GEORGE G. WARING, an honored and highly esteemed citizen of Menard county residing near Atterberry, was born in Dutchess county, New York, on the 15th of July, 1815, a son of Charles and Abigail Hones Waring. When only two years old he removed with his parents to Rochester, that state. Being left an orphan when quite young he was reared by his grandparents and in early life learned the cooper's trade, following that pursuit in Rochester and after his removal to Chillicothe, Ross county, Ohio, in 1834. He started in life without any means whatever and never had any financial aid or assistance. In speaking of his early career he says that he can now look back and wonder how he ever got through to his present age with no one to look after him or to be interested in his welfare since he was twelve years old.
In 1851 Mr. Waring came to Illinois, making the journey by wagon from his old home in Ohio. He settled in Menard county on the farm where he now resides. This property was only partially improved when it came into his possession, but he at once turned his attention to its further development and cultivation and converted it into a good farm. As the years passed he kept adding to his property from time to time until he now owns about four hundred acres of valuable farming land.
In 1837, Mr. Waring married Miss Elizabeth Clark, who was born in Ohio, February 15, 1816, and died January 31, 1880. They became the parents of the following children: John H., a resident of Leavenworth, Kansas; William C., of Springfield, Illinois; Lambert D., of Chester, Nebraska; Mary A., now Mrs. George Codington, of Tallula, Illinois; Sarah E., deceased wife of George Struble, of Memphis, Missouri; Delilah, widow of John Codington, of Auburn, Nebraska; Caroline E., wife of George Harding, of Menard county; George A., who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume; and Charles W., of San Francisco, California.
Although now eighty-nine years of age Mr. Waring is still hale and hearty. He has a good education, is a man of unusually good habit and disposition and possesses a good memory. He well remembers witnessing Sam Patch's last leap into the Niagara Falls in November, 1829. By his ballot he supports the men and measures of the Democratic party, but has never cared for political honors. He is widely and favorably known throughout the county and is held in the highest regard.