Following are some biographies of families who at one time or
another lived in Henry Co. Illinois. In some cases it is the parent, spouse or child who was a Henry Co. resident
so please read carefully!
J. A. EKEROTH
EKEROTH, J. A, born in Sweden. His father moved to the United States in 1868, when
he was twelve years of age. They first lived in Henry county, Illinois , but in 1870, they set out to seek a home
in this ever attractive county. His father died in 1874, when a great deal of the responsibility devolved upon the
son. Was married to Miss Tilia Anderson in 1878. They have one child—Ellen E.
Source: History of Page County,
Iowa; Des Moines: Iowa Hist. Co., 1880 Fremont Twp p
WILLIAM H. ELLENWOOD
William H. Ellenwood, one of the prominent farmers of Washington township, section
29, Eureka postoffice, was born in Henry county, Illinois, May 20, 1840. His parents were Morris and Susannah
(White) Ellenwood, both natives of Ohio. The father was a farmer; was hackdriver and mail carrier after coming to
Illinois, owing to the loss of an arm. He came to Illinois from Washington county, Ohio, about the year 1838, and
settled on a farm in Henry county. He died in Henry county, Illinois. His wife is still living with general health
fairly good. She is still an honored resident of Henry county, Illinois, is well known and highly respected as an
old settler. Her father, Rev. William White, was a minister of good standing in the Methodist Episcopal
Our subject began assisting in the support of the family at about the age of
fourteen years. Agriculture has been his business all his life. He farmed in Henry county, Illinois, until 1870,
when he moved to Adams county, locating on the farm where he now resides; it was then raw prairie. He bought 120
acres of ridge land. His house, 16 x 26 feet, one and a half stories high, is located on the road leading from
Carbon to Mount Etna. He has a nice location, commanding a view of the surrounding country. He has an orchard of
three acres and raises small fruit as well. The farm is adapted well for a stock farm, being well
Mr. Ellenwood was married in 1863, to Virginia Cole, daughter of Asa and Rebecca
Cole, of Washington county, Ohio, now of Henry county, Illinois. The father was a very thorough farmer, well and
favorably known as an honest and upright citizen. He is still living, an honored resident of Henry county,
Illinois. His wife died April 17, 1891, at the age of sixty-six years.
Mrs. Ellenwood is the oldest in a family of eleven children, nine of whom are
still living. Mr. and Mrs. Ellenwood are the parents of sixteen children, three of whom died in infancy. The others
are, Edward J., married to Emma Anderson; Ard, deceased at the age of twenty-three years; he went West and took
possession of a claim in Banner county, Nebraska; he made a visit home and on his return to his claim he took sick
and died June 21, 1889; Elmer, married to Ida Powell; Majesta, wife of John Powell; Maud, wife of A. B. Schofield;
Lucy R., wife of Rodman Hathaway; Virginia, William S., Bennett G., Olive L., Martha B., Leonard and Lillie B. Both
parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
In politics our subject is a Republican; he is also a member of the Farmers's
Alliance. He is a highly esteemed and valued citizen.
Source: Biographical History of
Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa; Chicago: The Lewis
Publishing Company, 1892 (Adams Co)
GEORGE S. EMMERT
EMMERT GEORGE S. Farmer, Sec 7; P.O. Morristown; was born Dec. 2, 1839; came to
Illinois from Pennsylvania in the Fall of 1851; was educated and taught school in this county; he enlisted for
three years in Co. H, 37th ILL. Vol. Inf. Sept. 21, 1861; was in the battles of Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove where
he lost his right leg; was honorably discharged March 9, 1863; was twice elected Tax Collector; married Fannie S.
Dickerson, of Atkinson, Jan. 21, 1868; was then appointed Postmaster of that place; returned to Osco; was again
elected Tax Collector, and held the office for three years; is School Director; Ind. Rep; Luth; elder of the
church; his wife was removed by death May 30, 1876; he has five sons, William L., Philip M., George A., John F.,
and Frederick H.; he owns 82 acres of land, worth $5,500.
SOURCE: >The History of Henry County, Illinois, It's
Tax-Payers and Voters, Chicago; H. F. Kett & Co.,
Submitter: Mary Margaret Jones
Philip Emmert, dealer in grain at Osco, Osco Township, is a son of Andrew and
Margaret (Smith) Emmert, natives of Germany. They were married in the old country and there resided until their
emigration to the United States, which took place in 1833. On their arrival in this country they located in Bedford
Co., Pa., where the mother died March 10, 1855. The father afterward sold his farm in Pennsylvania and came to this
county to live with his son, the subject of this notice, and with whom he resided until his death, which occurred
Sept. 29, 1875. The issue of their union was seven children,-Elenora C., Philip, Caroline, John Valentine,
Margaret, John and Dorothy.
Philip Emmert, subject of this notice, was born in Germany, July 17, 1822. He came
to the United States with his parents in 1833. He received a fair education in the common schools and continued to
reside under the parental roof-tree until he attained his majority. On becoming his own man he engaged in the
occupation of farming on his own account, which vocation he followed from 1842 to 1851. From 1851 to 1860 he was
engaged the major portion of his time in carpenter's work. In the fall of 1851, Mr. Emmert came to this county,
accompanied by his wife and eight children, and located in Osco Township, where he purchased 160 acres of land
located on section 8, and on which he resided until 1855, when he sold the same and bought a farm of 200 acres on
section 17; there he lived until 1875, when he sold that also. Mr. Emmert has been a resident of Osco Township
since 1851. After selling his farm in 1875, he removed to the village of Osco, where he erected a fine residence
and where until the present time he has been engaged in buying grain, meeting with success in that
Mr. Emmert was united in marriage, in Bedford Co., Pa., Jan. 20, 1842 with Miss
Margaret S. Weidlein, a native of Germany, in which country she was born Jan. 22, 1819. She was the daughter of
John and Sybilla Weidlein, who had five children, namely: John, John S., Margaret A., Nicholas, and Lovina. Mrs.
Emmert, wife of the subject of this notice, was about 22 years of age when she accompanied her parents to the
United States and located with them in Pennsylvania, where she resided until her marriage. She and her husband are
the parents of ten children,-Barbara, George S., Rebecca, John Philip, Valentine W., Andrew J., William H.,
Margaret A., and Charles F. Rebecca died Oct 28, 1880, in her 38th year. She was the wife of Wm. E. Hill, a
resident of Iowa, but died at the residence of her parents in Osco Township, this county. One child was born of
their union, named Philip. Barbara is the wife of J. H. Conrad, and resides in Dodge City, Kan.; Margaret A.
married Aaron Hill, a resident of Herkimer, Marshall Co., Kan.
Mr. Emmert of this sketch has held the office of Highway Commissioner, School
Director and other minor offices within the gift of the people of his township. He and his wife are active, leading
members of the English Lutheran Church. Politically, Mr. Emmert is an advocate of the tenets of the Democratic
George S. Emmert, son of the subject of this notice, enlisted in August, 1861, in
the 37th Ill. Vol. Inf. At the battle of Prairie Grove, Ark., in December, 1862, he was wounded by a minie ball in
the leg, in consequence of which he was obliged to have his leg amputated just above the knee. He resides in
Herkimer, Marshall Co., Kan., where he is engaged in farming and stock-raising.
John P. Emmert enlisted in August, 1862, in the 37th Ill. Vol. Inf., and served
until the close of the war, receiving no serious wounds, although he was in many a hard-fought battle. He was 17 ½
years old when he enlisted. His residence at present is Kansas City, Mo., where he is engaged in stock and
commission business. Valentine W. Emmert resides in St. Joseph, Mo., and is likewise engaged in the stock and
commission business; Andrew J. Emmert is a resident of Kearney, Mo., where he is engaged in farming and
stock-raising; William H. is a farmer, following his vocation in Marshall Co., Iowa, where Philip also resides,
engaged in the same occupation; Charles F. is a farmer, residing in Jasper Co., Iowa.
SOURCE: Portrait and Biographical
Album, Henry County, Illinois,, Chicago, Biographical Publishing
Submitter: Mary Margaret Jones
Submitter's Notes: Elenora C. should be Ellenora C. and Sybilla is Sovila on her
EMMERT PHILIP, Grain Dealer, Osco; was born in Germany, July 17, 1822; in 1833 he
came with his parents to this country, who located in Napier Tp. Bradford Co., Pa.; he came to this county and
township in Oct 1851, where he now resides, being one of the oldest residents in the township; Dem; Luth; he has
been engaged buying and shipping grain during the last two years; was formerly a carpenter, farmer and stock raiser
in Bedford Co.
Source: The History of Henry
County, Illinois, It's Tax-Payers and Voters; Chicago; H. F.
Kett & Co., 1877
Submitter: Mary Margaret Jones
Submitter's Note: Napier Tp. Bradford Co., Pa should be Napier Tp. Bedford Co.,
H. H. ENGLISH, M. D.
H. H. English, M. D., who is the only representative of his profession now
residing in Conesville, was born in Henry county, Illinois, on the 3d of November, 1862, being the son of John and
Sarah ( Harper ) English. The parents were both natives of Ohio but when quite young removed to Illinois with their
parents and there they met and were married. Soon after their marriage they located on a farm near the town of
Atkinson, Henry county, where the father engaged in stock-raising until 1907, when he removed to Atkinson, where he
is now living retired at the age of seventy-two years, but the mother passed away in 1904. Five children were born
to them: Dr. H. H. English ; J. L., engaged in the stock business in Tiskilwa, Illinois; Mrs. N. E. Hart, who was
killed in the Iroquois Theater fire in Chicago; John, a dentist, who died at the age of twenty-five years; and
Blanche, who died in 1904 at the age of twenty-one years.
After Dr. English acquired his high-school education, he was compelled to become
self-supporting and it was many years before he realized his ambition of studying medicine. He metriculated in the
Keokuk Medical College, of Keokuk, Iowa, from which he graduated with the degree of M. D. in 1900 and located in
Conesville, Iowa, where he has since continued and is building up a nice country practice.
In 1889 Dr. English was united in marriage to Miss Mary Joyce, who was born in
Whiteside county, Illinois, on the 5th of July, 1869, a daughter of Michael and Mary Joyce. The parents were both
natives of Ireland, emigrating to the United States in 1865 and locating on a farm in Whiteside county, Illinois,
where they continued to live until 1884, when they removed to South Dakota and there the father is still living at
the age of sixty-five years, but the mother passed away in 1898. They were the parents of the following children :
Mrs. English ; John W., of Wessington, South Dakota ; and Kate, who died at the age of twenty-four years. Dr. and
Mrs. English have two children: John J., born on March 24, 1890, is still at home; Winnifred K., born on the 18th
of March, 1891, is a high school graduate and has now been teaching for two years.
The family attend the Methodist church, of which denomination the parents are
members. Fraternally Dr. English is identified with the Masonic order, his local affiliation being with the
Columbus Junction lodge, also the Ancient Order of United Workmen at Wessington, South, Dakota, and the Modern
Woodmen of America, being a member of the Conesville Camp. The candidates of the republican party have always
received Dr. English's support at election, although he does not take an active part in politics, not being an
office seeker. During the eleven years of their residence in Conesville both Dr. and Mrs. English have made many
friends who hold them in high regard.
Source: History of Muscatine
County Iowa, Biographical Vol, 1911, page 376
DAVID E EVANS
David E. Evans, a farmer of section 26, Grant township, Adams county (postoffice
Lenox), is one of the well-known, enterprising and successful citizens of that part of the county. He was born in
Cardiganshire, Wales, June 8, 1836, a son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Davis) Evans, both natives also of that
country, in which they spent their lives. They had four sons and three daughters.
Mr. Evans, our subject, was reared to farm life. In 1856 he bade farewell to
family and relatives and sailed from Liverpool to Philadelphia, by steamer. After arrival he first found employment
at Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In 1858 he went to Jackson county, Ohio, and for two years was employed in iron mining
and blasting furnaces at Cambria. Next he was engaged in coal-mining in Rock Island county, Illinois, until the
breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in defense of his adopted country, in Company D, Twelfth Illinois
Infantry, three- months men. Most of the time his regiment was stationed at Cairo, Illinois, and Cassville. At the
expiration of his time of enlistment he was honorably discharged and returned home, in August, 1862; but when
President Lincoln called for 300,000 men he again offered his services, enlisting this time in Company H, One
Hundred and Twenty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and participated in the siege of Vicksburg, the battles at
Little Rock (Arkansas), and other battles and skirmishes. On account of disability, in November, 1864, he was
honorably discharged, when he was First Lieutenant, having made a gallant record as a soldier and
Returning to Rock Island, he resumed peaceful pursuits, following mining until
1880, when he came to Adams county, locating upon land which he had purchased in 1869. Here he has a modern frame
house, 14 x 26 feet, with an L 14 x 16, and both a story and a half in height. Ornamental trees, barn and other
outbuildings, good and substantial, adorn the premises.
November 18, 1862, is the date of Mr. Evans' marriage to Miss Sarah Daniels, a
native of Amboy, Oswego county, New York, who at the age of eighteen years came to Henry county, Illinois. Her
father, Buckley Daniels, was born in Lewis county, New York, and died at Rock Island. Her mother, whose maiden name
was Ann Wheeler, was born at Norwich, Connecticut, and died here in Adams county, in 1888. Mr. and Mrs. Evans have
one son, Benjamin Grant, who was born at Rock Island, February 24, 1866, and was married December 22, 1887, to Miss
Lettie Cochran, a daughter of Thomas and Ann (Kinser) Cochran, of prominent and well-known families in this county.
Her father, who was a soldier in the last war, is an old settler here. The younger Evans has one daughter, born
December 6, 1888, and named Lula Grace. He is a member of the blue lodge, F. & A. M., at Lenox, of the K. and
P. and S. of V. Mr. D. E. Evans is a Republican in his political views, is a member of Lenox Post, 316, G. A. R.,
and also of the Masonic and Odd Fellows' orders; and he and his family are members of the Presbyterian
Source: Biographical History of
Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa. Chicago: The Lewis
Publishing Company, 1892 (Adams Co)