Francis Frederick THIERRY, who owns and operates a farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 19, Evans township, was born in Gallia county, Ohio, in 1845. There are comparatively few men of his years who are numbered among the veterans of the Civil war, but Mr. THIERRY was a soldier at the time when the Union was imperiled. His father, Joseph X. THIERRY, was also a native of Gallia county, born in 1816, while the grandfather of our subject was a Frenchman, a native of Paris. Joseph N. THIERRY followed the occupation of farming as a life work and died in Ohio at the venerable age of eighty-seven years. He was a member of the United Brethren church, as was his wife, who bore the maiden name of Sarah Elizabeth DILLMAN. She was born in Bracken county, Kentucky, and died a year prior to the death of her husband. Her father, Frederick DILLMAN, became a farmer of La Salle county, Illinois, and passed away when eighty-four years of age. Unto Mr. and Mrs. THIERRY were born ten children: Mary Frances, the wife of Silas DICKEY, of Gallia county, Ohio; Narragansett Caroline, the wife of Alvie DICKEY, a resident of Illinois; Francis, of this review; Alvarado Lavega, now deceased; Lorena Georgiana, the deceased wife of Ansel KERNS; Daniel Webster, who married Ellen OOLSBY, a resident of Ohio; Joseph Noble; Zulika Zimro, the wife of Charles CLARK, a resident of Mountain View, Oklahoma; Ansel Blake, who is a brakeman on the Illinois Central Railroad and resides in Wenona; and Harriett Content, the wife of Jacob KERNS, a resident of Thayer county, Nebraska.
Francis F. THIERRY acquired his education in the schools of Ohio and when a youth of but seventeen years became a soldier of the Union army. He first joined the One Hundred and Seventeenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Camp Portsmouth, Ohio, on the 15th of September, 1862, being mustered in by S. BEALL, U. S. A. He afterward belonged to Company G of the First Ohio Heavy Artillery, serving under Lieutenant Francis WALTER and Captain JONES. He was mustered out at Knoxville, Tennessee, June 17, 1865, by Thomas McDERMOTT, captain of the United States Volunteers, First Cavalry Division of the District of Columbia. He was thus only about twenty years of age at the time he received his discharge and in the meantime he had for about three years served his country as a faithful defender of the Union cause, his loyalty and bravery being equal to that of many a veteran of twice his years.
Mr. THIERRY has been a resident of Illinois since 1868, in which year he located in Evans township. He was married May 25, 1871, to .Miss Mary Loretta WILSON, who was born in Belmont county, Ohio, in 1851, a daughter of Joshua and Rosanna WILSON, who were Quaker people and became residents of Marshall county in her girlhood days, settling in Evans township. Mrs. THIERRY was therefore educated in the district schools of Evans township. By her marriage she has become the mother of three children: Florence Lorena, who was born June 2, 1878, and died September 3, 1881; Wollard Cadet, who married Wilma Luetta GRIFFIN and is a farmer of Roberts township; and Homer H., who is living with his parents.
At the time of their marriage Mr. and Mrs. THIERRY began their domestic life upon a farm in Evans township and although he was without capital at the time he has made steady progress in his business career and is now the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of rich and valuable land, from which he annually harvests good crops. His political support is given to the republican party and his wife in religious faith is a Presbyterian. Mr. THIERRY manifests the same spirit of loyalty in matters relating to local advancement and national welfare as he did when he followed the old flag upon the battlefields of the south. Moreover, he has made an excellent record in business, for his advancement is the natural sequence of earnest, persistent labor guided by practical common sense.
Extracted June 2011 by Norma Hass from
Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties