WILLIAM JOINER, a representative farmer and stock-raiser residing on section 8, Bird Township, is a son of George and Mary (Pulliam) Joiner, natives of the Old Dominion. They emigrated to the Prairie State from Kentucky, where they settled near Jacksonville where the father died. The mother afterward came to Macoupin County, where she survived her husband many years and died at the home of our subject in Logan County, this State.
William was the youngest of a family of seven children. He was born in Morgan County, this State, May 2, 1835. He grew to manhood, spending most of his youth in Macoupin County, and when about twenty-five years old he removed to Logan County and made it his home from the spring of 1860 till the fall of 1876, when he returned to this county and settled on section 8, of Bird Township, which has since been his place of residence. He has been engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock-raising and now owns two hundred eighteen and a half acres of fine arable land.
The marriage of Mr. Joiner with Sarah L. Nevins was solemnized November 22, 1860. She is a daughter of James B. and Miranda (Sims) Nevins. After marriage they settled in North Palmyra Township. Mrs. Nevins was called away from earth in August, 1885, and her husband passed away at the residence of our subject January 11, 1890. Seven of their children lived to years of maturity, of whom Mrs. Joiner was the second. She was born in North Palmyra Township August 5, 1840, and received a good common school education.
Our subject and his estimable wife are the happy parents of nine children, seven of whom were reared to maturity; Thomas E., Lucy A., Ida M., James W., Otis C., Mary Z., and the youngest is named Noah C. The first born took to wife Eudora A. Casteel; Mary Z. became the wife of Edward Hartwick.
Mr. Joiner has held the office of School Director of his township in which position he not only did credit to himself but to his constituents. He has served in that capacity for over twenty-seven years. In his political views he affiliates with the Republican party of which he is a stanch adherent. Religiously he is a consistent and active member of the Baptist Church. He is a man who is held in high repute by his fellow-citizens and always approves any movement which will enhance the prosperity of the community.