MRS. RACHEL HUDDLESTON, who owns one of the finest farms of Macoupin County, located in section 11, Gillespie township, and consisting of 500 acres, was born on the Big Blue River, in the State of Indiana, February 21, 1824, her birth taking place while her parents were migrating from Kentucky to Indiana. She is a daughter of William and Julia (Huddleston) Huddleston.
William Huddleston, father of our subject, was probably born in Kentucky immediately after his parents had removed there from Virginia. He was a son of Thomas Huddleston, who died in Indiana, where he was one of the early pioneers and where he left a large number of descendants. Thomas Huddleston's children were 10 in number: William, Allen, John, Thomas, Henry, Daniel, Martha, Malinda, Rachel and Mary. William, the eldest son, served as a private in the War of 1812 and took part in the battle of New Orleans, but he never accepted a pension for his services. Although he removed to Indian poor in worldly goods, he became prosperous and left his large family well provided for. He died in Greene County, Illinois, in 18945, aged 53 years. He was a man of exemplary life and a consistent member of the Methodist Church. In politics he was a Whig. His first marriage was to his first cousin, Julia Huddleston, who was born in Tennessee and was a daughter of Henry Huddleston. The nine children born to them were: Allen; Mrs. Maria Hampton; Mrs. Julia Netherton of Macoupin County; Mrs. Milbey McGovern; Mrs. Huddleston, of this sketch; John; William H., of Kansas; Thomas and Louisa. The four children of his second marriage were: Stith, of California; James, of California; Charles, of DeWitt County; and Samuel, of Texas.
In 1838 our subject married her second cousin, Daniel Huddleston, who was born in Ohio, and was a son of Abraham and Mary (Roe) Huddleston, who had two other children - Mrs. Jane Krider and Mrs. Emily Kinder. Thirteen children were born to Mrs. Huddleston, as follows: Preston, who died aged 29 years; Henry, who died in infancy; Julia, who married Amos Rickman - both are deceased; John Wesley, residing on the home farm, who has four children - Daniel, Rachel, Florence and Viola; Mrs. Carrie James, a widow, who resides with her mother - she has one daughter, Mrs. Nettie Dodge, of Alton, who has two children, Harold and Frank; Mary Jane, who died at the age of 20 years; Jasper, who died at the age of 29 years, survived by three children - Nina, Mrs. Josephine Cryder and Mrs. Viola Corbett; Mrs. Dugger of Pinkneyville, Illinois, who has three children - Earl, Edna and Harrison; Mrs. Florence Williams, a widow, who resides on a farm in Gillespie township, with three sons - Roy, Ruby and Roland; Susan and Nina, who died aged two years; Luther, who died aged seven years; and Katherine, who died in infancy.
Mrs. Huddleston has been a resident of Macoupin County and Gillespie township since she was six years of age. She has lived through many vicissitudes and has seen many wonderful changes. She is well known through the district of her home and is most highly esteemed.
A portrait of Daniel Huddleston, our subject's husband, accompanies this sketch.