Biography - Jasper Records

Jasper S. Records, who is one of the most prominent tenant farmers in the county and who was born two miles north of the village of Bourbon, January 31, 1856, is a son of John Records, who settled in that neighborhood in about the year 1850. The latter was a native of Kentucky, where he was born August 18, 1800, and died in July, 1863. His wife was Hanora O'Roark, who was born near Staunton, Virginia, and whose parents were both born in Ireland. J. S. Records' paternal great-grand father, with five brothers, came from Scotland and settled in Kentucky, and were contemporaries of Boone and Kenton. He was killed by the Indians. John Records was a carpenter in early life and later turned his attention to farming, at which he continued up until the time of his death. While working at his trade he built the first frame church in Indianapolis.

Mr. Records has for the past thirteen years successfully superintended the cultivation of the farm he now resides on (owned by William Iles), on which place he plowed the first furrow and laid the first tile. He has been twice married; first to Miss Elnora O’Brian, in 1879, the latter’s death occurring in November, 1895. Her home was at Parkville, Champaign county. They had two children, both of whom are living: Bessie and Lloyd. His second wife was Miss Rachael Froman, of Switzerland county, Indiana. They have one child, Louise Iles. Mr. Records is a member of the Odd Fellows, Home Forum, the Court of Honor and the Modern Woodmen, and is an independent Republican. He is well informed on the topics of the day, is public spirited and is a man of marked individuality.

Extracted 30 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, pages 168-169.

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