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James Osgood Peasley

PEASLEY, James Osgood, a well-known and substantial farmer of McDonough County, Ill., who is also connected with the banking business in Macomb, was born in Henderson County, Ill., July 24, 1864, a son of James F. and Sarah J. (Tarleton) Peasley, natives of New Hampshire. The grandfather was Moses Peasley, and the maiden name of his wife was Ayers. In boyhood Mr. Peasley received his primary education in the district schools of Henderson County, Ill., and later at Denmark Academy, Denmark, Iowa, after which he attended the Gittings Seminary, La Harpe, Ill., and still later took a business college course at Burlington, Iowa. Until he was twenty-one years of age he lived upon the family homestead. He then entered Hungate, Ward & Company's Bank, at La Harpe, Ill., as clerk, and later, when the firm purchased the First National Bank of Macomb and established the Bank of Macomb, he became a partner and Cashier. He continued thus until 1893, when the bank was sold to C. V. Chandler, and afterward, until 1901, was retained as Cashier. In the latter year he founded the McDonough County Bank, with which he is still connected. On December 13, 1887, Mr. Peasley was united in marriage with Martha H. Twyman, who was born in Macomb. Politically, Mr. Peasley gives his support to the Republican party. Fraternally, he is identified with the A. F. & A. M., belonging to Macomb Lodge No. 17, Morse Chapter No. 19, Macomb Commandery No. 61, Oriental Consistory, Chicago, and Medinah Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He is also affiliated with the I. O. O. F. and B. P. O. E.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 975, extracted 17 Mar 2020 by Norma Hass.

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