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WILLIAM BATEMAN is one of the many prominent farmers of Morgan County who have started in life with but little, and now can point with pride to their lands and estates. He was born Greene County, Ill., June 27, 1831, and was educated in the common schools. Samuel Bateman, the father of William, was born in Yorkshire, England, Aug. 25, 1804. When a young man he became imbued with the spirit that has sent many people across the Atlantic in search of better homes and better prospects, and in 1830, he took passage at Liverpool, on a sailing-vessel, and in due time landed at New York. From there he proceeded West, going down the Ohio River, finally reaching St. Louis. Thence he came to Carrollton, Greene Co., Ill., on foot, arriving there with just fifty cents as capital upon which to make a start in life. He worked upon a farm by the month for eight years, until his earnings aggregated enough for the purchase for forty acres of land, which he bought, and building a log cabin, he set to work improving his land and making a home. In a few years he sold this place, and purchased a farm containing 120 acres. This he sold also in 1839, and in April 1840, in pursuance of a desire to better his condition, he removed to Lynnville, Morgan County. He lived in the village for eight years, when his old desire to own a farm came back to him. He bought a farm in 1850, after which he sold it, and thereafter resided with his youngest son until his death, which occurred March 24, 1883. His wife, and our subject's mother, was Sarah Lee. She was a native of Yorkshire, England, and came with her husband to America in 1830, a brother accompanying her. In after years the balance of her family came from England to Morgan County. There were six children in the family, three of whom are living: Ann E., Thomas, and William. Ann E. married Samuel T. Sanderson, of Morgan County, who is now a farmer in Caldwell County, Mo. They have six children: William, Nellie, George, Lizzie, Ada and Ford. Thomas married Sarah E. Penrose. He is a farmer, and has six children: Clara B., John, Mary, Jessie, Allie and Charles.

William Bateman, whose name appears at the head of this article, was married twice. His first wife was Charlotte Leak, of Morgan County, who died in 1860, aged twenty-one years. They were married in 1858. Mrs. Bateman's parents were natives of Yorkshire, England. Two children were the result of this union, one of whom is living, Sarah E., while William died at an early age. Mr. Bateman's second wife was Sarah A. Massie, a native of Scott County, Ky., and who was born Feb. 5, 1832. Her ancestry was Welsh and English. She came from the old country with her people to Morgan County, in 1836, while but four years old. She is the mother of five children: Jesse T., Mary J., John L., Annie E., and Flora. Mary married Fred Burnett, of Morgan County, who is engaged in farming. The balance of the children are at home with their parents.

Our subject commenced life on a farm, working for monthly wages, and was also a laborer for three years. He then rented a farm, continuing in that business two years, and before his marriage, he was the owner of a farm of 100 acres of good land, to which has been added thirty acres. His farm is well stocked, well cultivated, and well managed. He is engaged in a general farm business, and makes a specialty of fattening cattle for the Chicago market. He has been eminently successful in all his undertakings, and is counted one of the solid men of his neighborhood. This record has come to him by reason of merit.

Mr. Bateman is a sound Republican in politics, and has filled several local offices with the fidelity which has characterized his private business, and his neighbors ascribe to him all the attributes that surround the name of a good citizen. The offices which he has held, are Road Supervisor, School Director, and Clerk of the Board, and he has served on the county juries several times. Mrs. Bateman is a member of the Christian Church.

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