ADCOCK, Joseph T. (deceased), formerly a well-known and popular grocer of Macomb, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Washington County, Ky., June 25, 1836, a son of Elijah and Jemimah (Clark) Adcock, natives of Kentucky. The subject of this sketch attended public school in his boyhood and enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War, serving in the Tenth Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, being promoted to the second lieutenancy and taking part in all the battles participated in by his regiment. He received a gun-shot wound which disabled him for further service, was honorably discharged, and on recovering from this injury, came to Macomb in 1865. In that year he established himself in the grocery trade, in which he continued until his death. He died of pneumonia April 7, 1891, and he was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
On September 13, 1866, Mr. Adcock was united in marriage with Nancy A. Pace, who was born in McDonough County, Ill., where in her youth she attended public school in her neighborhood. Two children, Winnie R. Adcock and Ardie M. Adcock were the offspring of this union. The parents of Mrs. Adcock, William J. and Sarah Vawter Pace, were born in Kentucky. In political affairs, Mr. Adcock gave his support to the Democratic party. His term of service as President of the School Board covered eight years in the aggregate. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Macomb, in which he officiated as steward. His fraternal affiliation was with the Masonic order. The life of Mr. Adcock was beyond reproach. In business affairs he was diligent, upright and courteous. As a citizen he was public-spirited and useful, and the high esteem in which he was held by all who knew him attested the pure traits of his character.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 807-808. Submitted by Joanne Scobee Morgan <[email protected]