Biography - T Barlow

T. M. BARLOW, manager of the Co-operative Association Store of Walshville, and a widely-known and prominent business man, was born on his father's farm in Grisham Township, Montgomery County, May 25, 1851. His parents were Joseph and Nancy (Blair) Barlow. The father was born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1801, of Scotch parentage, the grandfather of our subject having come to this country prior to the Revolutionary War. Joseph Barlow was a man of good education, and became a Presbyterian minister. In 1825 he and his three brothers, John, William and James, left their native State and started for Illinois. The last-named located in Saline County, but the others continued their journey to Montgomery County, and located in the township where our subject was born. There his father engaged in farming, teaching school and in preaching until his death, which occurred on the old homestead in 1870. His wife was born in this county. Her parents were natives of the Keystone State, but came to Illinois at a very early day.
We now take up the personal history of Mr. Barlow, whose name heads this record. He was the youngest of a family of ten children, two sons and eight daughters, and with the exception of two sisters all are yet living. His mother died in 1859, when he was only eight years of age. He was educated mostly by his father, and in his youth was early inured to the labors of the farm. When only sixteen years of age he was married, the lady of his choice being Miss Nancy E. McPhail, daughter of James McPhail, one of the pioneer settlers of this county. By their union have been born four children, three sons and one daughter, but the latter, Lillie, died at the age of one year. Charles married Annie Haley; Ellis and Thomas are still upon the home farm.
Mr. Barlow exercises his right of franchise in support of the Republican party, following in the footsteps of his father, and for about six years served as Constable, discharging his duties with promptness and fidelity. After his marriage he embarked in farming for himself, and carried on agricultural pursuits until about two years ago, when he came to Welshville and assumed the management of the Co-operative Association Store. In this capacity he is now employed. Mr. Barlow is a popular gentleman, widely and favorably known in this his native county. Those who have been acquainted with him from boyhood are numbered among his stanchest friends, a fact which indicates the honorable, upright life which he has lived.

Extracted 12 Jan 2017 by Norma Hass from 1892 Portrait and Biographical Record of Montgomery and Bond Counties, Illinois, pages 508-509.

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