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Philip McOmber resides on section 12, Deer Park Township, where he owns a fine farm of sixty acres. He was born
in Jefferson County, N. Y., July 2, 1822, a son of Joseph and Hannah (Heviand) McOmher, both now deceased. The
father was born in Saratoga County, N. Y., Jan. 22, 1795, and died in Lenawee County, aged sixty five years. The
mother was also a native of Saratoga County, and died in 1824, aged about twenty four years. Our subject lived
at his birth place till twelve years of age, and attended the common schools. He then moved with his parents to
Palmyra, N. Y., and at the age of twenty three years he left Wayne County, and settled in Lenawee County, Mich.,
living at Dover two years, when he bought a farm in Medina, same county, where he remained seven years. He then
sold his farm and came to Illinois, settling in La Salle County in April, 1852. He bought land on section 12 but
did not settle on it till a year and a half later, in the meantime residing on section 1. He was first married
Dec. 23, 1836, to Catherine Van Antwerp, born in Saratoga County, N. Y., Jan. 16, 1822, and to this union were
born three children - Celinda E., died, aged three years; Clinton, living with his father, and Mary E., wife of
Elliott Addes, living in Beloit, Kas. His wife died Oct. 22, 1880, and he was again married March 2, 1885, to Mrs.
Amanda (Studebaker) Locke, a daughter of Jacob and Catherine Studebaker, the father dying Oct. 31, 1873, and the
mother now living in Preble County, Ohio. Mrs. McOmber was formerly married to Adam Locke by whom she had three
children - Sophia B., wife of Clinton L. McOmber; Perry D., married and living in Amboy, Ill., and John F., who
died Oct. 4, 1873. Mr. McOmber is a member of the Baptist (of which he is Deacon) and Mrs. McOmber or the Lutheran
church at Deer Park, In politics he is a Republican.
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