History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties,
Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
Atchisson, farmer and miner, was born in Hamilton County in 1834, on the
place where he now resides.
He is one of nine children of Joseph T. and Margaret W. Hopper.
The father born in Port Tobacco, Md., and 1789, was in the war of
1812, after which he came to what was then Gallatin County, then in 1819
to Hamilton County.
In 1863 he entered mercantile life, which he continued until his
death in 1864 in Lynchburg, Ill.
The mother, born in 1798 in North Carolina, came to Jefferson
County, in Ill., in 1816 with her parents, and in 1849 died in Hamilton
in Hamilton County, our subject began mining in California.
He continued about eight years, when on September 19, he enlisted
in Company I, Fourth Cavalry Volunteer Infantry, and was honorably
discharged October 31, 1864, in Arizona.
He remained there until 1869, engaged as government contractor in
merchandise and mining, and then he returned to the old homestead and
married Marietta, daughter of Isaac and Sarah E. Richardson, born in 1850,
in Hamilton County.
She died in 1884.
Five of their seven children are living: Charles Harvey, Ada, Mary,
Edgar, Sarah and Hiram are the names of all.
After his wife’s death, he was with his brother in Arizona in
mining and merchandise for two years, when he returned home and married
Eveline, daughter of Barton and Perlina Atchison.
He has a fine home of 400 acres seven miles west of the county
politics he is a Republican, voting first for Buchanan.
He is a member of the F. & A. M. G. A. R. and F. M. B. A.
His wife is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.