Biography - George Michael

George W. MICHAEL, hotel proprietor and farmer, Hillsboro, was born in North Carolina July 30, 1827, son of Jacob and Annie (LONTZ) MICHAEL, both natives of North Carolina. Jacob was born about the year 1798. He is a farmer by occupation and still living in his native State. His wife died in Indiana about the year 1872. They were the parents of twelve children, nine sons and three daughters; six of the sons deceased. Our subject received but a limited education in North Carolina. He learned the house-carpenter's trade, and has followed it the greater part of his life. He came to Illinois March 18, 1881, and settled in Hillsboro, where he has conducted a hotel since that time. He married, in North Carolina, October 20, 1857, Belzora HEDICK, a native of that State, born July 5, 1833, daughter of John and Barbara (CAUSLER) HEDICK. John HEDICK, who is a farmer, was born in North Carolina, March 30, 1795. His wife, also a native of North Carolina, was born February 12, 1804. Mr. and Mrs. MICHAEL have had six children, four of whom are living - Thomas J., who married Miss Teenie NICHOLS, of Hillsboro; John T.; Jennie, wife of John GOODMAN, and Emma H. During the war, Mr. MICHAEL served in the Confederate army, Company E, Fourth Cavalry, Deering's Brigade, Stewart's Cavalry, participating in the battles of Manassas and others of less importance near Petersburg, Richmond, etc. On one occasion, he and a comrade, by coolness and strategy, succeeded in capturing nine federal soldiers. Seeing the importance of a good education, Mr. MICHAEL has endeavored to give his children all the advantages in that direction within the reach of his ability. He and all his family are Lutherans. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity; in politics, he is a supporter of the Democratic party.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 111.

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