PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF MORGAN AND SCOTT COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
Chicago: Chapman Bros., Publishers

1889


ROBERT J. WOODALL, of township 13, range 12, being a native of Scott County is consequently closely identified with everything concerning its welfare and prosperity. He owns and occupies a good farm on section 1, near the old homestead of his father and where he was born, Jan. 6, 1839. He is the son of Robert Woodall, one of the early pioneers of this region, a native of Yorkshire, England, and now a resident of Winchester.

Our subject received the advantages of a common school education, and at an early period in his life chose farming for his occupation. He grew up familiar with this occupation, and was trained to habits of industry and economy which are the surest basis of success. Just before the age of twenty-one he was married in February 1860, to Miss Sarah Jones, daughter of William Jones, also a pioneer of this county. Of this union there were born three children, the eldest of whom a son, William, was first married to Miss New, who died soon afterward, and he was then married to Miss Lizzie Burk, and is now living in Winchester. He is the father of one child, a daughter. Annie became the wife of Frank Dolen, of Winchester, and has two children - Addie and Vincent. Samuel married Miss Bridget Lollis, and lives near his father on the old Thomas Mason place; they have one child, daughter. Mrs. Sarah (Jones) Woodall departed this life at the homestead May 14, 1869.

Our subject Jan. 18, 1870, contracted a second matrimonial alliance with Miss Elizabeth, daughter of James Bell of this county. This union resulted in the birth of eight children, viz: Ella, Eliza, James, Lee, Charles, Olive, Jesse and an infant daughter, Lillian Bell. The farm of our subject embraces 400 acres of choice land which is largely devoted to stock-raising - graded short-horn cattle, Poland-China swine, and Norman, Clydesdale and English coach horses. In this industry Mr. Woodall has been more than ordinarily successful and devotes to his farm his best efforts, paying little attention to politics and carefully avoiding the responsibilities of office. He, however, keeps himself posted upon matters of general interest and votes the straight Republican ticket.


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