& Biographical Record of Tazewell & Mason Counties - 1894
J. C. HAYBARGER, one of the enterprising and leading business men of Mackinaw who is now interested in a gristmill at this place, claims West Virginia as the state of his nativity. He was born in Augusta County, July 30, 1828, and is the son of Abraham and Mary (Crobarger) Haybarger. The former was born in Pennsylvania in 1799, and his parents were natives of Germany. He was reared upon a farm and then learned the cooper's trade with his brother-in-law. In his father's family were the following children, John, Jacob, Abraham, Mary, Betsy and Katie. With his parents he removed to West Virginia, where he married, and in the year 1834 he emigrated with his family to Illinois, locating on the line between Tazewell and Woodford Counties, where he engaged in farming until 1840. He then removed to McLean County and bought a farm of one hundred and sixty-one acres of partly improved land. Thereon he reared his family of seven children. David, the eldest, died of cholera at the age of twenty-two; Susan is the deceased wife of Charles Henshaw; Sarah is the wife of J. B. Ayers; Elizabeh is the wife of John Smith, a farmer of Tazewell county; Julia is the wife of D. B. Smith, of Normal, Ill.; one child died in infancy. The parents are both members of the Presbyterian Church, and the father was a Democrat in politics. His death occurred in McLean County in 1845, and his wife passed away in 1888, at the advanced age of eighty-eight years.
J. C. Haybarger came with his parents to the west and was reared amid the wild scenes of the locality, sharing with the family the experiences and hardships of pioneer life. The common schools afforded him his educational privileges. He was eighteen years of age at the time of his father's death, and the care of the family devolved (sic) upon him. In 1852 he, his mother and a brother and sister all suffered an attack of cholera at the same time. Engaged in the cultivation of the home farm, Mr. Haybarger spent the early years of his manhood, remaining with his mother until his removal to Mackinaw in 1879. While in McLean County he served as Justice of the Peace for eight years. During this time he accumulated two hundred and thirty-seven acres of land, which he yet owns. He also has two town lots, a half-interest in a store building and lot, and half-interest in an unimproved lot and a fourth-interest in the Mackinaw gristmill, with which he has been connected since his removal to this place.
In McLean County was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Haybarger and Miss Catherine, daughter of David Puterbaugh. Six childred graced this union, but two died in early life, and John is also deceased. Emma is the wife of Charles Puterbaugh and has three children; Mary J. is the wife of George Miller and has two children; Samuel wedded Mary Judy. The mother of this family passed away in 1884, and Mr. Haybarger afterward married Almeda Lamason. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and his wife and three children are members of the Christian Church. Socially, he is connected with Mackinaw Lodge, A.F.& A.M., and with the Order of the Eastern Star. In politics he is a Democrat, has four times served as Assessor of Mackinaw, and was once a member of the Town Board. For about sixty years he has resided in this part of Illinois, and may well be numbered among the early pioneers who have been the founders of the county and in its upbuilding have taken so prominent a part.