DAVID A. PETRIE, dealer in lumber, and builder and contractor, Greenview; was born in Herkimer Co., N. Y., Dec. 21, 1828, where he lived until 26 years of age; he then went West, and located in Fleming Co., Ky. There he was married April 30, 1855, to Hannah C. Lewellin. She was born in Fleming Co., Ky., March 24, 1832. Mr. Petrie's father was a native of Holland, and died when David was a child. His mother, whose maiden name was O'Connell, was a niece of the famous Irish patriot, O'Connell, and a native of New York. Mrs. Petrie's father was a native of Virginia, and in early life came to Kentucky, where he was united in marriage with Lydia Hart. Mr. D. A. Petrie has had eight children, six of whom are now living - John A., whose biography appears in this work, born Feb. 8, 1856; Clarence A., April 21, 1859; Frank H., June 25, 1861; Lucy G., May 4, 1863; Lydia A., March 21, 1867, and Claude, Sept. 22, 1873; deceased - Phebe A., born April 20, 1869, and died Oct. 8, 1870, and Charles A., born Dec. 28, 1871, and died July 18, 1872. Mr. Petrie lived in Fleming Co., Ky., until 1865, at which time he came with his family to Greenview, Menard Co., Ill., where he has since resided. Mr. Petrie, with his family, lived in Kentucky during the late war, where he was a strong Union man, although he took no active part. He was a soldier in the Mexican war, and in one of the engagements was wounded five times. He is a self-made man, and owes his success in life to his close attention to business, industry and economy. He is the owner of several nicely improved properties in the town of Greenview, and one of its prominent and leading citizens.