JAMESON, JOHN RICHARDSON, a prosperous and skillful blacksmith in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., was born in Lynnville, Ill., October 21, 1865, the son of George and Mary Jane (Coultas) Jameson, of whom the father was born in Northumberlandshire, England, in 1836. He came to Morgan County when twenty years old, after working on a railroad in Canada, and was the father of nine children, namely: Grace, Jennie, William, John R., George, Frank, Ida, Kate, and Fred. The father died in 1892, the mother having passed away in 1879.
In boyhood Mr. Jameson received his mental training in the public schools and after finishing his schooling learned the blacksmith's trade, becoming a capable workman at the age of twenty-two years. In 1886 his father gave the blacksmith shop to him and his brother, William, and they conducted it jointly for about ten years. In 1874 the father moved to Jacksonville, where he established a shop which has since been operated by members of the family continuously, with the exception of a period of about six years. In 1899 Mr. Jameson opened his present shop. He does all kinds of expert horseshoeing and general blacksmithing, and the place is equipped with modern machinery operated by an electric motor. Mr. Jameson makes a specialty of fine horseshoeing, and his patrons are the best horsemen in the city and surrounding country.
On October 23, 1901, Mr. Jameson was united in marriage with Hattie R. Sibert, daughter of Isaac Wood and Martha (Sample) Sibert. This union has been without issue.
Politically, Mr. Jameson is a Republican. In 1886, he was elected Sheriff of
Morgan County by a majority of over 700, and filled the office most creditably
for one term, being the first incumbent of that office to be elected on the
Republican ticket in thirty-two years. In the matter of religion he does not
subscribe to any creed. H is a remarkably energetic and persevering man, and has
been very successful in business, being one of the most popular citizens of
Jacksonville and favorably known throughout Morgan County.