JOHN W. DALBY, the respected Supervisor of Barr Township, resides on section 9, where his fine farm of two hundred and fifty-five acres well attests the thorough hand of a practical farmer. His father was the late Israel Dalby, whose native home was in Frederick County, Va., as was also that of his wife, Eliza Ogden. The former was born in 1806, and the latter in 1813. They came from Virginia to Greene County, Ill., in the spring of 1854, and after residing there one year decided to come to Macoupin County, where many of their old neighbors from the Old Dominion had made their home. They settled on the section line of Barr Township, but their united residence there was to be of short duration, as the husband and father passed from earth in October, 1855, when they had hardly become settled in their new home. He left his wife and ten children to pursue alone the struggle of life. The children grew to maturity and bravely helped their mother in her efforts to maintain the home. She has now passed away, her decease occurring March 24, 1890. The children bear the names of William J., Joseph F., Caroline, Mary E., George E., John W., Isaac A., Robert B., Ella and Harrison R.
John W. Dalby was the sixth child in his father's large family and was only a little boy at the time of that parent's decease. He was born in Frederick County, Va., October 28, 1848, and came with his parents to Illinois, growing to manhood in Barr Township, where he has always been a resident. He has been engaged chiefly in farming, although for seventeen years he pursued teaching in Macoupin County.
Mr. Dalby was first elected Supervisor of Barr Township in the spring of 1875, and has served continuously with the exception of one year, from that date to this. During one year he was Chairman of the Board and he has filled the office of School Trustee and Township Clerk. He takes an active part in political movements, and is a prominent member of the Democratic party. His thorough integrity and judgment give to his opinion full weight among his neighbors who regard him with genuine esteem and respect.