Biography - Joseph Vignos

Joseph VIGNOS, farmer, P. O. Raymond, was born in the eastern part of France, December 1, 1817, to Claud and Margaret (BARQUIN) VIGNOS; his father was born in France, where he followed the occupation of farming during his life; he died in 1858, aged sixty-two years. His mother was also a native of France; she died in 1862, aged seventy-two years. They were the parents of nine children, Joseph VIGNOS being the oldest child. His early life was spent in receiving such an education as the common schools of France afforded, and assisting in tilling the soil of his father's farm, and, for two years previous to his departure from home, taught school. In December, 1835, he bade his parents and native place farewell, and emigrated to America, where he followed the dyeing business in New York City for nearly two years, and then traveled through Pennsylvania, Cincinnati, Louisville, New Orleans and St. Louis, and, when he first came to Montgomery County, was a peddler of notions. While staying overnight at Zanesville, the citizens persuaded him to embark in the mercantile business at that place, at which he was successful until 1857, when he bought the same farm that he is now residing on and commenced giving his attention to agricultural pursuits; he is now one of the representative farmers of Zanesville Township, and is the owner of a large tract of land. In 1846, he married Miss Sarah J. ALLEN, a daughter of Robert ALLEN; she died in May, 1852. In 1853, on January 6, he married a second time, Miss Harriet E. BAYDY. By his first marriage he has two children - Agnes, who is married and living in Kansas; and Francis A., who is now in Texas. By his second marriage he has six children, viz.: Joseph, Claud M., Jerome, Josephine, Mary and Susan. He and family are members of the Christian Church. As a business man, no man stands higher than Mr. VIGNOS; his word is regarded in everything equal to his bond; hence he has the esteem and confidence of all well-disposed citizens.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 241.

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