Marshall County

ILIFF, Jeremiah R.

Jeremiah R. ILIFF, who is residing on section 18, Belle Plain township, is numbered among the pioneers of Marshall county. He came to the county in 1857, and made a permanent location in 1861, since which time his identification with its interests has been continuous. His career is that of a man who has been loyal and true to all the duties that devolve upon him, and in his business undertakings he has won a success resulting from honorable dealing and indefatigable industry.

Mr. ILIFF was born in Perry county, Ohio, November 3, 1833. His grandfather, John ILIFF, was a soldier in the war of 1812. His father, Thomas ILIFF, now deceased, was a native of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and when twelve years of age removed to Ohio, where he followed farming as a life work. Jeremiah R. ILIFF was reared on his father’s farm, and his district school education was supplemented by study in the Wesleyan university of Delaware, Ohio. He then left the school room to learn the more difficult lessons taught by experience in the practical affairs of life. When a young man of twenty-four he left home to seek his fortune in the west, and after one year spent in Marshall county, Illinois, removed to Kansas. In 1859, however, he returned to this county, and made his home with his brother-in-law, William WATT, who had taken up his residence here in 1857. Mr. ILIFF did not make a permanent location until 1861. In the spring of 1862 he removed to his present home and has since engaged in general faming and stock raising, having here a well developed farm of three hundred and thirty acres, whose richly cultivated fields attest his supervision, while the excellent improvements upon the place indicate his thrift and enterprise.

On the 23d of December, 1861, Mr. ILIFF married Margaret SPANGLER, daughter of William SPANGLER, deceased, a pioneer of Marshall county. Her death occurred in 1866, and on the 6th of September, 1870, he wedded Elizabeth KELLY, daughter of Joseph KELLY. She was called to the home beyond December 25, 1879. They had six children, four of whom are living: Edna M., William K., Arthur C and Thomas E. The first named is now the wife of Professor E. Frank PERRY, principal of the schools of La Rose, Illinois. On the 12th of October, 1881, Mr. ILIFF was joined in wedlock to Mrs. Mary E. KLEIBER, daughter of Miles PIERCE. There are five children by this union: Mabel E., Minnie B., Maggie H., Elbert R. and Charles A.

Mr. ILIFF and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is a republican, supporting the party by his ballot, but has steadily refused public office, preferring to give his attention to his business interests, in which he has met with signal and well deserved success.

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

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