JOSEPH ENGLAND. One of the pioneer settlers of this State who has experienced the vicissitudes of a farmer's life from early settlement to the present time is he whose name is at the head of this sketch. He owns and resides on the farm located on section 34, North Otter Township. The encouragements and discouragements of life are all familiar to him having passed through drought and flood, grasshopper scourge and blight and having had his heart gladdened by such luxuriant crops as only Central Illinois can produce when the genius of the weather is in a propitious mood.
Our subject's father was John England; his mother was Linnie (Hall) England. They were both probably natives of Tennessee, whence they came to Morgan County, Ill., remaining there only one year. They then came to Macoupin County early in the ‘30s and settled in North Otter Township where they lived until their death. The original of our sketch was one of the older members of his father's family. He was born in Morgan County, Tenn., December 29, 1818. He came to Macoupin County with his parents and lived under the home roof until he had attained to years of manhood. He is proud of the fact that he is one of the oldest settlers in North Otter Township and also of Macoupin County.
Our subject was married in his native county December 19, 1839. His wife's maiden name was Mary A. Hays. The lady was born in Martin County, Ind., April 10, 1824. Her parents were William and Elizabeth Hays. Mr. and Mrs. England have been the parents of thirteen children. They are Nancy, Lucinda, John, William, Samuel, Elisha, Benjamin F., James F., Elizabeth, George F., Thomas J., Sebird, Joseph H. The eldest daughter became the wife of W. S. Bond and died in North Otter Township when forty-five years of age; Lucinda is the wife of John M. Hays; John married Mary S. Thurman; William died in childhood; Samuel married Ellen Swift; Elisha took to wife Ada M. England; Benjamin married Mary Adcock; James F. is deceased; Elizabeth is the wife of Joseph Norvel; George married Elizabeth Adcock; Thomas married Mary Harlan; Sebird died in infancy, Joseph H. when twenty-three years of age.
Mr. England has always been engaged in farming. He has erected a good class of buildings upon his farm and the place is well improved. Mrs. England died in North Otter Township, August 19, 1877. Our subject is a man who is liberal in his religious views. No man in the township or county knows so much of the history of the locality and of men who have been prominent here as does our subject. He is genial and hospitable and although he has lived more than the allotted three-score and ten his friends hope that he will survive many years.