Biography - GEORGE W. SIDERS

George W. Siders is one of the early and prominent settlers of Camargo township still living. He settled in the northeast part of Camargo township in 1852. He is a son of Jacob and Susan (Clark) Siders, who were natives respectively of Virginia and Maryland. After their marriage they emigrated from Virginia to Fairfield county, Ohio, thence to Pickaway county, Ohio, and from there to Douglas county, Illinois. In the year above mentioned Jacob Siders was a renter and never owned but twenty acres of land. He died in this county in the sixty-third year of his age, and was buried at Camargo. His wife, who was born in 1811 near Harper's Ferry, Virginia, is still living. Jacob Siders was a son of Solomon Siders, who was a soldier in the war of 1812 and the Horse-shoe war against the Indians. The father of Solomon Siders was also named Solomon; he was in the war of the Revolution and according to the traditions of the family lived to be one hundred and fifteen years old. James Clark, the maternal grandfather, was born in Dublin, Ireland, was a weaver by trade, and when he came to Ohio was one of the pioneer school teachers.

George W. Siders was born February 10, 1836, in Pickaway county, Ohio, and was sixteen years old when his father came to Douglas county. In 1869 he settled on his present farm, which contains one hundred and twenty acres. In 1862 he was united in marriage to Eliza Ann Hughes, who was born and reared in Logan county, Ohio. Her death occurred on Sunday, April 27, 1900. To this marriage were born five children, four of whom are now living: Mary, who is the wife of Charles Reynolds; Ella, wife of John Huls; Alice, wife of Thomas Huls; and Milo, who is at home; he married Miss Maud Grimes, of Indianola. Robert Eldon, who died in April, 1900, aged thirty-seven years and five days, was much attached to his family. Mr. Siders has been school director for three years, a member of the Grange and F. M. B. A. order. Among Mr. Siders' neighbors when he first came to the county were Jack Richman and his brother Jim, and George Ritter, now postmaster at Villa Grove, and among the early ministers were Arthur Bradshaw, Peter Wallace, who was the presiding elder of the district, and Rev. Saulsbury.

Extracted 03 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, pages 178-179.

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