Past & Present


 ried November 29, 1883. She is a daughter of James B. and Mary (Griffin) Miller. Her paternal grandfather was Samuel Miller, who was a miller by trade and lived in Pennsylvania but became one of the early settlers of Ohio and died in Brown county, that state. He married Lydia Baird, a sister of the famous missionary, Robert Baird. William Miller, the paternal grandfather of Mrs. Petty, was born in Kentucky, whence he removed to Brown county, Ohio, where he engaged in wagon manufacturing. Coming to Pike county, Illinois, he here turned his attention to farming. Here he died and he and his wife have been laid to rest in the Time cemetery in Hardin township.

   James B. Miller, father of Mrs. Petty, was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, April 25, 1817, and when seven years of age accompanied his parents on their removal to Brown county, Ohio. He afterward worked in the flour mill of his father, who was a miller both by name and by trade. He was thus employed for a number of years and in Ohio he was married. The family removed from Brown to Clermont county, Ohio, and afterward to Pike county, Illinois, where Mr. Miller engaged in farming in Hardin township up to the time of his death, which occurred February 11, 1873, his remains being interred in Time cemetery. His wife was born in Brown county, Ohio, December 30, 1817, and died on the homestead farm in Hardin township, March 3, 1893, her remains being interred by the side of her husband's grave. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Miller were born the following named: Samuel W., Sarah F., William F., Elizabeth C., Mrs. Lydia Petty, Anna, Robert B., James A., Lydia Ann, John N. and an infant daughter, who died at birth. Seven of these are now living, while of the deceased, Lydia A. was buried in Brown county, Ohio, John F. in Clermont county, Ohio, and Robert B. in Time cemetery in Hardin township.

   In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Petty are the following children: Robert E., born September 11, 1884; Archie Miller, September 28, 1885; Willard Duffield, born February 10, 1887; Ruth A., born December 8, 1888; Mary C., born February 4, 1891; Alvin J., May 27, 1894; and a daughter, who was born and died December 22, 1892. The son Alvin died March 22, 1895, and was buried in Green Pond cemetery as was also the daughter who died unnamed.

   Mr. Petty and his family reside upon an excellent farm on section 29, Montezuma township, where he has a valuable property, comprising two hundred acres. The farm is well equipped with all modern conveniences and in its neat and thrifty appearance indicates his careful supervision. His energy, discrimination and earnest labor have been the resultant factors in his success, making him a substantial and representative farmer of his community.


                                          H. COLVIN

   H. Colvin, conducting a hotel and also engaging in business as a merchant and confectioner, was born April 27, 1866, in Montezuma township, his parents being William and Nancy (Brookens) Colvin, in whose family were six children, the subject of this review being the youngest. His youth was passed upon the home farm, where he remained until fifteen years of age, when he began earning his own living as an employe of the Chicago & Alton Railroad Company. He continued in the service of that corporation in different capacities for about eighteen years, at the end of which time, in 1883, he resumed farming, which he carried on in Scott county, Illinois, for two years. On the expiration of that period he came to Pearl and worked for the Chicago & Alton Railroad Company on the rock crusher for about a year, after which he began business here on his own account.

   On the 3d of January, 1900, Mr. Colvin was married to Miss Phoebe J. Gauntt, a daughter of John T. and Abigail (Chaplin) Gauntt. In their family were eight children, Mrs. Colvin being the third in order of birth. In 1903 Mr. and Mrs. Colvin purchased the lunch counter business at Pearl from Harry Rule, and for over a year conducted the only lunch counter in the town, known as the Star Lunch Room. When he bought the business he paid one hundred and forty-seven dol-


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