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William Black
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Birth: Mar. 18, 1836, Scotland
Death: 1901, USA

Born Forfordshire, Scotland, a son of James and Elizabeth (Frazer) Black. At age 18,his family imigrated to the United Styates and went directly to Chicago. In 1855 the family purchased a farm in Sadorus Township. He completed a four year apprenticeship as a blacksmith before lealving Scotland along side his father in a threshing machine manufacturing plant in Chicago. When the family moved south, he worked in the shops of the Illinois Central Railroad. He worked several years in Nebraska, helping with the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. Upon returning to Champaign County in 1866, Black pourchased 170 acres of prarie land in Sadorus Township. Ultimately he owned 560 acres in Sadorus Township and another 240 acres in Tolono Township. He married Mary Leslie on July 3, 1857. The couple had eight children: John, a farmer in Scott Township; James, killed in Alaska on April 1, 1898; William, and attorney in Decatur; Isabella Strong, Champaign; Margaret Barracks, Sadours; Laura and Alice, Champaign. In 1895, the family moved to 404 W. Hill Street in Champaign. A long time member of the Masonic Fraternity, he was a member of Western Star Lodge No. 240 A.F. and A.M. 
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  John L. Black (1857 - 1940)*
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Mount Hope Cemetery and Mausoleum
Champaign County
Illinois, USA
Created by: David Godwin
Record added: May 26, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19536209
William Black
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my name is katie richardson if you have any info on william please contact me at my mother was black
- katie richardson
 Added: Sep. 8, 2008
Rest well Brother Hiram, always look to the East.
- David Godwin
 Added: May. 9, 2008

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