Biography - William Barry

William S. BARRY, farmer, P.O. Hillsboro, was born in Montgomery County September 18, 1841, to John and Elizabeth (ROBINSON) BARRY. He was born in Barren County, Ky., in 1806. In 1834 or 1835 he emigrated to Montgomery County, in Hillsboro Township, where he bought a small tract of improved land. He remained in Montgomery County to the time of his death, which occurred March 15, 1876. He was of Irish descent. His wife, and mother of our subject, was born in Warren County, Ky., in 1809, and died in Montgomery County, Ill., in 1868. She was the mother of nine children, of whom William S. BARRY was the seventh child. His early life was spent in receiving such an education as the common schools of his day afforded, and assisting in tilling the soil of his father's farm. At the age of twenty-two, he left home and embarked on his career in life by farming on his own account, on a farm of 140 acres of partially improved land, situated in Section 23, of East Fork Township. Here he has since remained, and by honesty, industry and economy, he has succeeded in accumulating 200 acres of land, all of which is under a high state of cultivation. Besides raising all the principal farm crops, he makes wheat a specialty. Mr. BARRY was married in Montgomery County April 2, 1863, to Charity C., daughter of Jabez and Polly Ann (LEWEY) WHEELER. Mrs. BARRY was born in Montgomery County, Ill., August 17, 1843. She is the mother of five children, four of whom are now living, viz., Minnie V., wife of Frederick COFFEEN, of East Fork Township; Robert F., at home; Hattie, died August 28, 1867; Ina M., home; Fred, at home. Wife, of Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. BARRY has served as Highway Commissioner. Politically, he is independent.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 291-292.

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