Biography - Cyrus Weakly

CYRUS WEAKLY. A young and progressive man who has already attained a flattering degree of success and whose friends predict for him a brilliant future, is he whose name is written at the head of this sketch. He is a farmer and stock-raiser, operating two hundred and forty acres, located on section 17, Pickaway Township. At this place he settled in December, 1887. Not yet having reached his third decade, he has already accumulated a handsome property that many an older man has striven and labored in vain for years to acquire. He is one of the most thrifty men of the township where he has lived since his fourth year, he was born in Ridge Township, this county, April 19, 1866.

Since his fourth year our subject has lived in Pickaway Township, where he acquired a good common-school education that fitted him for the practical business of life, and since becoming of age he has been engaged in farming on his father-in-law's land. He is the son of Alva P. and Mary A. (Miller) Weakly, natives of Ohio and Illinois respectively. Our subject's father came with his parents, Samuel and Maria (Fetters) Weakly, to the State and county at an early day. They became pioneers in Ridge Township, this county, and there Samuel Weakly became the owner of a large tract of new land, which he improved. He lived to own six hundred acres of land, nearly all of which was well improved, and when he died in 1890, at the age of seventy-five, he was in more than comfortable financial circumstances. He was twice married. His first wife died in the prime of life, January 10, 1862. He was an active member of the United Brethren Church and Mr. Weakly helped to organize the church in this county and at various times held most of the church offices. He was School Superintendent for years, a public-spirited man and a liberal giver. Formerly he was a Republican in his political views, but in his last years became an adherent of the Greenback party, and finally of the Prohibitionists. His last wife, whose maiden name was Rachael A. Schafer, and who had formerly been married to a Mr. Petty, yet survives him. She is now fifty years of age. She bore Mr. Weakly one child, who is now deceased. The father of our subject, Alva P. Weakly was the second of four sons and six daughters. All are now married and have families with the exception of one.

Alva P. Weakly became of age in Ridge Township, and there married his wife, whose maiden name was Mary A. Miller, a native of that township and a daughter of C. P. Miller, an old settler there. For a further history of C. P. Miller's life refer to sketch of W. C. Miller, found in another part of this volume. After marriage the young couple began life as farmers in Ridge Township and there two children were born to them. They then moved into Pickaway Township and now have a fine and well-improved farm of three hundred and sixty-five acres, which has been their home since 1870. This fine place is the tangible result of years of industry, prudence and thrift. In their church relations they are prominent members of the United Brethren Church, of which Mr. Weakly is a Trustee. For years he was Superintendent of the Sunday-school and Class-Leader. Politically he is a Republican and has held various local offices under his party. He is now Justice of the Peace.

Our subject is the eldest of the family born to his parents, seven children in all, of whom there are five sons and two daughters. He of whom we write was married in this township May 1, 1887, to Miss Clara A. Moll. She was born here on the old Moll homestead, January 8, 1867, and was here reared and educated at Westfield Seminary. She is the daughter of Daniel Moll, of whom a sketch may be found in another part of this volume.

Mrs. Weakly is an accomplished and attractive lady. She and her husband are very popular among the young married people and their home is a delightful meeting-place for the gaiety and social life of the community. Their marriage has been blessed by the birth of a daughter, on the 16th of April, 1888. She is a bright girl and is the delight of her parents. The young husband and wife are members of the Locust Grove United Brethren Church and there do efficient work. Mr. Weakly is a Republican in his political preference.

Extracted 09 Apr 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 476-477.

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