Biography - Abel Randolph

Abel S. RANDOLPH, farmer, P. O. Virden, was born in New Jersey August 5, 1831; his father, Louis RANDOLPH, was also a native of New Jersey, but moved to Jacksonville, Ill., in 1835, and remained there one year, and then removed to Jersey County, where he is still living; he was one of the early settlers of the county, and holds a prominent position among the agriculturists of the county; his wife, Mary COMPTON, was also a native of New Jersey, and is still living; she is the mother of seven children, of whom Abel was the second child; he received his education in the common schools of Jersey County, and assisted his father upon the old homestead until he was thirty years of age, when he came to Montgomery County and continued his occupation as a farmer for himself; he erected his dwelling and made all other improvements on the farm himself, and has now in his possession 200 acres of choice farm land, well fenced, well stocked, and which he keeps in high state of cultivation; the surroundings on Mr. RANDOLPHS's farm denote energy and enterprise, and show him to be a practical farmer, and well worthy of the position he holds as one of the leading agriculturists of the county; he devotes time to growing the usual crops, and raises all the stock he handles; politically, his sympathies are with the Republican party. He was married in Jersey County, June 9, 1869, to Minerva EDWARDS, who was born in Ohio October 27, 1838; she has borne him one child, Henry, born April 21, 1870. Mrs. RANDOLPH was a daughter of Andrew and Mary (DARLINGTON) EDWARDS, natives of Ohio. Mrs. RANDOLPH is connected with the Methodist Church at Wesley Chapel.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 274-275.

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