Biography - George Allsip

GEORGE T. ALLSIP, who has resided twenty-three years on his eighty-acre farm on section 22, Tunnel Hill Township, Johnson County, was born in Kentucky February 14,1850, to William P. Allsip, a native and farmer of Kentucky. He removed from Davis County, Ky., to Tunnel Hill Township in 1869, and settled on the farm which is now the home of his son, George T. His first wife was a Miss DeQuincy Terrell, who died in Kentucky when George T. was a small boy, leaving six children, four sons and two daughters, of whom our subject is the third child and the second son in order of birth. The father was married after his first wife's decease to a Miss Lutetia Jackson, of Davis County, Ky., and shortly after left the farm in Kentucky and came to lands in Illinois which Mr. Terrell's father had located on a land warrant, he having been a soldier in the Mexican War. The latter died in Kentucky at about the age of seventy-five years. William P. Allsip died on his farm in 1871, at the age of fifty-two, leaving his widow, who is still living near her son George,and five children: Joel W.; Oscar; Alice; Elizabeth, wife of Jasper N. Simmons; and Delilah P., wife of Joseph Attneff, who resides at Tunnel Hill. They are all residing on a portion of the two hundred acres of land left by their father.
George T. Allsip had but little education, but he learned to read and write when a young man, and, with a natural inclination to observe, he has been enabled to become a successful business man. He was married in 1874 to Miss Martha W. Koonez, of Williamson County, who bore him fifteen children, seven of whom died in infancy and early childhood and eight of whom are living, viz; William S., eighteen years old; Augusta, twelve; John T., eleven; Rose P., nine; Claud E., six; Harvey Cleveland, five; Herbie, two; and Vital S., a babe. Mr. Allsip has always been a Democrat. His life was begun as a poor boy, but to his energy and perseverance, united with economy and good business qualifications, he attributes his success in life.

Extracted 14 May 2002 by Rick Girtman from 1893 Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, pages 377-378

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