William S. Bumpus Jr.
William S. Bumpus Jr., farmer, P.O. Mount Vernon, was born
May 22, 1837, in Hanover County, Va. His father, William S. Bumpus, Sr.,
was a native of Virginia. He was also a farmer, and had also served an
apprenticeship at the house-carpenter trade, in Old Virginia. He moved
to Kentucky in 1838, and there our subject was reared and schooled. He
came to this county about fourteen years ago, and is yet living. His
father, Evan Bumpus, was a native of Virginia. The mother of our
subject, Charlotte Buckner, was a native of Virginia, and the mother of
Our subject was joined in matrimony, in Butler County,
Ky., to Miss Elizabeth Sharer, born December 24, 1837, in Butler
County, Ky. She was a daughter of John and Rosa Ann Sharer, both natives
of Kentucky. This union resulted in seven children, now living, viz.:
Charles H., born October 27, 1858; Eugenia C., born July 31, 1860;
William, born September 25, 1864; Theodore, born December 28, 169;
Millard, born November 9, 1871; Edgard, born December 26, 1874;
Alpheus, born October 21, 1877.
Mr. Bumpus is a member of the A., F. & A.M., Mount Vernon Lodge, No. 31;
and I.O.O.F. Williams Lodge, No 242; also a member of the Encampment.
He has a farm of 240 acres, and came to this county in 1856.
He has been Justice of the Peace four years; was re-elected and resigned.
He then was Supervisor, being the first in the township; served three years;
then was Collector three years, and is now Township Supervisor.
In politics, he is identified with no particular party.
Source: The History of Jefferson County, Illinois
by William Henry Perrin
Published by Globe Pub. Co. in 1883) Pg 88
Submitted by Sandy Bauer
William S. Bumpus, a public-spirited citizen who has ably occupied various
important positions of local trust, and is widely known throughout Jefferson
County, has long been one of the leading and successful agriculturists of
Dodd's Township. He is a man of sterling integrity, and commands the high
regard of the entire community in which his busy life has been passed. In
the spring of 1893 he removed with his family to the farm on section 34,
where they are now living.
Our subject was born in Hanover County, VA, May 22, 1836, and is the
eldest of the six children born to W.S. and Charlotte Bumpus. His brothers
and sisters are, Marta, R.M., L.N., Sarah M. and P.R. They are all living
in Spring Garden Township, this county, with the exception of L.N., who makes
his home in Texas.
The father of our subject was likewise born and reared in Virginia, and
there made his home until about 1838, when, having married, he removed with
his family to Butler County, KY., and engaged in farm pursuits. He made his
home in the Blue Grass state until 1860, when he came to Illinois and
located in Spring Garden Township, where he passed the remainder of his life,
dying at the age of seventy-six years. The maiden name of our subject's mother
was Charlotte Buckner; she was likewise a native of Virginia, and departed
this life in 1888. Grandfather Evan Bumpus was a Virginia by birth, and spent
his entire life in that state.
Our subject was quite young when his parents removed to Kentucky, where he
was given a good education and remained until reaching his majority. Then
having come to Illinois, he made a start in life for himself, and began
working in a grist and saw mill on Moore's Prairie. He was thus employed
at that place for two years, when he went to Spring Garden Township, where
he found employment in a sawmill. In the meantime having saved his earnings
he invested his money in land in that township, and for several years
combined the occupations of a farmer and laborer in a a sawmill. Later he
established a mill of his own, and for a number of years carried on the
most extensive business in that line in the county.
Mr. Bumpus made his home in Spring Garden Township for eighteen years,
and in 1879 located in Dodd's Township, which place has since been his
home. Here his first purchase of land consisted of eighty acres, to which
he subsequently added until he owned a large estate of three hundred acres.
This he has reduced, however, by giving his two eldest sons a small farm
when they were ready to start out in life. While residing on that farm
our subject erected a handsome and commodious residence, in which the
family made their home until the spring of 1892, when he disposed of his
farm and removed to another tract of land which he owned near by. On this
he has erected a comfortable dwelling, in which he hopes to pass his
While residing in Kentucky, Mr. Bumpus was married, January 11, 1858,
to Miss Elizabeth T. Sharrer, who was born in that state December 28, 1836.
She was the daughter of John and Rose Ann Sharrer, who reared a family of
four children, only three of whom are living, namely: Mary A., Mrs. John
Fitzgerald, residing in Kentucky, where also Antha, Mrs. James Sharrer,
makes her home, and Mrs. Bumpus. Thomas Sharrer, the brother was a soldier
during the late Civil War, and died soon after peace was declared, from the
effects of exposure and hardships which he endured while in the service.
The six children comprising the family of our subject and his wife are,
Charles, a farmer of Dodd's Township; Eugenia, Mrs. William Wallace, of
Spring Garden Township; William T., residing in Kansas City, Mo.; Millard
F., making his home in this township; Edgar and Alpheus R., at home. Mr.
Bumpus has been inseparably associated with the political affairs of his
township and county for a number of years, and has filled many of the
important positions within the gift of his fellow citizens. He was a
Democrat in politics until the formation of the Greenback party, but of
later years he has joined the ranks of the People's party. He was elected
Justice of the Peace prior tot he organization of the township, and after
serving several years in the capacity resigned. Later he filled the office
of Supervisor, and after removing to Dodd's Township was elected Township
Collector, Supervisor and Township Clerk.
Mr. Bumpus, in 1883, was appointed Postmaster of Bumpus Post office, and
after serving for nine years offered his resignation. He has also rendered
efficient service as School Treasurer, having filled the office since 1886.
He is recognized by all as one of the representative and honored citizens
of the county, and has accomplished much good in his life. Socially, he is
a member of the masonic order, affiliating with Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 31
since 1869. In 1865 he became a member of Spring Garden Lodge No. 242,
I.O.O.F., with which he is still connected.
Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record Clinton, Washington, Marion and
Jefferson Counties, Illinois" Chapman Publishing Co, Chicago, 1894
Submitted by Sandy Bauer