CARMAN, George W.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, p 967
George W. CARMAN, who engages in farming on section 34, Guilford Township, is a representative of one of the pioneer families of Winnebago County, and is descended from an early New England family. His great grandparents were John and Anna CARMAN. The former was born 25 Mar 1751. His grandparents were Jacob and Sarah (HAINES) CARMAN, both natives of NJ. They had a family of two sons and four daughters who grew to mature years, but all have now passed away. They were: (1) Hannah, born 05 Feb 1772, (2) Ann, 24 Mar 1774, (3) Ruth, 27 Jan 1776, (4) Hannah [the second of that name, the first being deceased], 30 Nov 1778, (5) Jacob, 06 Mar 1781, (6) Elizabeth, 03 Dec 1782, (7) John J., 24 Sep 1785, (8) Joseph H., 20 Apr 1789, and (9) Mary C., 10 Jan 1792.
The father of our subject, John J. CARMAN, was a native of Pemberton [Burlington County], NJ, and in Canada in 1716 married Mary FISHER, also a native of NJ. His uncle, John HAINES, after a long life spent in NJ, passed away at the advanced age of 115 years.
Unto the parents of our subject were born 12 children, eight sons and four daughters: (1) John Jr., born 26 Jan 1817; (2) William W., 17 Aug 1818; (3) Henry, who was born 15 Nov 1819, died at the age of eight months; (4) Mary Ann, born 19 Feb 1821; (5) Chauncey C., 15 Nov 1822; (6) Henry F., 11 Jul 1824; (7) Elizabeth, born 20 Mar 1826, died at the age of nine years; (8) George W., born 04 Jan 1828; (9) Philip J., 22 Apr 1830; (10) Alpheus W., 18 Dec 1832; (11) Elizabeth, 15 Mar 1836; and (12) Sarah, 20 Sep 1838. Of this family, seven are yet living, and their aggregate age is 434 years. They were all born in Canada, and with the parents came to IL in 1840, settling on the old homestead on 19 Jun 1840. The oldest son, John Jr., had come here two years previous and purchased a claim of 160 acres for his father. He died on 13 Mar 1845. Chauncey and Alpheus were volunteers in the late war, serving as privates throughout the struggle. The father of the family died 29 Dec 1870, at the age of 85 years, and his wife passed away 29 Sep 1878, at the age of 82.
George CARMAN, whose name heads this record, was born near Brockville, Canada, 04 Jan 1828, and with the family came to IL when a lad of 12 summers. In the usual manner of farmer lads, he was reared to manhood and has since engaged in agricultural pursuits. He occupies the old homestead in connection with William W., and Sarah and Philip reside upon an adjoining farm. The sons are among the leading agriculturalists of Guilford Township, and following the example of their father, vote with the Republican party.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.