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James R. McKamy

McKAMY, James R., formerly a successful farmer of Industry Township, McDonough County, Ill., and now living in comfortable retirement in Macomb, that county, was born in McDonough County, October 24, 1849, and received his mental training in the public schools of his neighborhood. His father, William C. McKamy, was born in Roane County, Tenn., and his mother, Octavia (Robertson) McKamy, was born in Adair County, Ky. John McKamy and Louis Robertson, his paternal and maternal grandfathers, were Virginians.

William C. McKamy was a farmer by occupation. In 1834 he came to Industry Township, where he bought a farm on which he spent the rest of his life. He died July 22, 1897. Of the eight children born to his parents. James R. McKamy was the fourth in order of birth. He remained with his father until the latter's death and was afterward engaged for a considerable period in farming on 160 acres of the estate, which he had purchased. Finally, he gave up farming, moved to Macomb, and bought a residence on South McArthur Street, where he lives in retirement from active effort.

Mr. McKamy was united in marriage November 2, 1887, with Flora M. Baymiller, who was born in Industry, McDonough County, and there received a public school education. Politically, the subject of this sketch supports the principles of the Republican party. For a number of years he served as School Director of Industry Township. He has always been a useful member of the community, and is well entitled to the leisure earned by the industry and energy of his earlier days.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 952, extracted 12 Sep 2019 by Norma Hass.

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