Biography - John McDavid

John T. McDAVID, Sr., farmer, P. O. Irving, born in Montgomery County, Ill., February 8, 1824, son of William McDAVID, a native of Virginia, whose wife's maiden name was JOHNSON, she having been born in Tennessee September 20, 1800. Our subject was raised on a farm; received such an education as was afforded by the common schools of that early day, and began life for himself as a farmer in East Fork Township, his first purchase being eighty acres of land, which he traded for horses, on which he realized such a profit as to enable him to buy 123 acres in the year 1850, on which he resided for seven years; he then sold out and bought an adjoining farm of 155 acres, where he lived several years, also buying sixty acres near Hillsboro, on which he realized a handsome profit in a short time; he next sold his farm and bought 560 acres of good tillable land, and erected a fine dwelling, barn and other buildings; in 1881, he again sold out, and bought, in Shelby county, 475 acres of good farm land, north of Shelbyville, and he also has 266 acres in Irving Township, as well as eighty acres in East Fork; he has also helped all his six sons to start well in life. Mr. McDAVID was married, in Montgomery county, in 1845, to Edna J. KNIGHT, who was born in this county July 26, 1826, daughter of William KNIGHT, of Kentucky, who was born in 1798, and died December 6, 1862; her mother's maiden name was Barsheba BOSTICK, born in Kentucky in 1800, and died February 9, 1860; Mrs. McDAVID became the mother of six children, and died March 6, 1870. On August 6, 1871, he was married to Linda SNELL, who was born and grew up in Macoupin County, Ill., where she received a good education; they have one son by this marriage, Frank Lee, born August 20, 1877. In addition to his other property, Mr. McDAVID owns a house and lot in the town of Irving, where he resides, comfortably situated, and highly esteemed for his social worth and public enterprise; the children by his first marriage were Albin B., William J., John T., Jr., Joel K., Augustus B. and James L. Mr. McDAVID was elected Sheriff in 1868, and served two years; he was also Deputy Sheriff four or five years; also Assessor; his family are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 287.

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