CICERO J. SOLOMON, a prominent and prosperous farmer of Bird Township, makes his home on section 3. His father, James Solomon, was born in North Carolina, and his mother, Easter Lamar, was a native of Tennessee. After marriage they settled in Macoupin County, making their home in North Palmyra Township. Thence they removed to Montgomery County, this State and resided for four years, but made their final home in Bird Township where the father died August 29, 1881. He had been bereaved of his faithful and devoted wife September 7, 1852, while living in North Palmyra Township. Three children had blest the union of James and Easter Solomon. They were James who died when quite young; Cicero J. and Serena C. This daughter is the wife of William A. Wright.
The subject of this sketch first saw the light of life in North Palmyra Township, October 3, 1848. He was about six years old when his father removed to Montgomery County, and with the exception of the four years that they resided there Macoupin County has been his home to the present time. Here he grew to manhood and was united in marriage with Miss Harriet Kesinger, a daughter of the late John and Eliza (Adams) Kesinger. The mother of Mrs. Solomon died November 20, 1878, and her father departed life December 6, 1890. They were the parents of nine children, their daughter Harriet being third in order of birth. She was born in Bird Township, February 4, 1854.
The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon was solemnized February 25, 1872. They became the parents of six beautiful children, all but one of whom have outlived their early childhood. The surviving children are named Edgar J., Addie E., Eliza A., James, and Jennie I. Mr. Solomon owns the old homestead which his father occupied, a fine tract of two hundred and eighty broad and productive acres. He also owned seventy-two acres in another section. The fine farm buildings and handsome residence were erected by his father and he keeps them in first-class condition. He has always followed agriculture and made some little specialty of stock-raising. He has served his district as Highway Commissioner and School Director and his political affiliations are with the Republican party. His worthy and intelligent companion is an active and influential member of the Baptist Church and they both occupy a high position in the social life of the township. Our subject has been a member of the Masonic order since he was twenty-one years of age, holding membership in Lodge No. 76, at Carlinville.