LARIMORE, SAMUEL HUGH , retired, Jacksonville, Ill., was born on a farm two miles northeast of that city, March 14, 1834, and is a son of Thomas Jefferson and Priscilla (Broadwell) Larimore. His father, who was born in Bourbon County, Ky., in 1799, was a son of Hugh Larimore, who emigrated to Kentucky from New Jersey or Maryland. He came to Illinois in 1830, and between that year and 1833 took up Government land which is included in the present farm of Samuel H. Larimore. He left the State temporarily in 1833, spending a short time in Kentucky, but after his return passed the remainder of his life in Morgan County. For several years he spent his winters in Jacksonville, for the purpose of giving his children the advantage of attendance at the colleges of that city. In the early years in Morgan County he conducted a general merchandise store at Jacksonville, and he and his brother-in-law, Rev. James B. Corrington, erected a home on the site of the "Pacific Hotel," East State Street. He was a devoted Methodist, was a Trustee of the woman's College for many years, and at one time was a member of the State militia. Originally a Whig, he became a Republican upon the founding of that party, and though deeply interested in its welfare, never cared for public office. His death occurred April 10, 1865.
To Mr. Larimore and his wife the following named children were born: Ann Elizabeth, who died in infancy; Mary Louise (deceased), married Asbury Milton Foster; Samuel H.; Priscilla; Thomas (deceased), who married Aquila King; John Wesley, deceased; William Henry Harrison and Wilson Hobart, both of Girard, Kans.; Lydia Jane, wife of Dr. James Polk Willard, of Denver, Colo.; Elizabeth Ann, deceased. Thomas J. Larimore was a public-spirited and influential citizen, and one whom others delighted to honor. He will be remembered by many of the older generation as a man of strong character and unquestioned integrity.
Samuel H. Larimore was educated in the early subscription schools and Berean College, a school established by the Christian denomination in Jacksonville. Soon after the completion of his college course, he was employed by his father for a time in the manufacture of linseed oil. On December 30, 1858, he was united in marriage with Lucinda Stout, a native of Morgan County and a daughter of Theodore and Hannah (Phillips) Stout. Her father came from Ohio to Illinois about 1832 and located on a farm about seven miles northeast of Jacksonville, where he spent the remainder of his life, dying in June, 1864. His wife died in September, 1852. The children of Theodore and Hannah Stout were: Emeline (deceased), was married to Jonathan Sharp; Martha (deceased), who married Aaron Hatfield; Sarah (deceased), wife of David Samples; Hattie (deceased), wife of John W. Martin; Margaret, wife of John P. Runkle; Mrs. Larimore; Louisa (deceased), who married William Self; and Theodore, of Jacksonville. By his second marriage with Emily (Dunlap) Foley he became the father of one son, William, now deceased.
After his marriage, Samuel H. Larimore engaged in agriculture on land given to him by his father. From time to time he made additions to his land by purchase until he now owns about 400 acres, all under cultivation. Since 1869 he and his wife have resided in Jacksonville; and during these years he has left the operation of his farm largely to others. Originally a member of the Brooklyn M.E. Church, he has of late years been identified with Centenary Church, in which he is Trustee. In politics he was formerly a stanch Republican, and though still believing in most of the principles of that party, he has voted the Prohibition ticket for a number of years. Mr. Larimore and his wife have had seven children, of whom one son, William Francis, died at the age of two years. Those surviving are: Alice, wife of Arthur S. Edwards, of Greenfield, Ill.; May Emma, wife of Dr. F. H. Metcalf, of Franklin; Charles Wesley, who resides near Atlanta, Ga.; Samuel Bert and Myrtle (twins) - the former residing with his brother, Charles Wesley, and the latter at home; and Phoebe Helen, wife of Lloyd William Snerly, of Jacksonville.
Mr. Larimore is a representative of the best type of native born citizens of Morgan County, within whose borders his entire life has been spent. He has co-operated cheerfully with his fellow citizens in all well considered efforts to advance the general welfare of the county, and has shown a charitable disposition in his dealing with those with whom he has come in contact. He and his wife, both of who are honored by a large circle of friends, are entitled to recognition among the best citizenship of Morgan County, and to representation in the annals of the State and county.