RICHARD BATTERTON. Central Illinois has always been the place of residence of Richard Batterton, who is now living upon a farm in Rock creek precinct, not far from the site of Petersburg. He was born in Sangamon county, July 19, 1836, and is a son of William and Eliza (Gaines) Batterton, natives of Virginia and of Irish descent, who, on leaving the Old Dominion, removed to Kentucky and after residing in that state for a time came to Illinois, establishing their home in Sangamon county. The father was a farmer and stock-raiser, and always followed that pursuit in order to provide for his family. He died in 1892 at the advanced age of eighty-eight years, and his wife, who was ten years his junior, died in 1902 at the age of eighty-eight years. Both continued residents of Sangamon county up to the time of their demise and were classed with its representative pioneer settlers who took a helpful part in its early development. Richard Batterton is the second in order of birth in a family of ten children, all of whom lived to be grown. The others are Madison, who makes his home near Salisbury, Illinois; Robert, who served with his brother Madison in the Civil war and died some years later from the effects of exposure while in the army; Amy, now the wife of John Well, a resident of Atlanta, Missouri; Mildred, the wife of Daniel Pelham, of Salisbury, Illinois; Maria, the wife of T.C. Miller, who lives near Salisbury; Henry Clay, who makes his home one mile west of our subject in Menard county; Sarah, wife of Charles Parker, a resident of Cartwright township, Sangamon county, Illinois; Charlotte, wife of Carl Akers, who lives near Salisbury; and William, who died in 1902.
Richard Batterton pursued his preliminary education in a log schoolhouse in his native county and later he continued his studies in the schools of Salisbury. He was trained to habits of industry and economy upon the home farm and was taught the best methods of cultivating the fields. After putting aside his text-books he continued to assist his father in the farm work, but later took a trip to the Rocky mountains. He visited Denver when it was but a small place and could have bought any lot in the city at that time for ten dollars. His trip to the west convinced him, however, that he preferred central Illinois as a place of residence and after his return to this state he resumed farming, which he has since carried on. He engaged in agricultural pursuits at Salisbury for three years prior to his marriage, being associated in this business with his brother Madison and together they kept bachelor's hall.
Richard Batterton was united in marriage to Miss Permillia Ann Miller, who was born April 18, 1830, in Menard county, the only child of William R. and Eliza (Jackman) Miller, who came to Menard county during the early girlhood of Mrs. Batterton. The mother died when her daughter was quite young. Our subject and his wife were married April 3, 1862, and unto them have been born five sons, who are still living and all of whom are now grown, the eldest being thirty-seven years of age and the youngest twenty-two. These are Adam, Murry, Elijah, Charlie and Homer. Murry, Elijah and Charlie are all married and Murry resides in Petersburg, Elijah in Athens and Charlie in Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Batterton also lost three children in early youth.
Mr. Batterton yet follows general agricultural pursuits and stock-raising and is one of the extensive landowners in Menard county, having five hundred and fifty acres of rich land, which he has transformed into a splendid farm, equipped with all modern conveniences. He has a beautiful home in the midst of well kept grounds and in the rear of this dwelling are substantial barns and outbuildings for the shelter of grain and stock. These in turn are surrounded by well tilled fields and there is every evidence of the supervision of a careful and progressive owner. Mr. Batterton has always been a stanch Republican, save that he voted once for Horace Greeley and twice for Bryan. His wife belongs to the Baptist church, but his preference is for the Christian church. He has served as school director in his district for a number of years and the cause of education finds in him a warm friend, he putting forth every effort in his power to advance the cause of the schools and promote their efficiency. The occupation to which he was reared he has made his life work and because of his persistency of purpose in following one pursuit, added to his untiring industry and sound business judgment, he has won the success that makes him a substantial farmer. Moreover, he enjoys the respect of his fellow men because his life has been in conformity to upright business ethics and he has been ever true to his duty in the various relations in which he has been placed.