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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of David B. George

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

SURNAMES: BENNETT, BETTS, BROWN, COOK, DEMMING, EMMETT, GEORGE, GORAM, GRAPES, GREEN, HAWKINS, IDLEMAN, MCCULLOUGH, PERRY, ROARBECK, SIMONS, SMITH, WHITE


DAVID B. GEORGE, took possession of his present homestead on section 2, in Tolono Township, on the 10th of March, 1885. He was born in McLean County, this State, July 30, 1856, and is the son of James S. and Elizabeth (BENNETT) GEORGE, who are still residents of the township of Danvers in that county. Our subject was reared to farming pursuits, and received a good common-school education, supplemented by a full term in Business College at Bloomington, whence he graduated in 1879. After leaving school he returned to the farm, where he continued until the fall of 1880. He was married, November 6 of that year, to Miss Charity M., daughter of Nathaniel and Margaret (McCULLOUGH) PERRY. Mrs. G. was born in McLean County in 1861, and by her union with our subject has become the mother of two children; Clyde and Sedella May.

After marriage, Mr. George followed farming in his native county until 1885, then sold out and removed to his present homestead. This embraces 160 acres, fairly improved and provided with a comfortable dwelling and barn. Mr. George has not yet reached middle life, in fact has only just begun as a member of the farming community, and bids fair to become one of its valued factors. He is intelligent and well informed, has held the various local offices of his township, and politically cast his vote with the Demogratic party. A lithographic view of his handsome residence is shown on another page of this work.

James S. GEORGE, the father of our subject, is pleasantly located on section 36, Danvers Township, McLean County, where he is engaged as a farmer and carpenter. He is a native of Pendleton County, Va., and was born on the 24th of March, 1824. His parents were William and Mary A. (HAWKINS) GEORGE, both natives of Virginia, and the mother of German ancestry. William GEORGE was a carpenter by trade; he was born in 1796, and removed to Champaign County, Ill., where he died in April, 1875. The parents were married in Hampshire County, Va., in 1816, the mother being eighteen years old. She removed with her husband to Illinois, and died of cholera in Danvers Township in 1854, at the age of fifty-four years. The parental household included the following children; Samuel married Miss Rebecca IDLEMAN, in Virginia; John died of cholera in 1854; Thomas married Miss Collins BETTS; James S. is our subject; Catherine, Mrs. SIMONS, lives in Harrison County, W. Va.; Elsie, the wife of Elijah WHITE, resides in Randolph County, W. Va.; Mary became the wife of William BROWN, of Virginia; Sarah married Silas SMITH, of Tazewell County, Ill.; Rebecca married William EMMETT, of Tazewell County, Ill.; William married Miss E. DEMMING, of McLean County; Abraham and Isaac were twins; the first married Miss GORAM, and Isaac married Miss R. COOK, of McLean County, Ill.

James S. George became a resident of the Prairie State in 1852, and for two years followed the trade of a carpenter. Not being quite satisfied with the results in this direction, he took up farming pursuits, locating on the tract of land which he now owns and occupies. He is making a specialty of stock-raising, and deals in high grade Short-horn cattle.

After coming to Illinos, Mr. George was married to Miss Elizabeth BENNETT, on the 12th of September, 1853, in Tazewell County. Mrs. George was born in Virginia, on the 12th of September, 1829, and is the daughter of John and Catherine (GRAPES) BENNETT, natives of the same State, the father born in 1797. He emigrated to Iowa after his marriage, and died there in 1873. The mother died in Tazewell County, this State, in 1836, leaving four children, two boys and two girls. Eliza married John ROARBECK; Elizabeth, Mrs. George, is the second child; David married Miss Salina GREEN; William was killed by lightning when sixteen years old. The education of Mr. and Mrs. George was necessarily somewhat limited, their parents being pioneers of a new country, and schooling facilities very meager. Realizing the advantages of mental culture they have given their children the best advantages which the schools of the present day afford. Of these children, John died of cholera, in 1854; David B. married Miss Charity PERRY; James W., Ida and Elmer are at home. While Mr. and Mrs. George have not identified themselves with any church organization they are firm believers in the Scriptures, and endeavor to follow the precepts of the Golden Rule. Mr. George is Democratic in politics, and in all respects is a worthy citizen and a valued member of society.

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