HISTORY
OF
MENARD & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
1879

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MRS. SARAH E. KILLION, farming; P.O. Petersburg; was born in Bath Co., Ky., April 22, 1822; she is the daughter of John and Abigail (Bracken) Hornback, both of whom are natives of Kentucky, and came to this county in the fall of 1825, locating on the land now owned by Andrew Hornback; she was but 3 years of age when she came to this county, and, having been in the county over fifty-four years; is one of its pioneers, and has grown up with it; their interests have been identical; she well remembers the time when she went to mill with her father and bolted the flour by hand; she has seen deer in droves; Indians encamped on Salt Creek bottom. Aug. 18, 1840, she married James E. Killion, who was born in Kentucky Dec. 13, 1820; had ten children, but six of whom are now living - Catharine J., Robert H., Maria L., Thomas W., John A. and Emery K.; after their marriage, they had nothing but willing hearts and industrious hands; their first house was a rude cabin, with one room, cat and clay chimney, puncheon floor, board shutter for window, home-made table, and bed made out of walnut logs; corn bread was their chief staple. Notwithstanding all these inconveniences, these were their happiest days; the first barn her husband built she spun and wove cloth to pay for the covering of the roof; in 1846, they moved to the place where Mrs. Killion now lives, having accumulated money enough to buy them a home. July 5, 1875, Mr. Killion died of consumption; he and his wife were both members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church; he was an active worker in the Church, officiating as Elder.


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