REXROAT, JAMES MORRISON, a prosperous farmer who conducts operations on an extensive scale in the vicinity of Concord, Morgan County, Ill., was born on a farm north of Jacksonville, March 26, 1840, the son of Zacchariah and Sarah (Bristow) Rexroat, the former being a native of Kentucky. Zachariah Rexroat was born in 1807, and died at the age of eighty-one years. In 1830 he located in Morgan County, with seventy-five cents as his working capital, and settled about three miles north of Arcadia. Later he entered two tracts of heavily timbered Government land, aggregating 117 acres, and during his life became owner of about 1,900 acres in Morgan, Cass and McDonough Counties. He here built a one room log cabin, covered with clapboards, and weighted down by logs, and later assisted in the erection of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Arcadia.
Mr. Rexroat was married to Sarah Bristow, and their union resulted in the following named children: Sarah Ann, wife of Hezekiah Kenney, of Arcadia; John G., of Jacksonville; James M. of Concord, Ill.; Lewis L., who lives just east of the last named place; Mary Ellen (Mrs. Johnson), of Jacksonville; Henry H., who resides a mile west of Arcadia; Margaret E. (deceased), wife of Oliver Thompson; William Bailey, of Jacksonville; Alice M., wife of Lawson Rexroat, of McDonough County, Ill.; and James M.
In boyhood Mr. Rexroat attended the subscription schools in the vicinity of his home, and then became a student in what was then known as Brush College, at North Prairie, Ill. Until he reached the age of twenty-five years, he remained with his father, and then settled on a farm given him by the latter, three miles northwest of Concord. There he carried on farming successfully for twenty-seven years. At first he had 120 acres; his landed possessions now comprise 880 acres, composed mostly of timber land. He is engaged in general farming, and raises many hogs and cattle. He is also a stockholder in the Chapin Bank.
On July 3, 1867, Mr. Rexroat was married to Sarah Elizabeth Morrison, a daughter of John and Sarah (Coultas) Morrison, who was born on her father's farm, three miles northwest of Concord. Four children resulted from this union, namely: Charles E., who is engaged in business in Concord; Cora M. (Mrs. Yeck); Alice G., widow of Dr. A. H. Johnson, of Holden, Mo.; and John O., who lives at home.
In politics, Mr. Rexroat is a strong Republican, but is disinclined to hold office. He has, however, served as School Director for nine years. For many years he has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having served as Trustee, and also as Steward. He has been closely identified with that religious denomination - for six years at Arcadia, for twenty-seven years at Hopewell and for thirteen years at Concord. Mr. Rexroat is a man of very high character and reputation - one of the foremost among the representative farmers of Morgan County.