CHARLES P. CORSON, carrying on general agricultural pursuits near Tallula, was born on the 16th of November, 1861, in Tallula precinct, Menard county, his parents being Reuben and Rachel M. (Nottingham) Corson. In their family were five children, all of whom are yet living: Hannah, the wife of Randolph Allen, a Methodist minister residing in Waterloo, Iowa, by whom she has three children; Edward E., who married Eva Murphy, of Knox county, Missouri, by whom he has two children, and follows farming at Roosevelt, Kiowa county, Oklahoma; Bertha, at home; and Nathan, who married Essie Correll, and is a resident farmer of Sangamon county.
Charles P. Corson is indebted to the public-school system of the county for the early educational privileges which he enjoyed and later he spent six months as a student in the Wesleyan University at Bloomington, Illinois. He began farming at an early age upon his father's farm in Tallula township and continued there up to the time of his marriage in 1889. He acquired eighty acres of land in section 24, Tallula precinct, as his first real estate and he lived one year on the Nottingham homestead in Sangamon county. The next land which he purchased was one hundred and sixty acres, formerly the property of John Kriel, in section 24, Tallula precinct. In his farming methods he has ever been progressive and the success he has achieved is due to his close application and unfaltering diligence.
On the 27th of March, 1889, Mr. Corson was married to Miss Amelia Frogley, a Daughter of Israel and Susan (McArdel) Frogley. Her father was a native of England, born July 25, 1820, and came to America when but twenty years of age. He had lived in Oxfordshire, England, and on crossing the Atlantic he settled in the state of New York, where he resided for a number of years. In 1856 he came to Illinois and located in Menard county in 1862, establishing his home about two miles southwest of Tallula. His death occurred March 20, 1895, after many years of active connection with agricultural interests in this part of the state. He was in limited financial circumstances when he reached Illinois, but by honesty, industry and economy he gained prosperity and at the time of his death was the owner of four hundred acres of valuable land. His political allegiance was given to the Republican party. Though he was not a member of any church he was a firm believer in the Christian religion and in his life exemplified the Golden Rule. His wife passed away September 1, 1904. In their family were the following named: John, a butcher, is married, lives in Colorado and has three children; Israel, a farmer and stock-dealer of Chetopa, Kansas, married Nellie Mickle, and they have two sons; George died in November, 1901; William died in infancy; Elizabeth died in April, 1894; Amelia is the next of the family; and Mary, the youngest, resides in Tallula.
Amelia Frogley was born May 1, 1864, pursued her education in the common schools and in the Athenaeum, at Jacksonville, Illinois, and remained at home until she gave her hand in marriage to Mr. Corson. By this union there are three children: George F., who was born October 15, 1897, and is now attending school in Tallula; one, who died unnamed at birth; and Mary B., who was born July 13, 1902.
Mr. Corson is a Prohibitionist, supporting that party by his ballot. His influence is ever found on the side of temperance and justice and progress and his labors have been of benefit to his fellow men in this way. His entire attention in business life has been given to agricultural interests and in this way he has provided a good home for his family.