McVICKER, John D.
John D. McVICKER, a valued citizen and
representative farmer of Marshall
county, is now living a retired life in the city of
Henry, where he is enjoying that rest
which should always follow a long and useful career. He was born
in Hampshire county, West Virginia,
March 4, 1826, but when only two years old was taken to
by his parents, Archibald and Susan (CUSTER) McVICKER, the
latter a cousin of General Custer. The father’s birth occurred
on the same farm in Loudoun county, Virginia, where his father,
Archibald McVICKER, Sr., was born and there made his home for
half a century. Together they removed to
county, Ohio, and in 1844, came
to Peoria county,
Illinois, but subsequently the
grandfather returned to the buckeye state, where he lived for a
few years. His youngest son, Hugh, then went after him to bring
him to this state, but he was taken ill on the way, and died and
was buried in Evansville,
Indiana. At the time of his death he was
about eighty years of age. His wife, who bore the maiden name of
Elizabeth BURNS, passed away in Ohio, in 1844.
In 1851 the father of our subject came to
Marshall county and began the operation of a farm
which he had purchased in
township. Here his death occurred when in his sixty-ninth year.
He was widely and favorably known in this section of the state,
and was called upon to fill several official positions of honor
and trust in his locality.
Our subject is the oldest in a family of
ten children, the others being as follows: David, a farmer of
Eagle Lake, Iowa; William, also a resident of the same place,
who for fifteen months was in the union service during the civil
war, enlisting in 1864, and serving in the army of the southwest
until hostilities had ceased; Oliver, a farmer residing in
Nebraska; Elizabeth, widow of Syric FOX, and a resident of
Kansas; Mary Catherine, wife of Daniel KETCHUM, who lives near
Henry, Illinois; Martha, wife of Grotus DEYO, of Henry;
Margaret, wife of Nelson KENDRICK, of Atkinson, Henry county,
Illinois; Archibald, who died at the age of fourteen, and Joseph
Portmus Burns, who was named for his two grandmothers, and died
at the age of thirty-two. He married Abigail ESSEX, by whom he
had three children, Charles, Hattie and Susan.
Throughout his business career, J. D.
McVICKER followed agricultural pursuits, and still owns the old
farm in Saratoga township, where
his father settled on coming to the county. His landed
possessions aggregate five hundred acres of valuable land on
section 14 and 15 Saratoga township, which are now rented. A
thorough and skillful agriculturist, he was very successful in
his operations, and gave his undivided attention to his farming
interests and stock breeding.
In 1873, Mr. McVICKER crossed the ocean to
France and imported this first Norman
horses brought into
county, which he successfully bred up to the time he retired
from active life.
On the 19th of April, 1849, was celebrated
the marriage of Mr. McVICKER and Miss Virginia C. LYTLE, a
native of Marietta, Ohio, and a daughter of George W. and Eve
LYTLE, who were born in Pennsylvania. Of the two children born
of his union, Worth D. is a farmer of Saratoga township,
county. He married Louisa NEAL and has two children – John D.
and Bessie Marie. Gertrude Maude, who resides with our subject,
is the wife of Edward KANE, and has one child, McVicker.
Politically, Mr. McVICKER is an ardent
supporter of the men and measures of the republican party. He is
one of the active and progressive men of the county, taking a
deep interest in all matters calculated to enhance its value, or
to benefit his fellow men. His wife is an earnest member of the
Methodist Episcopal church. A generous hospitality is shown at
their comfortable home, which is the center of a cultured and
refined society circle.
Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from
The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois,
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