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WILLIAM H. MAXEY. The agricultural interests of Shiloh township
are represented by some of the most intelligent and enterprising citizens
of this part of Illinois, and none stands higher in the list than the well
known farmer whose name appears above. He is descended from pioneer ancestry
and in his personality are combined many of the sterling qualities that
characterized his forefathers as they braved the dangers and privations
of frontier life. Mr. MAXEY was born in Shiloh township, Jefferson county,
Illinois, on the 5th day of August 1853. His father, William T. MAXEY,
was born in the same township, being the son of Rev. Joshua C. MAXEY, a
Methodist minister. Our subject's great-grandfather, William MAXEY, was
a pioneer settler in the township, having come hither when the wilderness
was still practically undisturbed, taxing to the utmost the courage and
fortitude of the new-comer. Mary M. (CUMMINS) MAXEY, mother of our subject,
was also born and reared in Shiloh township. She was the daughter of Samuel
CUMMINS, a well known and respected farmer. William H. MAXEY was the first
of three children, the other two being Jehu Marshall, who married Ella
MOSS, and Laura E., who married William A. PIERCY. Mr. Maxey received such
education as was afforded by the local district school, and as he grew
to maturity formed the habits of industry and steady application that have
been such important factors in his success as a farmer. He has made an
intelligent study of agriculture and has familiarized himself with the
most modern methods of handling crops as well as kept abreast of the times
in the scientific phases of soil study and seeds culture. His farm of one
hundred twenty-six acres is well improved, equipped with good buildings
and fences, and is well drained. With careful attention to the rotation
of crops Mr. MAXEY has been able to get the maximum of production with
the least exhaustion of the soil. Mr. Maxey's matrimonial career began
on March 6, 1873, when he was joined in marriage to Miss Martha L. HARPER,
who was born in Shiloh township, June 7, 1852. She was the daughter of
Claybourne B. and Matilda S. (BATEMAN) HARPER, who were also classed as
old settlers of this locality. They probably came hither from Tennessee
and were the parents of ten children, of whom Mrs. MAXEY was the sixth.
Our subject and wife are the parents of one son, Ashley E., who was born
January 20, 1880. The Maxey homestead is one of the best known in the community,
not only because several generations of the same family have occupied it,
but because the social atmosphere here is most genuine and pleasant, and
when once enjoyed is not soon forgotten. Mr. MAXEY is well known also in
the general affairs of the township, having taken a deep interest in the
advancement of matters pertaining to the common welfare. He has been asked
at various times to serve the township in its offices, having filled those
of Township Supervisor, Clerk, and School Trustee. He affiliates with the
Democratic party, and stands squarely on the principle so long maintained
by that organization, but he does not at any time lose sight of the fundamental
maxims of justice and equity that form the foundation of all good government.

SUBMITTED BY: Misty Flannigan
Dec 15, 1997

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