BIOGRAPHY - Joseph Farlin

JOSEPH FARLIN, deceased, was born in Tazewell County, Ill., April 10, 1858, and died at his home in Drummer Township, on the 9th of September, 1887, respected by all who knew him. His parents were Jonas and Martha (Lattimore) Farlin, the former a native of New York and the latter of New Jersey, although both were of English descent. In early life, they emigrated to Ohio, where they were married, and unto them were born six children, as follows: Samuel, Permelia, Charles, Harriet, Thomas, John and Joseph. The parents were both members of the Methodist Church, and the father was a Republican in political sentiment.

Joseph Farlin, whose name heads this record, acquired his education in the common schools of the neighborhood during the winter months, while in the summer season he aided his father in the farm work. At the age of twenty-seven, he engaged in farming for himself and secured as a companion and helpmate on life's journey Miss Ellen Roberts, their union being celebrated on the 23d of November, 1876. The lady is a native of Tazewell County, Ill., born January, 18, 1858, and is a daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Bosserman) Roberts, who reared a family of ten children. Mr. and Mrs. Roberts came to Ford County in 1877, and he purchased five hundred and twenty acres of fine land, known as one of the best farms in this community. Upon it he made his home for a number of years, but sold in 1886 and removed to Jasper County, Ill., where he again purchased land, now owning some thirteen hundred acres. In politics, he is a supporter of Republican principles. His wife died February 28, 1891, in the faith of the Methodist Church.

After his marriage, Mr. Farlin embarked in farming in Tazewell County, Ill., where he remained for three years, when, in 1881, he came to Ford County and purchased eighty acres of land in Drummer Township. He afterward added to it another eighty-acre tract and this farm of one hundred and sixty acres he placed under a high state of cultivation, making many improvements thereon which added greatly to its value and attractive appearance. He was an industrious and enterprising man and met with well-deserved success in his undertakings. He continued farming up to the time of his death, which occurred September 9, 1887.

Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Farlin has left the farm and removed to the village of Proctor, where she is now living, but the management of her land is still under her personal supervision. She is a most estimable lady and has many friends throughout this community. Her two children, Clementine and George Bruce, are still with her.

Extracted 31 Jul 2020 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, pages 292-295.

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