into Elmwood township settling on Section 32.

The spring after he was 22, he married Miss Sarah C. Parker and seven years ago moved into Timber township. His wife died July 15, 1901. Mr Harkness has two children living, Mrs. Hattie Hovenden, Red Oaks, Iowa and Charles W. Harkness, Hayden, Colorado.

When a young boy Henry attended school in a log house known as the Harkness School on one corner of his father's farm. His nearest post office, Trivoli, which was merely a cross roads with three houses, and the nearest church at Trivoli Center. His nearest neighbors were Orton, Simpson, Watrous, Eli Wilson, James Wickwire, and two families of Fishers. Trivoli was an open prairie with houses a mile or so apart and plenty of wild game.

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PATRICK HARMON, a native of the Emerald Isle, is numbered among the pioneer citizens of Peoria, in which he made his advent November 15, 1837. He was born in County Louth, Ireland, May 12, 1812, his parents being Dennis and Mary (Callan) Harmon. He learned the trade of a harness-maker, following the same until 1837, when he bade adieu to his native land, believing that better opportunities for pe­sonal preferment were to be found in America. He landed in New York, June 7, but found it impossible to find employment in the city, where, owing to the failure of the United States Bank, a financial crisis was at hand.
     Mr. Harmon obtained employment at Newburg for a short time, then going into the country engaged with a farmer to reap, which he did with a sickle. He next set up a shop in Newburg for the manufacture of horse collars, but in the fall turned his footsteps westward. Finding nothing to do at his trade in Peoria, he turned his hand to other employment, being willing to do any honest labor by which he could gain a sustenance. The story of his early experiences is an interesting one, particularly when he tells of his efforts to split rails and chop cord wood, a business in which he engaged during the fall, and which he learned by hard knocks. His first attempt at rail-making was to split them out one by one with wedges. A passing farmer came to his aid and gave him a lesson from which he profited.
     During the winter following his arrival in the Prairie State, Mr. Harmon went with others to Iowa to look for Government land, but finding none to suit him returned to Peoria, ready as before to adopt any employment he could find. He broke prairie for Mr. Underhill, at $2.50 per acre, breaking in all about five hundred acres. The pioneers well understand what an arduous task this was, although those unacquainted with farm life or accustomed only to seeing plowing done on old ground, will have little comprehension of it.
     The next enterprise of Mr. Harmon was to begin farming for himself, which he continued three years, after which he again came to the city. For seven years he was occupied in hauling, after which he opened a grocery store, and began a business life which has been prosecuted for over thirty years. Having met his early reverses bravely, he has received prosperity in an appreciative spirit, using it as a means of additional comfort in the home life, better advantages for his family and an opportunity of assisting those in need. He is a communicant of the Catholic Church, as are the various members of his family, and is respected by a large circle of acquaintances in business and social life.
     The wife of Mr. Harmon bore the maiden name of Mary Boyle. Their marriage rites were celebrated February 21, 1841, and the union has been productive to them of thirteen children. Of this large family six are now living. They are: Ann, widow of Augustus Mykins; Peter, a cigar manufacturer and dealer, of Peoria; Kate; Agnes, a public school teacher; Dennis lives in Peoria; and John, a resident of Providence, R. I. Peter is devoting his attention thoroughly to a business in which he gives employment to eight hands, his transactions covering about $20,000 per annum. Politically Mr. Harmon is a Democrat. (Portrait & Biographical Album of Peoria, Illinois (1890), pages 634 &  637, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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GEORGE HART was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, August 19th, 1799. He is the son of James Hart, a native of Ireland. When George was quite young, his father removed to Kentucky, and afterwards to Warren county, Ohio, where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1821. Mr. George Hart remained on his father's farm until 1834, then removed to Adams county, Ohio, and remained until 1846; then came to Peoria county, Illinois, and bought the property where he now lives. Mr. Hart was married in 1823, to Miss Martha Sleasman, of Cape May, New Jersey, by whom he had ten children. One is dead. Mrs. Hart died, August 20th, 1850. Mr. Hart was married in 1852 to Miss Maranda Wright, of Lee county, Iowa. Mr. Hart owns one hundred and sixty acres of land in Logan township. He originally owned four hundred and eighty acres, but started his children in life by giving each a farm. (Atlas Map of Peoria County, Illinois, 1873, page 81, submitted by Kup Fercell)

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JEROME C. HAWLEY is the owner and occupant of a good farm on section 2, Akron Township, consisting of two hundred and eighty acres of productive land, which has been placed under good improvement in every part, is supplied with a complete line of necessary buildings, sufficiently commodious for their various purposes and conveniently located. The owner of the estate is a man of intelligence, who, having received a good practical education, has regarded the same as a foundation upon which to build greater knowledge through reading and observation. He is courteous in his dealings with his fellow-men, has a reputable character, and while devoting his chief attention to his private affairs, has been useful in several of the local offices.
     Mr. Hawley is the younger of the two children born to Nathan and Chloe A. (Whiteside) Hawley, whose first home after their marriage was in Sandy Creek, Oswego County, N. Y. The mother was a native of the Empire State, but the father was born in Vermont. In the fall of 1835 they came West, and in LaSalle County, this State, the father breathed his last October 24, 1836. The widow removed to this county, settling in Medina Township, but subsequently locating in Radnor Township. She died at the residence of our subject in Akron Township, October 20, 1879.
     The birthplace of him of whom we write was Sandy Creek, Oswego County, N. Y., and his natal day June 9, 1832. He was in his fourth year when he came to the Prairie State with his parents, and still but a little lad when he accompanied his mother to this county. For eighteen years his home was in Medina Township, after which he lived in Radnor Township until 1866. He then settled on section 2, Akron Township, continuing the farm work, in which he has been engaged from his youth, prospering in his occupation, and attaining a position among the solid men of this section.
     Mr. Hawley was fortunate in securing for his companion a lady of genuine worth of character, cultured mind and thrifty ways. This was Miss Sarah Wilkinson, who was born in Philadelphia, Pa., July 15, 1840, and whom he led to the hymeneal altar in Peoria, June 11, 1863. The happy union has been blest by the birth of four children —Alvin J., Clarence E., Nettie and Charles N., who have been as thoroughly equipped for useful careers as the comfortable circumstances and ardent desires of their parents would permit.
     The parents of Mrs. Hawley were John and Sophia (Barden) Wilkinson, the former a native of England and the latter of New Jersey. They settled in Philadelphia, where the wife died October 12, 1850. In the spring of 1853 Mr. Wilkinson came to Peoria County with his children, locating in the county seat, where they lived three years. He then removed to Woodford County, where he departed this life May 30, 1861. The family consisted of five sons and two daughters, Mrs. Hawley being the third child and eldest daughter.
     The political adherence of Mr. Hawley is given to the Democratic party, in the principles of which he firmly believes. Among the offices which he has held in the township are that of Highway Commissioner and various positions relating to the conduct of the schools. He and his wife are liberal in their religious views. (Portrait & Biographical Album of Peoria, Illinois (1890), page 427, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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WILLIAM HAZZARD. William Hazzard is well known in financial circles as the cashier of the Commercial German National Bank, to which position he has attained by advancement through intermediate positions from that of messenger. Ability and faithfulness have led to his continuous progress and he is recognized as a keen, practical business man. His birth occurred in Peoria in 1869, his father being Joseph F. Hazzard, who was also a native of Peoria, born in 1843. After acquiring his education in the public schools of this city, the father engaged in the contracting and building business with his father, James Hazzard, who came to Peoria in 1840 as one of the pioneer residents of the city and spent the remainder of his life here in the contracting business. The name of Hazzard has ever stood as a synonym for business activity, enterprise and reliability in Peoria. During the past thirty years Joseph F. Hazzard has been in the government employ in connection with the internal revenue office. He married Miss Louisa A. Phenix, who came to Peoria from the south with her father, Leander Phenix, who spent the greater part of his life in this city. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Hazzard four children have been born: Florence, who is the wife of John Lloyd, of Los Angeles, California; Charles, a resident of New York city; Mary, of New York; and William.
     The latter spent his youth as do most boys, dividing his time between the work of the schoolroom, the pleasures of the playground and such tasks as were assigned him by parental authority. When he had graduated from the high school as a member of the class of 1888 he entered the office of Stevens, Lee & Horton, with whom he studied law until April, 1889. Thinking, however, that activity in the financial world would prove more congenial than law practice, he accepted a position as messenger in the Commercial German National Bank, when about twenty years of age, and since that time has worked his way steadily upward by reason of his close application, ready mastery of tasks assigned him and his indefatigable industry. He served as bookkeeper from 1892 until 1899 and was afterward exchange and collection clerk for two years. In 1901 he was made assistant cashier and in May, 1911, was chosen cashier to succeed E. A. Cole. Thus practically his entire business career has been spent in connection with the Commercial German National Bank and his activity has contributed in no small measure to its success.
     In Peoria, in 1894, Mr. Hazzard was united in marriage to Miss Lona R. Evans, a sister of Willis Evans, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this volume. They are the parents of three children: Lowell B., Lucia and Martha E. The parents attend and hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Hazzard is preeminently a home man, taking no active part in club life, yet is greatly interested in the welfare of his city and cooperates in measures and movements for its growth and progress. In quiet devotion to his duties he has won the respect and confidence of his fellowmen who name him as one of the representative citizens of Peoria. (Peoria, City and County, Illinois (1912) by James M. Rice, pages 7-8, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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ROBERT HILL. Among the active young business men who have in recent years stepped to the front to assist in carrying on and extending the varied interests of this county, the subject of this biographical review is deserving of special mention. He is the proprietor of a grocery in Bartonville, having here a well-fitted up and well stocked store, and is carrying on an extensive and lucrative trade.
     Mr. Hill was born in Wesley City, just across the river from Peoria, twenty-four years ago. His parents, John and Susannah Hill, came from England and established a home in that place and were residents there some years. They moved across the river to this county when our subject was young. They became valued citizens of Peoria, and in course of years, by industry and the exercise of excellent judgment in carrying on his work, Mr. Hill acquired a competency. His widow still occupies the old place, where she owns a fine property in addition to other interests, all of which are ably managed by her son, our subject.
     Robert Hill is the eighth child in a family of fifteen children, twelve of whom are now living. He was carefully trained by his worthy parents to a manly, useful manhood, and was given the advantages of a liberal education in the city schools of Peoria. He went into business for himself when but twenty-one years of age, establishing himself as a merchant. In 1887 he turned his attention to farming, in company with his brother William, and they subsequently opened a brick yard, which was known as the Robert Hill & Bro.'s yard, and was located on the outskirts of Bartonville. They carried on the manufacture of brick together until the summer of 1890, when William sold out his interest to the Hoffman brothers, who are practical brick makers. In the season of 1889 the company made a million bricks, employing about twelve hands and two teams to deliver in the city, where they find a good market for all that they can produce.
     In October, 1889, Mr. Hill opened a new store, which is fully equipped with groceries and notions, and he already does a thriving business as one of the leading merchants of the place, and his custom is among our best citizens.
     The maiden name of the wife of our subject, who presides so gracefully over the pleasant home, sees so closely after the comforts of the household, and makes their dwelling attractive to their numerous friends, was Alice Randall, and she is a daughter of Harry Randall. Two children complete the home circle --- Harry and Johnnie.
     Mr. Hill is well endowed mentally and physically, is of a forceful, resolute character, possessing a quick, keen intellect, and in an abundant degree those vigorous, earnest traits that mark a man bound to succeed in what ever he undertakes. He conducts is business with sound descretion, and yet with enterprise, and in all his dealings guards well his honor. (Portrait & Biographical Album of Peoria, Illinois (1890), page 386, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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LEWIS M. HINES has since 1906 been numbered among the county officials of Peoria county, filling the office of treasurer at the present time. He was previous to that time identified with agricultural interests and in both connections has made a creditable record. Peoria county numbers him among her native sons, his birth having occurred May 30, 1858. His father, John Hines, came from Coshocton county, Ohio, to Illinois, in 1835, when a lad of ten years, making the trip in company with his father, John Hines, who settled in Richwood township, where he spent his remaining days, his time and energies being given to farming. To the same work his son and namesake turned his attention and for a long period was a representative of agricultural interests in Richwood township, where he carefully directed his labors and won a substantial measure of success in tilling the soil. He was a public-spirited citizen, active in support of all the measures and projects which he believed would prove beneficial to the community. In politics he was a stanch republican, never faltering in his support of the party, which he believed was most likely to conserve the interests of good government. Wherever he was known he was held in high regard and a long and useful life brought him to an honored old age, which was terminated by death in 1903. He married Laura Corrington, a native of Hamilton county, Ohio, a daughter of Washington Corrington, who was a farmer by occupation. Mrs. John Hines still survives, as do all of her nine children, namely: Lewis M.; John B., who is living in Peoria county; Mary E., who makes her home with her mother; Charles W., a resident of Peoria county, Illinois; Walter Sherman, living in Peoria; Gilbert B., who is located in Dunlap, Illinois; Mrs. Laura A. Sammis, of Chillicothe, Illinois; and Everett and Winfred, both of whom are residents of Richwood township.
     The public schools afforded Lewis M. Hines the educational privileges which he enjoyed and which qualified him for responsible duties in later life. He worked upon his father's farm when not busy with his text-books, continuing on the old homestead until twenty-one years of age, when he started out in life on his own account as a farmer of Richwood township. He was identified with general agricultural pursuits until he reached the age of forty-eight years but now leases his land to one of his sons. He became a prosperous agriculturist because his labors were practical and his industry unfaltering. He added to his place all modern improvements and equipments and as he prospered, increased his holdings until he was recognized as one of the substantial residents of his community.
     Mr. Hines has never neglected his duties of citizenship and at all times has contributed to public progress to the extent of his ability. For nine years he served as school director in his township and was also school trustee for three years. The cause of education has ever found in him a warm friend, and he did all in his power to uphold the standard of the schools. For two years he filled the office of supervisor and in 1906 he was made the candidate of his party for the office of sheriff, to which he was elected for a four years' term. He discharged the duties of that office fearlessly and faithfully and the excellent record which he made in that connection commanded for him further official honors, so that in 1910 he was elected county treasurer and is now the incumbent in that position. He is proving equally faithful as a custodian of the public funds, his record being at all times characterized by faithfulness and promptness in the discharge of his official duties. He has been an active supporter of the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and keeps well informed concerning the salient questions and issues of the day.
     In March, 1881, in Peoria county, Mr. Hines was united in marriage to Miss Laura A. Pierce of this county, a daughter of Hiram H. and Harriet (Lockwood) Pierce, the latter a native of the state of New York. Her father belonged to one of the early families of this part of the state and for a long period was a representative of industrial interests, conducting a brick manufacturing plant. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Hines were born five children, of whom three are yet living, namely: Mrs. Belle Moore, of Peoria; W. C, residing in Richwood township; and Harrison, who is a resident farmer of Brimfield township. The parents are members of the Methodist church and Mr. Hines is a prominent Mason. He belongs to the blue lodge and the chapter, has attained the Knight Templar degree in the commandery and the thirty-second degree in the Scottish Rite. In his life he exemplifies the beneficent spirit of the craft and holds to the teachings concerning the universal brotherhood of mankind. He is at all times approachable and genial and wishes to be ranked by his genuine worth rather than by any false standards. (Peoria, City and County, Illinois (1912) by James M. Rice, pages 102-105, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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JASON HINMAN. Among those who, after laboring long and well in the development of Hallock Township, have gone to their long home, none are more worthy of remembrance than the subject of this sketch, who was well and favorably known in this part of the county. He had come hither with but a small store of this world's goods, but by the exercise of prudence, wise economy and unremitting industry, had accumulated a good property. His occupation was that of a farmer and dairyman. At his pleasant home he breathed his last, November 9, 1876, his career cut short in his forty-second year by the dire disease, consumption. He was a native of Pitcher, Chenango County, N. Y., his natal day having been March 2, 1835.
     The father of our subject was James Hinman, a native and life-long resident of the Empire State, who passed away in middle life. He was a black­smith, quite prominent in his business, and considered a worthy citizen. He left a wife and nine children. The widow and family drifted into Ohio, later coming to Illinois and living for some years in Hallock Township, Peoria County. Two daughters returned to their native State, to which the widowed mother followed them when quite old, dying soon afterward. She was a member of the Congregational Church, to which most of the children adhered, although a part of the family united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her maiden name was Marcia Terrell.
     Jason Hinman was one of the younger members of the parental family, six of whom are yet living, the most of them residents of Illinois. He was reared and educated in his native county, learning the trade of a harness-maker, with which equipment for the battle of life he came to Illinois. After reaching here, however, he began farm work in partnership with his brother Marcus, being thus engaged at the breaking out of the Civil War. He abandoned the plow, and joining the Fifty-seventh Illinois Infantry, on October 20, 1861, went at once to the front to take his part in the struggles to defend the old flag. He was enrolled in Company K, which was under the command of Capt. Barry, and with the rest of the regiment first saw the smoke of battle at Corinth. Prior to this he had the measles, and exposure soon compelled him to return home on a furlough. As soon as his health was sufficiently improved, he rejoined his regiment, but a relapse caused acute bronchitis, and he was discharged for disability in April, 1862.
     Mr. Himnan resumed his agricultural labors in the Prairie State as soon as his strength would allow, although his condition continued to show the effects of the old illness which ere long developed into consumption, which terminated fatally in spite of all the efforts which were made to restore his health. His last days were cheered by the Christian's faith, he having long been a member of the Congregational Church. In politics he was a sound Republican, active in the local work of his party. The general verdict at his death was that an honest, upright and conscientious man had been removed from earth.
     The marriage of Mr. Hinman and Miss Mary J. Barker, was celebrated in the city of Peoria. The bride was born in Coventry, Chenango County, N. Y., October 12, 1833, and is a daughter of Charles and Armina (Smith) Barker. She was well and carefully reared by most estimable parents, receiving the most of her education after coming to Peoria County. Her natural abilities have been strengthened and developed by her surroundings, and she has become a prominent member of the community. She now owns about one hundred and fifty acres of fine, well-improved land, in the management of which, and the business affairs connected therewith, she manifests executive and busi­ness talent of a high order. She is strong-minded in the true sense of that word, while her character as a Christian woman is in keeping with her mental powers. She belongs to the Congregational Church.
     The parents of Mrs. Hinman were born in Greene and Putnam Counties, N. Y., respectively, and began their wedded life on a farm in the former. Some years after their marriage they changed their residence, and after having sojourned for various periods in Almond, New York City, and the State of New Jersey, they finally, in 1846, came to Illinois. They began life here somewhat as pioneers in Peoria County, but prior to his death, Mr. Barker had secured a good home. His demise occurred October 24, 1888, at the age of eighty-five years, he having been born November 4, 1803. He retained his mental and physical strength until his last days, and up to within a very few years of his death, led the choir of the Congregational Church, of which he was a faithful member. He was a great Bible student, capable of expounding its truth with force. He was everywhere known as one of the most honest and straightforward of men, upright in every respect. In no sense an office-seeker, he was a strong supporter of the Republican party.
     The mother of Mrs. Hinman is still living, now more than eighty-five years of age, but physically active and mentally bright. She retains loving remembrances of the companion with whom she spent sixty-one years of wedded life, and whom she looks forward to meeting in the land where parting will be no more. She has been for years a member of the Congregational Church. Her family consists of three daughters, of whom Mrs. Hinman is the youngest. The others are Electa, wife of Lee Hallister, of Arlington, Kan.; and Augusta, wife of Munson Hinman, a blacksmith of Hallock Township, this county. (Portrait & Biographical Album of Peoria, Illinois (1890), pages 273-274, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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DANIEL HITCHCOCK. Among the men to whom Peoria County owes much in the way of agricultural and commercial development, is Daniel Hitchcock, now Justice of the Peace of Akron Township. He owns and occupies a pleasant home in Princeville, which town has been his place of abode since 1877. The exterior of his dwelling indicates the comfort and convenience of its arrangement, while the adornments of the grounds which surround it are especially indicative of the tastes of the thorough housekeeper and refined woman who presides therein. Squire Hitchcock is well known throughout the county, and particularly in this section, the public offices which he has held giving him an extended acquaintance, and his business enterprises also bringing him prominently before the people.
     Jedediah Hitchcock, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of the Bay State, whence he removed to Greene County, N.Y. He afterward came farther west and selecting a location in Peoria County, Ill., he here continued the agricultural labors to which his life was devoted. He was a man of action and energy, whose characteristics have descended to the grandson. The immediate progenitor of our subject was Ira Hitchcock, born in Greene County, N.Y., who followed his father's occupation, but was also interested in milling. He operated a sawmill in his native county for some years, then removing to the vicinity of Detroit, Mich., devoted himself entirely to rural pursuits for a time. Securing a tract of timber land, he cleared it continuing similar labor on other land which he entered from the Government, but finally becoming involved, sold his property and came to Illinois in 1836. He located in Radnor Township, this county, but after a few years removed to Akron Township, buying Government land at the head of Kickapoo Creek. His farm was placed under excellent improvement and upon it he continued to reside until called hence. He passed away cheered by the faith of the Baptist Church, in which he had long been a member.
     The wife of Ira Hitchcock bore the maiden name of Olive Goodsell, and was, like her husband, a native of Greene County, N. Y., and was of Scotch ancestry. She lived to the age of eighty years, dying at the home of our subject in 1887. She was the mother of five children, namely: Ira B., deceased; Daniel; Milo, deceased; Mrs. Lura Yates, deceased; and Henry, who lives in Kansas.
     The subject of this sketch was born in the town of Hunter, Greene County, N. Y., August 24, 1825. He was a mere boy when the family journeyed by canal and lake to Detroit, within seven miles of which city he was reared on a farm until past the age of eleven years. His educational advantages during that time was those of the common schools, but his naturally practical mind applied the information he received as occasion demanded. The removal to the Prairie State was accomplished by a wagon train, corduroy roads being followed and swamps crossed. The Illinois River was crossed at Ottawa and Lacon.
     Young Hitchcock remained under the parental roof until of age, helping his father to improve the farm, bearing his share in all the pioneer labors as his strength increased, and enjoying some of the sports of frontier life where deer and wolf were among the wild game and where a few straggling Indians yet lingered. The breaking plow with which he turned the virgin soil of the prairie had a wooden mold-board, and his youthful recollections include many a trip to Chicago when teamsters had to help pull each other out of the mud, and a twelve days' absence from home was necessitated.
     When he became of age Mr. Hitchcock bought one hundred and sixty acres on section 28, Akron Township, paying $5 per acre for the raw land. He built a frame house, improved and successfully cultivated his estate, adding to his store of worldly goods from year to year. In 1877, he moved into Princeville and built a steam mill having a capacity of one hundred barrels per day, which was first operated by the firm of himself and Joseph Voorhees. The business flourished, and after four years of partnership the entire control was assumed by our subject who carried on the business alone two years. At the expiration of that time the mill and elevator was burned to the ground, entailing a loss of $20,000, somewhat crippling Mr. Hitchcock financially, but by no means discouraging him. Since this catastrophe he has retired from business, devoting himself to the enjoyment of the goods which he possesses.
     Mr. Hitchcock owns twelve acres of land in Princeville, upon which is located his dwelling and a fish pond over an acre in extent. He is raising carp and catfish and takes quite an interest in this occupation, viewing it in the line of a recreation from the business of former years. The lady to whom he owes the comfort and order of his home life, was born at Akron Centre, Ohio, and came to this county with her parents at an early day. She was known in her girlhood as Miss Abigail M. Bronson, and is a daughter of the late Hiel and Mary Bronson, long and favorably known in this section. Her union with our subject was celebrated at her home in Akron Township, in 1865.
     Nearly all the township offices have been held by Squire Hitchcock, and as Justice of the Peace he has served off and on for twenty years. He was made Constable when but twenty-one years old, holding that office until he became Justice. For four years he was Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff Cornwell, his duties taking him all over the county. His political affiliation is with the Democratic party. He belongs to the lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons in Princeville, and the Royal Arch Masons at Lacon, and has a demit from the Odd Fellows fraternity. He has served his political party as a delegate to county conventions and as a member of the Central Committee. (Portrait & Biographical Album of Peoria, Illinois (1890), pages 421-422, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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NOBLE HOLTON, M. D. This gentleman is now located at Harper's Corners to which he removed from Peoria in 1888, and where he has put up some fine buildings. He is well versed in the principles which underlie his profession, proficient in anatomical knowledge, and practical in his application of that which he learned from books to the needs of suffering humanity. Since he began his professional labors he has endeavored to keep up with the times in his understanding of the latest discoveries in medical science, feeling that the responsibility of his position made it incumbent upon him to take advantage of every opportunity to become still more efficient and proficient. He is well posted on all the affairs of the day, his fine library containing works by the best writers on the various topics which a scholarly mind enjoys.
     Dr. Holton traces his descent from Arad Holton, a Revolutionary soldier. In the family of that patriot was a son, Noble, who married Betsy Whitney. This couple were living in Windham County, Vt., when on the 22d of May, 1823, the son was born whose history it is our purpose to outline. The parents removed to Western New York, when our subject was fourteen years old, their new home being in Livingston County, where he finished his literary education at an academy. He then entered the office of Dr. Merriam, of DeKalb County, Ill., and after studying with that excellent practitioner a sufficient length of time, entered Rush Medical College in Chicago, from which he entered the Chicago Medical College and was graduated in 1867.
     In 1861 Dr. Holton passed the examination of the State Army Medical Examining Board, and was appointed surgeon of the Sixty-fourth Illinois Infantry, April 22, 1862. The Examining Board of Medicine was organized by Gov. Yates and, its requirements being exacting, he who could pass its examination must be competent in physics and surgery. He served with the regiment for a year in the neighborhood of Cairo and New Madrid, thence went to Corinth, Miss., where his health became so poor it was necessary for him to leave the service. On a surgeon's certificate he offered his resignation, which was accepted, and returning to the North he journeyed westward in search of renewed vitality.
     After the war Dr. Holton spent some time in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming, practicing his profession when his health would permit in the latter, where, with his wife, he sojourned four years. Not content with the knowledge he had previously gained he entered the medical department of the Northwestern University, from which he was graduated in 1867, beginning his practice in the States in the village of Pekin. In 1878 he removed to Peoria with his family, making that the headquarters for his professional labors, with which he has constantly been occupied for many years. For a time he was located in Smithville, and during his residence in Peoria was connected with other prominent physicians in establishing a medical college. Dr. Roscotton was the first President and Dr. Holton Secretary, Dr. Boal afterward taking the presiding office. The Association secured a charter and, renting a large room, started into business, but owing to the lack of funds the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Peoria was short-lived.
     The wife of Dr. Holton bore the maiden name of Rosina A. Greenman. She is a daughter of Martin and Modena Greenman, of Tiskilwah, Bureau County, by whom she was carefully reared, growing to womanhood in the possession of a character and acquirements which fitted her for the companionship of intelligent and cultured associates. She and her husband have had five children, all of whom died in infancy, the parents therefore having but one child living at a time.
     Dr. Holton cast his first Republican ballot for John Charles Fremont, the "Pathfinder" of the West, and has ever been stanch in his adherence to the Republican party. He is well informed on and much interested in the political outlook, and quite active in the work of his section of country. While a resident of Kearney, Neb., he was elected Mayor of that city. (Portrait & Biographical Album of Peoria, Illinois (1890), pages 911-912, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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Autobiography undated, possibly handwritten. Copied from undocumented addenda to a privately printed folio (hand typed) dated 1994 by John Robert Schmidt and Heidi Butler Schmidt. Title: Hovenden Genealogy: Ancestry of J. Robert Schmidt. Iowa City, Iowa: Privately Printed, 1994.

Photo submitted by Robert Schmidt

Spelling, Capitalization and Punctuation copied exactly from original document...transcribed by Robin O'Neill.

"The Life of George Hovenden"

"I was Born in East Kent, England, June 17, 1815 and Raised on a Small Farm. I was one of fourteen Children, Seven Boys and Seven Girls. Either of us had a good Education, But all learned to work. and when I was 17 years old, My Father gave me Three Shillings and Sixpence, and I Baught a Sickle with the money, and went Cutting Wheat, and working at anything that I could get to do. and after a while, I got to doing Rough Carpenter Work. and in a short while, Left my Native Home, and went 25 miles off where no one knew me, and hired out to a "Boss Carpenter" to work for small wages, Until I had the Trade Well Learned, in the Country, which was 3 years. and Then I went to the City of London and there I made Acquaintance, with my Wife, Miss, Susan Ketchener, and after a short Courtship, was Married, on November 14, 1841. and in the Spring of 1842, we left England, for America. Landing in New York. and from there we went to Saratogy Springs, and in 1843, we Left there for Illinois. and got here to Peoria, August 10, 1843. and bought this Place where we have lived ever since. and worked on our Farm for some years, and raised a Family of Four Boys and Three Girls, which are all in Comfortable Circumstances when this was written. We have both worked Hard through Life, and made a Home, that lately we Can Live, without doing much hard Work. It is quite a Consolation, to look back and see that I will leave the world, a little better than I found it. An now I have to Leave all Below, and my Best Wishes to all, and if there is another Life After This, Hope to Meet you all, Where we Will Part no More. Good By All, GEORGE HOVENDEN."

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WILLIAM HOVENDEN. This gentleman, a portrait of whom appears on the opposite page, was for may years a resident of this county, spending the latter part of his life in the city of Peoria. He was long identified with the agricultural interests of Trivoli, and as a pioneer of this county his name will ever be held in reverence. Mr. Hovenden was of English birth and antecedents, born in County Kent, March 15, 1821. He was a son of George and Elizabeth (Saxby) Hovenden. His boyhood and youth were passed on his native soil, but at the age of nineteen years, he boldly determined to see in America the advantages denied him at home. In 1840, he landed in this country, and for three years lived in New York. He came from that State in 1843, to this county, and located in Trivoli Township, where he followed farming. He was industrious, active and wide-awake, shrewd in the management of his affairs, and persued his calling with excellent success. He developed a fine farm, placing on it substantial improvements, and making it one of the best in Trivoli Township.
     Mr. Hovenden abandoned agricultural pursuits in 1877, and leaving his homestead, came to this city with his family to spend his declining years in the enjoyment of the comfortable competence that he had acquired. Here he lived quietly and happily, taking pleasure in the society of his wife, children and friends, and here in a pleasant home that he had established, his eyes closed in death, January 30, 1886. The citizens of Peoria united with his family in mourning their loss. He possessed those pleasant personal qualities that win regard, and those solid practical traits of character that command respect. In his domestic relations he was ever an affectionate husband and a kind father, and is greatly missed in the home circle. His wife and children do honor to his memory by having a brief record of his life placed on the pages of this Biographical Album.
     Mr. Hovenden was twice married. His first wife, whose maiden name was Mary Williams, died January 26, 1859. He was a second time married in his native England, August 28, 1860, taking as his wife Mary Scoones, Mr. and Mrs. Hovenden crossed the Atlantic on their wedding trip, and encountered severe storms on the way, but happily the stormy weather was not a prognostication of their future married life, which was calm and serene and productive of much happiness to both.
     Three children blessed the union of subject, and amiable wife, namely: Anna S., wife of Charles Anderson; Eddie W., and Charles S. They were carefully reared by their parents to good and useful lives, and are respected by all. The sons, who are active, enterprising and able young men, are both engaged in the livery business on Main Street, Peoria, where they have a well conducted establishment, and having secured a large patronage, already enjoy an assured income. Mr. Hovenden was a zealous Democrat, and his sons are also interested in politics, and alive to the issues of the day. (Portrait & Biographical Album of Peoria, Illinois (1890), pages 703-704, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Pedigree of the Family of HOVENDEN, of Borden, Co. Kent, England. 1908. London: Mitchell, Hughes & Clarke Printers, 140 Wardour Street, W.

Presented by Robert Hovenden to //signed Harold S. Gilbert//
as a family memorial, for you acceptance.
With kindest regards.

Park Hill Road,
Croydon, Surrey.

Source: Pedigree of the Family of Hovenden, of Borden, Co. Kent, England. Shewing the Descendants in England and the United States of America. With extracts from Wills, Registers, and Monumental Inscriptions. Compiled by Robert Hovenden, ESQ., F. S. A., of Croydon and Westgate-on-Sea. Privately printed by Mitchell, Hughes & Clarke in London, England in 1908.

Pages 76-80
September 3rd, 1903. I visited the City of Peoria in Illinois, U.S. A., about 161 miles by rail south-west of Chicago. Called on Mrs. Mary Ann Hovenden [neé Scoons], widow and second wife of William Hovenden, both of whom were born in Borden, co. Kent, England. She supplied me with much information respecting the Family, and promised to obtain some other particulars which she either had forgotten or did not know. Much of the following is from her statements, which should be verified from my Wills and Register extracts. R. Hovenden.


The following appear in the Peoria Directory, 1903: --

Charles S. Hovenden, Meat Market, 1010 Spencer Street; Residence,
906 Sixth Avenue (a butcher)
George H. Hovenden, Machine Hand, 808 Fayette Street.
Hedley W. Hovenden, 1331 ; Residence, 710 Green
Street; Livery Stable Proprietor.
Hiram Hovenden, 808 Fayette Street.
Mrs. Lou C. Hovenden, 904 Sixth Avenue (wife of above Charles S.).
Mrs. Mary Hovenden, 409 Windon Avenue (widow of William Hovenden), whom I called upon.



Trivoli Cemetery Monumental Inscription witnessed by her son Charles and repeated in a letter to Robert Hovenden dated 3 January 1904.
Mary H., wife of G. Hovenden, Died Dec. 8, 1846, aged 56 years, 1m., 21 days
"Stop, poor traveller, and cast an eye, for as you are now so once was I; But as I am now so you must be, Prepare for Death and follow me."

Mr. Hovenden lived with his son William near Trivoli until his death, which occurred in September 1860, and was buried beside his wife, with the following inscription on his tombstone: --

George Hovenden,
Died Sep. 13, 1860,
Aged 78 years 12 days.

Hephzibah Hovenden was born May 31st, 1812. She lived at home until a young woman, when she went out to work (or to service) for the wealthier people; finally went to London and worked there until about the year 1843, when she was married to James Schofeild [sic], a butcher doing business in West Hill, Wandsworth, who died leaving her a widow in moderate circumstances. She died in the 82nd year of her age, leaving no children.

Mary Ann was born Nov. 13th, 1813, and when she was quite young went out to work. When the family came to America she came with them, and in the year 1848 married Jessie Manock. She died June 7uth, 1849, leaving no children.

George Hovenden was born June 17th, 1815. Worked on the home place until a young man, and being of an ingenious turn got to doing rough carpentering for the farmers, then went to Maidstone and worked for a firm of contract builders and finally went to London as a full carpenter and joiner, but never served any regular apprenticeship. He worked there until the spring of 1842, when he was married to Susan Kitchener, and started for America with his brother William and his wife. Went to Saratoga Springs, N. Y [New York], worked there until the spring of 1842, then moved to Illinois, bought a piece of land and settled at Trivoli, eighteen miles west of Peoria in Peoria Co., [County] where his wife gave birth to eight children, as follows: --

Susan, born August 10th, 1842.
George, born Mary 24th, 1844; died Feb. 27th, 1890.
Effie, born Aug. 9th, 1846.
Rufus, born June 6th, 1848; died Aug. 24th, 1849.
Martha E., born Oct. 4th, 1850; died March 25th, 1882.
Daniel, born Dec. 17th, 1852.
Hiram, born Nov. 4th, 1854.
Tilford, born Jan. 1st, 1859.

The following is the inscription on the tombstone of the father: --

Born June 17th, 1815.
Died September 30th, 1901.

He leaves a widow, born Aug. 3rd, 1824. Their children and grandchildren all reside in and near Elmwood, Peoria Co., Illinois, except Daniel, who lives at Red Oak, Iowa.

Elizabeth, born April 22nd, 1817. Raised and stayed at home until she married John Trowel, a farm labourer. They came to America in 1846 with her parents, bought a farm in Marshall Co., Illinois, where he died about 1862. Afterwards she was married to Robert Beaton, who also has been dead several years, leaving her a widow in her old age. She is now living at Elmwood, Peoria Co., Illinois. She has no children.

Jane, born March 3rd, 1819. Stayed at home until a young woman, then went out to work, getting a good position in London. She stayed there, and married Henry Baker, a painter by trade. They had one child, a daughter, who is still living.

William Hovenden was born March 15th, 1821. Worked at home most of the time until the spring of 1842, hen married Mary Williams of Newton. Then with his brother George and his wife they sailed to America, landed in New York, and went to Sarasota Springs. Stayed there two years, then moved to Peoria Co., Illinois, and steeled on a farm, where his wife died. Shortly after he returned to England and married Mary Scoons of Borden, returning to his home in Illinois, where they had three children born to them, one girl and two boys. Afterwards he sold his farm and moved to Peoria, where he died in 1889 or 1890; buried in Peoria.

Ellen Hovenden was born Oct. 17th, 1822. Came to America with the family in 1846 and was married to Nathan Manock Dec. 17th, 1848. They lived in Harkness Grove, Peoria Co., Illinois, where they raised seven children, three sons and four daughters, Nathan Manock died Sep. 12, 1888, and Ellen his wife died May 30th, 1903, and was buried in Elmwood, Peoria Co.

Alfred Hovenden was born Aug. 26th, 1824. Worked at home until about eighteen years of age, when he got a position in a wholesale grocery and importing house in London, where he worked until the spring of 1844, when with his brother Charles the sailed for America, went to Illinois, and in the spring to 1849 he bought an ox-team of five yoke of cattle, fitted up a wagon, and with his brother Charles started across the Plains for California. But when he came to Bear River, where the Oregon and California Roads parted, he was afraid with immense emigration that teams would die for lack of grass. So he took the Oregon road and landed in Oregon City the 5th day of October. He settled near Butteville, where he took a claim of 320 acres of land and went to farming. Was married to Sarah Soden June 29th, 1856. They raised four children, Caroline, Emma, Anna, and George Hovenden. They are all married, and in and near Portland, Oregon. Alfred Hovenden died Dec. 10th, 1885, and was buried in Hubbard Cemetery, with this inscription: --

“In the midst of life
We are in death.”

Edwin Hovenden, born April 17th, 1826. Sailed with his parents for America in 1846 and settled at Trivoli, Peoria Co., Illinois, and as he was very handy with tools he took to carpentering, and followed it for several years. He then commenced to buy land in small tracts of 80 and 160 acres and improving them as fast as he could, and now is the owner of some four thousand acres. He was married to Martha Ellen Hamblin about 1852; their family consists of three children, Maud, William, and Nettie, all married. Their mother died in 1901. Their father is still living at Bushnell, Illinois.

Charles Hovenden was born Oct. 15th, 1828. Sailed for America in April 1844 with his brother Alfred. Went to Trivoli, Peoria Co., Illinois, and lived with is eldest brother George for one year, then went to work for another person and learned the carpenter’s trade until the spring of 1849, when with his brother Alfred they started for California, but turned off and went to Oregon. Landed in Oregon City Oct. 5th, got in with a small company and went down the Wilamette [sic] and Columbia Rivers, and sailed to San Francisco, arriving there about the 1st of December. Went to the mines and worked with indifferent luck until 1851, then got a pack train of mules and followed packing until 1857, then bought cattle and a farm and settled in Scott Valley, Siskiyou Co. Returned to Illinois in 1860. Married Sytheria E. Harkness of Elmwood, Peoria Co., on April 22, 1861 and started for California again across the plains, but this time with a horse team, and arrived home the 8th of September, and with the exception of two trips east to Illinois has lived there ever since. Their family consists of four girs and one boy, as follows: --

Lillian Adelle, born March 1, 1862, was married to James Rainey June 26th, 1884, and died Nov. 21st, 1896, leaving husband and six children. She was buried in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery at Fort Jones, Siskiyou Co., California. The following inscription is on her tombstone: “Lillian A. Hovenden, Wife of James Rainey, Died Nov. 21st, 1896, Aged 34 years, 8 months, and 20 days.”
Rowen E. was born June 15th, 1863; married to Hoover H. Kingery Nov. 15, 1892.
Cora A. was born Nov. 14th 1865; married to M. H. Holms May 7th, 1890; have four sons.
Nellie M. was born Aug. 6th, 1867.
Charles Walter was born Dec. 30th, 1875.

Amos Hovenden was born April 23rd, 1831. Went with his parents to America in 1846; went to Trivoli, Illinois, and in 1852 crossed the plains to Oregon and settled near Butteville, near his brother Alfred. Was married to Elizabeth Whitney Sep. 4th, 1859. Their family consists of six daughters and three sons. Amos Hovenden died Sep. 17th, 1895, and was buried at Hubbard, with the following on his tombstone: “Amos Hovenden, born April 23rd, 1831, Aged 64 years.”

Henry Hovenden was born May 6th, 1832, and died when about eighteen months old.

Thurza Hovenden was born Jan. 13th, 1834. Went with the family to America in 1846 and was married to Hezekiah R. Trim at Princeville, Illinois, Nov. 13th, 1852, an settled at Lawn Ridge, Marshall Co., Illinois; afterwards went to York, Nebraska, where she died March 9th, 1903, with the following on her tombstone: “Thurza Wife of H. R. Trim, born Jan. 13th, 1834, Died March 9th, 1903.” She left five children, three daughters and two sons, all married. One daughter lives in Illinois, the rest of the family live near York, Nebraska.

Caroline Hovenden was born May 13th, 1836. Went with the family to America and lived with her brother William at Trivoli, Illinois. Was married to B. F. Burbanks Feb. 8th, 1860; died July 13th, 1903 and buried at Springfield, Nebraska, with the following on her tombstone: --

Wife of B. F. Burbanks,
Born May 13th, 1836,
Died July 13th, 1903.

She leaves a husband and six children, four sons and two daughters, all married and living in Nebraska.

(Pedigree of the Family of Hovenden, 1908, compiled by Robert Hovenden and submitted by Robin Harvard)

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