GEORGE W. ALLPHIN, section 15, Huntsville township, was born in Kentucky, September 13, 1830. He is the son of Reuben and Susan (Brumbeck) Allphin. He was five yeas old when the family came to Illinois. He was reared on the farm and helped improve the new land. He attended such schools as those early days afforded, when they had log houses, with slabs for seats, and holes on the south side for windows. In the spring of 1850 he crossed the plains to California, and followed mining for four years, and was successful, returning by way of New Orleans. On his return he purchased eighty acres, on which he now resides. The land was unimproved and covered with timber. He now owns 115 acres of land, and has the same well improved. He has also a fine quality of stock. He is a Republican in politics, although he was a Democrat for thirty years. He has been Justice of the Peace and held many minor offices. He has been a successful man, having made his money since 1854, when he came to Illinois, settling in Huntsville.
He married, December 10, 1854, Miss Atlanta Wilson, daughter of Jamison Wilson. She was born in Huntsville township, in February, 1835. Mr. and Mrs. Allphin have had six children, three living: Anna, wife of James Burmood; Calvin and Sherman. They were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for many years, and when that society failed they united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Allphin is a member of Huntsville Lodge, No. 365, A.F. & A.M., and of Cyclone Lodge, I.O.O.F. He and his wife are highly respected citizens of Huntsville.
Jamison Wilson, the oldest living settler in Huntsville township, was born in what is now Grant county, Kentucky, November 29, 1829. His parents, John R. and Rachel (Junip) Wilson, were early settlers in this part of the State. He resided in Kentucky until 1836, and then came to Illinois, locating in Cass county, but finally settled in Adams county. They had eight children, of whom the subject was the oldest. The second child was Polly; the others were Nancy, Jane, Sarah, Lucy, Dora and Robert. Jamison Wilson was reared a farmer, and in 1834 he came to Illinois and settled in Huntsville township. He entered and purchased land where he resided until quite recently. He became the owner of 207 acres of land. He continued to reside on a farm until 1886, since which he has resided with his daughter, Mrs. Allphin. In politics he was a Republican, and a Justice of the Peace for a time. He has been a church member all his life, having been connected with different denominations, as convenient.
He was married in 1832, to Miss Ellen Thornhill. She was born in Kentucky in 1810, being a daughter of John and Jane Thornhill. She died July 23, 1881. They had seven children: Ulysses resides in Linn county, Kansas; Atlanta, now Mrs. G. W. Allphin; Melvina married Solomon Rawson of Jacksonville, Iowa, and died in 1862; Mary married John Rawson, and resides in Grant county, Kansas; Lucurgus resides in Frederick, Illinois; Palenicus resides on the old homestead; and Xenophon resides in Huntsville township, Illinois.