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likewise a stockholder in Illinois Valley Bank at Griggsville and the Pike County Telephone Company. His interests are concentrated, however, upon his farm and live stock and he carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes, having the quality of perseverance that enable him to overcome all difficulties and obstacles that may arise. Both Mr. and Mrs. Carnes are active members of the United Brethren church, in which he is serving as a trustee and he is likewise one of the trustees of Westfield College. They occupy a prominent position in public regard and are worthy representatives of one of the leading families of this part of the state, the name of Carnes being inseparably associated with the history of Pike county.

                                           JOHN   WHITE

John White, deceased, who in his connection with the agricultural interests in Pike county, found that prosperity might be attained through earnest and persistent effort, and won his success along those lines, was born in Londonderry, Ireland, in 1809, his parents being John and Margaret (Glass) White, both of whom were natives of the Emerald Isle. In the common schools of that country Mr. White obtained his education and then, thinking to improve his opportunities in the new world, he crossed the Atlantic to America when twenty-two years of age, locating at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he remained for six years. During the greater part of that time he followed weaving, and later removed to Quincy, Illinois, where he engaged in teaming, until his removal to Pike county in 1839. Here he cast in his lot with the pioneer settlers, locating at New Philadelphia.

Subsequently he purchased land, and he further completed his arrangements for a home of his own by his marriage in 1845 to Miss Margaret Smith, who was born in Scotland. They had one child, now deceased; and the mother died in 1846. In April, 1856, Mr. White was again married, his second union being with Mary E. Cunningham, who was born in Londonderry, Ireland, March 17, 1833, and a daughter of Thomas and Isabella (Smith) Cunningham, both of whom were natives of Ireland. Mrs. White came to America with her brother, Thomas, in 1855, sailing from Liverpool to New York, the voyage lasting six weeks. Her parents came to America in 1856, locating in New Salem township, Pike county. Her father was a farmer by occupation, owning and operating eighty acres of land. In his family were seven children, three of whom are yet living, namely: Mrs. White; Robert, a resident of Canada; and Samuel, who is living in Pennsylvania.

Mr. and Mrs. White were reared in the same neighborhood in Ireland, their homes being separated by a distance of only about twelve miles, but they became acquainted in this country. Mrs. White lived with her aunt until her marriage. There were ten children born of this union, of whom seven are yet living: Joseph, who was educated in the common schools and is living upon the home farm, is a member of the Masonic lodge, No. 218, of New Salem, and the Odd Fellows lodge, No. 834, of New Salem. Robert, who acquired a common-school education, also belongs to the Odd Fellows lodge at New Salem, in which he has passed through all the chairs. Emmett, who was educated in Jacksonville, Illinois, married Lena Steinback and lives on his mother's farm. He is also affiliated with the Odd Fellows lodge at New Salem. Frank, who was educated in Baylis and assists in the operation of the home farm, is likewise an Odd Fellow, Mrs. Margaret Wray, now a widow, resides in Quincy. Anna Belle became the wife of Elliot Motley, and both are now deceased, their three children now living with their grandmother, Mrs. White. Mary Jane is the wife of John Jacob, a resident of Kansas. Emily Alice is the wife of Jacob Irick and lives near the home farm.

At the time of his marriage, Mr. White owned one hundred and sixty acres of land, to which he added from time to time until his landed possessions comprised eight hundred and sixty acres. He was a most industrious and energetic man, whose economy and frugality also proved an important element in his prosperity. He was a great stockman, and engaged quite extensively in

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