WILLIAM W. HOUNSLEY, one of the representative farmers of Macoupin County, Illinois, residing in section 7, Polk township, was born in 1858, on the homestead farm which he now occupies. He is a son of John and Sarah (Winson) Hounsley.
John Hounsley was born in 1830, in Yorkshire, England, and came to America in 1851. His parents were William and Ann (Simpson) Hounsley, both of whom died in England. John Hounsley came to Illinois and in 1855 made his first purchase of land, consisting of 50 acres in Polk township, Macoupin County. He prospered and at different times added other connecting tracts, finally coming to own, in addition to his early purchase, 400 more acres and 320 acres in Chesterfield township. His wife, Sarah Winson, a daughter of Samuel Winson, to whom he was married in 1857, died in January, 1866, in her 29th year. To them were born four children, of whom the two survivors are: William W., of this sketch, and Mary, who is the wife of Joseph Duckels, a farmer of Chesterfield township.
William W. Hounsley was reared on the homestead farm where all the children were born, and has devoted his life to farming. He was educated in the district school of his neighborhood and Blackburn University at Carlinville. He owns 350 acres which join his father's land on the west, 116 acres lying in Chesterfield township, and the remainder in Polk township. This is all good land, producing large crops and is well adapted to the cultivation of the grains and products which have made Illinois a noted agricultural State.
In 1881 Mr. Hounsley was united in marriage with Anna Killam, who is a daughter of Samuel and Margaret Killam. Samuel Killam was born in Yorkshire, England, and came to Illinois, with his parents, in 1829. They settled four miles west of Jacksonville, were the family took up 400 acres of government land, his portion being over 98 acres, and to this he added 160 acres. One of the early pioneers, Mr. Killam was an important factor in the agricultural and educational development of his section, and he spent a long and useful life. His death occurred on his farm in Morgan County, in 1891, in his 82d year. He married Margaret Haxby, who was also of Yorkshire, and came in 1834 to America with her parents, who located in Scott County, Illinois. She married Samuel Killam on April 13, 1837, and died January 11, 1901, in her 82d year, survived by seven of her nine children.
Mr. and Mrs. Hounsley have six children living, namely: John, Charles, Adelaide, W. Leslie, Thomas K. and Clara A., all of whom are at home. Another child, Harold L., died in infancy.
In politics Mr. Hounsley is a stanch supporter of the Republican party. In religious views he is an Episcopalian. He is a man of upright character and commands the respect and esteem of all who know him, many of these having been his neighbors all his life.