Biography - J Barkley

J.C. Barkley, grocer, Hillsboro, was born in North Carolina, December 15, 1850; son of John C. and Elizabeth (Morrison) Barkley, natives of North Carolina. John C., who is a farmer, was born in 1815. His wife died April 14, 1854. Our subject, the second son of a family of five sons and two daughters, received a fair education in the schools at Hillsboro, and at Freehold, N.J. He came to Hillsboro when seventeen years old, without money or education, and but few clothes. He first worked on a farm, then in a brickyard. He traveled for a wholesale house in St. Louis (Udell, Schmieding & Co., dealers in wood and willow ware), and finally engaged in the grocery business on his own account in Hillsboro, where, by push and energy, he has acquired a lucrative trade. He was in the hotel business in Hillsboro for about eighteen months, and was one of the many citizens who lost heavily by the failure of the banking firm of Haskell, Harris & Co., of Hillsboro. He married in Hillsboro, November 4, 1875, Emma A. Slack, born in Ohio, October 18, 1857, daughter of Daniel Slack, a native of New Jersey, who died in Ohio in 1868. There have been born to them one son, Edward Daniel, and one daughter, Maggie Elizabeth. Mr. Barkley is a member of the Methodist Church, and was Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday school in Hillsboro for two years. In politics he supports the Republican Party.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 94-95

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