HORATIO R. GREEN. The subject of this notice first opened his eyes to the light within the limits of this county April 2, 1834, during the period of its early settlement. His early education was conducted in the primitive schools, but later he attended school at Jacksonville, and at the Berean College; and these advantages, in addition to his natural inclination of observing what was going on around him in the world, have contributed to make him an intelligent and well-informed man. He is the offspring of a good family, and occupies no secondary position among the leading men of this part of the State.
Stephen Green, the father of our subject, was born in Ohio, where he lived until a lad of fourteen years. He then came with his parents, John and Susan Green, to Illinois, of which he remained a resident until his decease, Jan. 4, 1889, at the age of eighty years, he having been born in 1808. The mother, whose maiden name was Cynthia Riggs, passed away a number of years prior to the decease of her husband, April 8, 1878. The paternal grandfather of our subject was of Scotch origin, and married a lady of German descent.
To the parents of our subject there were born eight children, all of whom are living. The eldest daughter, Louisa, married John Potts, of Greene County, this State, who is now a retired farmer living in Jacksonville, and doing an extensive business as a dealer in live-stock, mostly thorough-bred Short-horn cattle. Franklin left Illinois about 1850 and went to Oregon, but he is now living in Washington; he married a Missouri lady, and operates a ranch, keeping large numbers of cattle and horses and cattle. Horatio, our subject, was the third child; Austin married Miss Mary Rector, of this county and carries on farming; Elvira married Oliver Culley, of Indiana, who is now a farmer and stock-raiser of this county. Marshall was first married to Miss Anna Dolby, who died leaving three children - Frank, Nathan, and Alice; he was then married to Miss Lizzie Wagoner, of this county, where they reside on a farm. Oliver married Miss Mattie Cheeney, and is connected with the stock-yards of Kansas City, Mo.; they have one child, Mamie. Cynthia is unmarried, and lives in Jacksonville.
The subject of this biography was married in 1863, to Miss Mary O'Neal, who was born April 13, 1838, in this county, and who died Dec. 24, 1884. The seven children born of this union are all living. They were names respectively: Edward O., Laura J., Thomas S., Amy R., Effie M., Scott B., and Mary E. Thomas is a student of the university at Champaign, and Amy R. is attending the Female Seminary at Jacksonville; the other children are at home with their father. The O'Neal family were of Irish descent, and came to Illinois from Kentucky.
At the time the father of our subject came to this county it was very thinly settled, he being among its earliest pioneers. HE took up eighty acres of Government land, and was greatly prospered in his labors as a tiller of the soil. At the time of his decease he was the owner of 535 acres, all improved and in a good state of cultivation. Besides this he owned a $12,000 home in Jacksonville. He was a man benevolent, kind, and hospitable, with an open hand to aid the poor and unfortunate, and was one of the pillars of the Christian Church. Originally a Whig, politically, he later joined the Republican party, and was recognized by his fellow-citizens as one of the most useful members of his community.
Mr. Green, our subject, owns, besides his homestead of 200 acres, 335 acres of which he farms a part, and rents a part for pasture. He has good buildings at the home place, and all the conveniences of modern country life. He keeps a goodly assortment of live-stock - horses, cattle, and swine - and avails himself of modern methods, and the latest improved machinery in carrying on his far. Politically, like his honored father, he votes the straight Republican ticket, but is not a member of any church. Mrs. Green belonged to the Presbyterian Church, at Jacksonville. Mr. Green, aside from serving as School Director in his district, has had very little to do with public affairs, but is a member of the Anti-Horse Thief Association at Jacksonville.
The mother of Mrs. Green died when she was an infant, but the father lived until a few years ago. The parental household included eight children, of whom only three are living: Melvina married James Clark, an architect of this county, and they are living in San Francisco, Cal.; Ruth is the wife of Dwight Graves, a farmer and stockman of this county; They have three children - Thomas, William, and Charles. Bryant married Miss Mary Arrt, of this county, and they live on a farm in Iowa.