Biography - Thomas J. Satterthwaite

THOMAS J. SATTERTHWAITE, a noteworthy farmer and stock-raiser residing on section 8, Oconee Township, Shelby County, was born in Brown County, Ind., February 4, 1851. His parents were Richard and Ursula (Brock) Satterthwaite, who were born in Hamilton County, Ohio, the father in 1820 and the mother in 1822. In their native county they grew up side by side and were there married in 1840. The father died in Brown County, Ind. about thirty-eight years ago. He and his good wife were the parents of four sons and one daughter, namely: Oddy who enlisted in the Eighty-second Indiana Regiment and died in the Andersonville prison; John who married and lives in the village of Oconee; Wilmie, now Mrs. Bailey, living in Montgomery County, Ill.; Daniel who was married and lives in Oconee Township, where he is engaged in farming and our subject, who was the youngest, and as we have said had his nativity in Indiana while his brothers and sister were all of Ohio birth.

After her widowhood the mother of our subject married Joseph Rice in Indiana, in 1853, and now resides near the village of Oconee where her husband carries on his double avocation of farmer and Baptist preacher. Six children were born to this marriage. Thomas Satterthwaile came to Montgomery County with his parents in 1868, and after his marriage he located on the farm where he now resides.

His splendid tract of eighty acres of land is situated near the timber and has upon it not only good house and barn but an exellent orchard. Mr. Satterthwaite was married to Miss Lucy F. Hobson September 3, 1878. She was born November 20, 1855 and is a daughter of John and Mary Hobson of Oconee Township. For further particulars in regard to the history of this prominent and interesting family the reader is kindly referred sketoh of Mr. Hobson upon another page of this Record. Our subject takes an interest in public affairs generally, and is worthy of commendation on account of both his public spirit and private enterprise. He has been a School Director in his district and carried out faithfully and well the duties of that office. As a member of the Farmers Mutual Benefit Association, he is active in promoting the intetcsts of the farming community for which he is willing to pledge his best efforts. He was formerly allied with the Democratic party but his interest in the cause of temperance which he considers the main ally of good citizenship, has led him to vote for the last four years the Prohibition ticket. With his lovely and capable wife he is connected with the Hopewell Baptist Church where they are efficient laborers in the Master's vineyard. They have had the happiness of rearing four children, and the sorrow of laying two in the grave. They are named as follows: Lithuamy, born February 23, 1880; Charley C. August 18, 1882; John Benny, July 20, 1884; Florence, November 28, 1886 and Willie January 26, 1888. The last two passed away in childhood. Since their death the youngest, Gracie May has come to cheer the home. She was born April 13, 1890.

Extracted 17 Dec 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 572-573.

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