HUGH MILES ENOS. A prosperous farmer and a public-spirited citizen is to be found in the gentleman whose name is given at the head of this paragraph. His fine farm is in an excellent state of cultivation and comprises three hundred and sixty-two acres of as good land as is to be seen in Macoupin County. Upon it he carries on general farming and stock raising, and the excellent set of buildings which he has erected on his land, as well as the neat appearance of his well-kept farm, bespeak him as a man of more than ordinary ability and enterprise.
The father of our subject, Thomas Enos, was born in the Southern part of Alabama, and the mother, Barbara Jacobs, was a native of South Carolina. Their wedded home was in the mountainous regions of Eastern Tennessee, and there Thomas Enos died in July, 1856. His bereaved widow afterward removed to Macoupin County and passed her last days at the home of her son Hugh, where she died January 3, 1888. They had a family of eight children, six sons and two daughters, of whom our subject was the third in the order of birth.
April 9, 1819, was the date upon which our subject was born in Blount County, Tenn., and there he spent the early years of his life, up to the age of twenty. When he became a young man he decided to remove from the old home, and take his chances with others, in the State of Illinois, which had come into existence as a State the year before his birth. His first stopping place was Jerseyville and near it he found employment upon a farm for some three months. Later he came into this county and worked for three years in Bird Township. The young man was nos smitten with the gold fever and determined to seek his fortunes in the great West. He went to California in 1852 and there engaged in mining and remained there until the spring of 1856. He had now had enough of the Pacific Slope and settled down to the peaceful pursuits of farming in Bird Township, this county, and has since made it his home. Mr. Enos was married in Bird Township to Miss Mary White, who was born in England, in Lancashire, her parents being Thomas and Anna (Abbey) White, who emigrated from England and spent the remainder of their days in Bird Township.
To Mr. and Mrs. Enos have been granted seven children to share their parental care and affection. They are namely: John J., Thomas, who married Miss Bessie Waters; Sarah, who is the wife of Lewis Waters; James, Hugh M. Jr., who married Lora McGinnis; Elvira and Amy. The political views of our subject are in accord with the platform of the Republican party and he has ever sustained by his vote and voice, the organization which placed Abraham Lincoln in the Presidential chair. His earnest interest in educational matters had let his neighbors to choose him for a number of years as a member of the School Board. Mr. and Mrs. Enos are earnest and conscientious members of the Shiloh Baptist Church, in which they find a broad field for Christian labor and where their influence is felt and highly prized. He is a man of independent thought and in all matters of importance, gives due consideration to every side of the question before making up his mind. His intelligence and excellent judgment fit him to be a leader, and his experience and standing give him an influence which is exercised by him for the good of the community.