Biography - Jefferson P. Graybill

JEFFERSON P. GRAYBILL was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, near Lancaster, September 12, 1836. His parents were Samuel and Nancy (Pence) Graybill. Both were natives of Lancaster County, Pa. His father moved to Ohio in 1808 and was there married. They were of German descent. Of this family there were six sons and six daughters, eight of whom are now living. Our subject is the eldest son and fourth child. Of those living, Emily is the wife of Charles Vorys of Lancaster, Ohio; Nancy married Mr. Gesell and resides at Odell, Neb.; our subject; George who married Mattie Carlisle and lives in Lancaster, Ohio; Minerva, the widow of Henry Maller, who resides near Lancaster, Ohio; Mary, the wife of Mr. N. Middlesworth, who resides in Ringgold, Iowa; Samuel, resides in Morton County, Kan., and Lewis who is married and lives in Ohio. The names of the deceased are: Martha, Matilda, Isaac and Jacob.

Our subject came to Illinois in 1858, locating in Holland Township, Shelby County. He received his education in the public schools and at the Ohio University in Athens. He also took a course in Granger & Armstrong's Commercial College at Columbus, Ohio, from which he graduated in 1858. He commenced teaching after locating in Illinois, following that profession in connection with farming, for several years. For twenty-two years he has devoted his attention to farming exclusively. He was married June 30, 1867 to Miss Cynthia A. Syfert, who was born in this county, December 17, 1849. Her parents were George and Mary A. (Neivling) Syfert. They were natives of Ohio, where they were married. They removed from Ohio to Holland Township and were among its pioneers. Eleven children were born to them, six of whom are now living, Mrs. Graybill being the fourth in order of birth.

Mr. Graybill has always taken an interest in political matters and has been a lifelong Democrat. He has held many offices in his township, having served four years as Supervisor; he was on the Building Committee of the Court House, having served one year on this committee, after his term as Supervisor expired he refusing to re-elected. He has been Collector of taxes, Township Clerk, Assessor, and served six years in succession as Highway Commissioner. Mr. Graybill gives liberally of his means to the support of religious enterprises, although he is not a professor of religion. Eleven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Graybill, all of whom are living. Edward Clement is the eldest and is attending school at Normal, Ill.; Samuel J. is qualified to teach but prefers farming, and is now engaged in that laudable avocation; Clara May has been teaching two years in Shelby County; Mara Ida, is teaching in Fayette County, Ill.; Charles Walter, Thomas Perry, Victor Milton, Lewis Burton, Florence Edna, Anna Pearl and Nellie Fern. These latter seven reside at home with their parents.

Extracted 27 Sep 2020 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, page 701.

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