RAWLINGS, GREENBURY B., farmer and stock-man residing on Section 21, Township 15, Range 9, Morgan County, Ill., was born in Cass County, this State, January 28, 1843, the son of G. B. Rawlings, Sr., and Elizabeth (Dobler) Rawlings, the former a native of Maryland, and the latter of Lancaster, Pa. On the paternal side Mr. Rawlings is of Scotch-Irish descent, and on the maternal, Pennsylvania Dutch. The father of Mr. Rawlings settled in Cass County in the early '30s and was there engaged in farming and cattle breeding. Here the son was trained to farm life, obtaining his education in the country schools. At the age of twenty-four he bought the old homestead and conducted farming on his own account. The farm, which consisted of 200 acres, located seven miles southwest of the town of Virginia, he conducted for about fifteen years and then sold it. He continued farming, however, in Cass County until 1898, when he removed to the place where he now lives.
Mr. Rawlings was married January 27, 1875, to Margaret Pfeil, daughter of John C. and Amanda C. (Haymaker) Pfeil, and of this union were born four children, viz.: John Addison; Elsie Elizabeth, wife of Howard E. Thornley, a farmer of Cass County; and Mary Margaret and Amanda Cassandra, both living at home.
Mr. Rawlings is now engaged in farming on 160 acres of land, which is well cultivated and produces abundant crops. Mr. And Mrs. Rawlings have given their children a fair education, and the family are members of the Presbyterian Church at Pisgah, and have the respect and confidence of the entire community. John Addison Rawlings, the only son, was a student in the Illinois College at Jacksonville, and for three years thereafter pursued a course in the Indiana Law School, at Indianapolis, Ind., from which he graduated May 28, 1902. He spent a year in that city in the practice of his profession, but desiring to live near his family, removed to Morgan County, and in January, 1905, was appointed Deputy Circuit Clerk, which position he still holds. He was married August 2, 1905, to Emma Scott Hoyt, one of Jacksonville's accomplished young ladies. The Rawlings family are stanch Republicans.