Biography - James Haynes

James HAYNES, county Treasurer, Hillsboro, born in Morgan County, Ill., September 25, 1843; son of John and Harriet SEYMOUR. John, who was a farmer by occupation, was born in Indiana about the year 1815; he lived in Kentucky, principally, till he was fourteen years old, when he moved to Illinois, and settled in Cass County for a few years; thence he removed to Morgan County, thence to Montgomery County, where he settled permanently in 1854; his wife was born in North Carolina about the year 1819; she came to Illinois with her parents when quite young, and is still living. James, who is the eldest of a family of five sons and two daughters,attended school in Montgomery County, and afterward at McKendree College, at Lebanon, and the Soldiers' College at Fulton, Ill. He followed farming till 1877, when he was elected County Treasurer, an office which he still holds. In 1862, heenlisted as private in the Federal amry, Company F, One Hundred and Twenty-second Illinois Infantry. In the battle of Tupelo, Miss., July 14, 1864, he lost his rightarm; he was captured next day and held a prisoner till the close of the war, during which time he was imprisoned in the following places: Mobile, two weeks; Cahaba, Ala., four months; Macon, Ga., two and a half months; Andersonville, one month; Selma, Ala.; Meridian, Miss.; Vicksburg and St. Louis. From St. Louis, he was released, and having reported at Springfield, Ill., was discharged in the spring of 1865. He is a Methodist; in politics, he supports the Democratic party.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 108-109.

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