FRED WILKINSON, Sheriff, Petersburg; son of John and Sarah (Goble) Wilkinson, who were of English extraction, and among the early settlers of Menard Co.; was born in this county Aug. 17, 1840, upon the homestead farm at Sugar Grove, where his parents settled in an early day; this early education was such as could be obtained from the schools of the neighborhood in which he resided, and he soon became proficient in the branches commonly taught; his father was also his teacher for a considerable period of time, and under his care he made rapid advancement; as was common in those days, some months of the year were spent at work on the farm, and the winter months mainly devoted to schooling; his youth and early manhood passed without noteworthy events. At the age of 27, he married, Nov. 19, 1869, Miss Mary E. Wade, of this county; her parents, F.A. and Louisa M. Wade, were formerly residents of Bath Co., Ky.; he soon began farming, which he followed for several years; in 1870, he was elected Sheriff of the county, and, at the expiration of the term, was re-elected. His wife died June 23, 1874, leaving two children, but one of whom is now living. His official position has been filled with credit and honor.