JOHN W. CORINGTON, a native of Bourbon County, Kentucky, may be usually found at his rural homestead on section 12, township 15, range 9, where he has operated successfully as a tiller of the soil and gathered around himself and his family all the comforts of life. He was born Nov. 11, 1821, and when a lad of ten years came to Morgan County with his parents, of which he has since remained a resident.
Joel Corington, the father of our subject, was likewise a native of Bourbon County, Ky., and born about 1795. He learned saddlery and harness-making, at which he worked in the Blue Grass State until coming to Illinois, then turned his attention to farming. He departed this life July 31, 1879. Mrs. Ella (Nichols) Corington, the wife and mother, was born in Ohio in 1805 and was of English descent. The parental household included eight children, only three of whom are living - James C., Emily E. and John W., our subject. The deceased are Rosaline, Amanda, Wesley W. and two who died in infancy. James C. married Miss Mary Fitch of Ohio, and lives on a farm in Buchanan County, Mo.; they have six children. Emily was first married to Daniel McCoy of Bourbon County, Ky., and who died leaving his widow with one child - Fanny; she was then married to Joseph Cunningham, a retired farmer of Jacksonville.
The subject of this sketch, upon reaching man's estate, was married to Miss Ann Cassell, of his native county. Her parents, Robert and Mary Cassell, came to this county when their daughter was a child of three years. Of this union there were born ten children, eight of whom are living. William married Alice Tincher and is farming in this county; Mary E. is the wife of Thomas J. Cochran, a merchant of this county; John B. married Mamie Reeves, who became the mother of two children and died, and he was then married to Eugenia Thompson; he is farming in Morgan County. Charles married Miss Sadie Hurst and is a resident of Morgan County. Jennie is the wife of William Woods, a farmer and stock-dealer. Emily E., Clifton and Kate complete the list of survivors.
Our subject, Oct. 13, 1887, was married to Miss Grace Curts. His father, when coming to Morgan County, purchased 275 acres of partially improved land. John W., in addition to owning a homestead, has a farm of 600 acres and makes a specialty of breeding fine horses, while he also handles cattle and swine. He is a member in good standing of the Christian Church, and has held the office of Trustee for a period of twenty-five years. He is a sound Democrat, politically, and labors earnestly in support of his party.