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GEORGE W. RIVES. Among the extensive farmers of Barr Township, the biographer may well mention the name which appears at the head of this paragraph. Mr. Rives is the son of James Rives and Elizabeth Hood, both natives of North Carolina, who have resided in Kentucky, previous to their migration to Illinois. Having arrived in the Prairie State they settled in Greene County, about the years 1834 and there died.
Our subject first saw the light in Greene County, May 13, 1837, and there he took his early training upon the farm, and in the district school, and did not come to this county until about the time he reached his majority. He then settled upon section 21, Barr Township, in 1858, but returned to his native county two years later, to bring forth his bride. He was married January 35, 1860 to Miss Jemima Deal, a daughter of George and Lucy (Rismiller) Deal, natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. Deal died in Luzerne County, Pa., and the mother in Christian County, Ill. Their daughter Jemima was born in North Hampton County, Pa., March 9, 1838.
To Mr. and Mrs. Rives were granted ten bright and interesting children, namely: Charles P.; William H., who married Miss Anna Skaggs; James L. who married Miss Emma Jones; Augustus M., George E., Lenora E., John M., Harry E., Everette A. and Stephen C. These children are all being brought up in the faith of the Christian religion, and are given excellent opportunities of education, the parents being intelligent and thoughtful and desirous of the best good for their children. They are both earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics Mr. Rives is attached to the Republican party. Farming and stock-raising absorb the greater part of Mr. Rives' interest and efforts and he is successful in his endeavors. He is the prosperous owner of seven hundred and sixty acres, all in Barr Township.