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JACKSON SEYMOUR was born Dec. 9, 1822, and is a native of Person County, N. C., where he lived until March 1, 1829. On that date his parents, uncle and aunt, and seven children, all started for Morgan County, arriving in Franklin, Ill., May 10, 1829, after a journey of nine weeks' duration.

John Seymour, the father of Jackson Seymour, was married to Sarah O'Brien, the date of which event is unrecorded. He traces his ancestry to England and the North of Ireland. He was the father of nine children, a record of whom is herewith given: Agnes married John H. Austin of North Carolina, who is a Methodist minister, and is now living in Montgomery County, Ill.; they have had four children, one daughter who is at home, while Martha married Mr. Fishback, of Waverly, this State. Carlin and Charles are in Piatt County, Ill. Robert was married twice, his first wife being Sarah A. Burch, a native of Kentucky, and by this union there are four children living - James P., Serilda Emma, Alice, and Wilmouth J. Robert's second wife's maiden name was Mary E. Wright, of Waverly, Ill.; they are now living in Morgan County. Jared married Hannah Sturgis, of Illinois, and of this marriage there are two children, henry and Wilbourn. She died not many years after her marriage. Jared's second wife's maiden name was Emeline McCurley, a native of this county. Seven children were born of this marriage - Charles, Lizzie, Julia Minnie, Thomas, Leslie, Harry, and an infant. He is now residing in Edgar, Neb., where he is engaged in farming. Edward married Annie Spires of Morgan County; they have six children - Sylvester, Nettie, Jane, Oliver, Sarah, and May; Mary married John Hutchinson, who is a miller at Waverly, Ill.; they have the following children - Jane, Maggie, and Julia, Clara, Leona, John, Kate; George W. married Hannah Seymour, of Morgan County. He is a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church; eight children were born to them - William, Lillie, Alvy, George, Lemuel, Dolly, Walter, and Robert; Henry married Amanda Burch, a native of Illinois; they are now in Kansas, engaged in farming, and have one child, Minnie. Millie married a Mr. Woodmansee, of Waverly, Ill. Now deceased.

Jackson Seymour, of whom we write, was married to Elizabeth Dalton; her people came from Lexington, Ky., before Illinois became a state. Her father was a brick maker, and it is recorded that the Indians made his brick yard a place of rendezvous and shelter. He helped to erect the first brick building in St. Louis, Mo., by working thereon at his trade, that of brick mason. There have been six children born to Mr. Seymour, the subject of this sketch, whose names are: Isom, Mary E., John W., Millie A., Edward F., and Julia K. Isom married Mary Duncan, of Franklin, Ill., and is now farming in Morgan County; they have seven children. Mary A. is unmarried, and is living at the old homestead, while John W. is also at home; Millie married James H. Roberts, a farmer of Morgan County, and they have one child, Grace; Edward T. married Mary Woods; they are farming in Morgan County, and have one child, Lora. Julia K. married William E. Wright, who is engaged in farming in the same county; Thurman is their only child.

Mr. Seymour is a typical self-made man, and is one who is ever alive to the interests of the community in which he lives, and his reputation is an enviable one among his neighbors. He commenced his career after arriving at manhood, by laboring on a farm for monthly wages. After his marriage he purchased a farm containing fifty-four acres, and by sheer force of industry, backed by a good business head, he has added to his small beginning until he is now the owner of what would be called in European countries, a vast domain. His 601 acres of land are well improved, and upon which are erected buildings that are in keeping with this grand farm. He is employed in raising cattle, horses, hogs, and grain.

Mr. Seymour, in company with the rest of his family, is a member fo the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he has held the office of Trustee in that organization. Politically, he is a Democrat, and has never sought office. He has been frequently called upon to act as a Grand and Petit juror. Morgan County has no better citizen than Jackson Seymour.

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