Biography - William Blue

William M. BLUE, farmer and stock-dealer, P. O. Nokomis, born in Franklin County, Ohio, April 26, 1826, son of Peter BLUE, a farmer, who was born in Virginia in 1792, married in Ohio in 1823, and died there in 1855, from the effects of a rattlesnake bite, in eight days after being bitten; subject's mother, Nancy (CRABB) BLUE, born in Virginia in 1797, is now living at Nokomis, in the eighty-fifth year of her age; they had six children - Letitia, wife of Thomas F. WILSON; William M., our subject; Thomas C., who died at the age of twenty-five; Nancy C., wife of the late N. BRONS; Peter, who died at the age of thirty-three; and Susan E., who died at the age of thirty. Subject was married, in Franklin County, Ohio, in 1844, to Rachel E. MARSHALL, born in that county in 1828, died in Montgomery County April 4, 1869, and a daughter of John and Hannah (CAIN) MARSHALL; by this union, subject had a family of nine - Rebecca J., Alice A., Francis P. (deceased), Augusta M., William P. (attending law school at Bloomington, Ill.), Ella, Ada, and twins, both dead. Mr. BLUE began farming at the age of twenty, and has followed his vocation successfully; besides farming, he is a well-known stock-raiser; owns 320 acres of land in this county, and 320 acres in Madison County, Neb.; he began life with a limited capital, but, by hard work and close attention to business, he now ranks among the wealthy men of Nokomis. Mr. BLUE is a Democrat; is well and favorably known in his district, and has made, in his busy life, a host of friends.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 318-319.

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