HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ILLINOIS
& HISTORY OF MORGAN COUNTY
Munsell Publishing Company, Publishers, 1906.




DEWEY, CORTES M. , (deceased), pioneer farmer and stockman of Morgan County, Ill., was born at Milton, Vt., in 1818, the son of Rising and Electa Dewey. Rising Dewey and family moved to Illinois in the early '20s and engaged in farming near Jacksonville, continuing in this occupation until his death. He had served as a Colonel during the War of 1812, and was a man of courage and determination, typical of the pioneer of that day. Cortes M. Dewey was reared upon his father's farm and early initiated into the business of feeding and tending stock and general farming, in which he later became very successful, becoming the proprietor of one of the most thoroughly improved farms in the county, stocked with a good grade of cattle. The substantial residence, barns and other buildings attested the taste and good management of the owner. His education was obtained in the district schools, and in 1858 he was married in Madrid, N. Y., to Catherine R. Haskell, a teacher in the public schools at Joy Prairie, Morgan County, and of this union three children were born. Ada and Eva died, respectively four and twelve years of age, while Grace is the only surviving member of the family. Mr. Dewey was for many years a School Director in his district and a Director in the First National Bank of Jacksonville, to which city he and his family had removed in 1878. Fraternally, he was a member of the Masonic order. He died in 1894, his wife surviving him until 1901, when she too passed away.


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