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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of David Mansfield

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905


DAVID MANSFIELD, a well-known farmer of Urbana Township, Champaign County, Ill., was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, November 11, 1844, the son of Jacob and Christina (STEWART) MANSFIELD, natives of Pennsylvania and Vermont, Respectively. Jacob Mansfield, who was a farmer by occupation, moved to Greene County, Iowa, where he died in 1882, at the age of ninety-nine years and ten months. Politically he was first a Whig and then a Republican.

In boyhood David Mansfield attended the subscription schools, while living in Ohio, and since reaching manhood, has followed farming. In 1857, he came to Richland County, Ill., whence he moved to Urbana in the fall of 1861. In 1869 he bought twenty acres of land where his house now stands, and to this has made additions, until he now owns forty-four acres.

Mr. Mansfield was first married in Indiana, in 1844, and his first wife died in 1851. In 1863, he married Mary KING, a native of Tennessee. This union resulted in eight children, namely: Burt, of Greene County, Iowa; Frank, who lives in Indiana; Eva (Mrs. Edward CLEMENTS), also a resident of Indiana; Edie (Mrs. KERYAL), lives in Champaign County; Sentence (Mrs. Frank CLEMENTS), lives in Indiana; Jessie (Mrs. Frank COX), of Champaign County; and Mark and Grady, who are still under the parental roof.

Religiously Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield are members of the Christian Church. In politics Mr. Mansfield is a Democrat, and has served his township as School Director and Road Commissioner.

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