Biography - Francis McGown

Francis McGOWN, farmer, P. O. Raymond, was born in Johnson County, Ill., July 10, 1830, to Samuel and Nancy (WESTBROOK) McGOWN; father was born in Warren County, Ky.; he was a farmer; came to Johnson County, Ill., being among the early settlers; and, in the fall of 1830, removed to Greene County, and in the spring of 1851 removed to Montgomery County, where he died in 1861, aged seventy-seven years. Mother was born in Kentucky, and died in Montgomery County in 1852, aged sixty-three. They had six children, subject being the youngest. He was taken to Greene County when an infant, by his parents, where he received his education from the common schools; he remained with his father to the time of his death, assisting him in farming, and, for years previous to his death, took the management of the farm. In the fall of 1850, he removed to Montgomery county; settled on same farm he now occupies; bought ninety-five acres, and is now the owner of 120 acres, and continued to till the soil of the same until 1875, when he was compelled to give up work on account of rheumatic affliction; at the present time, is unable to do any work; the farm is now carried on by his son and son-in-law. In 1854, in Greene County, he married Miss Elizabeth BANNING, a native of Greene County, born in 1835; they have had thirteen children, and now have three living - Edward A., Nancy E., Julia; self and wife are members of the United Baptist Church; Democrat.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 238.

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