CLINE, Andrew J. (deceased), who was successfully engaged in farming on Section 28, Macomb Township, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Fleming County, Ky., September 14, 1831, the son of William and Martha (Fulton) Cline, natives of Kentucky. His paternal grandfather was John Cline and his grandfather on the maternal side was Isaac Fulton. Andrew J. Cline was the second born of five children, composing his parents' family, and was reared on the home farm, attending the common school in his boyhood. At the age of nineteen years, he came to McDonough County with his mother and the rest of the family, his father having died June 7, 1847. His mother bought 140 acres of land in Section 28, Macomb Township, and later twenty acres more, with other additions until there were 290 acres, and the son assisted her until her death, Novemher 18, 1864. He owned the home farm from 1890, having bought out the other heirs. In 1902, he bought thirty-four and a half acres of land in Section 33, across the railroad southwest from the homestead, and now his estate comprises 314 acres of land. Politically, Mr. Cline was a Democrat but never aspired to any office. He was a man of upright character, and enjoyed the respect of all who knew him. Mrs. Malinda Albee, a niece of Mr. Cline, kept house for him, and J. E. Albee, his nephew, assisted him in the management of the farm for several years. Mr. Cline, after a short illness, died of pneumonia November 15, 1906, thereby decreasing the ranks of the early pioneers.
Only two children of Mr. Cline's family now survive–Thomas F. Cline, of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Mrs. Martha Patterson, of Macomb Township. Elizabeth F. Cline died August 10, 1887, and Isaac F. Cline, December 10, 1889.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907.