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MRS. ELIZABETH C. O'NEAL. The excellent lady who forms the subject of this sketch is one of the most highly valued members of society in North Palmyra Township. She is a woman of more than ordinary executive ability and is successfully conducting the affairs of her farm of three hundred and twenty acres, which is in a high state of cultivation and carries upon it good improvements. Her father, Matthias Crum, and her mother, Margaret (Spangler) Crum, were born in Virginia and Kentucky respectively. After marriage they came to Illinois in an early day, and lived in Morgan County until their death. They had fifteen children, of whom Mrs. O'Neal was one of the younger members, and they brought up these children to be industrious and economical and to do their duty as citizens and members of society.
Elizabeth Crum was born in Clarke County, Ind., January 13, 1815. She came to Morgan County, Ill., in her girlhood and was there married September 8, 1836, to Lewis L. O'Neal, son of Lewis and Nancy O'Neal. Lewis L. was born in Bourbon County, Ky., August 27, 1810. After marriage the young couple settled in Morgan County, which they made their home until the spring of 1837, when they came to North Palmyra Township and settled on section 34, where he died March 23, 1854.
Mrs. O'Neal is the mother of six children: Matthias, who died in North Palmyra Township at the age of forty-six years; Sarah, who is the wife of Robert Tucker; Mary M., who is the wife of John C. Gibbs, of whom the reader will find a sketch in this Record; Jane E., who is now the wife of William C. Terry, to whom she was united in marriage June 12, 1888. Florence and Lewis who died in infancy. Matthias was married to Miss Emma R. Wiley and died August 22, 1833, leaving two children - Lewis H. and Rollo M. Since the death of Mr. O'Neal his widow has carried on the affairs of the homestead, and after educating her children and starting them out in the world, she devoted her energies to conducting the business of the farm, in which she has been eminently successful.