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John Ditter

Death 17 Dec 1889 (aged 82)
Burial Sailor Springs, Clay County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 21853196 · View Source
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John Ditter, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Sailor Springs, is a native of Smith County, Tenn., and was born December 7, 1807. His father, Elijah Ditter, was a native of North Carolina. John was raised on the farm in his native county, and received a limited education in a subscription school, taught in a log cabin with a dirt floor and a paper window.

He came to Clay County in the spring of 1829, and settled at Sailor Springs, on Section 25, Hoosier Township, where he entered a cabin on the claim of Hack Sams, paying him soon afterward $75 for his claim and improvements. Mr. Ditter afterward went ten or twelve miles to assist in house-raising, and the settlers worked the roads from Louisville to Fox River, near Olney, under the same pathmaster. The deer and other wild animals were numerous in those days, and Mr. Ditter killed many of them for his supply of meat.

He resided at the Springs for seven years, when he removed to his present homestead on Section 18, Pixley Township. He began life with little or no means, and gradually worked his way up. As a farmer and stockraiser, he has been eminently successful, and now owns 680 acres of land.

He held the office of Supervisor one term, but has never sought political favors. He is a Mason, and in religious views a Universalist. He was married, July 10, 1828, to Amelia McKinney, a daughter of Jeremiah McKinney (deceased), and a sister of James McKinney, of Pixley Township, of whom we make further mention elsewhere in this work. This union was blessed with eight children, but one of whom is living, viz., John.

Mrs. Ditter died in November, 1848, and he married again in 1849, this time to Mrs. Thursey Chapman, by whom he has had four children, two of these are living—George W. and Amanda (Hammer)

Excerpt from "History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois 1884

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