Biography - Asa Swain

Asa SWAIN, farmer, P. O. Walshville, was born in Washington County, N. C., December 22, 1811, son of Stephen and Priscilla (PHELPS) SWAIN, both natives of North Carolina; the former died in Macoupin County, this state, in 1846, the latter also dying in the same county. They had nine children, of whom Asa was the fourth, and received his education in his native county. He early learned the cooper's trade, and has followed farming in this and Madison County for half a century. He has been twice married, and has had the following children - Maria J., Stephen H., Clarissa E., Martha C., Snowden S., Sarah M., Asa F., and three who died unnamed. Mr. SWAIN is a leading farmer and an early settler, and highly respected citizen. His religious connection is with the Christian Church; his politics, Democratic. Martin VOGAL, farmer, P. O. Walshville, born in Baden, Germany, in 1826. His parents, Martin and Margaret (BOWER) VOGAL, were both natives of Germany; his father, who was a farmer, died there; subject, the third child of a family of eight children, received his education in his native town, and worked out for many years as a farm hand, and has been farming on his own account in Montgomery County for a long period. He has been twice married, at Belleville, St. Clair Co., Ill., and at St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. VOGAL, whose maiden name was KALA, was born in Hanover, Germany; her parents, Henry and Mary (MYER) KALA were natives of that country. Mr. VOGAL has four children - Martin, Mary, Fred and George. He is a Republican, and a member of the Lutheran Church. Joseph S. WHITESIDE, farmer, P. O. Walshville, was born Bond County, Ill., in 1837, son of Thomas D. and Eliza (BRUCE) WHITESIDE. Thomas D., a native of North Carolina, now resides at Litchfield, Montgomery County; his wife died in Bond County, Ill.; subject is the third child of a family of thirteen. He received his education in Bond and Montgomery Counties, and began life as a farmer, which occupation he still follows. In Montgomery County in 1859, he married Mary J. BARLOW, daughter of Joseph and Harriet (SMITH) BARLOW, natives of Tennessee. From this union three children have been born, viz., Harriet E., Laura B. and Eva F. Mr. WHITESIDE is a member of the Presbyterian Church; he is a Republican.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 198-199.

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