ADDISON H. ELDRED, who lives in retirement from active business after a life spent in agricultural labor, resides at his home on Johnson Street, Carlinville, where he enjoys the results of his early labors. Mr. Eldred is descended from worthy ancestors and his life has been such as to add lustre to an honored name. The paternal grandfather of our subject was Moses Eldred who came at an early day from Connecticut to New York, and settled in Herkimer County, where he died. The father of our subject, Moses S. Eldred, was born of New England parents about 1804, and after a brief life spent in usefulness his decease took place about the year 1833. The mother of our subject, Clarissa (Brace) Eldred was born in New York, and she still survives. Our subject is one of a family of four children, as follows: Moses S., Addison H., Julia A. and James L.
Mr. Eldred first saw the light of day in Greene County, Ill., the date of his birth being December 1, 1828. He remained in the county in which he was born until he had arrived at years of manhood. This period was occupied as are the lives of farmer lads, with incidents of school life and farm work. His attention has been given to agricultural pursuits during the greater part of his life, and he has acquired a thorough, practical knowledge of the best methods of farming.
Mr. Eldred was married in Greene County, Ill., March 3, 1851. His wife, whose maiden name was Laura Woolley, a native of Greene County, this State, her birthday being September 27, 1829. Her parents were David and Laura (Hodge) Woolley, both natives of Washington County, N.Y. After their marriage the young couple resided in Greene County for five years then removed to Polk Township, Macoupin County, and settled on a farm which continued to be their home for a long time. In company with his brother, Moses S., the original of our sketch, erected a fine series of buildings on the farm which comprised three hundred and sixty acres.
By strict economy and industry on the part of Mr. Eldred and his wife, they have been able to accumulate more than a competency, and their labors, directed by intelligence, have been crowned with success in every direction. From the time our subject was a young man he labored in company with his brother, Moses S., who in company with him owned the farm mentioned above.
Mr. Eldred and his estimable wife became the parents of two children: Myron H., who died when thirteen years old; and Milton R., who passed in infancy. Politically Mr. Eldred inclines to the Republican platform, of which he is an ardent adherent. He is liberal in his religious views, his belief being rather in the religion of humanity. Since removing to Carlinville he has erected a fine brick residence, and here, retired from the active duties of life, he with his family is spending the afternoon of life in enjoyment of the more agreeable features of life. Mrs. Eldred is a fine type of womanhood and presides with grace and dignity over their hospitable home which is full of evidences of culture.
In connection with his sketch a lithographic portrait of Mr. Eldred is presented to our readers.