Aaron S. McKinzie
A Biographical Sketch
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|Aaron S. McKinzie,
farmer, was born January 22,1820 in Hamilton County, two miles from his
present home. He is the son of George and Betsy Ann (Vickers) McKinzie.
The father, born in 1771 in Canada, and a farmer by occupation, went to
Tennessee when a young man, married, and his wife died leaving one
child. He appointed a guardian for the child, gave it $1,000, all he
possessed, and came to White County, Ill., to clear and build a home.
All the settlers in a radius of eight miles were needed to raise a
house, and wild animals and Indiana infested the wilderness. In 1819, he
came to Hamilton County, Mayberry Township, and in 1834, sold and
established a dairy in Marion County, but his health caused him to soon
return and buy property in the same township, where he died in 1836. He
was a Pioneer, a man of good sense, a skillful deer hunter, and a good
business man. For thirteen years he was justice. His second wife was
born in 1783 in Tennessee, and died in 1843. Four of their ten children
are living. Our subject, the fourth, was educated in subscription
schools, and after the death of his father, had the care of his mother,
one brother and three sisters. November 12, 1841, he married Elizabeth
Brill, born in White County in 1825. Eleven of their fourteen children
are living: William M.; Clarissa, widow of Henry Beck; George S. Julia.
wife of George P. Phelps; Susan A., wife of W. Lasater; Samuel M.;
Clarinda, wife of H. Campbell; Daniel P.; Amanda E., wife of J. S.
Fairweather, Alexander and John H. In 1842 he bought forty acres in
Section 36, Mayberry Township, his present home, and increased his
possession until at one time he owned 1,300 acres, the largest land
holder in-the county, and one of the largest in the country. He divided
it among his children so that he owns 290 acres now. He is an old and
esteemed citizen, and a Democrat, first voting for Polk. He and his wife
are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, he being a member for
thirty two years.
From: The History of Gallatin, Saline,
Hamilton, Franklin and Williamson Counties, Illinois
Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1887; p. 725-26
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