Alexander County

Biography - H M McKemie

H. M. McKEMIE, farmer, P. O. Beech Ridge, is a native of Perry County, Tenn., and was born May 17, 1840. His father's name was Ryal McKemie, and he was born in 1814. The mother was Mary Skaggs, and was born in 1815. The father moved to Alexander County, and settled in Section 28, Town 16, Range 2, when our subject was only eleven years old, and there the father resided until his death in 1861. The mother lived until a ripe old age, and died at the residence of her son in February, 1882. Our subject received his education partially in the schools of this county, and partially in Tennessee. He remained at home with his father until his death, and then went into the army, enlisting in the One Hundred and Thirtieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Col. Niles, Company C, Capt. John H. Robinson; remained out three years, and was then honorably discharged as First Sergeant. In the service he contracted the erysipelas, which eventually cost him his hearing. Returning from the war, he took charge of the home place, but did not feel satisfied with it. Becoming tired of the farm, he bought another one, and again sold that for a better one. Finally, in 1870, he went to Texas, where he remained only a year. Returning, he purchased a farm of forty acres in Section 32, Township 16, Range 2. He is now renting ninety acres in Section 25, Township 16, Range 2. He was married June 30, 1867, to Mrs. Mary E. Journigan, a daughter of Siforous and Jane Delaney. This lady lived only about seven months after her marriage, and Mr. McKemie was married the second time to Mrs. Mary E. Berry, nee Phillips, on August 16, 1878. She is the daughter of James and Martha Phillips, was born March 27, 1851, and is the mother of one child, Charles Berry, who was born February 6, 1873. In politics, Mr. McKemie is a Republican. His wife is a member of the Baptist Church.

Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 249.

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