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FRISBEY, Russell Mallory

Russell Mallory FRISBEY, residing on section 16, Steuben township, Marshall county, has been a resident of the county since 1843, a period of fifty-three years. He is well known and universally respected by all, a man who has gone in and out among the people, winning their confidence and esteem, and whose friends are many and enemies none. He was born in Middletown, Rutland county, Vermont, March 15, 1812, and comes of good old Revolutionary stock, his grandfather, James FRISBEY, who prior to the Revolution settled in Vermont, serving faithfully in that struggle that secured the independence of the American colonies. His father, Samuel FRISBEY, was also a patriot and served in the second war with Great Britain, his service being on Lake Champlain. Samuel FRISBEY married Hannah MALLORY, a daughter of Silas MALLORY, who also served in the Revolutionary war, and who drew a pension from the government for such services. Our subject has a clear recollection of his grandfather MALLORY, who died at the age of about eighty year. His grandmother subsequently married when she was past eighty years old.

The boyhood and youth of our subject were spent in his native county. His father dying when he was but twelve years old, he was compelled to shift for himself at a very tender age, and rapidly developed the qualities incident to manhood. His marriage with Miss Rosalinda T. JOHNSON occurred before he was twenty years of age. She was also a native of Rutland county, Vermont, and was a woman of superior native ability. About one year afterward they removed to New York, and six months later to Summit county, Ohio, where they spent eight years, Mr. FRISBEY working for others at odd jobs, but mainly in a sawmill.

Not content with their Ohio home, and believing that in Illinois they would find a place better suited to their condition, and with better opportunities for rearing their family and giving them a chance in life, in 1843 they came to Marshall county. The trip was made by lake to Chicago, where Mr. FRISBEY hired teams to continue their journey. Loton FRISBEY, a brother, some seven years previously, had come to Marshall county and had located northwest of Henry where he now lives. It was by his advice that Russell came to Marshall county. After residing here about one year he purchased forty acres of school land on section 16, Steuben township, for which he paid one hundred dollars in trade. Here he has now resided fifty-three years, and in the many changes that have taken place, developing this country from an almost unbroken wilderness, he has borne an honorable part. To his original tract he has added eighty acres, making his home farm consist of one hundred and twenty acres, all of which is well and substantially improved. In addition to this, however, he owns nearly three hundred acres on section 14, much of it underlaid with a fine vein of coal. Ten coal banks are now in operation in this vicinity, and a large quantity of the “black diamonds” are annually taken out, much of which is shipped to other points. In the development of the coal interests of this locality, Mr. FRISBEY has always been greatly interested, and was one of the original stockholders in the Sparland Coal Company.

Mrs. And Mrs. FRISBEY are the parents of three children – Edwin, now lives in Sparland; Lewis, died at the age of fourteen years; Orrin, served three years in the war for the Union as a member of the eighty-sixth Illinois volunteer infantry, and now receives a pension for disabilities incurred in the service. He married Mrs. Mary STEPHENSON in 1866, and they have three children – William S., who was engaged with George A. OGLE, a leading map publisher of Chicago, Illinois, was drowned July 14, 1896; Russell Mallory, in a drug store in Blue Island, Illinois, and Clara L., now attending the Sparland high school.

Russell M. and Rosalinda T. MALLORY pursued the journey of life together a period of fifty years. Their married life was a particularly happy one, and the love given each other while yet in their teens was never broken, but rather increased as the years went by. Mrs. FRISBEY was called to her long home in March, 1887, leaving behind a tender and loving memory cherished by husband, children and friends alike.

In politics, Mr. FRISBEY is a stanch republican, and has voted that ticket since the organization of the party. In its principles he ahs an abiding faith, believing them best for the interests of the whole country.

Extracted April 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.

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