White County, Illinois


Elijah Foster, M. D., Norris City, was born in Clermont County, 0., Nov.22,1824. He is a son of Francis Foster, of Virginia, who settled in Ohio in an early day. He was reared on a farm. He graduated from the Eclectic Medical School of Cincinnati in 1855, and settled in Gallatin County, Ill., the same year. He began practice in New Market, and remained there seven years. In 1862 he came to this county, going first to Roland, and in 1875 came to Norris City, where he has built up a good practice. He was married in 1856, to Minnie Ware, who died in a few months. In 1862 he married Mollie J., daughter of William McGill, of this township. He is a Master Mason.

Source: History Of White Co., Il 1883
Submitted By: Misty Flannigan

From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – New Haven (ca 1882-1884), P.  950

James Farley, a son of Joseph and Indiana (McAllister) Farley, was born in White County in 1831.  He was reared to the hardships and privations of a farm life.  His father lived about three miles from New Haven.  The family consisted of four children, of which three were half brothers.  His father died when James was but three years old.  Mr. Farley has lived in New Haven for many years.  He enlisted in the Seventh Illinois Calvary, and was in the service three years and three months.  He married for his first wife Caroline Vines, of White County.  One child was born – Margaret, afterward Mrs. Nelson.  He married for his second wife Delila Elvira (Vaughn) Robinson, of White County.  She was born April 21, 1830, and was a daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Jackson) Vaughn.  She was married to her first husband April 21, 1848, by whom two children were born.  To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Farley has been born one child.  He is present Constable of New Haven, and has kept a hotel since 1878.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts

From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – New Haven (ca 1882-1884), P.  950-951

Maurice Feehrer was a son of Alexander and Mary (Droll) Feehrer.  His father was of French nativity and his mother of German.  They both came to this country when quite young.  They were married at Shawneetown.  Nine children were born to them, seven now living – John, Joseph (deceased), Alexander, Maurice, Mary (Mrs. Shockley-Raddick), Anthony, Charles, Laura and one that died in infancy.  Mr. Feehrer was engaged in the general mercantile business in Shawneetown for many years.  His widow still continues the business.  Of his children, John is in the home store; Maurice established himself in a general grocery store in New Haven in 1875; Anthony and Charles are not yet located.  Maurice received a common-school education in Shawneetown and attended the Commercial College in Rockport, Ind.  He clerked for his father three years and then opened his present store.  He married Prudence H., daughter of I. J. and Nancy (Cross) Bozman, of Carmi, who has for several years been a teacher.  She is now teaching in New Haven.  She taught seven years in White County, averaging ten months a year.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts

From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – New Haven (ca 1882-1884), P.  951

Captain James Ford, a native of Kentucky, was a son of Abraham Ford, an early pioneer of Kentucky.  His early life was spent on Green River, in Ohio County, and his principal occupation after reaching maturity was that of a contractor on the river.  He married a Miss Fox, of Ohio County.  He came to New Haven in 1868 and contracted to put in the sixteen-foot dam, which he completed in 1869.  After the acceptance of the work by the commissioners, Mr. Ford and A. C. Hess leased the privilege for a term of fifty years, and erected the mill, 40 x 40, four and a half stories high, three run of stones, with a capacity of fifty barrels of flour and 200 of meal per week, costing $18,000.  After two years the partnership was dissolved, Mr. Hess going out, and Philip Garst succeeding him.  Mr. and Mrs. Ford had eight children, five now living – Mary (Mrs. A. C Hess), Lucy (Mrs. S. C. Hall), Thomas K., Charles L. and Grace  Mr. Ford receive his title of Captain from his position on the river for about twenty years prior to his advent in New Haven.  He was a member of the South Carrollton Lodge of Masons.  He died in the fall of 1875, and Mrs. Ford in 1874.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts

From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – New Haven (ca 1882-1884), P.  951

Thomas K. Ford was born in Ohio County, Ky., and was a son of James Ford.  He spent his boyhood in South Carolina.  He remained with his father til his death in 1875.  He was married in December, 1878, to Kate, daughter of J. M. Reynolds, of Raymond, Hinds Co, Miss.  Two children were born to them, but both died in infancy.  In July, 1882, Mr. Ford leased the Eagle Mills, where he is doing a good business.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts

From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – Bear Creek Township (ca 1882-1884), P.  970-971

William Ezra Ferrell was born near Independence, Saline Co., Ill, May 17, 1849.  His early life was spent on the farm and in attending the public school.  At the age of twenty he commenced teaching, and has since followed that avocation in connection with farming.  He is now serving his fourth term as Principal of the Omaha schools.  His grandparents were among the first settlers of this county, coming here from North Carolina in 1800.  He was married Sept. 25, 1870, to L. J. Porter, daughter of Dr. J. A. Porter.  They have one daughter – Effie J., aged nine years.  Mr. Ferrell attended a select school in 1871 at Golconda, taught by Prof. Newcomb, one of the best Normal teachers in the State.  In 1878 he attended Hamilton College, McLeansboro.  He owns a good farm adjoining Omaha, and is now Township Treasurer.  He has been a member of the United Baptist church since 1870.

Submitted by Linda Roberts

Elijah FULKERSON was born 20 April 1839 in Mercer Co., Kentucky. He was the
son of Fulkard FULKERSON and Mary "Polly" COLEMAN. Elijah died 3 March 1890
in White CO., Illinois, and was buried March 1890 in Salem Cem., Burnt Pr.
Twp., White CO., Illinois.  He married (1) Emiline HUNSINGER 5 October 1858
in Kentucky. She was born 1839. Emiline died 28 January 1865 in Burnt
Prairie, White CO., Illinois.
        They had 4 children:
                i.              Mary E. FULKERSON, born 5 August 1859, died
4 November 1864.
                ii.             William H. FULKERSON, born 3 February 1861.
                iii.            Mathias D. FULKERSON, born 8 January 1863.
                iv.             Charles E. FULKERSON, born 7 January 1865.
 Elijah married (2) Emma VAUGHT 21 June 1865. She was born 1846 in White
CO., Illinois.

        They had 8 children:
                v.              Eliza Ann FULKERSON, born 23 June 1867, died
19 February 1899.
                vi.             Mary C. FULKERSON, born 20 March 1870.
                vii.            Augustus O. FULKERSON, born 5 December 1872.
                viii.           George P. FULKERSON, born 7 November 1875
                ix.             Martin Willis FULKERSON, born 28 April 1878.
                x.              Mattie E. FULKERSON, born 19 February 1881.
                xi.             Joseph Franklin FULKERSON, born 17 December
1883, died 29 February 1952.
                xii.            Elijah Summers FULKERSON, born 13 October 1888.

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