McDONALD, Joslah, a well-known and prosperous farmer of Scotland Township. McDonough County, Ill., was born in Wayne County, Ohio, October 9, 1826, and there in boyhood received his education in the public schools. He is a son of Augustus and Mary (Chipps) McDonald, natives of Pennsylvania. The subject of this sketch was the eighth of thirteen children born to his parents, and remained with the latter on the farm in Ohio until 1851. In that year he came to McDonough County with his brother-in-law, Joseph Dearduff, and there purchased eighty acres of land in New Salem Township, on which he lived seven years. This he sold and purchased 160 acres in Scotland Township, to which he moved. To this he added 160 acres adjoining, and he also owns 160 acres in another part of the township, 120 acres in New Salem Township, and eleven acres of timber land in Fulton County. On April 15, 1852, Mr. McDonald was united in marriage with Elizabeth Harris, who was born in Fulton County, Ill., where in girlhood she received a public school education. Five children were the offspring of this union, namely: Warren, of New Salem Township: Mary (Mrs. Frank Haynes), of Macomb Township: Harvey, of Scotland Township; Edward, of Peoria, Ill., and Elmer J., who lived under the parental roof and who died October 27, 1905. In politics, Mr. McDonald is a Democrat. He has served the township as School Director, but has always been averse to accepting office. Religiously, he is a Universalist. During his active life Mr. McDonald was one of the most enterprising, energetic and successful farmers of McDonough County, and he is rightly entitled to the fruits of the long extended labors which have yielded him a handsome competency.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 950, extracted 12 Sep 2019 by Norma Hass.
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