History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.
William Henry Perrin, ed.
(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)
Jacob Evinger, farmer, P. O. Westfield, is one of the natives of the township. He
was born on Section 19, August 3, 1833; he is the fourth son of Jacob Evinger and Sarah
Snider. Jacob Evinger was born in Kentucky, son of John George Evinger, a German by
birth, and settled in Kentucky where he died. He raised a large family, among whom
were Adam, John, George, Henry, Thomas, Frederick, David, Jacob, Mary, Catherine,
Elizabeth, and Rebecca, some of whom settled in Kentucky and there died. Those who
came to Illinois were, Henry, George, David, Fred, Thomas, and Jacob; the girls that came
were Catherine and Mary; Thomas settled in Edgar County; Henry in Coles County, and the
remaining ones in Clark County. Jacob, the father of our subject, came here in the
spring of 1833, and made his settlement on Section 19, and remained here until his death,
which occurred about the year 1840; his wife yet survives him, now seventy-seven years of
age. They raised six children--William, Alfred, Sarah, David, Jacob, and Mary.
William and Alfred in California; Sarah in Westfield, relict of John Atkins; David resides
in Charleston, Coles County; Mary deceased, was wife of Charles Wood. Jacob is the
only one residing in the county, and was raised on the homestead where he lived until
twenty-three, when he left home; was then married in January 22, 1856, to Sarah Ann
Cornwell, who was born on June 3, 1835, in Jefferson County, Ky., a daughter of Hiram
Cornwell and Lucy Tolar, both natives of Kentucky, and emigrated to Coles County about the
year 1840, where they now reside. After Mr. Evinger's marriage, he lived about six
years in Coles County, and located in Westfield at the beginning of the war, and has been
engaged in farming. He has 245 acres, and has no children; he and wife are members
of the United Brethren, father also was a member of that society, and a Democrat.
Jacob is a Republican, though not a partisan.
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