Biography - Cecil J. Rawlings

CECIL J. RAWLINGS is a general farmer and the owner of a fine tract of land comprising one hundred acres on section 27, of Pickaway Township, Shelby County. His place is highly improved and every aid that science has brought to bear upon agriculture, has been made to favor the improvement of his property. He has erected a good class of buildings upon his place, the most important and central being his residence, which is attractive from without and comfortable and convenient within. Prior to his becoming proprietor of this farm he was engaged in farming in this county, in which work he has been devoted since his majority.

Our subject came to Pickaway Township with his parents in 1865. His advent here was made from Maryland, where he was born in Cecil County March 11, 1853. His father was John Rawlings. a native of Maryland, who came of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and a cousin on the maternal side, to George B. McClellan, his mother having heen an aunt to the honorable gentleman. John Rawlings lost his father when very young and was reared by his mother until he became of age. About that time he learned the wagon-maker's trade, but as the work did not agree with him physically he left it to become clerk in a store, in which position he continued for a time, after which he went to Guernsey County, Ohio. He there lived until 1865 when he removed with his family to this State, purchasing a large farm in Ridge Township upon which he made some improvements. Later, in 1883, he came to Pickaway Township and secured one hundred and sixty acres on section 34, and there made valuable improvements, purchasing other land and owning in this county not far from seven hundred acres. He made and improved his property entirely by his own efforts, being a practical and thrifty farmer, and was so fortunate as to make the proper investments such a time as to return large profits to himself. He died at his home in this township, September 29, 1887, being then past sixty-nine years of age.

Our subject is the eldest of six children yet living — two children having passed away. He of whom we write acquired a practical education in the common schools of the district. He had the advantages of a beautiful home life and an example in both parents of uprightness, honor and integrity, and an ideal being constantly before him of gentleness and patience, which are the leading characteristics that the sect to which his father belonged endeavor to cultivate. He became of age in Ridge Township, and there married his wife in April, 1878. Her maiden name was Amelia T. Robinson. She was born in Kentucky, February 8, 1856. She came to this State and located in Shelby County, when but a girl, in 1867, coming hither with her parents, James J. and Margaret (Gaines) Robinson, who are now successful farmers in Todd Point Township, this county. Mrs. Rawlings is of good family having been reared most tenderly. She has taken advantage of every opportunity to add to her native attractions by making the most of all educational opportunities, and is the possessor of many accomplishments. for some seven years before her marriage she was engaged as a teacher, and as teachers generally do, she makes a delightful home for her husband.

Mrs. Rawlings is the mother of five children. Two of these are deceased, namely: Mabel M. who was ten years of age at the time of her death, and Loren who was but five months old when called away. The living children are Adrian C., Zena B. and Ethel S. Our subject is a member of the Presbyterian Church. His wife belongs to the Christian Chinch, and although by force of habit and education they go their different ways in church matters, they are one in their Christian life, striving to do unto others as they would he done by. As was his father before him. Mr. Rawlings is a Democrat, believing those principles the ones most favoring freedom in the sense that as a Republic, we desire.

Extracted 25 Apr 2020 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 666-667.

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