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Thomas Alfred McCord (1809 - 1889)

Thomas Alfred McCord
Born in Overton, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1 Dec 1840 in McLean Co.,
Descendants descendants
Died in Roanoke Township, Woodford, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 31 Oct 2010
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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.

Sources Portrait and Biographical Album of Woodford County, Illinois In Compilation of Published Sources Place Illinois, USA Publication date 1889 Publication place Chicago, Illinois, USA 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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@NI16250@ NOTE1860 census, Greene, Panola P.O., Woodford Co., ILL.
1870 census, Greene Twp., El Paso P.O., Woodford Co., ILL.
1880 census, Roanoke, Woodford Co., ILL.
Woodford County Biographies
The biographies in this section were transcribed from:
"From Past and Present of Woodford County, Illinois (Wm. Le Baron, Jr. &Co., 1878)"
"Portrait and Biographical Album of Woodford County, Illinois (1889)"
"The Biographical Record of Livingston and Woodford Counties, Illinois(1900)"
and "Montana, its Story and Biography" (Chicago: American HistoricalSociety, 1921)
"The Past and Present of Woodford County Illinois 1878
McCord, Thos. Alfred, retired farmer; P.O. Roanoke; was born inOverton Co., Tenn., May 30, 1809. He married Miss Sarah Ann Arnold. Shewas born in Franklin Co., Ky., June 13, 1818, and married Dec. 2, 1840;had four children, two living; both married. He lived in Tennessee untilhe was 18, then moved with his parents to McLean Co., Ill.; remainedthere four years; then, in 1831, came to Panther Grove; now in WoodfordCo. with his parents. They engaged in farming. His father was born inNorth Carolina, and died in 1852. His mother was born in South Carolina,and died in 1871. Her maiden name was McMurtrey. In 1877, he moved toRoanoke. In 1832, he volunteered to fight Black Hawk. He procured hismarriage license at Bloomington, there being no Woodford Co. then; hasbeen Township Assessor, Road Commissioner and School Director. Came tothe county in poor circumstances."
Woodford County, Illinois, Prairie District Library, Obituaries, 1887 toPresent
about Thomas A McCord
Middle Name: A
Surname: McCord
Number: 17817
Given Name: Thomas
Gender: Male
Death: 8 Sep 1889
Age: 80 yr
Newspaper: Metamora Herald
Newspaper Date: 4 Oct 1889
Page #: 1
Column: 5
Comments: Added obituary:Metamora Herald, 13-Sep-1889, page 8, column 1;Nickname: Uncle Tommie

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