BISHOP, Andrew J.
Andrew J. BISHOP, one of the self-made men
county, who now makes his home in Wenona, is the possessor of
valuable property, all of which has been accumulated by his own
perseverance and industry. He was born in
Washington county, Pennsylvania, April 28,
1828, and is the son of Thomas and Mary (HEATHERINGTON) BISHOP.
The birth of the father occurred in the same county, in 1800,
but the mother was born in Ireland, in 1801, and when three years old was
brought by her father, Hugh HEATHERINGTON, to America. When a young man the
maternal grandfather participated in the rebellion in Ireland, was for over eighty years a member of
the Masonic order, and died in
at the extreme old age of one hundred and five years.
After their marriage, in 1824, the parents
of our subject located upon a farm in the keystone state, where
they spent their remaining days, the father dying in 1854, and
the mother ten years later. Both held membership with the
Methodist Episcopal church. In their family were eleven
children, namely: Mrs. Martha Jane BLACKBURN; James, deceased;
Andrew J., William H., deceased; John, of Mt. Palatine,
Illinois; Mrs. Isabel CLAYBAUGH of
Pennsylvania; Thomas B., deceased; Mrs.
Susanna MATEER of Rutland, Illinois; Hiram and Margaret Ann,
both deceased, and Jeremiah K., of Iowa. The last named served
as a soldier in the union army during the civil war.
The education of our subject was such as
the district school afforded, and although he was reared to
agricultural pursuits, he also worked at the carpenter��s trade.
Emigrating to Putnam county, Illinois,
in 1853, he worked by the month as a farm hand for one year, and
after his marriage lived on Ox Bow Prairie, in that county,
until 1861, when he removed to Evans township, Marshall county, settling
on section 27. The farm of eighty acres which he purchased was
all wild land, but he has now placed it under a high state of
cultivation, erected good and substantial buildings, and added
to the tract until he now has two hundred and forty acres of
valuable land. For thirty-three years he made his home in one
house, but since 1892 has lived retired in Wenona, where he is
surrounded by many warm friends.
In 1854 Mr. Bishop was united in marriage
with Miss Eliza J. CHAMP, the daughter of John W. and Lydia
(HORROM) CHAMP, the former a native of
Rockingham, New Hampshire, and the latter of New Jersey. Her maternal grandfather, Timothy
HORROM, came to
in 1832, settling in Grundy county, where he resided until his
death. When a young man her father followed the carpenter’s
trade, but later went to California and Washington,
in the employ of the Hudson Bay
company, with which he remained for forty years. Returning to
Putnam county, Illinois, although over
sixty years of age, he joined the One Hundred and Fourth
Illinois Volunteer Infantry, as a member of Company H, with
which he served for three years, and was then discharged on
account of illness. During his service he was taken prisoner by
the enemy. He died in 1869, and his wife, who had long preceded
him to the other world, passed away in 1837. They had two
children – Mrs. BISHOP, and William W., who lives in Hope
township, La Salle county, Illinois.
Mrs. BISHOP was the first white child born
at Princeton, Illinois, the date of that event being January 1,
1834, and losing her mother when only three years old, she was
reared by Lyman HORROM, a native of New Jersey, who came to
Illinois in 1830, settling on Ox Bow Prairie in Putnam county.
There he improved a farm, and in the early days also worked in
the lead mines of
Galena. He finally laid aside business
cares and removed to Henry, Illinois,
in 1863, where he passed away in 1886. He had married Eleanor
BAKER, who still survives him, making her home in Henry at the
age of eighty-four years, but for the past ten years has been an
invalid. They had no children of their own, but reared both Mrs.
BISHOP and her brother.
Four children were born to our subject and
his wife – Charles W., who lives on section 27, Evans township, Marshall county, married
Clara SWISHER. Mary Ella is the wife of Fred WHITING, by whom
she has five children, and they also make their home in Evans
township. Lydia, who lives in Nebraska, is the wife of John McLAUGHLIN, and
they have four children. Lyman Hamlin completes the family. The
children were all provided with good common school educations.
The parents are both conscientious
Christians, worthy members of the Methodist church, and
politically Mr. BISHOP is a republican, but has never accepted
office with the exception of school director, which position he
held for about twelve years. Although starting out in life with
no capital, he struggled along and by hard work has succeeded in
gaining a competence. During the first year at Ox Bow Prairie he
was able to lay up seven hundred dollars.
Extracted March 2011 by Norma Hass from
The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois,