ENNY EDMAN is a substantial farmer, residing in the eastern part of Pleasant Grove
Township, his land adjoining the Embarras
River, where his father located in 1853. He
is the son of Jacob and Mahala (Armstrong) Edman, his maternal grandparents being Jarred and
Agnes (Hines) Armstrong (see sketch of Joseph
Armstrong.). Jacob Edman was born Jan. 30,
1807, in Highland County, Va., and passed his early
life in his native State, where his marriage to
Miss Mahala Armstrong took place in 1831. |
In 1852 Mr. Edman removed with his family to
Illinois, and settled in Coles County, where he
passed the remaining years of his life engaged in
agricultural pursuits. His wife did not long survive the removal from her Southern home to the
harsh climate of Illinois, but died soon after their
arrival here, leaving a family of seven children,
whose record is as follows: Abel and Wellington, deceased; the latter served in the Civil War in.
the 8th Illinois Infantry, and was killed at the
battle of Shiloh. The names of those living are:
Joseph, Martha. Mary, Kenny and Jacob. Mr.
Edman was married the second time, to Miss
Frances Rodgers. Several children were born to
this marriage, three of whom are now living
Robert, Anna and John. Mr. Edman’s death
occurred Feb. 28, 1883. He was a consistent
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church until a
few years previous to his death, when he attached
himself to the United Brethren Church. He left an
estate of 188 acres of land and his widow still survives him.
Kenny Edman was born Feb. 19, 1849, in Highland County, Va., and was a child when his parents
left their native State and removed to Illinois. He
has been a resident of this county since that period,
where he was reared on his father’s farm. In 1871
he married Miss Eliza Hughes. Mrs. Edman is the
daughter of William and Ellen Hughes, and is a
native of this county. After his marriage Mr. Edman engaged in farming on rented land until 1884.
He then purchased a tract of land containing 168
acres, to which he has since added seventy-one, all
of which is well cultivated and improved. Mr.
Edman is industrious and energetic in business, and
courteous and hospitable in his home.
Mr. and Mrs. Edman have a family of five children Fred, Charles, Fannie, Minnie and Wesley.
Mr. Edman, deeply regretting the limited educational advantages of his own boyhood, is very desirous of affording his children the inestimable
privileges of a liberal education. He is a member
of the Methodist Church, and in politics always
votes with the Republican party.