JOHN TICE, County Judge, Petersburg; son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Thomas) Tice, and grandson of Jacob and Susannah M. (Queric) Tice. His grandfather was a native of Germany, who came to this country and settled in Maryland in 1756. There his father was born March 8, 1786, and raised in Shenandoah Co., Va. In 1806, his father removed to Floyd Co., Va., engaged in agricultural pursuits and was a soldier of the war of 1812; he emigrated with his family to Illinois in 1831, settling in what is now Menard Co., and at what is now the village of Athens. In the spring of 1832, he purchased a farm at what is now Tice Station, on the Springfield & Northwestern Railroad, where he resided, a prominent farmer, until his death, which occurred Oct. 11, 1856, his wife having died at the same place March 14, 1845. They were the parents of eight children. The subject of this sketch is the oldest of the family, and was born in Floyd Co., Va., Feb 22, 1823. He passed his early life in the homestead at Tice Station. During his early life, school advantages were limited but by home study, he succeeded in acquiring a good business education. After the death of his parents, the responsibility of educating and looking after the wants of his brothers and sisters devolved upon him, and nobly did he meet it his devotion to them never ceasing till all were employ able to meet the pressing duties of life. For a number of years, Mr. Tice served as Justice of the Peace, and, in 1849 was elected to the office of Associate Judge of Menard Co., continuing until 1853. In 1855, he was appointed Deputy County Surveyor, and for thirteen consecutive years performed the duties of Surveyor, almost the entire responsibility of the office resting upon him. In 1857, he was elected to the office of Assessor and Treasurer of Menard Co, the official duties of which he performed for eight consecutive years. In 1866, he was elected to the office of Sheriff and Collector of Menard Co., serving one term, since which time he has served as Deputy, until November, 1877, when he was elected County Judge. Mr. Tice has served the people of Menard Co., in some public capacity, for about thirty years, which, alone, testifies to his worth and popularity. His long and faithful career as an officer he may well be proud of, as the duties were performed with credit and honor to himself and those he represented; by economy and good financiering, he has amassed a large property, and is benevolent and public-spirited. He married Lydia, daughter of John and Hannah Bowers, of Rockingham Col, Va., March 26, 1857.