Biography - Enoch File

Enoch James FILE, Hillsboro, born in Bond County, Ill., October 19, 1832; son of Daniel and Elizabeth (JAMES) FILE. Daniel, who was a farmer, was born in North Carolina in 1801, and in company with his father, Jacob FILE, who died in 1842, came to Illinois in 1816, when it was a Territory; died in 1851; his wife, born in Middle Tennessee, in 1811, died in 1845. Our subject, the second son of a family of six sons and six daughters, received very little education, his school life being limited to four months that he attended in Bond County. He began life on the farm, then learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed eight years, then served as clerk, then in the hardware business on his own account for seven years. AT the end of that time, he sold out his business to thefirm of Challacombe & Ramsey, for whom he now clerks. In 1861, he enlisted as private in the Federal army, Company D, Twenty-Second Illinois Infantry, and during his time of service was promoted from time to time, until he received command of a company. He participated in the engagements at Belmont, Mo., Stone River and Chickamauga, Tenn., Atlanta, etc.; was wounded three times - in skull, side and hand. In 1853, in Hillsboro Township, he married Mary Ann BROWN, born in North Carolina in 1829, died in 1856. Her parents were William and Elizabeth (CRAIG) BROWN; the former born in North Carolina September 5, 1794, came to Illinois in 1835, where he died in 1867; the latter, born February 12, 1807, died August 4, 1843. Mr. FILE was again married November 25, 1870, to Virginia C. BROWN, sister of his first wife, born September 26, 1842, and from this union there has been born to him two daughters - Leva and Anna; his first wife bore him one daughter - May. He is a supporter of the Republican party, and a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 105.

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