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John Quinn

QUINN, John (deceased), formerly a well-known farmer in Macomb Township, McDonough County, Ill., was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in the year 1834, and was a son of Francis Quinn, a native of the same country. Mr. Quinn attended public school in his native land, and came to the United States in 1848, landing in New York City, where he worked in a whalebone factory for four years. He then came to Peoria, Ill., and was employed for seven years as trainmaster on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. In 1859 he moved to Macomb, where he worked as a laborer until 1873. At that period he bought eighty acres of land in Section 20, Macomb Township, where he carried on farming during the remainder of his life. He died February 15, 1901. On January 15, 1855, Mr. Quinn was married to Mary Savage, who was born and schooled in County Down, Ireland. The children resulting from this union were: Charles, Mary E. (Mrs. Charles McKee), Nellie (deceased), Jane (Mrs. W. Purdy), Francis E., Alice T., John, and Robert, who is at home. Religiously, Mr. Quinn was a Catholic, as are his widow and the other members of his family. In politics, he was a Democrat. Since his death, Mrs. Quinn and one of her sons have managed the farm.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 985, extracted 17 Mar 2020 by Norma Hass.

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