JAMES D. HENRY, who si residing on section 17, township 13, range 9, was born in Morgan County, Nov. 6, 1840, and here has spent the greater part of his life. He acquired a common school education and at an early age became familiar with farm pursuits. He is the son of Greenup C. Henry, who was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, July 30, 1808 and who is the son of a native Tennessean, who removed to the Blue Grass State at an early day.
Mrs. Eleanor (Prather) Henry, the mother of our subject, was born in Kentucky in 1812. After their marriage the parents emigrated to Indiana and in a short time came to Morgan County and located on a tract of wild land from which they built up a farm. There were born to them ten children, five of whom are living, namely: William, John, Mary Ann, Rachel and James D. The father is still living at the old farm and surrounded by all the comforts of life. James D., our subject, after reaching man's estate was married to Miss Margaret McCurley, whose parents came from Alabama. Of this union there were born eight children, namely: George E., William, Peyton, Gussie, Carrie, Gertrude, Eva and Ernest. They are all living at home with their parents.
On the 13th of August, 1862, our subject enlisted in the Union Army, Company F, 101st Illinois Infantry, under command of Col. Fox and Capt. George Fanning. He participated in many of the important battles of the war, acquitting himself as a brave and faithful soldier and at the close in 1865, without having received any serious injury, was honorably discharged. He at once returned home and resumed the farm pursuits to which he had been bred from boyhood. He is now the owner of 373 acres of land, thoroughly cultivated and improved with good buildings. Mrs. Henry is the owner of forty acres under a good cultivation. The land is devoted largely to live stock, cattle, horses and swine, to which is fed a large proportion of the grain produced upon the farm. Mr. and Mrs. Henry and two of their children are members in good standing of the Baptist church. Politically Mr. Henry is a Prohibitionist.