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John William Albert, Sr
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Birth: 1845
Missouri, USA
Death: 1929
Whiteside County
Illinois, USA

John William ALBERT, Sr. was born a son of the field, as his father and both of his grandfathers were farmers. John William ALBERT, Sr. and all of his brothers became farmers as they grew up, following in the footsteps of their father and grandfathers.

John William ALBERT, Sr.'s life is deeply rooted in the history of Marion County, Illinois. His great-grandfather, Captain Samuel YOUNG, was the first white settler of Marion County, Illinois.

John William ALBERT, Sr.'s paternal grandfather, Jacob ALBERT, settled in Marion County, Illinois, shortly after the arrival of Captain Samuel YOUNG. His Great-grandfather, John "Simon" ALBERT, was also an early settler and blacksmith in Marion County, Illinois.

Direct ancestors of John William ALBERT, Sr. are recognized as American patriots in our country's military history.

His great-grandfather, Captain Samuel YOUNG, was a veteran of the Revolutionary War before he settled in Marion County, Illinois. John William ALBERT Sr.'s grandfather, Jacob ALBERT, was a veteran of the War of 1812, having served in the Kentucky Militia, previous to his arrival in Marion County, Illinois. Descendants of this family have lived in Marion County, Illinois, since the 1810s.

John William ALBERT, Sr.'s paternal grandparents, Jacob ALBERT and Patsy YOUNG Albert were married in Marion County, Illinois, in 1816. Their marriage is well noted in the early history books of Marion County, Illinois, as the very first marriage in the history of the county.

John William ALBERT Sr.'s own father, Simon ALBERT, was among the very first white children ever born in Marion County, Illinois. John William ALBERT, Sr.'s mother, Mary "Polly" MALCOM Albert had arrived in Marion County, Illinois, as a young girl from Tennessee with her parents, Joseph MALCOM and Rachel TATE Malcom, in the late 1820s.

John William Albert, Sr.'s parents, Simon ALBERT and Mary "Polly" MALCOM were married 22 August 1841, in Marion County, Illinois. This marriage united two pioneer families who were early settlers in the history of Marion County, Illinois.

Early in their married years, Simon ALBERT and Mary "Polly" MALCOM Albert, migrated for a brief period of time from Marion County, Illinois, to Missouri. It was during this brief period of time that their second child, John William ALBERT, Sr., was born. Subsequent documents clearly show that he was born in the state of Missouri, during the brief period of time that his parents migrated to Missouri. Shortly thereafter, he lived as an infant with his parents in Chester, Randolph County, Illinois, before his parents migrated back to Marion County, Illinois, where his parents lived for the rest of their lives.

As a boy growing up in Marion County, Illinois, John William ALBERT, Sr. grew up in family consisting of eight siblings. He was the second-born child in this family, which consisted of six sons and two daughters. The eight children of Simon ALBERT and Mary "Polly" MALCOM Albert were as follows:

1. James Addison ALBERT
2. John William ALBERT, Sr.
3. Maria Emily ALBERT Davis
4. Joseph Eli ALBERT
5. Lewis Levi ALBERT (died in early childhood)
6. William Andrew ALBERT
7. Martha Ellen ALBERT Craig
8. Simon Allen ALBERT

The 1850 Federal Census shows John William ALBERT, Sr. as a five-year-old boy growing up in the household of his parents, Simon ALBERT and Mary "Polly" MALCOM Albert, in rural Marion County, Illinois.

The 1850 Agricultural Census gives us specific details about the rural farmstead where John William ALBERT, Sr. spent his boyhood years.

His father, Simon ALBERT (1818-1857), is shown as a tenant farmer with eight acres under cultivation. The cash value of this farm in 1850 was assessed at a value of $50.00, with an additional $5.00 worth of farming implements.

During John William ALBERT Sr.'s early boyhood years, his parents owned $105.00 worth of livestock when he was a five-year-old boy growing up in rural Marion County, Illinois. Their livestock at that time consisted of one horse, two milk cows, four working oxen, four sheep, and ten pigs.

Their farm production in the past year included 250 bushels of corn, $5.00 worth of market garden produce, $30.00 worth of animals slaughtered for butchering, and 30 pounds of churned butter produced from their milk cows.

At about the age of 10 years of age, John William ALBERT Sr.'s parents had increased their livestock holdings. The 1855 State Census of Illinois shows that his parents owned $200.00 worth of livestock by that time period.

During his boyhood years, John William ALBERT, Sr.'s father, Simon ALBERT, passed away on 14 July 1857, in Marion County, Illinois, just days after his 39th birthday.
This left John William ALBERT, Sr.'s mother a widow with a family of young children left to raise on her own.

Various census records state that John William ALBERT, Sr. was illiterate, and unable to read or write. This indicates he did not have ample opportunities to receive an education during his boyhood years.

As he grew up in rural Marion County, Illinois, after the passing of his father in the summer of 1857, census records reveal that his widowed mother, Mary "Polly" MALCOM Albert, became the head of the household while her young sons took over the work of the farm after the death of their father Simon ALBERT.

The 1860 Agricultural Census provides extensive details about the farmstead where John William ALBERT, Sr. was growing up during this time period. The 1860 Census reports show that they lived in rural Salem Township in Marion County, Illinois.

As a widowed mother raising her children, Mary "Polly" MALCOM Albert and her young children were shown to have $200.00 worth of personal property. They lived as tenants on 20 acres of improved farmland, which had a value of $400.00. The family owned $20.00 worth of farming implements.

In terms of crop production, the ALBERT family reported that they had raised 250 bushels of corn and 30 bushels of wheat during the past year.

At the time of the 1860 census, John William ALBERT, Sr., was listed as being 16 years old and already listed as a "farmer" along with several of his brothers. During this period when he was a young man with his widowed mother as the head of the household, the ALBERT family owned two horses, two milk cows, four other cattle, four working oxen, three sheep, and five pigs.

Five years later in the 1865 State Census of Illinois, widow Mary "Polly" MALCOM Albert was still the head of the household, raising her sons and daughters. By that time, this family lived in rural Centralia Township, Marion County, Illinois. The 1865 census reveals that this family owned $300.00 worth of livestock. In terms of crops, the 1865 census states that they had raised $100.00 worth of grain products in the past year. Furthermore, the family reported that they had gathered 20 pounds of wool during the past year.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Simon ALBERT (1818 - 1857)
  Mary Malcom Albert (1824 - 1896)
 
 Spouse:
  Susan Wilmoth Farthing Albert (1849 - 1892)*
 
 Sibling:
  Joseph Eli Albert (1840 - 1939)*
  John William Albert (1845 - 1929)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Riverside Cemetery
Sterling
Whiteside County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Darin Wooters
Record added: Jan 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33030278
John William Albert, Sr
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