Saxton T. KELLOGG, who is practically living retired, but still owns and occupies his farm of one hundred and eighty acres on sections 18 and 7, La Prairie township, was born near Trivoli, Peoria county, Illinois, March 19, 1838, and is the sixth in order of birth in a family of eight children, whose parents were Ammi and Susan (BOSWORTH) KELLOGG, the former born in Vermont, December 19, 1799, and the latter in the state of New York, November 4, 1804. They were married in the Empire state and in 1836 came to Illinois, where they spent their remaining days. The father, however, passed away July 24, 1854, but the mother long survived and died January 24, 1896, at the advanced age of ninety-one years. The members of their family were: Liddie K., who was born January 9, 1826, and died in infancy; Henry M., who was born February 19, 1827, and is deceased; Sarah F., who was born February 24, 1829, and has departed this life; Sidney B., who was born January 7, 1832, and died March 11, 1885; Fuller A., who was born September 16, 1834, and died September 2, 1884; Saxton T., of this review; Emily O., who was born September 2, 1840, and is now living in Princeton; and Percy, who was born December 3, 1842, and died October 27, 1844.
Saxton T. KELLOGG has spent his entire life in Illinois, and early became imbued with the spirit of enterprise and progress which have been manifest in the upbuilding of the middle west. His childhood days were largely passed in La Prairie township, Marshall county, where he attended the KELLOGG school and when not busy with his textbooks worked in the fields. At the age of sixteen he started out in life on his own account, working as a farm hand by the month. When he was eighteen years of age he and his mother established a home (the father having died many years before), keeping house together. In 1857 he bought ten acres and later he purchased eighty acres of land, which came into his possession in 1872, and that he has prospered in the meantime is indicated by the fact that he has extended the boundaries of his farm until it now comprises one hundred and eighty acres of good land on sections 18 and 7, La Prairie township. He has engaged quite extensively in the raising of hogs, but is now practically living retired, leaving the active work of the farm to others, although he still gives his supervision to the work. The only interruption to his life as an agriculturist came through his service as a soldier of the Civil war. In 1864 he responded to the country's call and joined the One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Illinois Infantry, serving under Captain Virden and Colonel Peter Davis.
On the 2d of September, 1866, Mr. KELLOGG was united in marriage to Miss Ann Honor PEISTOR, who was born in Albany county, New York, January 15, 1848, and came with her parents to La Prairie township, Marshall county, Illinois, in her early girlhood days. She was a student in the Kellogg school, and they were married in the Bond schoolhouse by the Rev. Shafer, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, holding there a big reception. Mrs. KELLOGG is a daughter of Tabolster and Betsy PEISTOR, who were farming people. Her father died in 1854 at the comparatively early age of thirty years, but her mother is still living, making her home in Iowa with a daughter. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In the family were five children besides Mrs. KELLOGG, namely: Peter and Homer, twins; David; Martha ; and Jennie. Unto Mr. and Mrs. KELLOGG have been born five children : Sidney, who died in infancy; Lucy B., who is the wife of Alexander RUSSEL, a farmer residing in Stark county, Illinois; Shirley, who married Hattie WILSON and is engaged in farming in La Prairie township; Sarah Ann, who died in infancy ; and Charlie, at home.
Politically Mr. KELLOGG is a republican, and he and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in the work of which they are interested, while to its support they contribute liberally. Almost his entire life has been passed in this county, so that he is numbered among its pioneer settlers and has been a witness of its growth and development from the period of its early advancement to the present time. Great have been the changes which have occurred, and he has shared in the work of improvement, especially along agricultural lines.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from
Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties