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                                       DANIEL WARREN
                                         Biography
                                    Cook County, Illinois

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DANIEL WARREN

Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County,
Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended
(Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895), p. 418

DANIEL WARREN, one of the pioneers of Illinois, deserves
more than passing notice in this record.  He was the
representative of one of the oldest American families, which
will always live in history because of the brave general who
lost his life at the battle of Bunker Hill.  Daniel Warren
was a successful business man, who came West to embrace the
opportunity to secure a large landed estate at small
original outlay.  He was a native of Massachusetts, born
about 1780, near Concord, the scene of the first conflict of
arms in behalf of colonial independence and American
liberty.

In early life, Mr. Warren went to western New York, and
opened the first store in Fredonia, Chautauqua County, that
State.  He afterward lived about fourteen years in
Westfield, same county.  While a resident of New York, he
became acquainted with the Naper brothers, who settled the
present prosperous town of Naperville, in Du Page County,
Illinois.  Naturally, when he decided to locate in the West,
he called upon them, at their Illinois home, and at once
found a satisfactory location about halfway between
Naperville and the present town of Warrenville.  This was in
the spring of 1833, while Chicago was scarcely thought of as
a city, and certainly, its present marvelous development
undreamed-of by the wildest speculator on human destiny.  In
a few years, Mr. Warren sold out his claim and moved to the
present site of Warrenville, where he built a sawmill and
laid out a town.  He also secured nearly a section of land,
and made farming his principal industry until advancing
years caused his retirement from active life.  In all his
undertakings, he was assisted by his only son, Col. J. M.
Warren, a sketch of whom will be found elsewhere in this
volume.  The father passed away at his home in Warrenville
in 1866, aged eighty-six years.

Nancy Morton, who became the wife of Daniel Warren, and the
mother of a son and seven daughters, was born in Orange,
Worcester County, Massachusetts, on the ninth day of
February, 1785.  When nine years old, she went with her
parents to Madison County, New York, and was the favorite
companion of her brother, Rev. Salmon Morton, a well-known
pioneer clergyman of western New York.  That she was a woman
of refinement and graces of mind is shown by the character
of her daughters, several of whom became ornaments of
Chicago society.  The pioneers were largely dependent upon
their own resources for amusement and culture, and the youth
of the time were fortunate whose parents brought educated
and refining influences with them.  Mrs. Warren took a keen
delight in the lives of her offspring, and lived to a great
age, retaining her faculties to the end, which came February
4, 1873, and she was buried on the eighty-eighth anniversary
of her birth.

Following are the names of the children of Daniel and Nancy
(Morton) Warren:  Philinda, widow of P. H. Fowler, now in
her ninety-first year, residing at Warrenville; Louisa,
married Frederick Bird, and died at Rockton, Illinois;
Julius Morton (see biography elsewhere in this volume);
Sarah, wife of Abel Carpenter, died in Chicago; she was one
of the first teachers in this city, in a select school;
Harriet, Mrs. C. B. Dodson, lived at Geneva, Illinois, where
she died; Mary and Maria were twins, the former now residing
in Chicago, being the widow of Jerome Beecher, and the
latter died in the same city, while wife of Silas B. Cobb;
Jane married N. B. Curtiss, a prominent business man of
Peoria.





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