Marshall County


The history of John MALONE should find a place upon the pages of the annals of Marshall county, for his life record was at all times creditable and honorable and proved that energy and diligence may win success in this land where labor is not hampered by caste or class. He was born in County Down, Ireland, about fifty-four years ago and lived on the Emerald isle until his eighth year, when he went to Scotland. He acquired his education in that country and continued a resident of the land of hills and heather until twenty-one years of age, when thinking that he might have more advantageous opportunities in the new world he sailed for the United States, going first to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where for some time he worked in the mines. After a few years, however, he came to Illinois and was employed in the mines on Spoon river. Later, in connection with his brother Samuel, he purchased a farm on section 30, Saratoga township, just northwest of the present town of Camp Grove. His parents were Owen and Jane MALONE. The father continued a resident of Scotland until called to his final home, and the mother afterward came to the United States and had made her home with our subject, but died at her daughter’s, Mrs. John KING, in La Prairie. John MALONE, with a clear conception of the opportunities offered by the new world, came to the United States and here made steady progress in business life.

On the 3d of July, 1858, in Peoria, Mr. MALONE was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth MARSHALL, a native of Northumberland, England, and a sister of Henry and Frank MARSHALL. In 1839 she came to America with her parents, Francis and Jane (WILSON) MARSHALL, also natives of England. The young couple began their domestic life upon a farm which had been purchased by Mr. MALONE and his brother, but afterward sold that property and purchased the present home place on section 31, Saratoga township, comprising one hundred and sixty acres, constituting a fine farm about a mile from Camp Grove. The farm is now being operated by two unmarried sons and the mother makes her home with them, the property being owned by her. Unto Mr. and Mrs. MALONE were born eleven children: Jane Elizabeth, the eldest, is now the wife of G. A. WOLFE, a farmer and stock-raiser of Page county, Iowa, who owns several fine farms in that state. They have four children: John, Leona, Eldon and Harry. Henry MALONE, who died about three years ago, left a widow, who bore the maiden name of Willetta KING, and four children, Glenn, John, Harry and Vera. William Francis, who married Ada BOCOCK, is living upon his own farm in Saratoga township. John is now operating the home farm and is joint owner with Samuel MALONE, Mrs. RIEL and Mrs. SELEY, his brother and sisters, of a sixty-six acre farm near the old homestead. James, who is engaged in farming west of Wyoming, Illinois, and also practices veterinary surgery, married Sally HOCHSTRASSER and has one child, Vivian. Mary Ann is the wife of John DORAN of Peoria, and has two children, Mary Celestine and Ellen Edna. Samuel is also living on the old homestead. Joseph, who follows farming four miles north of the home place in Saratoga township, wedded Mary FAULKNER and has two children, John Farrel and Addaline Elizabeth. Thomas, who is a mechanic and lives at Wyoming, Illinois, married Carrie FAULKNER and has two children, Irma and Pauline. Marguerite is the wife of a Mr. SELEY, a resident farmer of Saratoga township, and they have one son, Kenneth. Lavina Isabelle is the wife of Theodore RIEL of Wyoming, Illinois, and they have two children, Frank and Vorris.

Mr. MALONE was a man of prominence in Saratoga township. He possessed a kindly nature and a friendly and genial disposition, which made him popular and gained him many warm friends. He was an enterprising farmer, a good husband and father and his devotion to his family was so marked that he considered no personal sacrifice on his part too great if it would enhance the welfare or happiness of his wife and children. He held friendship inviolable and was ever faithful to the trust that was reposed in him. His political support was given to the democracy and he was a devoted and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, in the faith of which he passed away, his remains being interred in the cemetery at Wyoming, Illinois. Mrs. MALONE still survives her husband and is a most intelligent lady, who has done a mother’s full part by her family. She, too, has a large circle of warm friends in this county and is much esteemed wherever known.

Extracted 10 May 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.

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