Marshall County

FEAZEL, Jeremiah

Jeremiah FEAZEL, deceased, who in former years was a respected and worthy farmer of Marshall county, and who spent his last years in honorable retirement from business cares in Lacon, was born in Brown county, Ohio, July 4, 1832, a son of Jeremiah and Hannah (MURPHY) FEAZEL. The father engaged in school teaching and in farming and thus provided for his family, which numbered six sons and six daughters.

Jeremiah FEAZEL was reared in the county of his nativity to the age of fourteen years, when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Illinois. His early education, acquired in the public schools of his native state, was continued in the old Broaddus schoolhouse in Lacon township, three miles east of Lacon, and when his education was completed he became the active assistant of his father in the work of the home farm and was there engaged in tilling the soil and in raising stock. He resided upon the old homestead until 1855, when he was married and began farming on his own account, settling on a tract of land of one hundred and twenty acres in Hopewell township, Marshall county. There he lived for fourteen years, when he sold that property and bought the John HARRIS farm, in Hopewell township, which remained his home throughout the remainder of his active business life. He was engaged in general farming and stock-raising and both branches of his business proved profitable, owing to his careful direction and able management, so that in 1884, with a comfortable competence, acquired through years of earnest toil, he retired from agricultural pursuits and took up his abode in Lacon, where he spent his remaining days in the enjoyment of a rest which he had truly earned and richly deserved.

On the 1st of November, 1855, at the home of the bride in Roberts township, Marshall county, Mr. FEAZEL was married to Miss Anna Eliza Wright, a daughter of James and Lockey Meade (BELL) WRIGHT, both of whom were natives of Ohio. Her father was a farmer by occupation and died in the year 1849, his remains being interred in the Salem cemetery. His wife had passed away in 1847 and was laid to rest in a cemetery in Roberts township. They were devoted and faithful members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Their daughter, Mrs. FEAZEL, was born in Madison county, Ohio, July 16, 1838, and was brought to this county in 1844. As stated, at the time of their marriage Mr. and Mrs. FEAZEL began housekeeping upon a farm and so lived until 1884, when they became residents of Lacon. Mr. FEAZEL died in that city June 8, 1899, and was laid to rest in Lacon cemetery. He had attained the age of sixty-seven years and had lived a life worthy of the esteem and confidence of his fellowmen. He attended the Methodist Episcopal church, served as one of its trustees, and contributed liberally to the same, although he was not a member, and in politics was a Bryan democrat, advocating the principles supported by the Nebraska statesman. In his business affairs he had been straightforward and reliable, in citizenship was progressive and public spirited, and in relations of home and of friendship he was ever loyal and true. Mrs. FEAZEL still survives her husband and yet resides in Lacon, where she is well known. She has many friends there and is a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.

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