CONNOR, William, who was formerly successfully engaged in farming in Blandinsville Township, McDonough County, where he still owns 400 acres of fine land, was born in that county on March 9, 1845. He is a son of Hugh and Mary (Melvin) Connor, natives of the State of 'Tennessee. By occupation Hugh Connor was a farmer. He came to McDonough County at a very early period in its history, and followed this pursuit in Blandinsville Township during the remainder of his life. William Connor was reared on the farm, and, while assisting his father, enjoyed the advantages of the public schools in the vicinity of his home. In 1885 he bought a farm of ninety-five acres in Section 3, Blandinsville Township, on which he built a fine residence, with other improvements, and was engaged in tilling the soil for a considerable period. He is also the owner of 305 acres of choice land in Section 2, of the same township. For several years he has kept aloof from active efforts, his farm being rented out.
Mr. Connor was united in matrimony on November 22, 1893, with Melissa Spiker, who was born and schooled in McDonough County. Three children are the offspring of this marriage, namely: Mary, Allie and Alta. In his political relations, Mr. Connor is an Independent, and his religious belief is in harmony with the doctrines of the Christian Church. The acquisition of a handsome competence by the subject of this sketch is attributed to those traits which have always dominated his character–energy, persistence and stability.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907.