History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties,
Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
Upton, farmer, was born ill 1837 in Hamilton County, Ill. the son of David
and Hannah (Moore) Upton. The father, of Dutch origin, born in Chatham
County, N. C., in 1809 was brought with his parents and nine children to
Smith County. Tenn., in 1813 the mother soon died and their home and goods
were completely burned. The father, John, married again, and in1817 came
to White County Ill., and located oil tile site of Enfield, one of the
pioneers of southern Illinois. He was the father of twenty children. David
was eight years old when he came to White County and Ill 1830 he married,
and located near Springerton in White County, where lie lived about two
years. He then came to his present home in Beaver Crook Township.
His wife died in 1876, and in 1879 he married Elizabeth McNabb, who
died in 1884. David was
skillful with tile rifle as a hunter, and in one winter he killed 105
deer. Of his seven living children the oldest is fifty-six and the
youngest forty-two. John H.
was educated in subscription school, and made his home with his parents
until twenty-seven. August
15, 1862, lie enlisted in Company E. Eighty-seventh Illinois Infantry, and
fought at Wilson Hill, Carroll Hill. Mark Hill, the Red River expedition
and numerous severe skirmishes. In
September, 1864, he was captured near the month of Red River, and
imprisoned nineteen months at Camp Ford. July 5, 1865 he was discharged at
Springfield. December 28, 1865 he married Ann E. Derrick, born in 1851 in
Arkansas, who came to Illinois when thirteen years old. Their nine
children are Rachael S. (wife of W. Wheeler), Thomas A. David C., Flora
M., George N., Sarah A.,
Walter M., Lawrence B. and Felix Z. He
owns 145 acres, but since the fall of 1884 he has been living on his
father's 160-acre a tract. Politically be is a Nationalist, first voting
for Douglas. He is a successful farmer and esteemed citizen.