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Jonathan Holden King

KING, Jonathan Holden, retired merchant of Macomb, Ill., and highly esteemed as one of the most worthy and substantial citizens of that place, was born in Walnut Grove, McDonough County, Ill., July 24, 1851, a son of Richard Tilton and Martha M. (Holden) King. The father, who was a farmer by occupation, was born in Tennessee, November 28, 1818, and the mother, in Hamilton County, Ohio, July 2, 1822 (their biographical record? appearing elsewhere in this volume).

The subject of this sketch attended the public schools of his neighborhood, and afterwards pursued a course of study in Abingdon College. At the age of twenty-one years he engaged in farming in Warren County, Ill., where he lived for three years. Thence he moved to St. Clair County, Mo., where he continued farming for a like period. After spending three years in merchandising at Appleton City, he sold out his business and going to Henry County, Mo., bought a farm, on which he lived until the spring of 1895. He then moved to Macomb and established himself in a small store on West Jackson Street. This he developed into one of the best grocery and general stores in Macomb. He owns two and two-thirds lots, and has recently completed a modern store building. He is now living in retirement, having disposed of his business interests.

Mr. King was married, October 1, 1874, to Sadie L. Wallingford, who was born near Wallingford, Ky., and there received her schooling. The children resulting from this union were Myra (Mrs. A. S. Boyd) and Lore Dale. Mr. King is a Democrat in politics, and his religious connection is with the Methodist Episcopal Church. While still in the prime of life, he is fortunate in being enabled to enjoy the well-earned ease to which his industry and energy have entitled him.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 925, extracted 11 May 2019 by Norma Hass.

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