Jasper B. Mallory

(1831 - living in 1888)
Submitted by Mallory Smith
Source: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Stephenson County, Ill." Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1888; p 365-366


Jasper B. Mallory. The Mallory family, which originally came from Scotland, located in New York State, and from the original progenitor, our subject is a descendant down through several generations. His parental grandfather, Jasper Mallory, was both merchant and farmer by calling. He left his native State when a young man, and went to Hartford County, Conn. (Milford Ct), where he met and married Miss Harriet Newton, a direct descendant of the great philosopher Sir Isaac Newton. (Her ancestor was Rev Roger Newton, also of Cambridge University but the connection is not proved.) After their marriage they went to Clarington, Monroe Co., Ohio, and grandfather Mallory was there engaged for some years before his death as a general merchant. The grandparents lived to be quite old. Jasper Mallory arriving at the age of eighty-four years before his death; his wife died some years younger.

The father of our subject, DeWiitt C. Mallory, was the eldest of a family of eight children. He was born in Hartford County, Conn., in 1807 (tombstones says 1805), and went to Ohio when a child. He was married in Monroe County, that State, to Ellen Brown, who was born in Greene County, Pa., about 1810. Her father, John Brown, was a noted surveyor, and represented Greene County in the Legislature of Pennsylvania for some years. He died in Vermilion County, Ill. His wife, whose maiden name was Jane Hurley, later came to Stephenson County and died at the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs. Jane Henthorn.

After the marriage of DeWitt C. Mallory, he began farming in Ohio, and a few years later came to Vermilion County, Ill., about 1827 or 1828. He made settlement on an unbroken section of land in that part of the State, but early in the spring of 1837 sold out his interest in Vermilion County, and came with a stock of merchandise to this county, locating on sections 7, 8, 17 and 18, in Rock Run Township. The claim that he settled on comprised 320 acres, a large portion of which was in timber. He followed merchandising and farming for some years, when he quit the former occupation, and gave his whole attention to the latter. His operations as a farmer met with success and he lived here for some time, then removed to Ridott Township. The mother died May 5, 1870, in Freeport, and the father then went to Vernon County, Mo., and is yet living there, aged eighty years. He is and his wife was a member of the Christian Church.

Our subject was born Sept. 30, 1831, in Vermilion County, Ill., and was the third in a family of thirteen children, eight sons and five daughters. Two of the former and four of the latter are deceased. Jasper B. was educated in the common schools and lived at home until his marriage, in this township, to Miss Ella J. Luce, Feb. 12, 1852.

Mrs. Mallory was born in Oneida County, N.Y. After the death of her parents she came to Ohio, and was reared by Josiah Willard, the father of Miss Frances E. Willard, the distinguished temperance authoress and lecturer. While Mrs. Mallory was living with Mr. Willard in Ohio, she came here on a visit and met her husband. She is now the mother of ten children, of whom two are deceased and five are married. Nellie is the wife of Harvey Cole, residing in Aurora, Hamilton Co., Neb., Mr. Cole being County Treasurer there; Mary is the wife of William Wolf, a farmer of Rock Run Township; Lizzie J. is also the wife of a farmer, Henry B. Daniels, of Hampton, Iowa; Josiah W. Took to wife Cora Wilkinson; they live on a farm in Rock Run Township, as does also Edmond G., who married Ida M. Cotherman; Romanza A. is a teacher in the public schools of this county; Jasper B., Jr., and Josie B. live at home.

After marriage Mr. Mallory lived in Lancaster Township for twelve years. He owns his homestead on section 17, Rock Run Township, which comprises 353 acres, most of which is under the plow. He has a good farm, on which are very substantial buildings. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of this township, of which Mr. Mallory is a Trustee and Class-leader. He has been a Commissioner of Highways for eighteen years, School Treasurer for ten years, and the incumbent of other minor offices. His Political proclivities are Republican, and being a man of earnest character, he is decided in his faith.



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