JOHN E. MUNDY. In taking up the personal history of John E. Mundy we present to our readers the life record of a prosperous, intelligent and enterprising farmer of township 19. He was born in New Jersey, July 13, 1851, but for more than a half century has resided in Illinois and is thoroughly interested in the middle west, its progress and improvement. His parents were Isaac and Catherine Mundy, who came to this state about fifty-three years ago, locating in Tazewell county, where the father carried on general farming and stock raising throughout his remaining days. He died in 1866, respected by all who knew him. In his family were eight children: E. R., who was born July 12, 1836, and is living in Lincoln, Illinois; Asenath T., who was born November 8, 1838, and died in 1901; Sarah J., who was born June 28, 1840, and is the wife of R. Hill, or Oregon; James W., who was born November 4, 1842, and is a resident of Lincoln, Illinois; Martha J., who was born December 16, 1843, and became the wife of Daniel Compton, but died in 1899; Jemima, who was born November 18, 1846, and is the wife of Dr. Maston, of Elkhart, Illinois; Mary E., who was born April 4, 1848, and is the wife of Joseph Worth, of St. Louis, Missouri; and John E., who completes the family.
During his infancy John E. Mundy was brought to Illinois by his parents and at the age of eight years he went to live with his eldest sister, with whom he remained for about five or six years. He afterward made his home with Mr. Lyman, an arrangement being entered upon whereby he was to receive three months' schooling and his board and clothing in compensation for his services upon the farm. He continued with Mr. Lyman for about five years and then began working by the month as a farm hand, being thus employed until he rented a tract of land. He continued to operate a farm, which he leased until about five years ago.
In 1884 Mr. Mundy was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca F. Walker, a daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Mundy) Walker. Her father was born in Adair county, Kentucky, November 7, 1818, and in 1830 became a resident of Irish Grove, Menard county, where he resided continuously until his death. A man of sterling honesty and upright character, he commanded the respect of all with whom he came in contact. In his boyhood days he joined the Presbyterian church in Kentucky and remained a consistent member throughout the entire period of his earthly career, exemplifying in his life the nobler virtues which are inculcated by Christianity. In his home there reigned a spirit of quiet contentment and hospitality. He was faithful in the performance of all his duties, whether of citizenship, of business life or in the home circle. In early manhood he wedded Miss Sarah A. Mundy, who was born August 13, 1823. The wedding ceremony was performed at Middletown by Squire Colby Knapp, on the 30th of April, 1846, and the traveled life's journey happily together for about fourteen years, when on the 24th of April, 1861, Mrs. Walker was called to her final home. Like her husband, she had shared in the high regard of many friends who esteemed her highly for her many excellent traits of heart and mind. Mr. Walker, long surviving his wife, passed away at his home in Irish Grove, August 6, 1899, at the age of eighty years and nine months, and the funeral services held in the Presbyterian church at Irish Grove were conducted by Rev. C. E. Kalb. In spite of the inclement weather, the church was filled by a large number of relatives and friends, who thus testified their respect to the deceased and their sympathy for the bereaved family. Thus passed away one of the honored pioneer residents of the county and one whose memory will long be enshrined in the hearts of those who knew him. In the Walker family were five daughters and one son. Marietta, born August 25, 1847, is now the wife of Dr. S. T. Hurst, of Greenview, Illinois. Alice, born April 26, 1849, is now wife of George T. Gibbs, and resides on the old Walker homestead. Rebecca F., born October 27, 1851, is the wife of our subject. Henry W., born November 3, 1854, died April 19, 1855. Adda B., born March 6, 1856, is the youngest living member of the family. One child died in infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. Mundy have a fine farm of eighty acres, on which is a new residence which was erected only two years ago. It is surrounded with fine shade and fruit trees and the home is attractive in appearance and gives evidence of the careful supervision of Mr. Mundy. He is a member of the Baptist church at Lincoln, and his wife is a consistent member of the Presbyterian church. In politics he is independent, voting for principle rather than party. He has led a diligent life, characterized by honorable dealing, and he well merits the prosperity that he is now enjoying.