John Henry McWethy Jr.
1History of Lee County, pp. 504-505 (1881)
" JOHN H. MCWETHY, farmer, Palmyra, was born in Wyoming county, New York, on March 2, 1836, and was son of Henry and Olive (Hale) McWethy. His father was a farmer and a redisent of the State of New York until his death, which occurred about twenty years since. Mr. McWethy after leaving school assisted his father on the farm, and when twenty-five years of age came west and located upon a farm in the township of South Dixon. After remaining there three years he removed to Palmyra township and purchased the farm on which he now resides. He was married in Livingston county, New York, in December 1860, to Miss Harriet E. Sheldon, a resident of that county, and they have three children living, the eldest of whom is Charles E., aged nineteen; George P., aged seventeen, and Willie C., aged nine years. Politically Mr. McWethy is a republican, and a member of the Presbyterian church.".
2Record of Lee County, Illinois , Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, . . ., pp. 449-450 (1892).URL = http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/biographical-publishing-company/portrait-and-biographical-record-of-lee-county-illinois-containing-biographica-goi/page-65-portrait-and-biographical-record-of-lee-county-illinois-containing-biographica-goi.shtml.
"JOHN H. McWETHY. The McWethy family comes of good old Scotch ancestry, the subject of this notice being of the fourth generation in this country. His grandfather was Silas McWethy, who was born in this country of Scotch parents, in Wyoming County, N. Y., where he was reared to farm pursuits. After all his family were reared and his wife had died, he went to Michigan and there died at the age of three-score years and -ten. He was the father of six sons and one daughter. The father of our subject, Henry McWethy, was the fourth child of his father's family. He was born in Wyoming County , N. Y., and was reared on the farm, learning everything that will make a good tiller of the soil. He was married in his native county to Miss Olive Hale, who was born and reared in Canandagua County, N. Y., and a daughter of Vermont parents. Her father settled in Wyoming County at an early day and there spent his last years, as did his wife. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. After Henry McWethy and his wife were married, they began to farm in Wyoming County and there all their children were born, reared and educated. He and his wife both lived to pass three-score years and were active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having lived the most of their life in Wyoming County. The father was formerly a Democrat but later became a Republican and died in that party.
John II. McWethy is the fifth child in order of birth in his father's family, there being ten children four sons and six daughters. He first saw the light in Warsaw Township, Wyoming County, N. Y., March 2, 1836. He was brought up as a farmer's boy and received his rudimentary education in the common schools. He was married in Lester Township, Livingston County, N. Y., to Miss Hattie E. Sheldon. Mrs. McWethy was bom in Massachusetts, May 7, 1831, and, when twenty- one years old, located in Livingston County with her parents, Catlin A. and Eunice (Fargo) Sheldon, they having come from Berkshire County, Mass. The father and mother came to this county with their daughter, Mrs. McWethy, in 1861, and with her resided until their death which occurred at the ages of seventy-eight and seventy-three years respectively. They were members of the Congregational Church before coming to Lee County, at which time they united with the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. McWethy is the elder of two children born to her parents, her brother Samuel now being a farmer in Ida Grove, Ida County, Iowa. He married Roxie Bingham, of New York State. Mrs. McWethy was educated in her native county in Massachusetts and is an intelligent and well-informed woman and is a true wife and a loving mother. This couple have had born to them three children: Charles E. is working in a shoe factory at Dixon; George P. married Miss Mary Ayers and resides on a farm in this township, and William C., who assists his father on the farm. The parents of this family are consistent and conscientious members of the Presbyterian Church, in which they are held in the highest respect. Mr. McWethy is a stanch Republican in his political views and cast his first Presidental vote for Abraham Lincoln. This gentleman owns a good estate of one hundred and three broad and fertile acres, situated on section 1, Palmyra Township, which he has under excellent cultivation and where he has lived since 1864."