Biography - George Greenawalt

George W. GREENAWALT, farmer, P. O. Raymond, was born in Sangamon County, Ill., February 24, 1831. As educational privileges were limited in the county at that early day, his education was also limited to such as could be obtained in the common schools. He remained upon the homestead, assisting his father upon the farm, until he reached the age of twenty-one years, when he entered on the battle of life in reality, rented a farm, and continued in the occupation of a farmer; at the end of three years, he had accumulated enough funds to enable him to purchase land, which he did, in his native county, the farm consisting of 148 acres of unimproved prairie land, upon which he erected a residence and all other buildings necessary for comfort and convenience, and also placed his farm in a high state of cultivation. At the end of sixteen years, he disposed of the property and removed to Macoupin County, where he remained five or six years, but, during two years of the time, carried on farming in Montgomery County. In March, 1874, he removed to Raymond and retired from active labor, but, being of an energetic nature, he is continually adding improvements to his already beautiful place. He was married, at Springfield, Ill., February 2, 1854, to Miss Lemira HOLLOWAY, who was born in Kentucky November 3, 1832, to George W. and Harriet (TADE) HOLLOWAY, natives of Kentucky, he living, she deceased. Jacob GREENAWALT, the father of George, was born in Kentucky; was a farmer by occupation; he died February 24, 1863, aged fifty-nine years; his wife, Mary BRADNER, was also a native of Kentucky, and is still living, at the age of seventy-two years; she is the mother of eight children, of whom George was the third child. He has now in his possession about four hundred acres of choice prairie land in Bois d'Arc Township, which is now rented, but all of which is under cultivation. Mr. GREENAWALT has been an active member of the order of A., F. & A. M. about sixteen years, and has attained the degree of Master Mason. Although possessing all the energy and enterprise of a thorough business man, his health has been impaired for a number of years, necessitating his retirement from active life. Politically, his sympathies are with the Democratic party.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 220-221.

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