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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of John T. Freeman

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


JOHN T. FREEMAN. The pioneer farmers are slowly but surely passing away, and their sons are looked upon to supply their places. Among the latter is the subject of this histsory, whose father, a native of the Buckeye State, came to this State in 1830, and in early life learned to hold the plow, to plant, sow, and to gather in the harvest. Our subject is a native of this State and has made his mark as a citizen of worth in the community, and as an enterprising farmer. In the spring of 1880, when looking around at the land in Homer Township, he selected a tract of 180 acres on section 29, and at once began to make improvements. The former dwelling in due time was replaced by a beautiful residence, and under his wise manipulation the land which had been indifferent has now been brought to a high state of cultivation. In due time there were brought to it a number of specimens of fine stock, which number has been increased, and the quality thereof improved to such an extent that Mr. Freeman is accredited with being one of the most skillful stock-growers of this vicinity.

The birth of John T. Freeman took place in Champaign County on his father's farm in Ogden Township, July 25, 1854. He is the son of Thomas and Nancy (REDMAN) FREEMAN, and both parents were born in 1826. They are still living, and reside in Ogden Township. Our subject, as will be seen, is still a young man. He remained with his parents until after reaching his majority, and after returning from his trip to the father West, before locating on his present farm secured a partner and helpmeet. This lady was Miss Jennie B. SILKEY, a native of new Comerstown, Ohio, and born Aug. 14, 1858. Her parents, John P. and Mary (MCMAN) SILKEY, were natives respectively of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her father, who was born in 1825, is still living, and a resident of Urbana. He was a tanner by trade, but is now retired from active labor. The wife and mother, who was born in 1829, departed this life at her home in Sidney, in 1875. The six children of the parental hosehold were Thomas E., Joseph B., Freemont, Jennie B., Charles M. and Annie.

Mr. and Mrs. Freeman located upon the farm which they now occupy soon after their marriage. They have one child, a son, Roy C. Their home is a pleasant resort for numbers of friends, and they are surrounded by the comforts of life. Mr. F. in his farming and business transactions displays good judgment and enterprise, and is contributing his full quota to the agricultural interests of this section. His political sympathies are with the Republican party, and he takes a genuine interest in all matters relating to the welfare of his county. He identified himself with the Masonic fraternity in 1886, and is now a member of Ogden Lodge No 754, and Homer Chapter, at Homer, Ill.

The parental family of our subject included six children, recorded as follows: Mary M. is the wife of Isaac HIXENBAUGH; Edmond R. married Miss Lillie MATHEWS; John T., of our sketch, was the third child; James J. married Miss Flora E. YOUNT; William H. and Martha yielded up their lives in childhood, and were laid to rest by their sorrowing parents in the quiet country burying-ground.

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