Alexander County

Biography - John Reams

JOHN J. REAMS, farmer, P. O. Clear Creek Landing, is a grandson of Edward Reams, who was born in Virginia and settled in North Carolina, where Jesse Reams, the father of our subject was born. The father remained there until a young man, and then went to Tennessee, settling in Stewart County, where he married Anna McGee, daughter of Thomas and Betsey (Whiteside) McGee. This lady was the mother of nine children, and of that number subject was the third and was born August 15, 1833. His parents came to Illinois when he was about ten years old, settling in Pope County, where they remained until their death. Subject received his education entirely in the subscription schools, and went to them but little. He remained at home until he was about twenty-one, and then bought a farm in that county. There he remained until 1870, when he came to this county and first rented a farm of Washington McRavens. He is now living on a farm belonging to Pilgrim McRavens, about five miles east of Clear Creek. He was married December 10, 1854, to Mary Jane Jaco, daughter of John and Polly Jaco, of Pope County. This lady was born in Tennessee in 1836, and was the mother of four children, two of whom are living — Polly Ann (wife of James Woodward, of Clear Creek), and Washington Reams. She died in July, 1861, and December 12, 1863, Mr. Reams married the second time, Matilda Caroline Castleman, daughter of William and Maria (Bush) Castleman. She is the mother of five children, three of whom are living — Mary Jane (wife of James Hill), Charity and William J. Subject is a member of the Baptist Church, which meets at Clear Creek. In politics, he is a Democrat.

Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 227.


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