The History of Edgar County, Illinois
Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr. & Co., 186 Dearborn Street 1879
Kansas Township p.625
J.R. WILHOIT, farmer and stock dealer; P.O. Kansas; a son of Julius Wilhoit, who was among the first white settlers of the county, and a native of Virginia, but had resided for a number of years in Jefferson Co., Ky., before removing to Illinois; he came to Edgar Co. in 1830, and settled in what is now Kansas Tp., where he died in 1833; his wife survived him thirty-five years; they raised a family of seven children, four of whom are still living. The subject of this sketch was born April 18, 1821, and was thrown upon his own resources when a mere boy; but, imbued with an iron will, and possessed of energy and industry, he determined to achieve success. The struggle was a hard one for a number of years, but when finally a start was obtained, prosperity followed; he has been an eye-witness to the great change that has taken place in the community and has seen it pass from a wild and desolate waste, to a thickly-settled and well-developed country, always taking an active interest in public matters pertaining to the good of the country in which he lives; Mr. W. resides on the homestead farm where his father settled forty-eight years ago, and which is one of the finest homes in the county; he owns in this township upward of one thousand acres of fine land; a large tract of land in Texas; is an extensive stock dealer, and stockholder in the Kansas National Bank, and is considered one of the solid men of Edgar Co.; there are but few who can look back over their past lives with more satisfaction than can Mr. W., notwithstanding he has borne the brunt of many a hardship and privation, the result of which is a large property, a pleasant family and a happy home. He was married March 18, 1847, to Miss Angeline Cornwell, daughter of Jeremiah Cornwell, an early settler of the county; they have a family of seven children Sarah E., Cornelia F. (now Mrs. F. Smith), Owen E., Mildred A., Oscar, Louisa and Julius Y.
Submitted by Minga (Buckle) Stivers .