HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
AND

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.

Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879



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B. P. SEARCY, - (deceased), was a native of Boone county, Missouri. His birth dates November 26th, 1825. He was the son of Lemuel B., and Millie A. Searcy. Lemuel B. Searcy was a native of Kentucky, as was his father, Charles Searcy. Lemuel B. Searcy was a soldier in the war of 1812, and participated in many hard fought battles, and was one of the few that made his escape in Col. Dudley's defeat. He emigrated to Boone county, Missouri, from Kentucky, at a very early date, where he lived the life of a farmer. He accumulated considerable property, and died in that county November 13th, 1862. Mr. Searcy assisted his father on the farm during his minority, and attended the common schools and academy, whereby he received a liberal education. After he became of age he followed teaching and merchandising until 1860. November 16, 1854, he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy E. Ridgway. They raised a family of three children, namely, James B., Sarah F., and William N. Mrs. Searcy was a daughter of John D. Ridgway, a native of Clark county, Kentucky. He emigrated to Boone county, Missouri, in 1823, and was one of the pioneer settlers in that county. He raised a family of eight children, and followed the life of a farmer and stock raiser. He came to Macoupin county, Illinois, in 1861, where he has since resided. Mr. Searcy's health being poor, in 1861 he went into the territory of new Mexico with his family, where he lived until his death in 1868. He followed the vocation of farming and handling stock, in which he was very successful. As a public spirited citizen he was every ready to assist in forwarding all enterprises calculated to benefit his community. He died as he had lived, a Christian, in the full confidence of a blissful hereafter. His widow, the partner of his early joys and sorrows, still survives him, and is doing all that a mother can to educate and take care of her children. Upon the death of Mr. Searcy she immediately came to Macoupin county with her family. She purchased a farm in South Palmyra township, where she has since resided and carried on the farm. Her three children are still living with her, and also her father and mother.



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