CHARLES W. MINER.
Charles Wesley Miner, a prosperous farmer of Macoupin county and one who has through many years of usefulness and activity reflected credit upon all with whom he has been associated, was born in Somerset county, New Jersey, February 26, 1841. Since his boyhood he has made his home in Illinois and now, having passed the seventieth milestone in life's journey, enjoys in peace and plenty the results of many years of conscientious application. He belongs to an old and respected New Jersey family and is a son of William V. and Deborah (Christopher) Miner, both of whom were born in New Jersey, and a grandson of John Miner, of New Jersey. The father came west with his family in 1856 and settled in Fulton county, Illinois, where he was identified for many years with agricultural interests. He died in 1877. Being an intelligent man of good social qualities, he made many friends as was attested by the general expression of regret at his departure.
At the age of fifteen Charles W. Miner came to Illinois with his parents. He received his early education in the public schools of New Jersey and Fulton county, Illinois, and even as a boy shoed an interest in farming which gave bright promise as to his future. At the age of seventeen he began assisting his father upon the home farm and so continued until 1865, when he came to Macoupin county and took up farming on his own account in Nilwood township. In 1874 he purchased one hundred acres of land in Girard township of J. F. Roach, where he established his permanent home. During the thirty-five years that have elapsed since he established himself on his homestead he has made many improvements and the attractive appearance of the place is an indication of the careful thought given to his business. He has always been progressive in his methods, making use of the best known means of keeping the land in good condition and thus producing liberal annual returns.
On December 2, 1869, in Nilwood township, Mr. Miner was married to Miss Sarah F. Christopher, a native of Macoupin county, Illinois, and a daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Fisher) Christopher, the former of whom was born in Ohio and the latter in New Jersey. She is a granddaughter of John Christopher, and William Fisher, both of Illinois, the families having traced back to the time of the Revolutionary war when members took an active part in freeing the colonies from the rule of Great Britain. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Miner: Walter P., a resident of Kansas, who married Cora James and has six children, five sons and one daughter; Charles, also of Kansas, who married Grace England and has two sons; William H., who is engaged in the study of medicine; and Minnie D., the wife of William Earl, of Girard, and the mother of two children, a son and daughter.
Religiously Mr. Miner is an earnest adherent of the Methodist church and served as steward in the local church for many years. Politically he is in sympathy with the principles of the democratic party but does not confine himself to partisan lines in casting his ballot, as he belongs to the increasing number of voters who take into careful consideration the character and ability of candidates upon the various tickets. He has never sought public office but has served with ability as commissioner of highways and for twenty years as a member of the school board. In all business transactions he has been governed by principles of justice and truth and the name of Charles W. Miner is, therefore, honored wherever it is known in Macoupin county.