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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Rezin Boltin

SOURCE: "Early History and Pioneers of Champaign County, Illinois," by Milton W. Mathews and Lewis A. McLean, editors of the Champaign County Herald, published by the Champaign County Herald, 1886

SURNAMES: BOLTIN, BROWN, JOHNSON, SICKLIDER, SMITH, SWANSON, TANNER, WOODROW


REZIN BOLTIN was born in Dark county, Ohio, February 26th, 1826. He is the son of William and Dorcas (JOHNSON) BOLTIN, also natives of Ohio. In early life, while yet a resident of Ohio, Mr. Boltin learned the carpenter's trade, and later the photographic art. As a carpenter he assisted in building a large number of the buildings in the village of Mahomet. He came west in September, 1854, and settled at Middletown, now Mahomet, and there he has made his home to the present. When Mr. Boltin first went to that town there were but two stores. One was kept by a man by the name of Hill and the other by a man by the name of Owens. He has lived there long enough to see the town grow up from a small, insignificant village to one of nearly 1,000 population. Mr. Boltin was first married to Polly Ann BROWN, in Dark county, Ohio, October 27th, 1847. She died in Greenville, Ohio, in June 1853. While a resident of Greenville, he married Mary SMITH. The date of the marriage was October 5th, 1854. She died in Mahomet in the fall of 1881. He married his present wife, Rebecca SICKLIDER, in Dark county, Ohio, February 21st, 1882. She is still living. He is the father of the following children: William Henry, married Mary WOODROW, and is a resident of Mahomet; James, married Hannah SWANSON, also of Mahomet; Alice is the wife of William TANNER, of Mahomet; Elwain is single, MB>Warren also; Mary married Gehart B. TANNER, and resides in Mahomet, as does also Rezin, the youngest of the family. Mr. Boltin united with the Christian church about thirty-eight years ago and has always been an exemplary member. His political affiliations have always been with the republication party. He is now a justice of the peace, Mr. Boltin is numbered among the good moral citizens of Mahomet, and stands high in the estimation of the citizens of his community.


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