ROBERT CLARY PANTIER. - James Pantier, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in Boone's Fort at Boonesboro, Kentucky, February 7, 1779, and he continued to live at the fort until fifteen years of age. He was married in the state of Ohio to Miss Susanna Murphy. In 1815 he came to Illinois and in 1826 settled in what is now Menard county, three miles north of Petersburg. There he entered the land on which the subject of this sketch now lives. He was a very eccentric man, though a good Christian, and a ruling elder in the Concord Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was a "Faith Doctor," as people termed it, and many remarkable stories are told of his wonderful power. Hundreds of intelligent people fully believed that by simply laying his hands on the subject he could stop the flow of blood from a wound, cure a malignant cancer, kill the poison of a snake or a mad-dog bite, in short, heal any disease. He lived and died a respected and honored citizen, passing away on the 19th of January, 1859, when nearly eighty years of age.
David M. Pantier, the father of our subject, was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, October 17, 1808, and came to Illinois in 1815, settling in Menard county in 1826. In March, 1829, he was joined in marriage to Miss Eliza W. Armstrong, who was born April 25, 1812, and died in August, 1848. To them were born seven children, of whom Robert C. is next to the youngest and with the exception of him all are now deceased. David M. Pantier was again married in 1849, his second union being with Mrs. Maria Harms, a widow whose maiden name was Hutchies. To them were born four children, of whom two died in infancy and two are still living, Namely: Marion Pantier, of Petersburg, Illinois; and Minerva Colson, of Nebraska. David M. Pantier died October 13, 1889, lacing four days of being eighty-one years old.
Robert Clary Pantier was born March 7, 1841, in Menard County, and his early life was that of the average country boy, working on the farm in summer and attending school three or four months in winter. On the 13th of April, 1863, he, in company with others, started across the country to California, and having horse teams they reached there in the early fall. While in California he was employed as a general hand on a stock ranch and remained in that state until 1865, arriving home on the 1st of December of that year.
On the 20th of December, 1866, Mr. Pantier was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Jane Traylor, who was born in Menard county, March 25, 1842, and is a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Robinson) Traylor. Of this union were born three sons and one daughter, namely: David Harri, born December 6, 1867; William A., born July 23, 1869; Marion Edward, born May 12, 1872; and Ollie L., born December 28, 1874. The second son, William A., is married and lives on a farm near his father. The daughter, Ollie L., was married in December, 1890, to Eben Kirby and lives on a farm in an adjoining neighborhood.
Mr. Pantier is an intelligent successful farmer and stock raiser. He is a ruling elder in the Concord congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, as he has been for a number of years. If he is like his father he will be a blessing to any community where he may dwell. While David M. Pantier was not a member of any church no man in this section of the country bore more of the practical fruits of Christianity than he. He and his wife, "Aunt Maria," as every one called her, were on a constant mission of mercy as long as they lived. The poor, the needy, the sick, the orphan and widow were their especial wards, and unostentatiously and quietly they did their work. In the great day of account a great host will rise up to testify to their humble and quiet deeds of love.