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JOHN E. POND, a representative of the agricultural interest of Greenview township for many years, was born in Menard county, August 4, 1851, and is therefore by birth as well as training and preference a western man, possessing the spirit of enterprise and progress which have been so characteristic of the middle west. His father was David B. Pond and his paternal grandfather was Rev. Billious Pond, whose birth occurred at Plymouth, Connecticut, June 26, 1781. He was married October 11, 1801, at Camden, Oneida county, New York, to Miss Rhoda Orton, and for his second wife he chose Mrs. Melissa Moore. In early life he determined to devote his energies and talents to the work of the ministry and was ordained in the Presbyterian church at Camden, New York. In 1837 he removed to Illinois, settling eight miles west of Springfield. His ministerial labors were mostly in connection with the Bible and Tract Societies and he did much good as a pioneer preacher in the promotion of the moral development of central Illinois. He lived to the advanced age of ninety-three years, five months and twelve days, passing away December 8, 1874.
David B. Pond, the father of John E. Pond, was born July 5, 1822, in Camden, New York, and accompanied his parents to Illinois when fifteen years of age. He acquired a common-school education, remained under the parental roof and assisted in the work of the home farm until his marriage, which was celebrated on the 25th of March, 1845, Miss Susan A. Moore becoming his wife. Throughout his entire business career he carried on general farming and stock-raising in Sangamon and Menard counties and he died in Los Angeles, California, December 31, 1892. He had taken an active and helpful interest in community affairs, his labors proving effective in promoting the general welfare. For many years he was a member of the school board and the cause of education found in him a warm friend. An active member of the Presbyterian church, he served as one of its elders for twenty years. His political allegiance was given to the Republican party. Unto him and his wife were born two children: Tryphenia and John E. The former, born August 7, 1849, was married November 25, 1874 to Cornelius Lyman, and is now living in Dayton, Washington. After losing his first wife, David B. Pond wedded Mary E. Watson, who is now living in California.
No special event of importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for John E. Pond in his youth. He worked in the fields when not engaged with the duties of the schoolroom and remained at home until twenty-three years of age, when he was married. He wedded Miss Alice Buchanan, a daughter of James C. and Louisa (Obourn) Buchanan. Her father was born at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1831, and was married at Warrensville, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, August 1, 1852, to Louisa Obourn, whose birth occurred in 1835, and who was a daughter of Thomas Obourn. Her mother bore the maiden name of Miss Reeder and, like her husband, was a native of Pennsylvania. At the time of the Civil war James C. Buchanan responded to the country's call for aid, enlisting in June, 1861, as a member of Company C, Eighth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry. The regiment was assigned to the Army of the Potomac and while in this service he died in October, 1863, at Washington, D. C. and his remains were interred in Arlington cemetery. His widow survived him for a number of years and passed away March 16, 1877. They had two children, Mrs. Pond, who was born September 27, 1855; and Mrs. Clara Pond, born October 23, 1857.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Pond has been blessed with three children: Nellie E., Mabel S. and Clara L. At the time of their marriage they came to Menard county and Mr. Pond began farming on the place where he now lives, the land having been given to him by his father. He has since successfully carried on general farming and stock-raising and he has a well improved property and raises high grades of stock, which annually find a ready sale upon the market. In all of his business undertakings he is reliable and he carries forward to successful completion whatever he begins. His business affairs claim much of his attention and yet he has found opportunity to aid in the promotion of public enterprises, withholding his support from no movement which he believes will contribute to the general good. He served as clerk of the school board for twenty-one years, which included seven consecutive terms and in his political views he is a stanch Republican. He and his wife and their children are members of the Presbyterian church and he has served as one of its deacons. The Pond household is noted for its warmhearted hospitality and the members of the family receive the respect and confidence of all with whom they have been associated.