WILLIAM BARBRE, farmer, Curran township, was born November 10, 1822; second son of Eli Barbre, who was born July 25, 1798, in Kentucky. He was married about 1819, in Posey county, Indian, to Nancy Wilkinson, a native of Kentucky, also. Mrs. Barbre died there in 1828. Mr. Barbre moved to Edgar county, Illinois, and was married there January 17, 1829, to Anna Wilson. They moved to Sangamon county, Illinois, arriving in the fall of 1835, in what is now Island Grove township, where they continued to reside on a farm until his death, which occurred at Waverly, Illinois, in the fall of 1846. His mother afterwards married William Withrow, and died in the fall of 1871. the subject of this sketch was brought up on a farm and was deprived of the school privileges on account of having to help support the remainder of the family.
He came to this county with his parents, and was first married January 15, 1845, to Rebecca Smith, born October 21, 1828. She was the daughter of John and Jane (Drennan) Smith, who now reside in Curran township. They had two children - Nancy and Jane - the latter now Mrs. James McKee. He lost his wife October 18, 1847, and was again married February 6, 1849, to Lucy M. Smith, sister to his first wife, who was born April 17, 1823. They had a family of nine children, six of whom are now living - Mary A., Johnnie E., James W., Richard S., Samuel M., and March C. - three dead. Came to the township soon after marriage and has continued to reside in the same ever since. He enlisted in the late war, September, 1861, in Company B, Tenth Illinois Cavalry, for three years. He was wagon-master and veterinary surgeon, and underwent many trials; was in several skirmishes in Missouri, and received a sunstroke at the battle of Pilot Knob, Missouri, in 1862, and was disabled on account of same. He was honorably discharged, in June, 1863. he is now the owner of four hundred and forty acres of land in Curran township; is well improved, and worth $60 per acre. In politics, is a Democrat.