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Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company

Page 516

MARION H. WESTROPE, a farmer residing in Scottville Township upon the farm where he was born, June 20, 1851, is a son of one of the oldest and most hardy pioneers of the early days of Macoupin County. His father was probably one of the very oldest of the surviving settlers of Illinois, and was born in Champaign County, Ohio, in 1805, and died June 11, 1891.

The grandfather of our subject was a native of North Carolina and moved from there to Kentucky with his relative Daniel Boone, thus becoming one of the renowned pioneers of Kentucky. He left that State about the year 1803 and removed to Ohio, becoming one of the first settlers in Champaign County. He took up Government land and cleared quite an extensive tract. Indians were then abundant and sometimes troublesome. In consequence of this state of affairs he returned to Kentucky after about six years' residence in Ohio and made his home in that Southern State until January, 1818. At that time many Kentuckians were emigrating to Illinois which was then a territory, and he came with them and located nine miles from Vincennes. He resided there for a few years and then went to Morgan County, where he died in 1825.

The father of our subject was a lad of thirteen when he came to Illinois with his parents and a young man of twenty when he lost his father. He remained in Morgan County until 1847, when he removed to Scottville Township and bought the farm where his son now lives. The maiden name of his wife was Sallie Hays. She was a native of Kentucky and died on the home farm in 1889. The parents of our subject had seven children.

Marion Westrope received his early training and education in his native township and with the exception of one year he has always resided in the homestead. He was married October 15, 1874, to Ellen Amos, who lived in Brighton, this county. She did not live long after her marriage as she died in 1878. His second marriage occurred in 1884 when he was united with Mrs. Martha (Sharp) Buck. She was born in Morgan County, Ill., and was the daughter of Hezekiah and Sarah (Hall) Sharp and at the time of her marriage with our subject was the widow of Joseph M. Buck. She had one child, Stella, by her marriage with Mr. Buck, and she presented Mr. Westrope with three children, John B., Earl B. and Wesley W. Both Mr. and Mrs. Westrope are earnest and devoted members of the Christian Church in which they find a broad field of activity and where their influence and labors are warmly appreciated. The political views which are embodied in the declarations of the Democratic party are such as to satisfy the mind of Mr. Westrope and he casts his vote for the candidates of that party, believing it is best adapted to the safe conduct of public affairs.

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