Biography of Philip McOnber
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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.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886