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Chicago: Chapman Bros., Publishers


THOMAS NAYLOR fully exemplifies what can be achieved by a constant and intelligent adherence to any business. His early training was of that kind that leaves an indelible imprint of the industry, intelligence and integrity of the parents. While he was denied the privilege of an education that would serve him to gain a livelihood, he was not discouraged, but pushed steadily forward, and by his own efforts has made a place for himself on the list of those who have gained a success unaided by rank in society, or political preference. Of such men as he, is a great State constructed, and a nation made strong. All honor is due to the pioneers of this grand country for training their children in a manner so that when they take their place on the stage of action their parts may be well played.

Thomas Naylor is a representative farmer and stock raiser of section 9, township 16, range 12, and is a native of Rutlandshire, England. He was born on the 15th of September, 1849, and is a son of P. H. Naylor, of whom an extended sketch appears in another part of this volume. He came to America with his parents in the year 1851, and here he has been virtually reared to manhood, and he may be called one of the sons of Morgan County. He chose the life of a farmer, and in this choice exhibited great sense, for there is no better tiller of the soil in this neighborhood than Thomas Naylor. He was married March 28, 1873, to Martha J. Wilday, who was born in this county, and is a daughter of Alexander and Talithia (Drinkwater) Wilday.

Mr. and Mrs. Naylor are the parents of two children: Anne B. and Beulah. Mr. Naylor owns a half interest in a good farm in Cass County, Ill., beside his Morgan County property. He is at present serving as School Director, an office which he fills to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. Religiously, he is identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is serving as Trustee. A sketch of Alexander Wilday, father of Mrs. Naylor, appears in another part of this Album. In politics Mr. Naylor is a stanch supporter of the principles of the Democratic party.

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