Early Days of Greenbush



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It will be observed that the spelling of the name Kellough has been changed to Killough, the subject of this sketch having chosen to return to the original way. Charles Henry Killough was born in Cecil county, Maryland, March 16, 1834. He was a son of Richard and Sarah (Maxwell) Killough. His father and grandfather were born in Lancaster county, Penn. Their ancestors came from Scotland in 1648. Charles H. Killough came to Illinois with his parents in 1837, and settled near Brooklyn, in Schuyler county, where he grew to manhood. In April, 1855, he came to Greenbush township and settled on section 28. He cast his first vote in the fall of 1856, for John C. Fremont for president; was a voter in Greenbush township for forty years, and during all these years he continued to vote the republican ticket and never wavered from the principles of his party. He was married December 25, 1855, to Margaret Holcomb, of near Plymouth, Hancock county, Illinois. She was a daughter of Hosea and Susan (Gilman) Holcomb. To them were born the following-named children:

  • Martha, born April 25, 1857; married John M. Conley, December 6, 1877. She died April 12, 1889.
    Sarah, born August 15, 1859, married George E. Young, March 30, 1880.
    Lura, born March 8, 1863; married T. H. Eastman, January 22, 1889.
    Mary, born February 11, 1866; married Joseph L. Stice, January 26, 1899.
    Anna, born October 21, 1868; married Nathan M. Wetzel, January 10, 1889.
    Minnie, born April 7, 1873; married Harvey D. Ludden, March 8, 1898.

  • These girls all grew to womanhood in the old home where they were born, and some of them were married there. In religion Mr. Killough is a Presbyterian, having been a member of that church for more than fifty years; and for more than twenty-five years has been a ruling elder of his church. Soon after coming to Greenbush, he transferred his membership to the Prairie City church, where it has since remained. His wife is also a member of the same church.

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