Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia
HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.
was born in England, and resided in Devonshire. The Trible family is an old one, and from the
original ancestors there has sprung a numerous progeny. The great-uncle of the subject of the
present sketch was a blacksmith by trade, and a man of some genius and exceedingly well skilled
as a worker in metals. He was also well-read in the science of medicine, and was frequently called
upon by his neighbors to give relief when in bodily pain.
Samuel Trible, the father, was united in marriage to Miss Susanan Trible. She was a woman of
varied accomplishments, and was skilled the management of everything that came within her
province. She was a noble lady, a fond mother, whose virtues are remembered and enshrined
in the hearts of her posterity. Three children, all boys, were born to Samuel and Susanah Trible.
The only survivor is the subject of our sketch, who was the eldest of the family. John was the
second son. He educated himself for the profession of law, and was for a time city attorney of
Alton, Illinois. During the war, he raided a company of soldiers and went into the service. He
was wounded in the engagement at Arkansas Post, and died from the effect a short time
afterward. Abraham died while yet in his boyhood. He was a lad of unusual intelligence and
gave evidence of future usefulness, had his life been spared.
Samuel Trible emigrated from England To America in 1836. He came direct to Illinos, and
settled where his son now resides, and remained there until his death, which took place in 1844.
The subject of our sketch received a fair education in his boyhood days, while yet in his native
land. After his arrival here he spent one year in company with his brother John, in the school at
Hillsboro, Montgomery county, Illnois. After the death of his parents he took charge of the farm,
upon which he has ever since resided. In 1872 he was married to Mrs. Mattie Reynolds, who is
a native of Shipman, Illinois. Three children have been born to them, but only one survives, viz:
Katie. Mrs. Trible had one daughter, named Mary, by a former marriage. She is an inmate of the
family. Mr. Trible is a member of the M. E. church. He contributed grounds for the erection of the
church building, and also for cemetery purposes. In politics he is a republican. In 1858 he went
back to England, and visited the scenes of his childhood.
Mr. Trible has in his possession a stone known as the "Madstone", which is a specific and infallible
cure for hydophobia, when applied in season. He had it on exhibition at the Centennial in
Philadelphia in 1876, and while there it attracted great attention, and was the subject of curious
speculation among the learned physicians. With it Mr. Trible has performed some astonishing
cures of hydrophobia, which settles the question as to its great medicinal properties. In taking
leave of Mr. Trible, we say in conclusin, that he is a man highly respected in the community where
he has resided for so many years.
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