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Henry Clay Bishop
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Birth: Dec. 3, 1824
Clark County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 7, 1908
Gillum
McLean County
Illinois, USA

"In April, 1852, taking the prevailing fever of getting rich by the short¬cut route, he [Henry C. Bishop] went to California, across the plains with a cow-team, paying one hundred dollars for his board, and doing his share of the camp work. During this journey, which consumed five months, Mr. Bishop walked most of the way beside the wagons, riding perhaps two-hundred miles. For a period of four years he worked in the gold mines, and in 1856, cured of his fallacy, he returned, via Panama, Cuba thirty-six hours, New York, Chicago and Bloomington, to McLean Co. and to his familiar avocation, from the active labors of which he retired about twenty years ago. He is now the owner of about 490 acres of land in Kansas and 500 acres in McLean Co., and has, in the years past, been among the large and successful stock men of this section of the State, engaging both in the raising of cattle, hogs, horses, sheep and especially the feeding of swine for the western markets. He is one of the veteran Democrats of Central Illinois, casting his first vote for Zachary Taylor in 1848." [Duis, Dr. E.; The Good Old Times in McLean County, IL; The Leader Publishing and Printing House, 1874. p. 944.]


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BIOGRAPHY - HENRY 0. BISHOP

An old California gold digger, and the scion of substantial Virginia families, "both paternally and maternally, Henry C. Bishop, the venerable citizen of Gillum, this county, is a native of Clark County, Ohio, "born December 3, 1824, son of William and Margaret (Lake) Bishop, They were both, natives of Fauquier County, Virginia. The paternal grandparents were James and Chloe (Lake) Bishop, who first
migrated to Kentucky, and about 1840 came to McLean County, Illinois, passing the last years of their lives in Randolph Township. James and Elizabeth (Glasscock) Lake, the maternal grandparents, were born in the Old Dominion and died there, while the paternal great-grandfather, John Bishop, was a native of Virginia and died in Ohio.

The father was about two years old when his parents removed to Kentucky, where they lived a few years before locating in Ohio, where he was educated and developed into manhood, finally marrying and raising a family in the Buckeye State. He served as a teamster in the War of 1812, mostly about Port Wayne and Port Meigs, in the north part of Ohio. He was a stanch Whig and a warm admirer of Henry Clay, the idol of the party, recording that fact in the old family Bible, wherein is registered the name of his second son, Henry Clay Bishop. In 1833, when his son Henry 0. was about nine years of age, he took up a tract of Government land in Old Town Township, and commenced his career as a pioneer Illinois farmer and citizen. Within the succeeding twenty years he developed large interests both as a cultivator of the soil and a raiser of livestock, and eventually became the owner of two thousand acres of land. Both he and his wife were strong members of the Baptist faith, being adherents of that church at the time of their death – the father passing away in 1855, at the age of sixty-one, and the mother in 1891, aged eighty years and ten months. Of the ten children born into their house hold, five are still living. Dr. Samuel Bishop, of Bloomington, a brother, died July 20, 1307, aged eighty years and eight months.

Henry C. Bishop received his education chiefly in the common and select schools of McLean County, Ill., and in the Chicago public schools, making the work of the farm the main business of his life. In April,1852, taking the prevailing fever of getting rich by the short-cut route, he went to California, across the plains with a cow-team, paying one hundred dollars for his board, and doing his share of the camp work. During this journey, which consumed five months, Mr. Bishop walked most of the way beside the wagons, riding perhaps two-hundred miles. For a period of four years he worked in the gold mines, and 1856, cured of his fallacy, he returned, via Panama, Cuba thirty-six hours New York, Chicago and Bloomington, to McLean County and to his familiar avocation, from the active labors of which he retired about twenty years ago. He is now the owner of about 490 acres of land in Kansas and 500 acres in McLean County and has, in the years past, been among the large and successful stock men of this section of the State, engaging both in the raising of cattle, hogs, horses, sheep and especially the feeding of swine for the western markets. He is one of the veteran Democrats of Central Illinois, casting his first vote for Zachary Taylor in 1848. Besides being the owner of the thousand acres of land before mentioned, Mr. Bishop, is a stock-holder in the Third National Bank of Bloomington, and has therefore a moderate and permanent income, He is a man of shrewdness and good judgment and, although liberal in his religious views, is always found ready to support moral movements, when they promise practical and general good.

The above information was taken as a direct quote from: Bateman, Newton. Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McLean County. Chicago: Munsell Publishers 1908. P. 944.

 
 
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 Parents:
  William Bishop (1794 - 1855)
  Margaret Lake Bishop (1803 - 1891)
 
 Siblings:
  Infant Bishop*
  Infant Bishop*
  Harvey Bishop (1821 - 1897)*
  Henry Clay Bishop (1824 - 1908)
  Samuel Bishop (1826 - 1907)*
  George A Bishop (1828 - 1914)*
  Mary Bishop (1834 - 1835)*
  Susan Bishop Rayburn (1836 - 1913)*
  William H. Bishop (1840 - 1929)*
  Sarah S Bishop Ayers (1843 - 1932)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bishop Cemetery
Downs
McLean County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: Michael McCain
Originally Created by: Tony Cannon
Record added: Mar 13, 2005
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Henry Clay Bishop
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Henry Clay Bishop
Added by: Michael McCain
 
Henry Clay Bishop
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