History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.
William Henry Perrin, ed.
(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)
Sumner Maring--Farmer, P. O. Melrose, is a native of this county, where he was born
August 5, 1859, son of William and Caroline Maring, the father of Ohio and the mother of
Virginia. They were married in Illinois, and raised three children, viz: Anna Banks,
Chester Maring and the subject of this sketch. The father died from the effect of gun-shot
wound received in the
late war. The mother is still living, and resides in Kansas. Subject grew to manhood and educated in the common schools of this county. He was married, January 1, 1880, to Miss Elma Janney, daughter of Isaiah B. and Hannah S. Janney. Mrs. Elma Maring was born in Clark County, Ill., July 9, 1848. The father was a native of Loudoun County, Va., born August 31, 1812, where he grew to maturity, and married to Miss Hannah Hurst, also a native of Virginia, and born October 24, 1812. They were married September 15, 1836, and came immediately to Illinois and settled in what is now Melrose Township. Here they raised a family of eleven children, of whom six are living and residents of this county. Susanna, married to Milton Hollenbeck;
Elizabeth, married to William Miller; Sarah B., married to Perry Bartlett; Isaiah B. Janney, married to Margaret Pyle; Amanda P., married to L. Gray; 3d Elma, married to subject of these lines. Mr. Janney died at his homestead, September 7, 1878, lamented by a large circle of friends, whose confidence he enjoyed to the fullest extent; his wife survives him, and makes her home with her daughter, Elma Maring. Subject has a farm of 120 acres in Melrose Township. Substantial frame residence erected in 1881. They are members of the United Brethren Church. Politics.
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