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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Mahlon Glascock

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: BISHOP, GLASCOCK, GILL, JESTER, RANKIN


MAHLON GLASCOCK. Prominent among the men who have developed and made St. Joseph township what it is, is Mahlon Glascock, who was born in Fauquire[sic] county, Virginia in 1815. He inherited all the sturdy qualities characteristic of the old-fashioned Virginian. His father was named Moses, a native of the same State. His mother, Rebecca BISHOP, was also of old Virginia stock; she died in 1875, Moses only living until 1829. The subject of this sketch removed to Ross county, Ohio, where, in 1845, he was united in marriage to Miss JESTER, with whom he lived happily until her death, which took place in 1858. In the fall of 1854 he removed from Ohio to Illinois, stopping at Sidney until the next spring, when he moved to where he now resides on the state road, in St. Joseph township. In 1861 he married Miss Mary GILL, of Urbana, who died in 1861. In 1865 he was again married to Mrs. Mary RANKIN, who is still living. Mr. Glasscock[sic] has had eight children to help make his home happy, viz. Burr, who lives at home and has charge of the large farm; Albert, who is dead; Aquilla, a well-to-do farmer, living in the vicinity; William, who died in infancy; these were children by the first wife. The result of the last marriage is Grant, Jesse, Lida, and Alta, all at home.

In politics, Mr. Glascock was an old time whig, and cast his first vote for General Harrison, and at the last presidential election voted for General Benjamin Harrison, and for every republican candidate between. He attended the great Harrison meeting in Columbus, Ohio, in 1840, and went from Bainbridge in wagons to Chillecothe[sic] and on a canal boat to Columbus. He has always been a strong partisan and a staunch friend of the old flag. His sons, Burr and Aquilla, were both soldiers in the late war. In religious matters Mr. Glascock is a Methodist, having joined that denomination in early youth. He has until late years been prominent in public matters and represented his township on the Board of Supervisors for four years. Although advanced in years, Mr. Glascock is hale and hearty, has a large and pleasant home on 540 acres of well-improved land, where, amid peace and plenty, he is enjoying life, loved and respected by all who know him.

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