Biography - James Heaton

JAMES W. HEATON, JR., a resident of New Burnside, Johnson County, was born in Graves County, Ky., in 1862. His father, James W. Heaton, Sr., and his mother, known as Lorinda J. Lindsay in her maiden days, were both natives of Henry County, Ky. They resided in Kentucky some three years after their marriage and came to Illinois in the fall of 1864, when James W., Jr., was two years old. James W. Heaton, Jr., was reared on the farm and was well educated in the public schools until he was twenty years old, and then attended Ewing College, in Franklin County, Ill., graduating from the commercial department. He remained at home until he was twenty-four years old, when he married, April 28, 1886, Miss Ella M. Whitnell, daughter of David F. and Parmelia (Caldwell) Whitnell.
Mr. and Mrs. Heaton began married life at their present home on the little seventy-acre farm one and a-half miles from New Burnside, to the north. One infant daughter, Jessie L., has been carried to her final rest, and a son, Lindorf, was born November 2, 1888. Mr. Heaton has been engaged in farming and stock-raising all his life, making a specialty of hogs, of which he breeds the Chester Whites, and he has some line improved Ohio stock. These he sells for breeding purposes, and of this and the breeding of full-blooded Jersey cattle he has made a great success. He also owns a fine farm of one hundred acres near Parker City, which he rents, and is in company with his brother, J. C. B. Heaton, in the nursery and fruit-growing business.
Mr. Heaton is a Prohibitionist in politics, having become interested in the primaries of the new party in 1882, and he went into the movement to stay. He is one of the few stanch members of that party in this part of the country. Mrs. Heaton is an accomplished lady, and both she and her husband are members of the Baptist Church, active in the work and strong in the faith. Our subject is a man of resources, has a well-poised intellect, is quick to think and prompt to act, and is independent in all things.

Extracted 29 May 2002 by Rick Girtman from 1893 Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, pages 408-409.

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