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John T. Parvin

PARVIN, John T., a highly respected retired farmer, living in Bardolph, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Franklin County, Ind., April 3, 1837, a son of Samuel R. and Ann (Tice) Parvin, natives of the State of New Jersey. The paternal grandparents were Abijah and Esther (Ray) Parvin, of whom the former was born August 19, 1773. John T. Parvin is the second of six sons born to his parents. In boyhood he attended the public school, and came to McDonough County at the age of nineteen years. Here he worked on a farm until he was of age, when he was elected constable. He was afterward employed as clerk in a store in Bardolph until December 2, 1861, when he enlisted in Company I, Fifty-seventh Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was in the Army of the Tennessee and participated in the siege of Fort Donelson, the Atlanta campaign, the last battle of Bentonville, and all the principal engagements of his regiment. On his discharge July 7, 1865, he came to Colchester, McDonough County, where he was employed as clerk in a store for more than a year. Then he bought a farm in Macomb Township, which he operated until his retirement from active business life in 1897. He had inherited a residence in Bardolph, which he now occupies in quiet leisure.

On November 11, 1866, Mr. Parvin was married to Mary E. Hoagland, who was born in McDonough County, and in her girlhood, pursued a course of study in Abingdon Seminary. Two children blessed their union, namely: Allie Hope (Mrs. J. F. Douglas), of Bardolph, and Anna J. (Mrs. Dr. H. B. Sikes). The latter is deceased. In religious belief, Mr. Parvin is a Presbyterian, and politically, is a Republican, and has always cast his vote in McDonough County. He has served as School Trustee and Constable of his township, and held the office of President of the Village Board for one term. Fraternally, he is identified with the A. O. U. W. The subject of this sketch has proved faithful and honorable in all the relations of life, public and private, and has made a record which is surely a solace and comfort in his declining 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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