Biography - Charles Gillman

Charles GILLMAN, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Girard, was born in Germany, July 17, 1835, to Charles and Hannah GILLMAN. His early life was spent in receiving a common school education; at the age of fourteen, he was hired out to work on a farm by his father, as a shepherd, tending sheep; at the age of twenty-one, he bade his home farewell and emigrated to America; he made his first settlement in Sangamon County, Ill., and was under the employ of Charles HOPPIN for over five years; by his close attention to business and his economy, he was able, at the end of that time, to buy 360 acres of land in Pitman Township, Montgomery County; here he commenced farming in 1863 on his own account; by his energy and business habits, he has succeeded in accumulating about nine hundred and thirty acres of land, all lying in one tract in Pitman Township, with the exception of ten acres of timber; he is now principally engaged in stock-raising, making cattle and hogs a specialty, although he raises large quantities of all other kinds of stock; he is now the owner of over two hundred head of cattle; in about 1872, he enlarged his residence making it very large and commodious. In 1862, in Sangamon County, Ill., he married Miss Anna HANTLA; she was born in 1846 in Germany; she is the mother of nine children, eight of whom are now living - Frank, Willie, Anna, Henry, Carrie, George, Emma and John. He has served the people as School Director. Himself and wife are religiously connected with the Lutheran Church. Mr. GILLMAN is strongly in favor of the Republican party.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 261.

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