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REXROAT, LEWIS, the owner of 512 broad acres in township 16, range 11, with his homestead on section 21, has lived on the farm, which he now occupies since the 20th of March, 1866. He was a poor man upon coming to this county, and has illustrated in a forcible manner the results of diligence and frugality. He has practically retired from active labor, but superintends the operations of his large farm, which is mostly devoted to stock raising, there being upon it now about 130 cattle, together with horses and swine.

Mr. Rexroat is a native of this county, having been born in Arcadia Precinct, on the 23d of May, 1845. His father Zachariah Rexroat, was a native of Adair County, Ky., and the son of parents, who were probably of German ancestry, if not born in the Fatherland. Zachariah was reared to farm pursuits and remained in the Blue Grass State until reaching manhood. Then coming to Illinois, he settled in this county in the latter part of 1829. He was married after coming here, in Arcadia Precinct, to Miss Sarah Bristow, who was born and reared in this county, and who was the daughter of an excellent family.

The parents of our subject after their marriage settled on a tract of land and their life thereafter was similar to that of the pioneers of Arcadia Precinct, who endured many hardships and difficulties, as the country was wild and new and there was neither stage route nor railroad. Not far from their homestead there grew up in time the flourishing town of Arcadia, and the father being prospered, became the owner of 1,800 acres of land valued at about $100,000.

The father of our subject began the struggle of life for himself as a day laborer in this county and was most essentially the architect of his own fortune. He was very active in mind and body, and labored for many years early and late to developing his farm and adding to his possessions. He lived to attain the good old age of eighty-two years and was gathered to his fathers Sept. 7, 1888. The mother is still living at the old homestead, and is now almost eighty years old. She is a smart, bright old lady and for many years has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Eight of the thirteen children born to herself and husband are still living - five sons and three daughters.

The subject of this notice remained a member of his father's household until a youth of eighteen years, and then the Civil War being in progress, enlisted in Company D, 10th Illinois Cavalry, under the command of Capt. G. W. Curry, and remained with his regiment until January, 1866. He was most of the time employed as a scout throughout Kansas and Texas, and when his services were no longer required, received his honorable discharge at San Antonio, the latter State. He was never wounded or taken prisoner and upon returning home resumed the farm pursuits to which he has been bred from boyhood.

The 29th of May, 1866, witnessed the marriage of our subject with Miss Catherine Goodpasture, who was born in township 16, range 11, Dec. 5, 1845. Her parents were Abram and Lizzie (Smith) Goodpasture and her mother died when she was but eleven years of age. The father was married a second time and lives on a farm in this township. Mrs. Rexroat has been a lifelong resident of this county, receiving her education in the common school and becoming familiar with all kinds of domestic employments. Both she and her husband are members in good standing of the Methodist Protestant Church, in which Mr. Rexroat is Trustee and Circuit Steward. Politically, he gives his adherence to the Prohibitionists, being strongly in favor of temperance and of every measure which will put down the traffic of ardent spirits. Of the nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Rexroat, Sarah E., died when one year old. The survivors who are all at home with their parents are named, respectively: Rosa E., William H., Laura A., Richard A., Mary E., Maggie, Zachariah and Robert L.

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