William B. Trabue, owner and operator of the justly noted Cloverdale Stock Farm, which includes 352 acres, situated in sections 19 and 20, Gillespie township, Macoupin County, belongs to one of the oldest pioneer families of this portion of the State. He was born October 29, 1854, in Brushy Mound township, Macoupin County, and he is a son of Joseph H. and Martha A. (Parks) Trabue.
The Trabue family is of French extraction, and its American founders came across the Atlantic in colonial days. Haskin Trabue, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Virginia and took part in the War of 1812. He came to Macoupin County at an early day and died in Brushy Mound township, at the age of 60 years. His nine children were: Fenland, Stephen, Joseph H., Benjamin, Edward, John, Hodgens, Mrs. Eliza J. Boggess, and Mrs. Mary Bailey.
Joseph H. Trabue, our subject's father, was born in Kentucky and in childhood accompanied his parents to Macoupin County, when they settled in Brushy Mound township, near the present Trabue graveyard. He followed farming all his life, finally removing to Crawford County, Kansas, where he died at the age of 62 years. He was an active member of the Baptist Church and a man of high moral character. In politics he was a Republican. He married Martha A. Parks, who was born in Kentucky, and was a daughter of James and Mary (Harlan) Parks, who came to Macoupin County in pioneer days and hauled the lumber with which to erect their dwelling all the way from Alton. The children of Joseph and Martha Trabue were: Mrs. Elizabeth Evans, of Crawford County, Kansas; Walter, who died aged 18 years; William B., of this sketch; James, of Crawford County, Kansas; Annie, of Girard, Macoupin County; Edward, of Greene County, Illinois; Josephine, who is preparing to practice osteopathy, in Crawford County, Kansas; and Agnes, also a resident of Crawford County, Kansas.
William B. Trabue passed four years of his life in Greene County, and two years in Kansas; with these exceptions his home has always been in Macoupin County. One year he conducted a hardware business at Raymond, but his interest have mainly centered in farming and stock raising. In 1876 he came to his present farm and in 1897 he purchased 180 acres of it and in 1903 an adjoining 172 acres, all of which he devotes to raising cattle, sheep and hogs.
On June 15, 1898, Mr. Trabue was married to Estella Tunnell, who was born January 28, 1869, near Plainview, Macoupin County, and is a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Brown) Tunnell. Three children have been born to them: Tunnell Benjamin, James Edward and Lucius Boyle.
Mr. Trabue is not very actively interested in politics, but votes with the Republican party. He declines to accept any office but takes an active part in public matters affecting the welfare of the township. Both he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church.