HISTORY
OF
MENARD & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
1879

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WILLIAM ENSLEY, farmer; P.O. Atterberry; was born in Pickaway Co., Ohio, June 12, 1829; son of Christopher and Elizabeth Ensley; in 1842, they emigrated to Fulton Co., Ill., where Christopher Ensley died April 8, 1846; after which Mr. Ensley, with his mother, moved to Menard Co. in 1853; Mr. Ensley began life for himself at the age of 13, with good health and plenty of ambition, which has enabled him to provide for his mother and family and also to accumulate a fine farm of 370 acres, well stocked; he makes stock raising and shipping a specialty. He was married, Jan. 25, 1855, to Chloe H. Aylesworth, second daughter of Philip and Chloe Aylesworth, of New York. Mr. Ayleswort was the first settler in Beardstown, surveying the country around, and established the first ferry at Meredosia and is one of the oldest and most prominent residents of Fulton Co., where he still lives. Mr. Ensley has two children living - Henry E. and Harvey L, and has lost five. Mr. Ensley has filled the office of Road Supervisor and School Director for many years and is at present Overseer of the Poor.


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