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Alfred Florey
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Birth: Mar. 29, 1827
Death: Mar. 21, 1902

Alfred Florey, the first white child born in Macon County, died at 5 o'clock Friday morning at his home in Macon County. The first settler came in 1825.

Mr. Florey's death was caused by gangrene, the result of a wound in his foot made by a tack in his shoe. His foot was hurt last summer and his system was not strong enough to throw off the effects of the poison. He had been in feeble health for some time, due to the infirmities of age.

The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at Macon.

Mr. Florey was born three miles west of Decatur, March 29, 1827. He is survived by a widow and six children. He lived in a house on East William street road until 1865, when he moved to the vicinity of Boody. He lived there twenty-five years and moved to a farm one mile north of Macon and had resided there ever since.

He possessed considerable property in Macon, besides a good farm. He was the father of Mrs. John W. Peters of this city. He was also a brother of William Florey, who lived east of this city for many years and who was so cruelly tortured with hot irons by thieves several years ago in an effort to get him to tell where his money was concealed.

Mr. Florey's children are Fred and Louis Florey and Miss Fannie Florey of Macon; Mrs. John Peters, who lives on Spring Avenue, Decatur; Mrs. Gifford of Sullivan and Mrs. Herbert of Storm Lake, Iowa. Mrs. Peters has been with her father for the past four weeks.

Mr. Florey was a son of David Florey (error in copy: he was the son of Henry & Maria Gray Florey) of Virginia, who arrived in Macon County with his family in 1825.

The first permanent settler was Leonard Stevens, who came and built a log home in 1821 or 1822, three miles northwest of Decatur on Stevens Creek. From that time up to 1825 there were few settlers in this county, and they were still scarce when Alfred Florey was born. Mr. Florey was the first white child born in the county. He was born in 1828.

Mr. Florey lived to witness all the changes that have occurred to transform a wilderness for the most part peopled by Indians and wild beasts into a thickly populated community, enjoying all the advantages and conveniences of up to date civilization. He used to meet with the other old settlers at their annual gatherings, and could remember about as far back as any of them.

Decatur Review, Mar 21, 1902
South Macon Township Cemetery
Macon County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Jan 09, 2010
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