Biography - Joel Traylor

Joel C. TRAYLOR, farmer, P. O. Hillsboro, was born in Shelby County, Ky., October 6, 1814, to James and Nancy (CARDWELL) TRAYLOR, natives of Virginia. He died about 1850, aged about sixty-five; was a farmer by occupation. She died about 1822, aged about thirty years. She was the mother of four children, two of whom are still living, viz., William and Joel. The subject was educated in the common schools of his native State. When ten years of age, he engaged to learn the trade of harness-making; came to Montgomery County in 1844, and settled upon his present place of residence, and has been engaged in merchandising. His farm consists of about three hundred acres, which are worked by his children under his management. In 1874, he was appointed Postmaster, the office being in his house, and known as Ester Post Office. He was married in Kentucky to Julia GIBBS, a native of Kentucky, who died in 1845. His second marriage occurred April 3, 1846, to Sarah A. OHMART, born in Ohio February 18, 1828. She is the mother of thirteen children, viz., Andrew J., George, Margaret, Joel C., Jr., Harriet, Mahlon, Jacob L., Robert J., Elva A., Bunyan H., Mary F., Clement A., infant son deceased. Seven of these children are now living. Mr. TRAYLOR has served the people as Justice of the Peace about thirty years, and as Township Treasurer about twenty years. Politically, he is a Democrat; religiously, he is a Universalist.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 297.

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