Alexander County

Biography - Nicholas Hunsaker

NICHOLAS HUNSAKER, farmer, P. O. Commercial Point. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch was born in Union County, Ill., two miles southwest of Jonesboro, on August 15, 1826. He was a son of Abner and Rachel (Montgomery) Hunsaker. The father was one of the oldest settlers of Union County, was born on Green River, Ky., 1801, and died at his farm in Jonesboro Precinct in Union County, July 11, 1849. The mother was born near the same place as her husband, in the year 1802, and died two days after her husband. The death of both parents was from cholera, which was then epidemic in that section of the country. Our subject had seven brothers and three sisters, and consequently as he was compelled to assist at home his education was obtained in the subscription schools of his county. Soon after his marriage our subject came to Alexander County, and has since become one of the foremost citizens of that county. He has served his county in numerous capacities, was elected Sheriff in 1858, and served two years, and in 1863, was elected to the office of County Treasurer, and served in that capacity two terms and a half. Mr. Hunsaker was married in Union County, on March 22, 1849, to Adelia Worthington, who was born in the southwest part of Union County, December 12, 1824, and was a daughter of Benjamin and Nancy Worthington. This lady is the mother of eight children, viz.: Henry Harrison, Laura Catharine, John Hodges, Julia Alice, William Charles, Rosanna May, Florence and Dora. In politics, Mr. Hunsaker is a Democrat.

Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 250.


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