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Francis Marion Painter

PAINTER, Francis Marion. — The gentleman whose name begins this sketch is one of the most extensive landholders in McDonough County, Ill. He was born in Emmet Township, McDonough County, November 15, 1835, the son of Tobias G. and Catherine (Painter) Painter, natives of Pennsylvania, where the father was born in Westmoreland County. The maternal grandfather, George Painter, was also a native of Pennsylvania. Tobias G. Painter came to McDonough County in 1831. He was a farmer by occupation and settled in Emmet Township. Until 1836, he lived in different places in the township. At that period he purchased 160 acres in Section 9, on which the subject of this sketch now lives. The father died in 1870, and the mother in 1893.

Francis M. Painter is the fourth in a family of seven children, of whom the oldest and youngest were girls. In boyhood he attended the district school in his vicinity, and grew to manhood on the home farm. After the death of his mother Mr. Painter bought the interests of the other heirs of the estate, to which he added from time to time, until he is now the owner of about 1,300 acres of land, all of which is rented out.

On June 25, 1880, Mr. Painter was married to Josephine Kitch, who was born November 6, 1855, in the State of Ohio, where she received her early mental training in the common school. This union has been the source of four children, namely: Beryl, Hazel, Ruth and Tobias. Beryl is the wife of Clarence Kline, a farmer of Emmet Township, and has a family of five children; Hazel married Irvin Melvin, and has one child. She still resides with her father, as also do the other children except Beryl. Mrs. Painter died August 17, 1903. In politics, Mr. Painter upholds the principles of the Democratic party. He has served as Township Assessor two terms and as School Director thirty years.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 972, extracted 17 Mar 2020 by Norma Hass.

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