WILLIAM SKILES, farmer, P. O. Elco, is a grandson of William Skiles, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, having come to this country some time before that conflict, and settled in Maryland. Soon after the war ended, he went to what is now Green County, Tenn., and there Henry Skiles, the father of our subject, was born. He remained there until manhood and then married Margaret Bunch, a daughter of Jonas Bunch, who was also a soldier in the Revolution, having come from England and settled in Virginia, and there the gentleman whose name heads this, was born October 20, 1835, being the third of eight children. He received his education in the schools of his county, then worked on the home place until 1858, when he went to Western Missouri, settling near Springfield. In that State, he farmed until April, 1865, when he came to Union County, where he settled about six miles east of Jonesboro. In 1870, he purchased forty acres in Section 8, Town 14, Range 2 west, in Alexander County. He now owns a farm of eighty acres, of which about half is improved. Subject was married, April 7, 1858, to Mary Ann Gann, daughter of Allan and Sarah (Myers) Gann. . The result of this union was thirteen children, seven of whom are living — William, born February 28, 1859; Amanda J., born March 18, 1862; James, born January 4, 1864; Henry, born January 22, 1867; Mary Ann, born August 20, 1871; Thomas J., born February 20, 1872; Benjamin F., born February 28, 1874. Mr. Skiles is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church south, and in politics is a Democrat.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 228.
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