Biography - William Knock

William A. KNOCK, farmer, P. O. Virden, was born in Fulton County, Ill., August 27, 1833; his education was limited to such as could be obtained in the common schools of his native county; during his school days, and up to the time he was twenty-nine years of age, assisted his father upon the old homestead; at the breaking-out of the war, he entered the service in Company F, Eighty-fourth Illinois Infantry, with Capt. C. B. COX, his regiment commanded by Col. WATERS, he remained in the service until the close of the war, and then purchased the property he now owns, and once again took upon himself the duties of a farm life; he erected a fine farm dwelling, which does honor to the county and to Mr. KNOCK as an architect; he has also made all the other improvements that are necessary on a well-regulated farm, such as outbuildings, orchards, fences, etc.; his farm consists of 120 acres of fine farm land, which, as a practical farmer, he keeps in a high state of cultivation, and which denotes his energy and enterprise, and makes him worthy of the position he holds as one of the leading agriculturists of the county; he has always taken a leading part in all public improvements and in educational privileges; socially, he enjoys the highest esteem of the entire community. His father, D. C. KNOCK, is a native of Delaware, and was one of the first to enter upon pioneer life in Fulton County, Ill., where he is still living, enjoying the fruits of a well spent life, with his wife, Phoebe EASLEY, who was born in Freeport, Ohio; she is the mother of thirteen children, of whom William is the second child. He was married, in Morgan County, August 21, 1867, to Sarah J. (KINNETT) MILLER, who was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, March 23, 1836; they have two children, viz.: Luetta and Sarah Phoebe, both of whom are at home and attending school. Mrs. KNOCK was a daughter of W. P. and Ann (BROWN) KINNETT, natives of Ohio, and still living. Mr. KNOCK has held several town offices; is also a prominent member of the Grange; politically, he is identified with the Republican party.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 273-274.

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