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CHARLES F. CANTERBURY, a well known and worthy representative of agricultural interests in Menard county, was born within the borders of this county, August 6, 1858, and is a son of Carlisle H. and Emily (Morgan) Canterbury. His paternal grandfather, Asa Canterbury, was born in England, March 7, 1788, and lost his father in early boyhood. His mother afterward removed to Bath county, Kentucky, where he was reared and there he was married to Miss Peggy Hornback, who was born February 6, 1791, and resided in Fleming county, Kentucky, on the opposite side of Licking river from Bath county. As there was parental opposition to their marriage, the young couple made their way to Aberdeen, Ohio, and there their wedding was celebrated. As no license was required in Ohio at that time, a marriage could be solemnized on short notice and many runaway couples there secured the consummation of their hopes. Returning to Bath county, there were four children born to them during their residence there and subsequently they established their home on the Fleming county side of the Licking river, where three children were born unto them. In the fall of 1826 they removed to Sangamon county, Illinois, becoming pioneer residents of the state.
Carlisle H. Canterbury, the father of Charles F. Canterbury, was born December 5, 1814, in Bath county, Kentucky, and at the age of twelve years was brought by his parents to this state. After reaching adult age he was married on the 11th of August, 1836, to Miss Emily Morgan, who was born in Sangamon county. They had thirteen children, four of whom died when less than six years of age. Of the other nine, Asa married Margaret England, who lives in Ford county, Illinois; Sarah married William Fuquay and also resides in Ford county; William M., who enlisted in August, 1861, for three years' service in the Union Army as a member of Company F, Twenty-eighth Infantry, was taken ill soon after he left Camp Butler and died at Camp Holt, Kentucky, November 7, 1861; Ruth A. is the wife of William H. H. Holland; Oliver P. resides in Sangamon county; Charles F. is the next younger; Newton C. resides near Petersburg; Lincoln G. resides in Buffalo, Wyoming; and Laura E. is the wife of John Evans, a resident of Victor, Colorado.
Charles F. Canterbury is indebted to the district-school system of Menard county for the early educational privileges which he enjoyed. Subsequently he attended the Springfield Business College, and after his return to the home farm he assisted his father in its cultivation until twenty-one years of age, when he assumed the entire management. He then continued the work of general farming upon the old home place until 1899, when he went to Los Angeles, California. He afterward spent one year in Buffalo, Wyoming, where he was engaged in the sheep business. He purchased a flock of three thousand head of sheep and on selling out after two years he had over four thousand head. In the first year he had also sold fourteen hundred head and in the second year five hundred and fourteen, clearing from these sales in the two years a sum of six thousand, four hundred and seventy-nine dollars and fifty-six cents. After disposing of his sheep Mr. Canterbury returned to Athens and is now conducting his farm, which is pleasantly located two and a half miles southeast of the town. It comprises two hundred and twenty acres of very rich and productive land, constituting one of the best improved farms in the county. Everything about the place is neat and thrifty in appearance and indicates the careful supervision of a practical and progressive owner. He also owns a valuable residence property in Buffalo, Wyoming.
On the 18th of December, 1884, Mr. Canterbury was married to Miss Anna Primm, a daughter of Carlin and Maria (Hurt) Primm. Mr. and Mrs. Canterbury have become the parents of six children: Maud, who died in 1887 at the age of two years; Carl, who was born in December, 1887, and died in 1888 at the age of eight months; Lura May, born December 9, 1892, and is at home; Ruth Mildred, who was born August 21, 1897; Margaret, who was born June 19, 1901; and Charles P., born May 8, 1904.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Canterbury give their allegiance to every movement which tends to promote the moral development of their community. He is a member of the Christian church, while his wife holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a Republican, has served as a member of the school board and is identified with Social lodge, No. 424, K.P. In his business career he has manifested strong purpose and laudable ambition and careful management and by reason of these qualities he has gradually worked his way upward to a position of affluence.