Rev. Frederick Witherspoon, deceased, formerly a resident of Somonauk, was born in Hillsborough, N. C., March 31, 1814. His father, Rev. John K. Witherspoon, an old-school Presbyterian minister, was a grandson of John Witherspoon, who signed the Declaration of Independence. Frederick's mother's maiden name was Susan Kallock.
The subject of this sketch was educated for his ministry in his native town, and ordained by the authorities of the Protestant Methodist Church. In 1834, he came to this county and spent a few months in Somonauk, and the next year he settled here permanently, as an itinerant minister, at Somonauk, now Sandwich.
Nov. 3 of the latter year (1835), he married Miss Marietta Heath, a daughter of John and Mary (Powell) Heath, who was born in Medina Co., Ohio, April 7, 1820. They had five children namely: John, who was born Aug. 5, 1837, married Mary Wheeler and is now living at Fremont, Neb.; Edmond S., born Jan. 3, 1840, married Julia Jones and lives at Hubbard, Iowa; Melissa H. born May 30, 1842, is now the wife of Darius Horton, of Waterman, this county; Marietta B., born April 11, 1844, is the wife of Frank A. Frost, of Shabbona; and Frederick N., born Feb. 22, 1847, became a member of the 58th Ill. Vol. Inf., and died at Camp Butler, March 18, 1864.
Rev. Witherspoon's field of labor was mainly in Southern Illinois, he being assigned to the Southern Illinois Conference. In 1848 he preached at Shabbona Grove. He died at Somonauk April 5, 1849.
[Portrait and Biographical Album of De Kalb County, Illinois, Chapman Brothers (Chicago), 1885, p. 459.]
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