Biography - Henry Weakly

REV. HENRY WEAKLY, a man of ability and usefulness who pursues the double avocation of tiller of the soil and spiritual laborer in the vineyard of the Lord, has his pleaant home on section 2, Rose Township, Shelby County. His father was Benedict Weakly and his mother Martha Mathews, both born in Maryland, thence they migrated to Fairfield County, Ohio, and from there removed to Shelby County, Ill. Their marriage took place December 21, 1815, and they were successful and laborious farmers. It was in 1843 when they came to Shelby County, Ill., and they settled in Ridge Township which became their final earthly home.

Our subject was one of the oldest members of his father's family, his native place being in Fairfield County, Ohio, where he was born September 7, 1826. He passed his early days in Ohio where he attended the common schools and after coming to Illinois he devoted himself to farm work, assisting his father upon the farm until he was twenty-five years old, when he was united in marriage with Miss Amanda Wagoner, a native of Indiana.

The young wedded couple made their first home in Ridge Township and there set up their household and industriously devoted themselves to farm labors. This was their farm home until they removed to Rose Township. Mr. Weakly first united with the Evangelical Brethren Church in Ridge Township, which church afterward became a part of the Southern Methodist. He has officiated in the pulpit since 1866. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1877 and four years later received the ordination of Elder.

A large tract of land located in Shelby County is the property owned and managed by our subject. He has it in an excellent state of cultivation and has erected upon it, comfortable and neat farm buildings. This worthy couple are practically doers of good in the world, for as they have no children of their own they have acted as father and mother to four little orphans and have brought them up to attain lives and character of usefulness in the world. This truly good, industrious and benevolent life strongly re-inforces the pulpit utterances of Mr. Weakly, and his eloquent exhortation to a Christian life are not without their effect upon the people to whom he administers. At a meeting which he conducted nine miles east of Nokomis, thirty-seven professed conversion to the Saviour. Aside from his domestic life and pulpit work, Mr. Weakly has been useful in the community as Highway Commissioner in Ridge Township.

Extracted 17 Dec 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 561-562.

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