VAN WINKLE, Alexander, retired farmer, Franklin, Ill., is one of the worthiest citizens of Morgan County. He is a veteran of the Civil War, in which he received a severe gunshot wound. He was educated at McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill. His intelligence, his upright life and Christian character unite in making him one of the worthiest citizens of the county. The ancestors of the VanWinkle families of Morgan County came to New Amsterdam in 1642. The great-grandfather of Ransom A. VanWinkle at one time owned 13,000 acres of land near New York City, which he sold for twenty-five cents an acre, and two years later became a soldier in the Revolutionary War. His maternal great grandfather was in the same war. Ransom A. VanWinkle's father was for a time Sheriff of Wayne County, Ky.; and was a Justice of the Peace in the same county for thirty years. He died in Iowa at the age of seventy-seven years. Micajah VanWinkle was an original Abolitionist, and he and his son Ransom supported Cassius M. Clay for Governor of Kentucky. Ransom is still living at Arrington, Kans., being eighty-six years old. He took an active and prominent part in public affairs in the early history of Kansas, and was one of the founders of the Kansas State Agricultural Society. He has also filled a number of important public offices. Of Ransom A. VanWinkle it has been said that no State Convention was complete without him. He was a member of the Territorial Legislature of 1860, and of the State Legislature of 1862. He helped write the Kansas constitution, and was a member of the first executive committee. The VanWinkles from the beginning have been among the leaders in all civil and moral reforms. The same honorable mention deserves to be made of those who have lived in Morgan County, and who still preserve the high character of the ancestral name of their old Dutch stock.