The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson
Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
Proudfit, farmer and stock raiser, born August 17, 1842, in Guernsey
County. , Ohio. the second of seven children of David and Mary J. (I
Walker ) Proudfit, the, former of Scotch origin, born in 1813 in Fayette
County, Penn., and the latter near Belfast, Ireland, in 1820. The mother
came with her parents to Muskingum County, Ohio, in 1830. The father came
with, his parents to Guernsey County six years before, and in 1839 they
married and remained in Guenwey County until the fall of 1864. They then
settled oil the farm near Piopolis, now owned by R. C. Atkinson, where the
father died March 23, 1880. The mother is still living with our
subject after his father's death he remained oil the farm, superintending
it and deal in stock until the fall of 1885 when he traded his farm and
moved to Bell City, where he has since engaged in farm managing and stock
dealing. He introduced for the first time in 1883 the Gold Dust stock of
horses, bringing two yearlings from Kentucky, and in 1885 two two-year
olds. Politically he is a Democrat and first voted for Seymour. He is a
member of the Methodist Protestant Church as is also the mother and
sister, Tudie, living with them. His father, David, was a son of Rev.
David Proudfit, who was a brother of Rev. Robert Proudfit, LL. D. Their
father, Andrew, was a brother of Rev. James Proudfit, who emigrated from
the highlands of Scotland in 1754, the third minister sent out as
missionary by the synod to the colonies of North America.