JOHN TRIBLE, now living retired at Girard, is one of the prosperous landowners of Macoupin county. For over fifty years he engaged in farming and since 1895 has enjoyed at ease the fruits of his labors. He is a native of Devonshire, England, and was born April 8, 1838, a son of John and Mary (Oliver) Trible, both of whom were born in England. In his boyhood Mr. Trible of this review possessed fair advantages of education. He continued in his native land until eighteen years of age, and then emigrated with his parents to the new world, arriving in Jersey county, Illinois, in 1856. He worked on the farm of a cousin for three years, from where he came to Nilwood township, Macoupin county, there purchasing one hundred and sixty acres of land upon which he established his home. He was highly successful as a farmer and stock-raiser and as opportunity presented he bought more land, becoming the owner of two hundred acres in Nilwood township and ninety acres in North Otter township. In 1895 he retired from active labor and has since occupied a comfortable home in Girard.
On the 20th of November, 1874, Mr. Trible was married in Girard township to Miss Sarah E. Stewart, who was born in New Jersey, a daughter of Robert Stewart, also a native of New Jersey. Mr. and Mrs. Trible are the parents of two children: Fannie, who married E. L. Wilson, of Plainview, Illinois, and has one child, Mildred; and Grace, who became the wife of William Alford, of Nilwood township, and is also the mother of one child, Helen. Mr. Trible accepts the national platforms of the republican party as his guide in politics but in local affairs is influenced largely by the character of the candidates and their fitness for responsibility. He is broad in his religious belief and holds membership in the Universalist church of Girard, of which he is a trustee. He has through life been governed by high principles and has gained a most creditable name among the people of the county of his adoption.