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JOEL FINFROCK, farmer, P. O. Altamont, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, Jan. 20, 1816, to Andrew and Susannah (Haines) Frinfrock.  His father was born in Lancaster County, Penn.  He was a farmer and in his younger days worked at coppering.  He died in Ohio in 1864.  Was drafted in Revolutionary war, but was not called on to serve.  The mother of our subject was born in Maryland, and died in Effingham County, Ill., in about 1871.  They were the parents of five children - three boys and two girls - of whom Joel is the second child.  Catherine, the oldest living child, is now living with her brother William, and youngest living child of his parents.  Joel spent his boyhood days at home, receiving such an education as could be obtained from ten log school-houses of his day, and assisting in tilling the soil of his father's farm.  He remained at home until he was twenty-two years of age and embarked on his career in life and a tiller of the soil in his native county, and continued the same to Effingham County, Ill., and settled on his present farm.  He then bought sixty acres, and has added to it until now he is the owner of ninety acres of well-improved land.  He commenced life a poor man, and, by his studied economy and business habits, he has succeeded in gaining a good property.  Now, in the later years of his life, he is surrounded with those comforts and enjoying those pleasures that are ever the result of honesty, industry and economy.  In Muskingum county, born in 1819, Nov. 17, to Joseph and Sarah (Birkhimer) Huffman.  He was a native of Pennsylvania, and she of Maryland.  Mr. and Mrs. Finfrock have had nine children, all of whom are living - Susannah, wife of John Birkhimer, a farmer of Jasper County, Ill., Ellen, wife of James Defenbaugh a farmer of Effingham County, Catharine, wife of Robert Ingram, a farmer of this county; John, married and living near the home farm; Agnes, wife of Frank Birkhimer, a farmer of this county; Julia wife of Charles Collins farmer of Jasper County, Ill.; George, at home; Charles, at home; Jane, wife of David Armstrong, a farmer of this county.  Politically, Democrat.  When they were married, they first settled in Bridgeville, Ohio, where he worked out by the month and day on a farm, and from his earnings was soon able to buy one acre of land.  When he came to this county, he was compelled to work out by the month, and his farm was unimproved.  He took his earnings to build a log cabin, and he got timber to farm it, and continued to save until he was able to add the other thirty.  Besides, he has helped his son to a forty-acre farm.

Source:  History of Effington Co., Illinois, publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883. - Mound Twp. - Page 93

WILLIAM H. FINFROCK, farmer, P. O. Altamont, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, Sept. 10, 1823, to Andrew and Susannah (Haines) Finfrock. His father was born in Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Nov. 30, 1782.  He was a cooper by trade and worked at the same in Pennsylvania.  In about 1813, he emigrated to Ohio and located in Muskingum County, where he principally engaged in farming until the time of his death, which occurred Feb. 24, 1864.  He was a son of Tewalt Finfrock, a native of Pennsylvania, of French descent.  The mother of our subject was of English descent, born in Maryland May 17, 1788, and died in Effingham County, with our subject, April 2, 1869.  She was the mother of five children, of whom three are now living, William being the youngest child.  He was raised on a farm in his native county and educated from the subscription schools common in his day.  He remained with his parents to the time of their death.  He engaged in farming in Muskingum County, and continued the same until 1864, when he came to Illinois and located on his present farm in Mound Township, one and a half miles from Altamont, on the National road.  In Muskingum County, Ohio, Aug. 22, 1850, he married Miss Rebecca Jane Morrison, a native of Muskingum County, Ohio, born Dec. 21, 1830.  She is a daughter of John and Nancy (Dixon) Morrison.  They were natives of Ohio.  Mr. and Mrs. Finfrock have three children, viz.: Margaret, wife of Manuel Kepler, a farmer on Mr. Finforck's farm; Mary, wife of Ephraim Thrasher, a farmer of Jackson Township; Sarah J., at home.  Self and wife are members of the Methodist Church.  Politically, a Democrat.  He commenced life very poor, and worked hard to pay for his farm.  He is now the owner of forty acres of prairie and ten acres of timber, and has been generally successful.  He brought a valuable team with him from Ohio, that he had been offered $500 and refused the same.  He found one dead in the stable, and the other was struck by lightning.
Source:  History of Effington Co., Illinois, publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building - 1883. - Mound Twp. - Page 94


* Letter of Gen. Putnam to Dr. Cutler.

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