Biography - Easton Whitten

Easton WHITTEN, farmer, P. O. Bost Hill, was born in Warren County, Ky., May 22, 1827, and when four years of age was brought to Montgomery County, Ill., by his parents, where his early childhood was employed upon the homestead farm assisting his father in his agricultural pursuits. When he reached the age of twenty-two, he left the paternal roof, purchased eighty acres of wild prairie land which he improved and eventually sold, with the intention of trying his fortune in the gold region of California, where he remained about two years, and succeeded in laying up enough money to enable him to make a start in the world with a good footing. Upon his return home, he again took upon himself the duties of a farm life, at which he has since remained engaged, and has, by his energy, industry and economy, accumulated 580 acres of land near the line between Fillmore and East Fork, the greater portion of which he has under a state of cultivation which shows Mr. WHITTEN to be a practical farmer. He grows all the usual farm crops, and is also a breeder of stock having now in his stable as fine a stallion as can be found in the county, and which is of Black Hawk Morgan and Arabian stock. Mr. WHITTEN was married February 6, 1849, to Miss Elizabeth SANDERS, who was born in Montgomery County March 7, 1831. The have two living children, Thomas T. and Henry H. Mrs. WHITTEN is a daughter of John and Elizabeth (POWELL) SANDERS, natives of Kentucky, he born in the year 1799, and died February 12, 1864; she living, born November 19, 1802. Austin WHITTEN, the father of our subject, was born in South Carolina, November 29, 1802, a farmer by occupation; located in East Fork Township, Montgomery County, in 1831, where his death occurred May 12, 1869. His wife, Keziah CASEY, also a native of South Carolina, born March 15, 1800, and died October 1, 1856. She was the mother of twelve children, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood, and of whom Easton was the fourth child. Himself and wife are members of the Methodist Church. Politically, Mr. WHITTEN was identified with the Democratic party, but of late years has been a stanch Republican. Being a progressive man himself, he is always in favor of any enterprise that will in any way tend to the advantage of the county, and especially for the advancement of religious and educational privileges.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 308-309.

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