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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SAMUEL TRIBLE 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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