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 Uriah Converse

*Contributed by Mitzi Calbreath

From: Green Co., IL History

Uriah Converse, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 14, P. O. Greenfield.  His father, Alfred Converse, was married in Vermont to Betsy Cary, who was a native of Vermont; seven children, five living.  The subject of this sketch is the fifth child; was twenty-one years of age when he came to Greene County, Ill; entered 40 acres of land from the Government and commenced life on the unbroken soil of Greene County as a farmer.  As he accumulated, bought land till he now owns 420 acres, which has been made by hard labor and economy.  Married twice: first in 1848 to Miss Sarah E. Cary, who was born July 15, 1829, died May 30, 1852, leaving two children, Flora A. and Harriet E.; married second time September 20, 1855 to Minerva Standefer, who was born January 15, 1835 in Marion County, Tenn.; came to Illinois in 1851; five children by this marriage: Otis E., Fannie D., Henry, Jane, Truman U.

From: The Patriot, Green County, IL; pub January 11, 1912

Uriah Converse, of Greenfield died at his home January 6, aged 87 and 12 days.  He was married December 24, 1848 to Sarah Elmyra Cory.  Two children were born to them, one of whom, Harriet Elmyra, died in infancy.  The surviving daughter is Mrs. Flora Alice Landon.  Mrs. Converse died May 30, 1853, and on September 20, 1855, he was married to Minerva Standefer, who died June 12, 1907.  Of this last marriage five children were born.  They are O. E., living north of town; Mrs. Fannie ? Cooper, wife of Henry Cooper of Palmyra; Jennie, wife of c. T. Woodward of Carlinville; Dr. Harry C. of St. Louis, and Truman living near Athensville.  Funeral services were conducted at the residence Monday by Rev. M. M. Want.  The internment was at North Cemetery.

He was born December 24, 1824 in Vermont.  He located in Jerseyville in 1844 and one year later located north east of here where he has lived for nearly fifty years.

Click here to view the Obituary of Minerva Standifer Converse.

*Contributed by Mitzi Calbreath

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