Biography - James Cline

James W. CLINE, farmer, P. O. Raymond, was born in Montgomery County February 27, 1837, to Reuben H. and Nellie (SMITH) CLINE. Mr. Cline's early days were spent in receiving an education and assisting in tilling the soil of his father's farm; he remained with his father to the time of his death, and for a few years previous to his death, took the entire management of the same; in 1859, removed to Bond County and hired out as a farm hand, and continued working by the month until 1862, and married and removed to the southwest corner of Montgomery County, where he rented a farm of eighty acres, and, in 1863, returned to Bond County, and in 1865 removed to Madison County, where he bought a farm, in 1867, of 120 acres, and remained until 1869, when he sold it and moved to the Bluffs, near St. Louis, and again rented, and in 1870 again removed to Madison County, and bought a farm in Roundtree Township of 165 acres, and continued on that farm and added to it until he had 220 acres; he remained there until the fall of 1879, when he removed to his present residence, and has now 410 acres of land, and one of the best farms of Montgomery County, upon which he has a fine residence, barns, with wind-mill and everything for use on a good farm; makes stock-raising and trading in stock a specialty. In October, 1862, in Montgomery County, he married Miss Mary E. THOMPSON, a native of Licking County, Ohio, born in 1844; they have had four children, all of whom are living - Leighton W., Susan C., Alex C., James S. In 1861, he enlisted in the Federal army, under Col. Marshall, and was taken prisoner by Gen. Price, and was discharged in October, and was again discharged in July, 1862. Himself and family are members of M. E. Church; Republican in politics; member of A., F. & A. M., No. 692, at Raymond. Commenced life a poor man; has now a good property; parents had eleven children, subject being the oldest child.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 235-236.

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