JAMES W. SIX, one of the enterprising farmers of his community, and one who, by industry and intelligence, occupies a high place as a successful agriculturist, is a native of Scott County, and was born near Winchester, Oct. 25, 1829.
His father, Abraham Six, was a native of Virginia, and in 1826, when but a young man, came to Illinois, and located in Winchester. Here he entered a quarter section of land, which he improved and resided upon until his death, which occurred June 6, 1849. John Six, the grandfather of James W., was born in Germany, but when quite young came to America and located in Virginia, later removing to Kentucky, where he was one of the early settlers. In 1830 he came to Scott County, and purchased a farm near Exeter, where he lived as long as he was actively engaged in business. He died near Perry, Pike County, Ill.
As indicated, the ancestors of James W. Six were farmers, and to this occupation James W. was attracted. He was educated at good schools, and remained at home until he attained his majority, when he commenced farming for himself on rented land. He finally bought the old homestead, and after passing a few years there, sold out and removed to Morgan County, where he purchased a farm of 200 acres, near Waverly. This he operated for two years, but not liking prairie land, he sold it and went back to Winchester, buying 200 acres of land four miles from town. He continued the farming business until August, 1862, when he enlisted in Company D, of the 129th Illinois Infantry. He was mustered into service at Pontiac, and immediately sent to the front and took part in all the battles in which his regiment was engaged. He saw service on the fields of Resaca, Peach Tree Creek, Snake Creek Gap, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, and was with Gen. Sherman in his march to the sea. His regiment operated before Atlanta, and was in the innumerable skirmishes that occurred previous to the capitulation of that town. At Nashville he was taken ill with rheumatism, a result of the exposures incident to a soldier's life, and was in the hospital for two months, but in a measure recovered, and then served until the close of the war. He participated in the Grand Review at Washington, after which he received his honorable discharge, and came back to Winchester to engage in farming.
But the result of the exposures that surrounded his army life was such that he was unable to perform a great deal of manual labor, and he was therefore compelled to do light work. In 1879 he bought his present place, improved it, and is now engaged in raising stock, grain and small fruit. He was married twice, the first time to Miss Mary Ray, on Dec. 27, 1850. She was a native of Scott County, this State. Mr. Six was married the second time to Miss Louisa Hale, on the 24th of December, 1858. She is the daughter of Allison Hale, and was born in Tennessee. Her father came to Illinois and located in Scott County as a farmer, where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1875. He was a Class Leader in the Methodist Episcopal Church and Superintendent of the Sunday School. The mother of Mrs. Six, whose maiden name was Abigail Ford, was born in Tennessee and died in 1844, leaving six children - William, John, James, Thomas, Louisa and George. James was a soldier in the late Rebellion, and served in the 129th Illinois from 1861 until hostilities ceased. George was also in the same regiment, and served from 1862 until the close of the war.
Mrs. Six was born in Oxville, Scott County, Aug. 29, 1842. Her mother died when she was two years old. She remained with her father for ten years, when she began to fight her own way in the world. She was the mother of nine children by her marriage with Mr. Six. Their names are: Allison, Mary, Laura, Haws, Thomas, Clara, Harvey, William and Stella. Allison is married, and is a merchant in Warrensburg, this State; Mary married Willard Little, a farmer of Bluffs; Laura married George T. York, also a farmer of Bluffs; Clara is attending High School at Macon, and the rest of the children are at home.
Mr. Six has a splendid war record, and is now drawing a pension of $50 a month, as a partial recompense for the services he rendered and for the sacrifices he made for his country. His disability - rheumatism - has steadily increased, and for the last eight or ten years has left him entirely helpless, being deprived of the use of his limbs. He is called in the neighborhood, "Uncle Jimmy," which is evidence of the respect borne him by the community. He belongs to the G.A.R. of Bluffs, and is a Republican.
A full page lithographed portrait of Mr. Six appears in this volume, and forms a valuable addition to the work.