Alexander County

Biography - Salmon Hazlewood

SALMON HAZLEWOOD, farmer, P. O. Elco. Cliff Hazlewood, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of England. He came to America and first settled in Virginia, about 1758. Here he lived to manhood, and married Nancy Axley, and to them was born in 1801 Joshua Hazlewood. The grandfather then removed to Kentucky, where he lived a number of years, and about 1812 he came to what is now Union County, Ill., then a vast wilderness, and located where Springville now stands. The father of our subject, Joshua, married Harriet Standard, a daughter of William and Sarah (Carter) Standard, shortly after his marriage he moved to Alexander County, locating near what is now the site of Elco. The parents were blessed with four children, of whom the subject of these lines was the third, and was born April 8, 1833. He received his education mostly in the old subscription schools, attending one that stood near the present location of his own house. He remained with his father until the latter died, at the age of fifty-three years, when our subject being about twenty years of age, took charge of the home place. He followed stock-dealing for about five years, when, with his hard-earned savings, he purchased a farm of forty acres lying in Section 24. He has made subsequent additions, having now 100 acres in cultivation, besides five acres of orchard. August 20, 1862, he enlisted in the Sixtieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Col. Toler, Company E, Capt. G. W. Evans. He took part in many hot engagements, and was mustered out of service June 5, 1865. In 1870, a post office was established in what was then called the Hazlewood settlement, and was named Hazlewood Post Office, in honor of our subject's grandfather. Salmon Hazlewood was appointed the first Postmaster. He was united in marriage July 24, 1856, to Louisa Ann McRaven, born September 16, 1837, a daughter of Louis and Nancy (White) McRaven. Mr. and Mrs. Hazlewood are the parents of twelve children — Francis J., born June 20, 1857; Louis P., November 22, 1858; Levi S., March 18, 1860; James A., August 11, 1866; Mahuldah, February 18, 1868; Charles F., March 4, 1872; Minnie L., September 20, 1873; Samuel R., February 16, 1876; Rollie F., November 21, 1877, and Thomas, September 1, 1880. Mr. Hazlewood is a member of the M. E. Church of Elco.

Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 224.

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