Thomas Alfred McCord was eighteen years old when he came to Illinois with his parents, so that he has a distinct recollection of the pioneer life here in the early days of settlement. The Kickapoo and Delaware Indians were then living at the head of the Mackinaw River, and deer, wolves, and other kinds of wild animals were plenty for some years. When the family settled at Twin Grove, Peorin, was known as Ft. Clark, and at Pekin, there were but few log houses. In 1832 our subject volunteered for service in the Black Hawk War, and after a campaign of thirty days, returned home. He resided with his parents until the month of December, 1 840, and then he married and located on a tract of Government land joining his father’s farm in Greene Township, entering the land at the land office as soon as it came into the market. His first work was to build a log house, in which he and his bride commenced their married life. He afterward replaced that humble dwelling by a more commodious frame house, and completed the pioneer task of developing a farm from the wild uncultivated prairies. He placed his land under fine tillage, so that it yields abundant harvests, and made many substantial improvements, thus greatly increasing its original value, and making it one of the best farms in the neighborhood. From its cultivation he made money and accumulated a comfortable competence, and in 1877 rented it, and retired to private life. He came to Roanoke and purchased his present neat, pleasant home, and has! ever since been an honored resident of this village. On Dec. 2, 1840, Mr. McCord and Miss Sarah A. Arnold were united in marriage, and for nearly fifty years they have walked the path of life together hand in hand, sharing its joys, and dividing its sorrows. They have two children living: William M., who married Mary C. Ray, and has three children Nettie, Willie, and Alma; Samira. who married Stephen E. Gibson, of Greene Township, and has six children Ida J., Eva May, Clarence L., Thomas A., Zela, and Ralph. Mr. and Mrs. McCord have been bereft of two of their children James Alfred, and Nancy J. Mrs. McCord was born in Franklin County, Ky., June 13, 1818. Mr. McCord’s life has been one of industrious toil, which has been well repaid, as his work has been guided by discretion, shrewdness, and excellent judgment. He has always displayed the qualities which mark a good citizen, and has ever given his allegiance to the Democratic party. During his many years residence in Greene Township, he took a conspicuous part in its government, and filled various offices of trust, with ability. Mrs. McCord is a worthy member of the Christian Church, and her life is guided by principles of piety and goodness.
https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-90100-425731310/portrait-and-biographical-album-of-woodford-county-illinois?s=424219301&indId=individual-424219301-16501823 Portrait and Biographical Album of Woodford County, Illinois In Compilation of Published Sources Place Illinois, USA Publication date 1889 Publication place Chicago, Illinois, USA
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95412021/thomas-alfred-mccord Thomas Alfred McCord BIRTH 30 May 1809 Overton County, Tennessee, USA DEATH 10 Sep 1889 (aged 80) Illinois, USA BURIAL Roanoke Township Cemetery Roanoke, Woodford County, Illinois, USA MEMORIAL ID 95412021
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