WILLIAM H. DEWS. One of the substantial farmers of English origin is he who resides on section 34, Western Mound Township. The farm, which was originally that of his father, comprised six hundred acres of fine land and the present proprietor cultivates it to the highest possible degree. Our subject's father was John Dews, who was born in Yorkshire, England. The mother was Sylvia (Morris) Dews, also a native of Yorkshire. They, however, met and married in this country, Alton, Ill., being the scene of their courtship and union. After their marriage they came to Macoupin County and settled in Western Mound Township, upon the farm which our subject at present occupies. Here the father died, December 18, 1888.
Her gracious Majesty, Queen Victoria, has set her seal of approval upon the rearing of large families by offering a prize to the mother of the largest family of living children. This is not an individual opinion but rather shows the sentiment of the nation, for English families are, as a rule larger than the families of American parents. Our subject's parents showed themselves to be true to the English idea by rearing a family of ten children, of who our subject was one of the junior members. His present home was his birthplace, his natal day being Marc 20, 1852. Here he was reared to manhood and has ever been a resident at the place where is now owner.
Our subject's father, John Dews, erected a fine series of buildings upon his farm and at one time was the proud proprietor of one thousand acres of as good land as there was in the county. At present everything about the place indicates the careful and progressive farmer. The buildings are in beautiful order and meadows, paddocks and wood lots are rich with their respective productions.
Our subject is very popular among the people of his locality and has a turn for political life. His interest in the affairs pertaining to his calling is shown by the prominent part that he takes in the Farmers' Alliance of this section. He has held the office of Justice of the Peace for four years and was Census Enumerator for Western Mound Township in 1890. Our subject's father was a member of the Episcopal Church and the religious preference of William Dews is in the same direction.