Biography - Peter Stump

Peter STUMP, farmer, P. O. Girard, was born in Hocking County, Ohio, June 1, 1819, to John and Catharine (FOUSTER) STUMP; he was born in Pennsylvania in 1797; was brought to Hocking County, Ohio, by his parents when a child; here he remained until 1857, when he removed to Illinois; during his life, followed the occupation of a farmer, and died in Montgomery County in 1872; was of German parentage; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1807; her parents were natives of Germany; she died in 1852. They were the parents of twelve children - six boys and six girls - of whom Peter was the third child. His early life was spent in receiving such an education as the common schools of Hocking County, Ohio, afforded, and assisting in tilling the soil of his father's farm; he remained at home until he was twenty-five years of age, when he embarked on his career in life as a hired hand in a saw-mill. In 1852, he removed to Knox County, Ill., where he remained two years, following farming and working in a saw-mill; in 1854, he removed to Macoupin County, where he commenced farming on rented property; by his honesty, industry and economy, he succeeded in saving some money, with which, in 1862, be bought 160 acres of partially improved land; here he has since remained, engaged in agricultural pursuits; he is now the owner of 210 acres of land, all of which is under a high state of cultivation. In 1845, in Hocking County, Ohio, he married Miss Samancy BUSHY, a native of Ohio; she died in 1857; she was the mother of four children - John, married, living in Missouri; Daniel, married, near Harvel, Ill.; Catharine, wife of Rutledge FOX, of Pitman; Luelza, dead. In 1860, be married Mrs. Nancy MAYS; she was born in Greene County, Ill.; she is the mother of one child, Lydia Ann, now at home. Politically, he is a Democrat; himself and wife are religiously connected with the Methodist Church. When he first commenced life as a hired hand in the saw-mill, he worked three years and only missed seven days; worked a portion of the nights; he worked very hard to make a living.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 268.

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